Haglöfs Orion II (2103)

The Haglöfs Orion II is designed as a versatile, general-purpose trekking jacket so it has the standard layout of two base pockets and a chest pocket. But it is slightly shorter than some other jackets such as the Craghoppers Kiwi, Berghaus Hurricane or Lowe Alpine Teton and the result is not only less weather protection but also that access to the base pockets while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt is severely compromised. The chest pocket is accessed from the top, which is usable, although it’s a little tricky getting smaller items out compared to a more conventional side-entry chest pocket. The design of the sleeves is very good though as the hem and cuffs don’t easily ride up when scrambling. Also there is a double stormflap over the main zip, to keep out driving rain that can seep through unprotected water-resistant zips. The hood can be zipped off, but it cannot be rolled into the collar, so when removed it needs to be stashed in the internal zipped pocket. The hood is a good close fit though and the stiffened (but not wired) peak is pretty good too. The Haglöfs Orion II is a Gore-Tex jacket with a mesh and polyester lining, so it is very comfortable, but on the hill the short body length and pocket access are not so ideal.

Weight 658g (size men’s L)

Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex

Lining mesh and polyester

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XXL

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.haglofs.com

Verdict

The Haglöfs Orion II is very much a general-purpose jacket with a good hood, but on the hill other jackets offer more practical design details like longer length and better pocket access.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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