Haglöfs Geko Hood (2013)

The Haglöfs Geko Hood is Bluesign-approved, which means 95 per cent of the materials used meet the environmental standards set by Bluesign (a Swiss-based body of private textile experts), so in short it is better for the environment than most other jackets. The fabric is Haglöfs’ own brand of soft shell material, which allows a little more air to flow through it than ‘windstopper’ fabric. This is a good thing as it means the Geko can be worn under a waterproof jacket without reducing the breathability of your clothing system. The design is quite suitable for hill and pub without excelling in either area. So you get two pockets that are large enough for maps and can be accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt, but the pocket extends to the hem, so items can easily get trapped below a rucksack belt. The Haglöfs Geko Hood has an additional small chest pocket that is great for a GPS receiver (for example). The hood is not as elaborate as other designs but it is reasonably functional thanks to a volume adjuster at the back, allowing a good fit around the hood along with good movement. But there is no peak on the hood, and the fabric bunches when the face drawcords are adjusted. The cuffs have internal cuffs with thumb loops, so you can customise the fit of this area a little, but not as well as you can with Velcro adjusters, for instance.

Material FlexAble (85% polyamide, 15% elastane)
Weight 620g (size L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 1
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL

The Haglöfs Geko Hood is an eco-friendly, general-purpose soft shell that is adequate for hillwalkers, but higher-priced options offer far more hill-specific performance.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013