The Haglöfs Route general-purpose jacket is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, which is not quite as good as Gore-Tex Pro Shell, but it still provides reasonable performance. There is a mesh lining for added comfort too. The front zip gets an external stormflap to keep the rain out, and there are two chest pockets that can be used to warm the hands. These pockets also take a map with ease. Movement in the sleeves is good too, and so the body works well for general hill-walking. The hood can be removed with a zip if it not needed. The hood has a good fit and good movement, plus a large unwired peak. The body is slightly longer than some jackets, so although not as long as some would like, it does offer a little more protection than many jackets. But there are lighter jackets around that offer better performance than the Haglöfs Route. Gore-Tex Pro Shell would offer more breathability too, and the hood would be even better with a wired peak. Some may prefer if it could be rolled into the collar too. The price tag does seem a little high considering the features provided, so better value is available elsewhere.
Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner mesh lining
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 654g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Haglöfs Route is a reasonably good jacket for walkers, however better fabrics and performance do exist elsewhere for less.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010