Filed under:Clothing, Gear reviews, Waterproof Jackets, Active Shell, Gore-tex, Haglofs Endo
We try out one of the first jackets to appear using Gore-Tex's Active Shell membrane…
At the Outdoor Show in Friedrichshafen last summer one of the biggest stories – if not the biggest story – was the introduction of Active Shell, and there was a range of jackets from some of the leading manufacturers making use of the new fabric. The big selling point of Active Shell is that it promises to be more breathable than previous waterproof membranes making it especially suited to fast and light activities. Gore has stipulated certain guidelines for any brand using it, and this includes a limit on the over-lapping areas of the fabric (which reduces breathability) and on the overall weight of the garment.
Put the Endo on for the first time and it certainly feels featherweight. The design is minimalist, with just one chest pocket, but there’s nice design details to be found all over this garment; from the chinguard (soft panel of fabric), to the dropped rear hem, to the arm hems which are elasticated, have thumbloops and a stretchy panel – useful for getting gloves on and off. The hood is adjustable but is a tad tight when wearing a helmet. In use the Endo is a pleasure to wear, the material seems softer and less ‘crinkly’ than PacLite. Its improvement in breathability becomes obvious very quickly, with less condensation than we’d expect from a PacLite when engaged in strenuous activities. There’s no point being dry from the rain outside if you’re getting wet from the inside and that’s what Active Shell promises to help remedy. We’ll be taking the Endo to the Alps for a thorough workout, but on our initial use it gets a big thumbs up.