Haglöfs’ Endo pants

 In gear review

I was looking for a replacement of my old paclite rain jacket and pants and took the opportunity that makers were releasing their new products made with the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric (advertised as more breathable) to renew these gears. I bought Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket for the top and Haglöfs’ Endo pants for the bottom. Read this article for the reasons of those choices : Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket. Here is my review of Haglöfs’ pants.

Overview

multipurpose and reduced-to-the-essential ultra-light rain pants made in the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric.
Haglöfs' Endo pants

Fabrics

  • N40p-X GORE-TEX® 3L Active Shell

Manufacturer's data

  • Revolutionary new Gore Tex® Active Shell delivers new levels of breathable waterproof shell technology
  • Innovative pattern construction reduces weight and bulk
  • DWR treated surfaces
  • Integrated elasticated waistband with elasticated waist belt
  • Zip fly with weather stand over the top
  • Lower leg side zips to aide on / off
  • Internal stash pocket
  • Offset inner leg seams to avoid chaffing
  • Articulated knees
  • Adjustable leg cuffs with integral elastic cord
  • Weight 240g (size L)

Advantages/Drawbacks

  • Better breathibility thanks to GORE-TEX®’s new Active Shell fabric compare to GORE-TEX®’s classic 3-layers and paclite fabrics
  • Excellent water protection for an ultralight pants
  • Weight
  • Quality
  • Like any ultralight gear it won’t protect you as well as a classical 3 layers hardshell
  • Like any ultralight gear it wears out faster and won’t last as long as a classical hardshell

Opinion

The fabric being the same than the Arc’teryx Alpha FL jacket, my opinion is about the same for these Haglofs pants as, more than the pants themselves, the brand or the cut, the big difference of these new products compare to others is the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric. Like for the Arc’teryx jacket, the Haglöfs Endo pants are a nice product that I do recommend, especially if, like me, you are looking for lightweight and breathable pants without losing too much on weather protection. A good compromise. However, this pants is best used for hiking, trekking type of activities to my opinion. It’s only drawback is the lack of full length side waterproof zipper like on the Haglofs Lim Ultimate pants (now LIM II) which makes it possible to put the pants on with crampons already on the boots.

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