This is a seriously lightweight jacket from Vaude. In fact it’s so light that I was happy to take it cycling as well as hiking, particularly as our sample jacket was nice and bright, which is great for road biking.
The jacket uses a waterproof membrane called Ceplex Advanced. It didn’t feel as breathable as some, but there are huge zips under the arms that really help with ventilation.
I also really like the jacket’s pockets: there are two large main pockets, one internal chest pocket for valuables, plus an extra pocket on the top of the left sleeve for something like a key, that you can stash safely in there and not open the pocket again all day.
The hood is easy to adjust with a stiffened peak. The Velcro sleeves have plenty of space to be rolled up for more ventilation, and the main zip is two way which has loads of benefits, including allowing more air in. The drawcord is adjustable through the pockets – I always find it easier if it’s adjustable at the hem, but that’s only a minor detail.
It comes in a choice of three colours; the fit is longer at the back, which I like, and, like most Vaude products, it scores highly environmentally too – it’s Bluesign approved and gets Vaude’s Green Shape stamp, meaning it’s made from sustainable materials, resource-conserving manufacturing and fair production.