Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket (2014)

The Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket is made from Bluesign-approved fabric, which means the material is environmentally friendly. The fabric is also nice and stretchy and provides a good level of insulation, which makes it ideal for hillwalking. Put the jacket on and it instantly feels comfortable and really hugs the body, but without being restrictive. There are three pockets. The small chest pocket is placed quite high, so if you put a large item in here it does run the risk of sneaking under your rucksack shoulder straps, which is uncomfortable. The hip pockets are OS map-sized, but access to them is easily obscured as soon as a rucksack with a hipbelt is worn, making them rather useless compared with better-designed pockets on other jackets. The hood doesn’t get any drawcords or adjustment, but it fits okay and moves well with the head. As someone who does rate eco values highly I therefore found this jacket rather frustrating as it’s great in terms of worldly goodness, but when I’m on the hill the pockets would drive me insane. However, for the price of £75 you could just pretend the pockets are not there and still have a good jacket, which could be viewed as a better option than choosing other less eco-friendly products with perfect pockets.

Specifications:

Material Meryl Bluesign-approved
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
Weight 569g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 3
Website www.vaude.com

 

Verdict

Winner of Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award, the Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket has environmental credibility and a great price – but is that enough to compensate for pockets you can’t use easily on the hill?

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2014