Vaude Casson (2015)

Features

The Vaude Casson’s 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric gains Bluesign approval for its environmental benefits, but condensation control is not quite as good as 3-layer fabrics. There are two main pockets, pit zips and a hood with a wired peak. It has a decent weight of 310g too. The main drawback is the two pockets: they’re mesh-lined so they may allow water through. 4/5

Size

In men’s sizes S-XXL and women’s 34-44, the Casson’s length and fit are similar to other lightweight jackets’. But the hem and cuffs ride up a little when raising your arms. The hood is great though, with just a little cinch of the volume adjuster needed for a great fit and easy movement with the head. 4/5

Comfort

The 2.5-layer fabric feels a little clammy and doesn’t control condensation as well as 3- layer fabrics. The pit zips ease condensation build-up and the pockets are mesh for more airflow, but that’s no good in the rain of course, so you’ll need to keep those

pockets closed to stay dry. 3/5

In use

The Vaude Casson’s weight, hood and large pockets that can be easily accessed when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt set this jacket apart from many others. But slightly better movement in the sleeves would be ideal, and having sealed rather than mesh pockets would be a bonus in the wet. But it’s better than most. 4/5

Value

This is the best jacket around this price when weight and performance are taken into account, so good value. 4/5

Verdict

The Vaude Casson is a reasonable jacket for hillwalking and a good price, with the main drawback being mesh pockets that can let water through. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2015

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