At just 314g (size L) the Vaude Crestone is the lightest jacket featured in our test but, surprisingly for the weight, it is also fully featured and those features are well-designed. It is shorter than some jackets, as is common with lighter designs, and also the front zip does not get an external stormflap, so don’t be surprised if this leaks a little in driving rain. But you do get two very large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack, and as they don’t have mesh linings they should not allow water in. A third smaller chest pocket is good for a GPS receiver or compass. Pit zips under the arms aid ventilation and that may be useful as this jacket is made from a 2.5 layer fabric, which has extremely good lab results for waterproofness and breathability, but it feels clammier than 3-layer fabrics. The fabric is also Bluesign-approved, which means it meets stringent environmental standards. The hood performs well thanks to a wired peak and a good fit that allows it to easily move with the head without obscuring vision. If you want a lightweight jacket the Vaude Crestone is well worth a closer look, although like all lightweights it has drawbacks. You may get more for your money with other models, but it is hard to find a better jacket at this low weight.
Weight 314g (size L)
Fabric 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 34-44
External pockets 3
Can hood be rolled down? no
Side/pit vents yes
If low weight’s your priority then the Vaude Crestone is a winner, but it does have some drawbacks compared to similarly priced but heavier jackets.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2013