Vaude Crestone (2103)

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

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 34-44

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.vaude.co.uk

Verdict

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

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