The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but the third small chest pocket is placed higher on the body and has a mesh lining that drops into the main pocket. This means a heavy item such as a GPS receiver, phone or bunch of keys dangles annoyingly into the top of the main pocket. The pit zips are long so you can just vent the side of the jacket if needed. All the Vaude Crestone’s zips including the main front zip of the jacket are not the most water-resistant design, but the main zip does have an internal flap to limit water ingress. The hood is very interesting thanks to a wired peak and a drawcord system that is adjusted at the back of the head. This tends to leave the cheek and chin area looser than other designs, which I quite liked. There is also an interesting mesh panel that sits over the forehead to help hold the hood in place, and this worked well for me but it may not be to everyone’s taste.
Fabric 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 34-44
External pockets 3
Stowable hood? no
Side/pit zips? yes
Weight 308g (men’s size L)
Some of the features on this environmentally friendly jacket are a little quirky, but overall the Vaude Crestone offers a good package for hillwalkers.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2014