Vaude Crestone (2015)

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Features

The Vaude Crestone’s weight of just 314g (size L) is an important feature but you also get two large chest-mounted pockets for easy access while wearing a rucksack and a third higher-placed chest pocket for a GPS. The hood has a wired peak plus rear volume adjustment. Pit zips are provided to aid ventilation without having to open the front zip. 5/5

Fit

The Crestone is available for men in sizes S-XXL and women in sizes 36-46. The cut is short like many lighter jackets, while the hood fitted very well and moved easily with my head even without the front zip fully zipped up. The sleeve fit is quite close and this leads to some movement in the cuffs and hem when raising your arms, so not quite perfect. 4/5

Comfort

The Vaude Crestone is made from a 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced material, which is Bluesign-approved for its environmental credentials. It is not quite as comfy as a 3-layer or a mesh-lined jacket but the comfort benefit also comes from the fabric’s suppleness and the low weight. The pockets are not mesh-lined, so they keep water out well, while pit zips aid ventilation. 4/5

In use

The Vaude Crestone is great at keeping water out thanks to the pockets not being mesh; external stormflaps on the zips would be even better. The main two pockets are easily accessed and great for hands or maps, but the third chest pocket is only really of use for a GPS or compass. More length and stiffness would be good for cold or windy conditions, but if milder it’s great. 4/5

Value

The price is good for the features as you would need to pay much more for improvement in any area. 3/5

Verdict

If you want a lightweight jacket with good features for under £200 the Vaude Crestone is one of the best. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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