Vaude Fjordan (2015)

Features

The big plus here is that the Vaude Fjordan only weighs 380g (size L), and that is due in part to the use of a 2.5-layer stretch Ceplex laminate membrane fabric, rather than a 3-layer option. This material is also Bluesign-approved to meet environmental standards. There are three outside pockets, the hood has a wired peak and you even get pit zips for this weight. 5/5

Fit

Men’s sizes are S-XXL and women’s 34-46. My L had a much closer fit than others of the same size. The material is thinner and stretchier than others, so it still allows good freedom of movement in general; although I did notice the cuffs and hem moved more easily than others when I raised my arms. The hood fit and movement are very good though. 4/5

Comfort

The weight and soft material make the Vaude Fjordan comfy, although the 2.5-layer fabric is a bit clammier than 3-layer materials used in other jackets. As it’s a closer fit and softer it can’t trap as much warm air inside, so in heavier weather it feels less comfy than a stiffer jacket. The small movement of the cuffs down the wrist means this area is less well-protected. 4/5

In use

In summer the Vaude Fjordan would be great due to its weight, but in winter or wild weather others feel better in use due to the comfort they offer. But the two large main pockets are good and can be accessed above a hipbelt. The third chest pocket is small but it’s useful for a GPS receiver. The hood works very well and sets this apart from many other jackets. 4/5

Value

There are compromises and benefits here, and while this price isn’t a bargain it’s still good compared to some. 4/5

Verdict

If you want a lightweight jacket with a closer fit and some good features the Vaude Fjordan is worth a closer look. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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