Vaude Infinity 2008

The Vaude Infinity general-purpose jacket is made from eVent fabric, so it is top-drawer for breathability and waterproofness. Also you get stormflaps on the pocket and main zips, making it even more watertight in a storm. There are three large pockets that are all large enough for maps, and they can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. Sleeve movement is also excellent, making this ideal for scramblers too. The hood can be rolled to the collar and secured in place in dry weather, and when worn on the head it fits well and moves well too. There is a wired peak  that offers some extra protection to the eyes and a soft polyester panel to add comfort around the chin. All that for 538g (men‘s L) sounds impressive, making this potentially perfect for hill and mountain walkers and scramblers. But the price of the Vaude Infinity lets it down drastically, as it needs to be around £180-200 rather than £250 in order to compete with other eVent jackets. On a practical note, there are only chest pockets, and the hood peak is not as good as some other options.

Outer 3-layer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 34-44 (women’s)
Weight 538g  (men’s L)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK mail order onlyVaude: In practical terms the Vaude Infinity can compete with the best hill and mountain jackets around, but it is very overpriced for what you get.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008