Vaude Mischabel (2012)

Offering a simple and attractive design, the Vaude Mischabel is the second lightest jacket (after the Kathmandu) and the third lightest contender (including the OMM smock) on test. The hem adjusters are swift and relatively easy to use, as is the neck adjuster with external tidy. The hood peak is semi-rigid and far from the largest on test but it’s well-designed, with a slight inner rim below the peak to help keep moisture from your face. The two external pockets will accommodate an OS map (but only just), while the pit zips lie on the outside of the arm. It’s an odd choice as most moisture and heat will be focused around the underarm, while the Mischabel’s top-side zip cannot be safely be opened in the rain. There’s also a Velcro adjuster on the top of the hood in place of a drawstring mechanism – a common alternative, though some may find it less effective than a drawstring. Despite these potential drawbacks of design, it’s an appealing lightweight option in many ways. It’s also one of the most breathable on test, mainly due to its extremely thin design, while the wafer-thin material also make it one of the quietest to wear while walking. Like the OMM, it’s also very spacious, so it may be wise to establish the correct size first if you decide to buy online.

Weight 285g (size M)
Fabric 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 34-42
Website www.vaude.co.uk

 

Verdict
The Vaude Mischabel is lightweight, and features curious design touches. A good alternative option to more mainstream styles.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012