Vaude Ortler (2012)

The Vaude Ortler is a very lightweight jacket at just 341g (men’s size L), and in part this is because it is made from a very thin soft and supple 2.5 layer fabric, without a mesh lining. In the lab the fabric sports top-end levels of waterproofness and breathability, which makes this price very competitive; but 3-layer fabrics such as eVent and Gore-Active Shell or 2-layer Performance Shell with a mesh lining do feel more comfy. The jacket is quite short so it is more of a summer garment than a year-round option, but at least you get a front zip with an external stormflap to keep rain out and also the chest pockets are not mesh-lined so they are less likely to allow water through the jacket than some similar jackets. Those two chest pockets are nice and large, and they’re easily accessible while wearing a rucksack with hipbelts. There are also pit zips for added ventilation control. The hood has a wired peak and a good fit but movement is not ideal. However, overall the Vaude Ortler is an excellent jacket when you take its weight and price into consideration, and it would be particularly good for anyone looking for a lighter general walking jacket.

Weight 341g (men’s L)
Fabric 2.5 layer Ceplex Advanced
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 34-46in
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? No
Side/pit vents no
Website www.vaude.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Vaude Ortler is a great jacket for general hillwalking if you rank low weight high on your agenda but still want some good features rather than a purely stripped-down design.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012