Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant (2015)

Features

The main feature here is the low weight combined with a full-length side zip that benefits from an external stormflap. But Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant overtrousers also use Bluesign-approved fabric, meaning they meets certain environmental criteria. There is reinforcement in the seat, a zipped fly, and an elasticated waist too. There are no belt loops and no waist drawcord, however. 4/5

Fit

The size range is S to XXXL but there is no specific women’s; however Vaude does make various other women’s waterproof overtrousers with different prices and features. The long side zip makes these easy to get on. The waist is elasticated but there are no belt loops and no drawcord, so check the fit carefully. 4/5

Comfort

Like a lot of very lightweight products, the Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant is made of a 2.5-layer fabric, in this case Vaude’s Ceplex Active. Like all 2.5-layer materials condensation is more noticeable than in mesh-lined trousers or 3-layer laminates, but on overtrousers I don’t find this a big problem. The weight benefit further improves comfort. 4/5

In use

What I like about the Yaras is that the ankle cuff is not too tight and elasticated, so the cuff sits over the top of boots well, which is not the case with some other lightweight trousers in this price range. Also you get very long side zips that also have external stormflaps and you can ‘Velcro in’ the calf area for a closer fit if needed. There’s also a zip fly. 5/5

Value

The low weight plus long side zips adds to the price, but Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pants are comparable to other lightweight overtrousers. A short-zip version costs £80. 4/5

Verdict

Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pants are superb if you want a few more features than lightweight, running-orientated designs, but heavier trousers have benefits. They win Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015

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