The innovative hood design stands out as soon as you put the Vaude Shipton Hooded on. As you can see from the picture, it rises from inside the collar to make the fit really snug around the head and move with you. There are no hood adjusters, so as long as your head fits inside this is a great design. Made from Polartec Power Stretch, this is a great ‘warm but light’ (384g size UK 12) jacket that wicks sweat fast and has excellent freedom of movement for scrambling, some wind resistance from the tightly woven outer and a warm, fluffy inside. The Vaude Shipton Hooded would suit people with longer arms and there is plenty of reach for scramble holds. The thumb holes are slightly large, but the rest of the cut is excellent – slim and sporty – so the lack of a drawcord is not noticeable. The zip is two-way so you can vent from the waist if required, the two side pockets are high enough not to be obscured by a hipbelt, and the small, high chest pocket is a useful extra. The wide loop zip pulls are the best here for use with gloves on. The Vaude Shipton Hooded is also eco-friendly enough to be Bluesign-approved as it’s made from 90 per cent recycled materials and underwent the Vaude low-CO2 ecolour dyeing process.
Pockets 2 side, 1 chest
Material Polartec Power Stretch
Thumb loops yes
Men’s version yes
The Vaude Shipton Hooded is an excellent, eco-friendly, warm jacket that’s stretchy enough for walking, scrambling and mountaineering, and has all the features you need.
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine October 2012