Pleasingly simple in design, the Larice II is aimed at the ski touring market. To that end it’s made of different material zones aimed at being more wind-resistant on the topside and more breathable and flexible on the underside. Both made from similar polyester and elastane mixes, the upper fabric is dubbed Windproof 100 whilst its stretchier sibling is Windproof 80. Combined, I found them to offer a slender but surprisingly effective barrier against wind chill. The abundance of pockets is useful; four, very large on the outside and two netted pouches on the inside also (great for phone, compass, food etc.). There are no adjusters at all on the garment, with the elasticated hood, wrists and hem being aimed at a mid-point the Vaude team hopes will please all. This trade-off between minimalism and function can be a delicate balance, but in this case it works effectively. It weighs 494g (small), breathes well and doesn’t retain much heat – so it’s best suited to highly aerobic activities.
VERDICT: A neat, minimalist garment that will keep off the mountain winds.
BEST FOR: Ski tourers.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple