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Vaude Zebru

£310.00 www.vaude.com

It’s is the lightest weight jacket here, and at just under 200g we should perhaps be realistic about what it’s capable of. Sleeves are Velcro adjusted and offer a good range of movement, there’s a single adjuster on the waist and another on the back of the hood, which moves with the head and is the only one here to include a wired peak… proving that it can be done on a lightweight jacket. There are two medium sized rib pockets, which I generally find are the best compromise – avoiding straps and buckles, there’s room to stuff with gloves, hats and snacks, and they can double as hand warmers if needed. There’s a one-way zip at the front, but no storm flap.

The fabric is Vaude’s own Eco finish, which is PFC free and PFTE free in both membrane and DWR. As you’d expect from something this light, breathability is not an issue. Waterproofness I found more problematic. The jacket repelled showers with ease, but struggled to cope with prolonged rain. When it eventually did wet out, the lightweight fabric dried rapidly afterward.

This is the kind of shell I might take on a summer alpine hike for occasional/safety use, where I would expect to get pretty wet in a storm but stay warm enough, and then dry out easily afterward. It packs down tiny.

► Verdict: Extremely lightweight eco-conscious shell for 1 season use.

► Best for: Warmer weather hiking and trekking.

Review by David Lintern @selfpwrd