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Vaude Zebru

£310 www.vaude.com

Hold the Zebru in your hands and you may struggle to understand how such a light (198g) jacket could cost over £300. But, of course, that’s precisely why it does cost so much. This is a 3-layer jacket billed for alpine use and which takes up an amount of space no larger than an apple when packed into your bag. The fabric used is Ceplex Pro, a breathable waterproof membrane that offers an above average hydrostatic head of 20,000mm as well as as a stretch quality for comfort and athletic articulation. I was very impressed in my test, with the absolutely vast side pockets proving able to carry any size of map, and the wired peak, intelligently judged hood/neck adjuster (combined into one single draw string) and hem cinch allowing me to secure everything in place speedily. The cut is long and very spacious within, which is good for layering, although some may prefer a tighter or more athletic fit. The design colouring is very sedate, so you won’t look like a lost alpinist if you wear it in the Peak District.

VERDICT: An extremely capable ultra-lightweight shell… with a price tag to match.

BEST FOR: Gram counters.

Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel