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VAUDE trip the light fantastic with the Zebru

VAUDE trip the light fantastic with the Zebru
VAUDE ZEBRU UL 3L JACKET

The delivery driver knocked on the front door and handed me a cardboard box. I felt its weight, shook it a little, and presumed that the sender had forgotten to package up anything.

VAUDEHow wrong I could be, and how delighted I was to reveal a sample of VAUDE’s Zebru UL 3L Jacket. UL, of course, stands for ultra-light, and in the Zebru we are talking the lightest of any hardshell ultralight windproof and weatherproof jacket I have come across, thanks to the 3-layer Ceplex Pro membrane which weighs less than 200 grams.

In fact, the Zebru is the lightest hardshell jacket ever developed in-house at VAUDE. Explains Chris Davison, UK Sales Manager at VAUDE: “We have developed a super lightweight jacket using extremely durable material with a thin 7-micron membrane that also features slight stretch. We’ve looked at every single detail of the production process to ensure we’ve got as lightweight a jacket as possible without compromising on functionality and comfort.”

Chris has got it bang to rights. In size 52/L, the Zebru weighs a mere 198g (the women’s version weighs in at just 172g in size S), which is as much as a medium apple or two bars of chocolate. Protection from both rain and wind is courtesy of a superlight 10 D polyamide outer fabric and that paper-thin 7-micron Ceplex Pro membrane. The comfort level is enhanced by the fact that the material is even slightly stretchy. The jacket features a seamless YKK AquaGuard front zipper, adjustable Velcro cuffs, drawstring adjustable hood with single hand drawcord closure at the hem, and two higher-set front pockets that are accessible even when wearing a climbing harness.

How pleasing it is to note that VAUDE is pursuing a comprehensive sustainability strategy, which runs like a ‘green thread’ through all segments of the company. With this in mind, the Zebru is treated with the environmentally friendly Eco Finish water-repellent without fluorocarbons (PFC), which fulfils VAUDE’s Green Shape criteria for environmentally-friendly, resource-saving production.

Pack it down small and pop it in your backpack or travel bag for when the weather changes… just don’t forget it’s there! VAUDE Zebru UL 3L jacket, £310, www.vaude.com

 

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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