‘VauDe’s take on Polartec’s Alpha insulation is a cracking jacket on the move, particularly if you’re someone who goes hard and runs hot’
Outdoors Magic: Super breathable, dries fast, stretchy with a close fit, neat hood, harness-friendly pockets, works as mid or outer layer, light, packable. Eco credentials.
Outdoors Tragic: Not sure the side stretch fleece panels add much.
Outdoors Grabbit? Polartec’s Alpha insulation is brilliant stuff on the move in cold conditions particularly when – as here – it’s mixed with very breathable fabrics. Add in a neat, close, efficient fit, a head-hugging hood and stretch fabrics that help with mobility and you get a jacket that’s great on the move in cold conditions, but keeps you warm at a stop too. On top of that, it’s breathable enough to work as mid-layer when needed. Our only major quibble is with the stretch fleece side panels, which reduce warmth slightly and can feel cold in windier conditions. A great jacket for use on the move, stationary warmth takes second place though.
VauDe Bormio Jacket Ratings
Breathable thermal layer for cold conditions / Polartec Alpha insulation / Performance Stretch inner and outer polyamide fabrics / stretch polyamide/elastane inserts at sides of trunk /twin Napoleon-style chest pockets / stretch cuffs and drawcord-adjustable hem / insulated, adjustable hood / packs into inside mesh pocket /
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