What makes it the best lightweight down jacket that I've come across to date?
- First, there's the colour - that perfect blue (regular blog readers will know I'm a sucker for this).
- Second, there's the fit - not too flappy, not too tight. Vaude call it a 'Sportive' cut.
- Third, there's the build quality, and the weight of the jacket - it reaches that sought-after balance of feeling featherweight, but with a German quality that promises to last many winters.
Intelligent insulationThis jacket is feather light... (pun intended). The 90/10 down insulation weighs next to nothing, and you certainly won't notice it if you stash this in your riding rucksack or pannier.
Vaude haven't just used down insulation in the Kabru Light though; they've also integrated high-end packable Primaloft Silver insulation in the cuffs and side panels of the jacket. This is a very sensible idea, as the humidity-repelling material means the jacket is less susceptible to damage from moisture in these key contact areas.
DurabilityIt's not just the intelligent synthetic/down insulation mix that makes the Kabru unique though; Vaude have also considered other possible wear areas.
They've used a durable Pertex quantum material on the outer shell; this is like a water resistant rip-stop material. Then they've also added stretch fabric inserts under the arms, to allow greater flexibility, and less chance of ripping. It is details like these that set the Kabru apart from other lightweight down jackets.
OverallPackable, lightweight, yet built to last. Those three attributes are a bikepacker or bike tourer's golden trio; but also make this jacket superb for off-the-bike wear.
This is another winter winner from the Vaude brand.
View the Vaude range at vaude.co.uk (Link)
|The Kabru Light II has a slim sportive cut, and a slight drop in the rear hem to keep out the chill|
|Comfortable, packable, lightweight and durable. Winning attributes on the Vaude Kabru Light.|
|Another winner from the German brand|