Will Renwick explains how he got on with Vaude’s Larice softshell jacket

A lot of thought has gone into this jacket. First of all it’s produced in an environmentally friendly way, using sustainable materials and without toxic chemicals. Secondly, it’s quite complex in its design, with multiple fabrics, numerous pockets and plenty of ventilation. This is definitely one for high-tempo activities, designed to have a close fit – especially on the arms – and providing lots of ventilation. It should be ideal for climbers. The thick tightly-woven softshell fabric on the torso keeps cold wind and rain off well but the Lycra on the back, underarms and side panels, while aiding breathability, also makes for potential points of exposure. This thin material is also used on the cuffs, which got wet very quickly in light rain.

Reviewed: April 2016