It is getting hot outside with summer just around the corner, but the evenings can still get pretty chilly. So when Jack Wolfskin sent us both the new thin windproof quilted vests (or gilet to some) to review, we were delighted. With more and more outdoor companies steering towards recycled clothing and eco friendly clothing, this vest fits right into that eco movement. 

With a garment that is fully recycled and 100% pfc free, you can wander around knowing that the outdoor world is taking this seriously. 

Let’s put it to the test!


First impressions

Classic Jack Wolfskin colours, slimline fit, maximum pack-ability. This is part of the Pack and Go range. It’s so thin that you can store it in a backpack or in the dedicated storage bag and it doesn’t take up too much room or weight. Perfect for days when the weather can be unpredictable.

Women’s fit

Dani – I went for the Large. It was a little tight around my underarm area but not enough to cause discomfort. It fits nicely to your body and is is contoured so that it takes women’s curves in account. There is also space for movement. It’s a thin enough vest that you could easily team this with many other layers, either over a t-shirt or under a jacket. 

Men’s fit

Nick – I went for a Medium in the Men’s sizes. Generally I found the fit to be good, perhaps a little generous around the top of the shoulders but well sculpted around the main body. One thing I would say is that I felt the neck went quite high, even when the zip wasn’t done up fully, the neck tends to sit very close to your chin. Awesome for when you do want to feel really cosy, but when you need a bit of breathing room in that area it can be a little hard to get without undoing the zip most of the length of the garment.

Feel

When you wear this vest it is very lightweight and it keeps you warm, even with how thin the vest is. It’s filled with environmentally friendly synthetic fibres with a windproof outer, (utilising Jack Wolfskin’s own stormlock technology) helping towards keeping cold out and warmth in. There are 4 pockets in total in this vest, 2 internal and 2 external. The pockets are large enough to comfortably fit your hands in, or a couple of snacks or a small accessory like your phone. The high collar keeps your neck warm, which is what everyone wants!

Pricing and colours

The Women’s gilet retails at £85.00 and comes in three colours – Night blue (classic Jack Wolfskin), Green pine and Pacific green.

The Men’s also retails at £85.00 and comes in two colours – Black and Indigo blue.

Conclusion

For us the Jack Wolfskin vests are great for one the go. The gilet protects you nicely from the cold and wind and can be used well as part of a layering system. We are so happy that more and more companies are really pushing eco friendly and recycled clothing. We hope that this will continue and grow into the future. This gilet will be one that I am sure will stay in our backpacks on a daily basis because it’s great to know that you always have something warm ready to grab at any given moment!


To find out more about the Jack Wolfskin JWP vest and to buy your own, head over to the Jack Wolfskin website.