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The Review | VAUDE Men’s Sympapro rain jacket

It’s a situation we’ve all been in; you ride the morning commute under the bright blue sky and promising sunshine, but as soon as the bell rings to leave the office, that’s when the ominous clouds start rolling in. At first it’s just a few splatters of rain, a touch of drizzle, but before you know it’s a full-on downpour. Definitely more bearable (and even appreciated) in summer, but if you’ve got an hour’s ride to get home then a decent waterproof is a necessity. It has taken me a while but I’ve finally got to the grown-up stage of rarely leaving the house without one.

For the past few months I’ve relied on the Sympapro Jacket from VAUDE. It weighs 252g (in size XL) so it’s nice and lightweight, and packs down to a very small size. Coming in orange, black and blue, I went for the orange as it more than suited my long-term test bike for the year, the SCOTT Genius 900 tuned. This also helps with visibility on the roads.

Der Schnitt der VAUDE-Regenjacke ist speziell auf die Sitzposition des Mountainbikers zugeschnitten, d. h. sie hat verlängerte Arme und ein verlängertes Rückenteil.
The VAUDE raincoat has been designed purposely to fit mountain bikers, with longer arms and dropped tail.
Die im linken Brustbereich befindliche Außentasche hält das Smartphone trocken, da sie ebenfalls mit einem wasserdichten Reißverschluss versehen ist.
There’s an outer pocket on the leftside of your chest to keep your smartphone dry, which seals with a watertight zip.
Der leichtgängige Reißverschluss lässt keine Nässe durch.
The smooth zip won’t give water a chance.
An den Ärmeln sind Reflektoren angebracht, die die Sicherheit im Straßenverkehr erhöhen sollen.
The reflectors on the sleeve should increase the awareness of other road users.

Subtle but nevertheless effective, the lower arms, hip area and shoulders feature reflective strips, which ensures that you’re seen on the roads by other users. Despite the colour choice, there’s no danger of being mistaken for an AA roadside mechanic.

Reflektierende Applikationen an den Hüften.
Reflective features on the hips.

The back pocket also doubles as a carry-pack for the whole jacket, which is made from environmentally friendly Sympatex membrane. This three-layered stretchy material is reputedly incredibly durable, breathable and entirely waterproof and windproof.

Bottom line

In terms of cut and material, the VAUDA Sympapro is pleasure to wear, without making you feel like you’ve donned a sweaty plastic bag. Lightweight, packs down small and waterproof; isn’t that what we’re all looking for in a waterproof?

Sizes: S – XXL
Weight in size XL (54): 252 g
Price: 220 €

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Words: Manne Schmitt Photos: Klaus Kneist