I've been offered a nearly new Rab Vapour Rise Trail jacket by a friend at a reasonable price, as it no longer fits him. Whilst I like the look of it, I'm not sure what it would offer me over the 100 weight fleece/litespeed jacket combo I often use in cooler weather beyond looking a little less "outdoor geek" to the pub.
Has anyone with a VR got any opinions on any other advantages it may offer?
I have both combos you're suggesting. I tend to go with the thin fleece/windshirt when the weather is pretty good, so spring to autumn, as it gives me a bit more flexibilty.
When it's wet and cold in paticular and I'm likely to need insulation and wind/showerprofing all day I'll go with the vaporise smock. It's nice to have both but I'd say if you've already got the windshirt/fleece option I'd only look at the vaporise if i could spare the money or had a lot of winter work coming up (great in snow I find, I'll board in it if the weathers nice!)
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The VR Alpine is certainly not as warm as a windproof/fleece combo, but it is more delicate.
Over two weeks, my camera bag abraded the Pertex Equilibrium to a fishnet - while the same bag has had no effect on a Pertex Microlight smock after several years use.
The durability is rather a pity, as it is a very well designed and comfortable jacket.
stick to the first option maybe?
I have both and love the litespeed.......
the vapourise I use, but not sure why as its too warm for 3 season often? and too cold without.
is'nt waterproof but I nikwaxed it to improve it...the hood isn't very good for wind OR rain????
the best thing for me is, it is very comfy next to skin...but the rest???
conversly I have two pairs of VR pants that I love for winter or sleeping in/camp wear 3 season use..the inners dry quickly but not the outer particularly??? again super comfy next to skin but not waterproof..so mixed reviews.
I also love my Montane featherweight pants over them or over Rab powerstetch tights...amazing!
I agree with Chris.
The 2-piece option of windshirt and fleece automatically gives you more options than a Vapour Rise. Breezy but not too cold? Windshirt alone. Cool but not windy? Fleece on its own. Cool and breezy - both.
You can also customise the fit better with 2 garments. I've tried on a Vapour Rise and it does have a 'skinny but with long arms' cut to it. Doesn't suit everyone.
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