The right outdoor clothing

The right clothing plays a major role in all mountain sports activities. Functional clothing from VAUDE is tailored to different areas of use and supports you in all your activities. So you enjoy high comfort and can enjoy nature to the fullest.

Requirements for outdoor clothing

High wearing comfort, an optimal fit, high-quality materials and a balanced temperature balance as well as sufficient protection from sun, wind and weather are important factors that influence your well-being. Functional textiles support and maintain the body's optimal performance. Depending on the activity, they provide appropriate breathability, moisture transport, wetness protection or insulation. Therefore, it is especially important that you think about the purpose for which you want to use the functional clothing and what properties it should bring.

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Balanced body climate

Functional textiles regulate the heat balance during physical activity. Breathability is the water vapor permeability of a material from the inside to the outside. Breathable materials transport perspiration away from the skin. This protects the body from overheating. Warming functional textiles keep your body warm at low temperatures.

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Quick-drying materials

Functional clothing has quick-drying properties, which ensure that the body is protected from cooling down and the garment is ready for use again shortly after washing.

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Functional fit

Functional cuts and materials support the body during sporting activity. This increases performance and, at the same time, the fun and enjoyment of exercise.

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Useful equipment

With features specifically tailored to the area of use create useful additional value during mountain sports of any kind. For example, trekking pants have a zip-off function or even edge protection and integrated card pockets.

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Low weight & pack size

Functional textiles can be packed small and convince with their low weight. This is a great advantage especially on the mountain or when traveling, when space is limited and you want to avoid unnecessary ballast.

Areas of application of outdoor clothing


Every mountain sports activity places specific demands on functional clothing. All details and functions as well as the fit are tailored to this - depending on where you prefer to be: whether on a hiking trail, a via ferrata or on an alpine climbing tour in the high mountains.

Of course, you can always use individual garments such as pants, fleece or jacket for other activities, but the optimal functionality is provided by each piece in its specific area of use. Each VAUDE garment is provided with a hangtag, which makes it easy for you to identify the activity for which the respective product is intended.

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Clothing for mountain sports and ski touring

For those who want to take on a sporty, ambitious approach, the functional textiles in the "Mountain" category are just made for you. They are the perfect companion for a ski tour in winter or even when mountaineering and climbing in the summer.

These products are characterized by low weight, a body-hugging cut, robust materials, a sporty look and maximum functionality. Particular emphasis is placed on the function of weather protection and specific features.


Useful details of Mountain clothing

Mountain products have useful features that make adventures in nature a real pleasure. These include a connection system for jacket and pants and, in the case of pants, an integrated snow guard, a zip-off bib, glued pockets or Cordura edge protection.

Jackets in this category have a helmet-compatible hood, zippers that can be operated even when a climbing harness is worn, or clamping strips for the climbing harness. The products are also backpack-compatible or have a reinforced shoulder area.

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Hiking and trekking clothing

Mountains offer plenty of variety and a wide range of activities. Products for hiking or trekking are designed for day trips and can be used in a variety of ways - even in urban areas. They are robust, offer full functionality and maximum wearing comfort as well as a modern look.

Jackets in this category have, for example, underarm ventilation and adjustable or removable hoods, and the pants have a zip-off function. The products are also backpack-compatible.

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Our clothing for work, everyday life and travel

Whether for work, travel or leisure - The VAUDE products from the Urban Life range offer high comfort, urban design and optimal performance for all your everyday activities.

The products are functional and versatile to combine. Fashionable cuts and fabrics provide a stylish look. So you are dressed top in all situations. At the same time, weather protection is not neglected.

The jackets of the Urban Life series have adjustable or detachable hoods, hidden reflective inserts, two-way zippers and adjustable cuffs.

The layering principle explained

Weather and temperatures can change rapidly outdoors. The body also adapts and so the body temperature rises during exertion and drops during breaks. When doing sports, it therefore makes sense to dress in coordinated layers.

With the so-called onion principle or 3-layer principle, individual clothing layers are combined with each other and form a functional unit. However, for the layering principle to work, it is absolutely essential to use only functional textiles. In this way, moisture is optimally transported away or the air between the layers insulates again.

The individual layers are extremely variable and can be adapted to different weather conditions at any time. Depending on the weather and personal condition, a layer can be taken off or put on: If it gets too warm, you take off a layer, if you cool down, you put something on again.

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Inner layer (base layer / first layer)

The base layer is the most important layer because it is worn directly on the skin. From here, moisture is transported to the outside as quickly as possible to keep the body dry and prevent cooling.

Functional fibers are used for the base layer, as natural fibers would lose this property when wet. In the sun and warm temperatures, people often wear only this functional layer.

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Middle layer (second layer)

The mid layer serves to insulate body heat and to transport moisture from the inside to the outside. Several synthetic materials, such as fleece, are suitable for this purpose. These keep the body warm in cool temperatures. They retain this property even when damp and dry quickly.

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Outer layer (shell layer / third layer)

The outermost layer provides protection from external influences such as rain, wind or cold. Both hardshell and softshell products are suitable for this purpose. Hardshells offer maximum protection against adverse weather and are absolutely waterproof, windproof and breathable. Softshells combine weather protection with warming insulation properties. The stretch material is comfortable to wear, breathable and water repellent, but not waterproof.