the Product Review Staff
Weight: 16.3 oz size M
The Veiled Peak is Cloudveil’s midweight softshell jacket for aerobic activities. Unlike their famed Serendipity Jacket, which uses a heavier Schoeller Dryskin Extreme, the Veiled Peak uses the lighter and more breathable Schoeller Dynamic fabric.
This is a basic no frills softshell. It uses standard Schoeller Dynamic (with its smooth, rather than napped inner surface), has two mesh lined hand warmer pockets, and a one hand operated waist draw cord. The only two "extras" are a zippered wallet/key stash pocket on the inside of one the mesh hand warmer pockets and a soft tricot lining on the collar.
The fit is trim and attractive (the jacket looks great hanging around town) with plenty of mobility and room for a couple of base layers. The Veiled Peak has a nice enough fit that it serves well as a minimalist stretchwoven shell for mild winter hiking, climbing, and backcountry skiing.
We would have liked at least one napoleon pocket on the jacket but it’s a minor gripe. We can probably figure out another place to stash the GPS, cell phone, or kisky flask. More disturbing is the jacket's weight. At 16.3 oz, the Veiled Peak cannot compete with the lightest soft shell jackets on the market (including other stretchwovens) and it is only about 10% lighter than far more weather resistant jackets like Cloudveil's own Serendipity.
Update July 2003: Cloudveil has decided to discontinue the Veiled Peak collection to pursue development on the Prospector clothing line.
"Cloudveil Veiled Peak Jacket," by the Product Review Staff. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/00107.html, 2003-07-02 03:00:00-06.