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We test the super lightweight Autan waterproof jacket from Finisterre to review its impact on our packing as well as on the environment
finisterre autan jacket
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Packing light for eco-aware minimalists
Overall Score
Beautifully simple and fluorocarbon-free
The simplicity sacrifices one or two basic features

257 grams in size medium. Finisterre's Autan is so minimalist, it demands as few words as possible.

The benefit to travellers is obvious - excess baggage avoidance and tiny pack size. But it also makes for a very unfussy look to ensure you don't have to look like you've just descended from the Eiger when you head out for dinner in the rain. Although the 20,000/20,000 ratings for waterproofing and breathability will satisfy the need for weather protection on the hill as well as on the street.

The minimalism might go too far for some, as the pockets have no zips and the hood will not accommodate a helmet (in fact barely a chunky hat!), but it does have a dropped rear hem and hem adjustment, which are more useful features if you had to choose.

What really makes the Autan stand out is its environmental impact, where it is as minimal as its physical design. The DWR geeks will be aware that C6 DWR (durable water resistant coating - used by pretty much all waterproof makers) has become more common in recent years, as it degrades more readily than the longer-string C8 chemicals. Finisterre have gone a step further and adopted entirely fluorocarbon-free DWR treatments across the range.

Coupled with their Bluesign accredited sustainable production we think this is a huge step forward, and chimes with the minimalism of the jacket itself.

A highly attractive price point and the fact you can feel slightly better about the carbon footprint of your travels, make this a very good value jacket.

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