Test report Salewa Ortles down jacket and hardshell jacket

Header: woman wears two Salewa jackets on top of each other and smiles at nature

The Salewa Ortles collection - rely on your best friends!

Who is on the road in the mountains, should be able to fully engage with nature and feel the mountain. By the way, we want to rely on our clothes and not worry about whether we are properly dressed, right? The Ortles collection from Salewa promises safety and confidence - we have tested two pieces in detail and are ORTLESlich enthusiastic!

A test report by Melina from the Sport Bittl online marketing team.

Woman standing in front of mountain lake looking at her Salewa down jacket

The Ortles Medium 2 RDS down jacket in test

A down jacket that keeps you warm and is breathable at the same time. Doesn't exist? There is! I had the jacket now both in rainy 4 ° degrees in the mountains as an intermediate layer on, in sunny and yet cool 10 ° degrees on hikes as a top layer or simply in everyday life when cycling to the office in the morning or in the evening at the Christmas market.

Admittedly: As a pronounced frostbite, I was really skeptical whether such a thin and incredibly light down jacket really keeps me warm. But on all occasions I was proven wrong and even during exertion I did not have the feeling that the heat and sweat "stand" in the jacket, but that I was still well ventilated. This is certainly due to the 3D box chamber construction: the filling of duck down is combined with hybrid TirolWool® Responsive insulation inserts on the hood, shoulders and cuffs. In this way, thermal insulation is perfectly regulated according to different body zones - and thanks to the insulation inserts, even when it's wet.

And: the jacket really keeps the wind out. Even on the bike late in the evening in the fall this had no chance. You already realize, the thermal performance has convinced me completely!

By the way, since I personally animal welfare is very close to my heart: The down used is certified with the Responsible Down standard . The seal ensures that the down comes from farms with ethically sound husbandry and the animals do not suffer unnecessarily. That's the way it has to be!

Fit & Optics

The jacket sits exactly as a woman wants: Waisted, feminine and yet you have perfect freedom of movement, especially at the shoulders, it feels - totally untypical for a down jacket - almost stretchy. I love the fit! The ergonomic sleeves and shoulders not only feel mega, but together with Salewa's Free Motion cut construction prevent the hem from riding up, even when climbing.

Last but not least, the Ortles Medium absolutely catchtes me with its look. I like it colorful and I like the bright blue accordingly super. Especially in combination with the zipper details in neon has it me the jacket angetan. Not only in the mountains, but also in everyday life, I'm definitely on the safe side with it style-wise. Speaking of everyday life: The integrated pannier is the hammer and not only practical for hikes when it gets too warm, but also at events or concerts. No desire to wait forever in line at the checkroom? Just stuff it into the pannier and put it in your bag or backpack. Afterwards, the jacket is also guaranteed NOT crumpled, but looks like always. Absolutely approved!

Woman sits on rock in front of mountain lake and looks into distance
Woman standing in front of mountain lake
Pannier Salewa down jacket
Details of blue Salewa down jacket
Woman grabs summit cross in front of view of Chiemsee lake
Woman standing in the mountains with Salewa hardshell jacket smiling at camera

The Ortles PTX 3L hardshell jacket in test

Alright, warmth is already ensured with the down jacket. But what if it rains or even snows on ski tours or mountaineering? The answer is the matching PTX 3L hardshell jacket from the same collection. I had immediately times extensively tested on an approximately 2-hour tour in the Pitztal, on which it has really only rained. What can I say? I stayed almost completely dry. The only moisture that was to be seen afterwards on my down jacket (although really vanishingly little), came with certainty from myself. Sure, the jacket is breathable but all the moisture it can not then transport to the outside. But that could not shake the top end result. I mean, after 2 hours in the pouring rain I was DRY? So it should be! And although the jacket is really super thin. The technology behind it? The 3-layer laminate construction of Salewas very light and yet durable Powertex fabric. In addition, the Ortles PTX is treated with a PFC-free DWR coating (durable water repellent), raindrops literally roll off here.

Especially practical? Behind the right zipper you can store small items, on the left side you get thanks to the direct access closure to underlying layers without having to open the jacket. What I also found great was the extra high collar, so I stayed dry at the neck as well. The hood is designed to be worn under a helmet: On the collar you have two hidden openings through which you can thread the chin strap to close the helmet directly under the chin.

And again, the jacket has convinced me with the cool look and the neon details and I love to wear it in everyday life as a simple rain jacket.Many of my girls have already asked me about the jacket - I actually always answer the same: It 's available at Sport Bittl, girls!

Salewa lettering on blue jacket in front of mystical mountain panorama
Details Salewa hardshell jacket: hand grips Direct Access
Lettering engineered in the dolomites on blue jacket sleeve
Woman face with hood of hardshell jacket in rain with collar up

My conclusion

As you have already read out from the test report, both jackets have convinced me completely! With the high thermal performance and waterproofness, I am well equipped for all outdoor adventures. But I also wear both jackets in everyday life, because the appearance is in no way inferior to the high functionality. These are REALLY two jackets for all occasions! Clear recommendation from me.

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