For Veilance, the Deploy LT jacket of the spring/summer 2021 season is a very peculiar piece, particularly in the off-white Vapor color.
For the most part, the Deploy LT does not have any of the special cuts that are so interesting about Veilance. Special features, though, after a fashion. And a link to some sports streetwear trends that is very interesting.
Veilance marketing copy describes the Deploy as having a characteristic silhouette; it is one of the rather straightforward pieces, though. With a twist.
In the current iteration, it takes the major design cue from the earlier, mainline Sidewinder jacket and employs a watertight zipper that starts at the center of the jacket, but then curves onto the collar to end asymmetrically shifted to the right.
On the Sidewinder, the larger flap of the collar formed by this asymmetric build was equipped with a small snap to prevent the larger side of the opened collar from flapping around.
The Deploy LT does without that. When opened, the collar just lies flat against the jacket, if it doesn’t flap around in wind, asymmetrically.
That’s not really how you are supposed to wear this jacket, anyway.
Ideally, the Deploy LT is closed tight, like most Veilance jackets.
The hood does not stow away, it also just lies against the back of the jacket when it isn’t worn. There are adjustment drawcords running around it, routed to pull-tabs on the inside of the collar for invisible adjustment.
The hood is a bit peculiar.
The adjustment options it offers, with pull-tabs inside, low under the collar, are nice (if not the easiest to reach; the zipper has to be opened to pull them).
It is tall and erect, with little protection extending towards the front to protect the face. For a summer jacket, this should be okay, but it is something to be aware of. Driving rain might not be the forte of this jacket.
Two pockets lie on the lower sides of the jacket. As usual on Veilance jackets, a passport pocket lies on the right inside of the jacket, a wallet pocket on the left inside.
In terms of design, the greatest interest lies in the Vapor off-white color and this version’s use of contrasting black waterproof zippers. Between the ‘sidewinding’ main zipper and the two pockets, this colorblock does give the jacket a special look.
It could well be that the all-black of the black version is longer-lasting in terms of timelessness; it is less of anything peculiar and noticeable.
The greyish-white Vapor color might also be more sensitive to dirt and discoloration.
Vapor is closer to a trend in streetwear and sports that I find very interesting. Between sustainability initiatives, in which companies aim to also use fewer dyes in their production, and a bit of a fashion trend, pure white and off-white pieces have been on the rise.
Adidas, in particular, has been a proponent of this that I found noteworthy, including in its city-oriented as well as Terrex (trail running) lines.
The performance of the Deploy LT jacket does not just lie in looks, however.
The jacket is a 3L Gore-Tex shell with C-Knit backer, made of 13D material.
A thickness of 13 denier is (about) twice as much as the 7D of the Pertex Shield Rab Phantom running pull-on I have mainly been using on recent trail runs in bad weather, but nothing compared to the thickness of winter shells.
This makes the Deploy LT a light shell for downpours in warm weather, indeed. It may also mean that this shell may be less durable than heavier ones, but that will have to be seen.
The Gore-Tex should perform well anyways, and there is quite some flexibility in use:
With the C-Knit backer and the light material, the Deploy wears well over just a light shirt – more than which one wouldn’t want to wear in warm, rainy conditions.
Even short sleeves underneath, bare skin against the jacket’s arms, are no problem; it feels nice.
At the same time, weight and performance combine very nicely to make this a jacket to layer with something a bit warmer underneath to be alright in all but truly cold conditions.
When it comes to layering, there is a bit of a potential problem with the cuffs.
They are shaped in a nicely asymmetric pattern, with an elastic textile that nicely forms itself around one’s wrists… but that all also means that another long-sleeve shirt or midlayer underneath, a larger watch, may all quickly become a bit of a hassle.
The medium size of the jacket is roomy enough for me (as someone between M and S) to easily layer a shirt and blazer or a midlayer underneath when more warmth are required or to just throw the Deploy LT over a short-sleeve shirt for great protection.
It also remains to be seen, of course, how well the material – and its color, in particular – will stand up to long-term use.
The Deploy LT in Vapor, in its clean lines and off-white color, with the special touch of the asymmetric main zipper and the contrast through the main and pocket zippers’ black color, is a very nice piece, anyway.
It is Veilance minimalism and ‘architectural’ construction – and close to streetwear even as it is an elegant sporty jacket, all the same.