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Gelert Ottowa

£40.00

This is a lot of jacket for £40. It’s quite heavy, and doesn’t pack down that well, which certainly rules it out for lighter weight walking, but it is very warm, and it certainly keeps some light rain out. It’s reasonably breathable, too. The sizing’s quite big, so try before you buy, and this means the collar is a bit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Guyot

£45.00

This soft shell jacket from Regatta is an excellent fit in the body, but the sleeves are frustratingly short – a shame as they have Velcro adjustment and would work well. The fleecy inner feels wonderful, more cosy than most. It’s notably less breathable than the more expensive fabrics, though. The pockets are quite small, but do offer some venting, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Columbia Ballistic Sweater

£60.00

This midweight fleece jacket from Columbia is hard to fault on fit, with enough adjustment in the cuffs and hem to make it very versatile indeed. The feel of the MTR fabric is great, but the lined sleeves not so good. With wind-resistant chest panels, as well as lined sleeves, this jacket is very warm, but doesn’t breathe or ventilate ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Activity Jacket

£60.00

This popular fleece mid layer is now made from recycled Polartec Thermal Pro 200 weight fabric, so it gains the ethical edge over most other jackets that offer the same basic style and features. The material is made from recycled plastic bottles and industrial polyester waste. The 200 weight fleece is quite warm. You get a fairly standard design of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Atlantis

£60.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 570g (size L); Polartec Thermal Pro fleece is very warm; exceptionally breathable; small chest pocket; two hip pockets; full-length front zip; hem drawcord adjustment. But relatively heavy; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; no hood.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Aigle Solok

£60.00

This midweight fleece jacket from Aigle is likely to be a perfect fit, with a nice high collar, adjustable hem, good-length sleeves and comfy, elasticated cuffs. The Polartec fabric feels good, but the lined sleeves might get a little clammy during energetic walks. Warm, with well-positioned handwarmer pockets, but they don’t vent very well. There’s no space for a map, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Craghoppers Risor Half-Zip (2012)

£60.00

A fleece for walkers who don’t want to be seen in a fleece. Has the feel of a comfy pullover, but is still highly practical. The outer fabric feels a bit more like thick wool than fleece, which makes it a little more resilient to abrasion and resists the dreading pilling of the fabric over time. The inner fabric retains ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Scene Troy

£60.00

This windproof fleece from Outdoor Scene is nice to wear, with a lovely soft fabric, high collar and stretchy fleece cuffs. A drawcord hem traps heat well. It’s rather heavy and bulky, but does a good job of keeping the wind out. Breathability is also pretty good. Quite low handwarmer pockets – not ideal with a rucksack on – but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Genesis

£61.00

This windproof fleece from Keela is a great fit – just the right length in the body with good long sleeves and elasticated cuffs. The high collar is good, and the chunky, cosy fabric has a lovely soft feel to it. Windproof and waterproof, it has Keela’s innovative and breathable Innovation X1 lining providing all the protection. It certainly keeps ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Patagonia Synchilla III Jacket

£70.00

This midweight fleece from Patagonia uses PCR fabric that feels warm and soft against the skin, and the fit is near perfect, although an extra inch on the sleeves would be good. It provides plenty of warmth and has good handwarmer pockets, as well as a small zip-up pocket on the chest. Baggy cuffs might have you reaching for the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Genesis

£70.00

Extremely comfortable, a great cut and nice and snug at the neck. It also has a lovely, soft fleecy lining. Claims to be waterproof as well as windproof and certainly kept showers and cold winds at bay. Heavy, but not too hot or bulky. Small pockets, and fabric reinforcements on the shoulders/elbows crackled with movement.  VITAL STATSColours: Grey/black, black, moss ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Rapide 2008

£70.00

This soft shell jacket  weighs just 582g; lower in price than last year (2007); very breathable fabric that is also very durable; Velcro adjustable cuffs; two map-sized hip pockets; ideal under a waterproof or as an outer garment.  But the fabric is less water-resistant than some others; rucksack belts easily obscure pockets.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The Nortgh Face Windwall 1

£70.00

The zipper is on the wrong side (right instead of left) which made it difficult to do up quickly. Otherwise fitted fine, and comfortable overall. A simply styled jacket that did the job well. One of the lightest, too. It has two big pockets, which doubled as vents, and a really comfy lining. Keenly priced and looks smart. VITAL STATSColours: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Vapour Jacket

£75.00

This insulated jacket weighs 526g, which is very light for the price, and the features provided are reasonable too. It is filled with Thinsulate and made from a soft-handle polyester. Put it on and it feels comfortable and fits well. The draughts are kept at bay by a wind baffle behind the front zip, along with hem drawcords and elasticated ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Element

£80.00

This soft shell jacket from Berghaus is a good fit in the body and the Mistral Soft Shell fabric offers a reasonable amount of stretch too. The collar is nice and high – a big plus. However, the cuffs are too tight to pull up easily. A little heavier and warmer than some, the Element leans slightly towards the colder ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Zenith

£80.00

This shoft shell jacket from Keela has a good fit in the body and sleeves, but the collar, which is reasonably high, is too tight when fully fastened. The Lycra cuffs are good, and the inner is softer than most. Heavier and bulkier than the winner, the Zenith is another jacket that’s at its best in cooler weather. It’s well-featured ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Howies Bird Rock Fleece

£80.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 516g (size L); 1% of turnover goes to environmental causes; excellent breathability; two hip pockets, chest pocket; elasticated hem. But the fleece does not feel as soft as others; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; no hood.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Twister

£80.00

It has a lovely fleece lining. Lovely to walk in and excellent breathability to help keep you dry on the inside. Lightweight, flexible fabric and deep venting handwarmer pockets. Disappointingly, the cuffs were too tight to pull up easily.VITAL STATSColours: Beet red, black, blue shadowSizes: 8-18Fabric: Elements Soft ShellWeight: 500g Men’s version: YesContact: 0191 516 5700, www.berghaus.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Exit Hoodie (2012)

£90.00

Thick, warm and rugged. A stylish jacket, that really looks more casual than it should. Performance-wise it’s great, offering plenty of warmth with its dual-texture Alpin-wool fabric. The tough wool outer fabric couples with a microfleece lining on the inside to trap warmth next to the skin. The top certainly is warm, although bulky with it. Pound-for-pound this isn’t the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tog 24 Strategy

£99.00

This windproof fleece from Tog 24 is a great fit in the body, but the sleeves are on the short side, not helped by baggy cuffs. Although the collar is a nice height, it is too loose to trap heat effectively. Compact enough to use as an outer or mid-layer and light in the pack, too. It is warm and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Torres Smock

£100.00

This duvet jacket has a generous body size, designed to be worn over another jacket; synthetic insulation; tunnel waist pocket; fixed hood; XS-XXL size range; medium level of insulation is ideal for UK; map-sized chest pocket; very durable fabric. But 838g is a bit heavy; sleeves tended to ride up a little; some may prefer a jacket to a smock.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Vapour Rise Smock

£100.00

This soft shell weighs 574g; exceptionally breathable fabric; micro wicking lining adds comfort and insulation; good water repellency; rollaway hood; excellent sleeve movement; map-sized chest pocket; elasticated and Velcro cuffs. But waist pocket easily obstructed; not as durable or water-resistant as others; no stretch.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Keela Lutian

£100.00

This soft shell jacket from Keela fits well in the body, but it’s hard to fasten the collar properly with the hood rolled away. The inner fabric is soft and comfortable, and the drawcord hem works well when needed. It’s impressive in really bad weather, with a small but useful hood and taped seams. However, despite having pit zips and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Outer Limits

£100.00

This duvet jacket weighs  646g; Polarguard 3D synthetic insulation; sculpted hem to improve freedom of movement; cavernous chest pockets; internal pocket; stuffsack supplied; fleece-lined collar; £20 lower in price than previously. But you may want a hood and adjustable cuffs.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Puma 2.0

£100.00

The sleeve and hem lengths were spot-on, as was the collar. The Polartec fabrics stretch well enough to enable effortless movement and the Velcro adjustable cuffs pull up to cool down.  Soft shell is always a compromise and the Puma is light and ultra-breathable. A versatile jacket. VITAL STATSColours: Deep red/graphite, black/graphiteSizes: XS-XXLFabric: Polartec Thermal Pro with Hardface technologyWeight: 600g ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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