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Regatta Invent

£35.00

This windproof fleece from Regatta is a good fit, with just the right amount of room in the arms and body. The high collar is nice, but the cuffs are loose and the lining feels a bit scratchy against the skin. Performs remarkably well for the price. Not as warm and wind-resistant as some, so not suited to really cold ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Explorer Pull On

£60.00

Typically of Páramo, this fleece mid layer is dedicated to being functional on the hill. At around 484g it is reasonably lightweight. It can also be worn inside-out if you find it a little too warm. The fabric is very durable and wind-resistant, and will keep light drizzle at bay too. It is a smock design, which allows a large ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Zip T

£75.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 498g (size L); Polartec Thermal Pro provides more insulation than some other fleece mid layers; Powerstretch side panels for extra-close fit and freedom of movement; chest pocket; elasticated hem; drawcord collar; very fluffy style. But not as practical as some others (no large pockets; Powerstretch does not extend over shoulders), not as fashionable as some ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Torres Gilet 2010

£75.00

The Torres Gilet can be used for layering over a Páramo waterproof garment or worn directly over a base layer. Either way it will deliver fast and light insulation to the torso without being weighed down by sleeves or a hood. DesignAs with all gilets there are no sleeves, and unlike other jackets here there is no hood either. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Regatta Seistan

£75.00

More waterproof than soft shell and as a waterproof it performs quite well, with a three-layer membrane fabric, taped seams and a very good, adjustable hood. As a soft shell, though, it fails to provide any real insulation, and is nothing like as breathable as some. It’s very adjustable with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord hem, and the hood is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Astron Hooded/Astral Hooded 2008

£120.00

This soft shell jacket was developed specifically for those who want a soft shell that is stretchy, light and easy to pack in your rucksack – and it is one of the lightest here. It uses Polartec Power Shield fabric, which is extremely wind-resistant and very water-resistant, but most importantly it is also more breathable than the more waterproof options, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Patagonia Figure 4

£140.00

This soft shell weighs 460g; water-resistant and windproof fabric; fleece-lined collar for extra comfort; glued seams for softer feel and less bulk; Velcro adjustable cuffs; small chest pocket for compass; waist pockets for maps; collar drawcord; excellent movement in sleeves. But waist pocket access is obscured with rucksack belts; no hood.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Millet Touring Hoodie

£160.00

Soft shell is such a broad category that choosing just one really depends on your definition and expected use of the jacket. For me, a soft shell is a garment that is more wind- and water-resistant than a fleece and also more durable, which allows it to be worn on the hill whenever you can get by without your waterproof ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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