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Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee Zip (2014)

£55.00

FeaturesFrom a company owned by Sherpas, the Tsepun Zip Tee has a chest pocket big enough for a credit card or the like. Nice details include the ‘endless knot’ symbol on the rear neck and ‘prayer flag’ zip, plus padded cuffs and collar. The zip is generous: more like 1/3 than 1/4. The women’s equivalent is the Dikila. 5/5 FabricWhile ...

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Rab Xenon X Hoodie (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Xenon X Hoodie’s two main pockets and a chest pocket are all map-sized and have zips, although if you wear this with a rucksack you do lose some access to the lower pockets. The hood is elasticated around the face with no drawcords at all, while the cuffs have no adjustment and are simply elasticated. 4/5 FitThere is ...

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Montane Primino (2014)

£60.00

FeaturesNew this autumn from British brand Montane, the Primino is an unflashy zip-neck top with minimal features (on a base layer, though, so you may not want them!) and clever fabric that’s useful for standalone use in autumn/spring and as a layer in winter. A women’s fit is available. 4/5 FabricA clever idea (common to several other brands), the Primino ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe moment you reach a summit and want to throw on some insulation, in most cases you have to remove your waterproof before you can add a warm layer – and in the process you freeze. The Páramo Torres Jacket, however, is designed to go over your waterproof. It also has large, well-placed pockets and hood drawcords. The front zip ...

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Aclima Warmwool Hoodie (2014)

£80.00

FeaturesThis oddball from Norwegian wool specialists Aclima can be worn as a crew, a polo neck or sporting a full hood, making it ideal for a range of cold conditions. You also get a tunnel pocket and thumb loops so – while it looks a bit Flash Gordon – you’re getting great value here. A women’s fit is available. 5/5 FabricThe ...

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The North Face Storm Shadow (2014)

£85.00

The North Face’s Storm Shadow is designed as a next-to-skin or mid layer fleece. To provide maximum comfort it’s a close-fitting top that’s extremely air-permeable while offering superior ‘wicking’ (moisture-removing) performance. All this makes it ideal when used under a waterproof jacket or when worn on its own during highly aerobic activities, or for scrambling or walking in non-windy environments.  ...

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Rab Shadow Hoodie (2014)

£135.00

The Rab Shadow Hoodie is made from Polartec Windpro, which is four times more wind-resistant than traditional fleece, but it doesn’t have a membrane inside – and so retains enough air permeability to allow water vapour to escape, thus preventing condensation building up. This fabric is therefore ideal for windier conditions, in places that will still necessitate a waterproof jacket ...

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Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket (2014)

£75.00

The Vaude Basodino Hooded Jacket is made from Bluesign-approved fabric, which means the material is environmentally friendly. The fabric is also nice and stretchy and provides a good level of insulation, which makes it ideal for hillwalking. Put the jacket on and it instantly feels comfortable and really hugs the body, but without being restrictive. There are three pockets. The ...

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Patagonia Piton Hybrid (2014)

£135.00

Although I’d always choose a fleece with a hood, some folk will prefer a non-hooded fleece that allows them to wear a separate hat. If that’s you then out of the jackets received for our test, the Patagonia Piton Hybrid was the best option in terms of its features and design. It is made from Polartec Windpro, which is four ...

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Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie (2014)

£100.00

The Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie (men’s) and Zonda Fleece Hoodie (women’s) feature an over-the-head smock design, which won’t be to everyone’s liking but has distinct advantages over the more conventional jacket style. As there’s no front zip to get in the way, there’s a tunnel chest pocket that can be accessed from either side. This is ideal for warming hands ...

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Jack Wolfskin Activate Jacket (2013)

£80.00

A really great-looking jacket with a flattering, contoured fit. The fabric is soft, light and supple, with lots of stretch and articulated elbows too, so it feels fantastic to walk in. The close fit and high, fleece-lined collar trap warmth brilliantly, helping it feel surprisingly cosy in cool weather. Breathability and wind resistance is excellent, and the zip is covered ...

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Craghoppers Track (2013)

£50.00

A top-notch value-for-money soft shell that features a warm, fleecy backed fabric that offers a fair bit of insulation and does a good job of keeping drizzle at bay. It’s got plenty of stretch in it, which makes it very comfortable and easy to move in and it’s also got Velcro adjustment at the cuffs and a drawcord at the ...

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Sherpa Tseten Jacket (2013)

£100.00

A tough and full-featured jacket made from quite thick, three-layer fabric. It has a grid fleece lining inside which means it’s much warmer than others out there, and it feels bulkier and stiffer – great in cold weather but too warm in summer. Performance in the hills is great in cold weather, with a fleece-lined collar to trap warmth (shame ...

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Salomon Darbon Light Jacket (2013)

£100.00

A lightweight and sporty-looking jacket made from stretchy, double weave soft shell. It behaves much like a wind shirt, so it works best as an outer layer in any kind of dry weather. It’s got a soft, high collar to trap warmth, but the elastic cuffs are way too loose – they’ll pull up easily when you want to spill ...

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Patagonia Simple Guide Jacket (2013)

£100.00

A light but effective soft shell that ticks all the boxes. Made from eco-friendly recycled polyester, the fabric feels light and stretchy – ideal for those that move fast – yet it keeps out wind, breathes well and repels a fair bit of drizzle thanks to the Deluge DWR. Low bulk means it slots easily beneath a shell but it ...

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The North Face Iodin Jacket (2013)

£100.00

Brand new for spring 2013, this is a lightweight and really stretchy jacket. The fit is simple and flattering, with hidden hem adjustment in each pocket for fine-tuning the fit, and fuss-free cuffs that rely on stretch for adjustment - they pull up really well, but check the fit because if they’re too long they’ll slip down over your hands. ...

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Montane Prism (2013)

£100.00

Long a stalwart of good kit and prices, Montane’s Prism is another example of kit purpose-built for the UK. Insulation is Primaloft Eco, which – while not as soft or thick as Premium Primaloft One – uses 50 per cent recycled fibres. It’s still good, warm and adds a pleasing earthy tick, and a weather-resistant Pertex Microlight outer offers further ...

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Columbia Premier Packer Hoodie (2013)

£140.00

The Premier Packer Hoodie’s comfortable fit and simple functionality make this decent effort from Columbia a solid if curious contender. The scaly, shimmery Omni-Heat treatment – thankfully confined to lining the body and not on show inside the hood – gives this a bit of a ‘disco’ look when unzipped, but the principle of thermally reflective dots does work, and ...

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Sprayway Reactor (2013)

£90.00

The Reactor, a brand new jacket, is a decent effort from Sprayway, and it hits a number of pleasing chords – the sweetest being in the wallet, as it’s half the cost of the priciest we looked at. An adjustable hood with a stiffened peak and a massive pocket with room for an OS map (one of only two jackets ...

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Alpkit Filo (2013)

£120.00

Like all Alpkit gear the price of the Filo is outstanding, yet it also manages to pack in great performance that almost matches the best on test. The Filo has won a ‘Best Value’ award before from Trail, and it remains an excellent option for the price-conscious. It’s very warm thanks to a good amount of good-quality down, and this ...

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Icebreaker Cascade Full Zip (2012)

£130.00

As it’s made from merino wool, you could honestly live in the Icebreaker Cascade Full Zip for months without washing it because of its natural antibacterial properties. Made from Icebreaker’s RealFleece (260g/m2), this is a thick, warm full-zip jacket that keeps you very toasty but also breathes well so you shouldn’t ever get clammy. You can feel stronger wind through ...

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Berghaus Parione (2012)

£80.00

The lowest in price and also the lightest top in our test (306g size UK 12), the Berghaus Parione proves that you don’t have to pay a fortune for a top-quality, well-fitting fleece suitable for walking, scrambling and mountaineering. Berghaus has cleverly combined light but warm Polartec Classic Micro fabric on the main body and arms of this jacket with ...

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Montane Dyno (2012)

£100.00

The fabric is less rubbery and less stretchy than some and there’s no fleecy lining. It’s also very thin, so it’s pleasingly lightweight. It’s not fully windproof, but general wind-resistance is good and breathability excellent. The tighter fit, coupled with this fabric construction, makes this one of the best jackets for removing moisture close to the skin. Adjustment is very ...

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Berghaus Ignite Hoody (2012)

£130.00

On the surface, the Berghaus Ignite Hoody is very similar to the Montane Flux; however it is slightly heavier (20g more) but feels a little warmer. Like others on test it’s wind- and water-resistant, filled with PrimaLoft insulation and also boasts an adjustable hem cord to get a snug fit around your waist. A draught excluder is fitted behind the ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2012)

£140.00

When it comes to insulating layers, Páramo says: why put it on under your waterproof when you can simply throw it over everything? But the question for a walker who will only use a jacket like this ‘just in case’ or when they stop for lunch is this: is it really worth the extra weight and bulk in their backpack? ...

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