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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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.  ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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? ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2012)

£80.00

A technical style of fleece designed to perform well on the hill as part of a technical layering system. It’s a little too lightweight for wearing on a blustery day without a few other layers, and is really for those moving a little faster. Microfleece fabric provides most of the warmth, and allows moisture to wick away to outer layers. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Double Pile (2012)

£60.00

A heavy fleece and therefore very warm. Double-pile fabric really traps the heat in. That also makes it bulky, however, and this certainly isn’t the kind of garment to tuck away in your pack for emergency use. Although it may not look like it, the face fabric has a water-repellent treatment which means that you can wear the top in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Hybrid Long Sleeve Zip Neck (2012)

£50.00

A tight fitting, athletic top built for high-energy activities, and as such may frighten off more casual users. The tight fit ensures that moisture is lifted quickly away from the skin and sent to the outside. Body-mapping has also been used to provide a little extra insulation in key areas. Best of all is the seamless construction, which means a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Helly Hansen Warm Freeze Half-Zip (2012)

£60.00

Helly Hansen’s polypropylene Lifa hollow fibres are mixed with merino wool in this top to capture the best elements of both. Lifa fibres are fast-wicking, with some insulation, while the merino gives extra warmth to the top, whilst also providing natural anti-odour. The dimple effect fabric helps draw moisture up and away well. It works well over a range of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Montane Bionic Long Sleeve Crew Neck (2012)

£60.00

A really lightweight base-layer made from Sportwool – a unique fabric that blends the best properties of merino wool on the inside, and polyester on the outside. Merino wool excels at trapping water vapour perspiring from the skin, whilst polyester transports moisture to the outside, spreading it out so the fabric dries extremely fast. So this base-layer works just as ...

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

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