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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Flux Jacket (2012)

£130.00

Boasting a wealth of features, the Montane Flux Jacket is quite simply great value for money. Made from Eco-PrimaLoft – where at least 50 per cent of the insulating material is recycled fibre – it will keep you warm enough for summit stops and short lunch breaks for a reasonably low weight (420g, size 10). Its outer shell is water-resistant ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Cross Insulator (2012)

£120.00

A classic mid-layer insulator jacket, in a bit of a 1970s ski jacket style. The synthetic fill allows it to work even in the wet and it’s not too thick so it fits under a shell easily enough. The relatively short cut of the body also helps with mid-layer performance. When used as a mid-layer, it can be a bit ...

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

£140.00

If you’re only going to buy one soft shell, you won’t go far wrong with this. It’s a little on the heavy side, but it’s warm and snug with a fleece lining and soft outer fabric. It’s also got a lovely high collar to bury your face into in bad weather. Sizes are smaller than average and the body is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Scarab

£100.00

A warm jacket, but the Scarab has excellent venting through the pockets and this, plus an excellent combination of fabrics (Pertex with a pile lining), means it breathes incredibly well so remains very versatile. Includes a roll-away hood, which is very comforting when it is needed. Yet despite all these features, it’s also very light and packs down well, too. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Sierra Lite

£70.00

The Sierra Lite does an excellent job of keeping wind and mild rain off, while providing some insulation and great breathability. Unfortunately the jacket is let down by a non-adjustable, very tight cuff which cuts down its versatility, especially when you’re climbing a hill and feel that rolling sleeves up would be enough to cool you down. It’s a shame ...

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

£80.00

Very light  – more a windshirt than a full-on soft shell, but the Cadion does a great job in milder conditions, keeping a little rain at bay comfortably and breathing exceptionally well. The fabric stretches easily making it great to move about in, too. It’s quite minimalist in design with just one small chest pocket, elasticated cuffs and no drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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PHD Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket 2009

£94.00

PHD is a small British company that specialises in designing and making products here in the UK that are at home in the world’s most extreme environments, from the Poles to Everest. The Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket boasts total practicality in fabric and features. DesignThe PHD Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket is based on a well-proven design of a long jacket ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Páramo Explorer Pull-On 2009

£60.00

Páramo is best known for its waterproof jackets, which are well-proven as being ideal for walkers in the wet and windy British hills. But the company also makes a range of other layers such as the Explorer Pull-On, which is designed to be worn as either a base layer or mid layer and as part of a Páramo clothing system ...

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Lowe Alpine Diablo 2009

£120.00

With an insulating layer under a windproof or waterproof jacket, maximum efficiency is achieved using a very open-knit material. That is exactly what Lowe Alpine has set out to achieve with the Diablo, which traps huge amounts of air for warmth while allowing maximum airflow to reduce any potential condensation. DesignThe material sets this fleece apart from others, while the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Shroud Jacket 2009

£70.00

Mountain Equipment (ME) makes a range of hard shell waterproofs and soft shells. But, unlike most modern mountaineering brands, they also produce the Shroud fleece jacket, which combines all the typical practical features that they are known for coupled with Polartec fleece. DesignDesigned to function with other ME layers, the Shroud can be worn over a base layer and under ...

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Merrell Birch

£60.00

Very comfortable with a nice high collar and elastic cuffs. Cool, lightweight and stretchy fabric. A lightweight soft shell jacket that works well as an extra layer for both winter and summer walking. Not as warm as the some, but offers good water and wind resistance.VITAL STATSColours: Elderberry, eggshell, blackSizes: XS-XLFabric: Merrell Aeroblock (nylon/polyester/Elastane)Weight: 400gMen’s version: NoContact: 01179 636363, www.merrell.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Berghaus W Hobart III

£100.00

This windproof fleece from Berghaus is a pretty good fit, although the fabric didn’t have instant “ahh” appeal, feeling heavy and bulky in comparison to the best. The hem is quite short, which will suit some. Performs impeccably on windy days, offering excellent windproofing and breathability. It’s a very warm fleece, but mesh pockets and elastic cuffs add welcome ventilation. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Patagonia R2 Jacket

£90.00

One of Patagonia’s best-selling products, this fleece mid layer makes use of an extremely open-knit fabric, which helps to keep the weight down by maximising warmth and breathability. The cut is fairly loose and comfortable, with shoulder seams set forward for extra comfort under packs. You get two map-sized hip pockets and one chest pocket. The fluffy finish adds style, ...

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

£70.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 410g (size L); thin fabric; full-length front zip; small chest pocket; excellent breathability; elasticated hem and cuffs; stretch side panels; scoop tail. But not many pockets; no hood; not as warm as some.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Compressor PL Jacket

£110.00

This insulated jacket tips the scales at only 420g, and for my money it is the best lightweight option if you value a few features as well as a low weight. It gets a chamois-lined chinguard, which is just the job in winter. To keep draughts out you get front zip has a baffle on the inside, plus a hem ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite Buzz Jacket

£100.00

At £100 and 442g this insulated jacket competes with a number of similar garments and there is very little to choose between them all. The Buzz uses Primaloft insulation, like many others. The shell feels very soft to the touch, making it ideal for casual as well as hill use. The jacket stuffs into the chest pocket, which saves having ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Verso Jacket

£100.00

This insulated jacket weighs 448g, so it is ideal for carrying year-round, and like many others of its type it makes use of Primaloft insulation and Pertex fabric to keep the weight down. It stuffs into the chest pocket, saving the weight of a stuffsack. To keep draughts out the front zip has a baffle on the inside and the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Barrier Jacket

£90.00

As this insulated jacket weighs just 416g it is the sort of garment you won’t mind carrying throughout the year. It stuffs into the map-sized zipped chest pocket and there are a couple of zipped hip pockets that are also map-sized. The pockets feature the modern skinny zipped entrance styling so they don’t jump out at you when you look ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nike ACG Shale Jacket

£80.00

This insulated jacket weighs 404g; hem adjustment; two zipped, map-sized hip pockets; close fit; fashionable styling. But not as warm as most others; front zip does not get a draught baffle; no collar adjustment; no stuffsack or ability to stuff jacket into pocket; no cuff adjustment and cuff fit is very loose.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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