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Sprayway Jnr Mountain Jacket 2008

£35.00

The Sprayway Jnr Mountain Jacket is a popular kids’ jacket that benefits from a rollaway hood, with a volume adjuster and face drawcords so the fit can be fine-tuned. There is a mesh lining for added comfort and the front zip gets an double external stormflap to keep out rain. There are zipped pockets at the hip and chest, while ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Escape Full Zip Pant

£75.00

These waterproof overtrousers use a fabric that is more waterproof and more breathable than some lower-priced options, so you should stay drier. They also have a mesh lining, which again adds to the comfort levels. Fitting is easy thanks to the full-length side zips that mean these fit over any boots in seconds. This zip also gets an external stormflap ...

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

£80.00

This waterproof jacket from Sprayway is an excellent fit. It is quite long in the arms and also in the body. The Velcro and elastic cuffs work really well. There’s a roomy hood, too, which has an excellent stiffened peak and offers plenty of adjustment. The jacket keeps you warm, dry and comfortable in hideous weather. The hood is detachable ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Cloudbase 2008

£100.00

Rohan is best known as an innovator and maker of travel clothing, and in my view most of its products are better suited to travel than mountains and hill-walking. However, the Rohan Cloudbase is a new general-purpose jacket that pushes the boundaries of the brand and it is actually ideal for general walking on easier terrain as well as travel! ...

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

£100.00

Keela jackets feature a unique fabric system that keeps you drier than many conventional materials. The trick is the lining that wicks sweat away, while the outer keeps the rain off. This fabric combination can be a little heavy, but on this general-purpose jacket Keela has got it down to a respectable 600g. The jacket is quite long too, and ...

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

£100.00

This waterproof jacket from Lowe Alpine is now made from a lighter Triplepoint fabric, which is very comfortable to wear, even over a base layer. However, it does rustle as you walk. The overall fit is excellent too. It’s quite a long cut and looser than some, but there’s plenty of adjustment at the hem and cuffs and the hood ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Target Dry Element/Odyssey (2014)

£110.00

It’s so hard to find a jacket that has a decent length on the body, so when you finally discover one it really is an uplifting experience. The Target Dry Element (women’s version is the Odyssey) jacket is long enough to nicely protect my groin from getting wet in the rain when I’m not wearing overtrousers, which is really useful. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Hydrolite II (2014)

£110.00

A weight of 578g (size men’s L) makes the Sprayway Hydrolite II instantly appealing. I also like the location of the pockets as they can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. The hood gets a wired peak so it can be moulded to provide a really good visor, even if you’ve just unstuffed the hood from the collar or your ...

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

£120.00

This waterproof jacket from Craghoppers has a fine contemporary design. The body length is slightly shorter than most, but the high, fleece-lined collar is extremely snug and comfortable, and the adjustable hood is excellent too, with a good wired peak. For a lower priced product, the Shadow performs pretty well. It keeps you dry and, while not quite as breathable ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Fastrack (2014)

£120.00

The Fastrack jacket is designed for ‘high-octane trail sports’, according to Berghaus, although at 547g (size L) it’s quite heavy for moving fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own AQ2, a material with good waterproof and breathability lab results, although higher-priced jackets do offer better performance in this respect. There’s a mesh lining and pit zips to help manage condensation. The ...

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

£150.00

Montane has a knack of simply designing great outdoor kit and this general-purpose waterproof jacket is another pot of gold from this manufacturer’s mine of sensible design. It’s built around a no-nonsense eVent waterproof breathable fabric, which sits comfortably at the top of the league table of fabrics. For extra durability there are reinforced areas on the shoulders, and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Sprayway Siren

£150.00

This waterproof jacket from Sprayway fits really well, with just the right amount of room in the arms and body. It has a lovely feminine shape, and the soft, lightweight fabric is very comfortable to move in. The fleece-lined collar ensures your neck and chin remain comfortable, especially in pouring rain.  The Gore-Tex fabric and mesh lining make it feel ...

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

£160.00

This waterproof jacket from Lowe Alpine might be fractionally on the large side, but has plenty of adjustment to compensate. It’s a longer cut, which will definitely suit some, and the feel of the fabric is wonderful – not a rustle or crackle in sight. The mesh lining ensures it feels comfortable worn over a base layer, and the fleece-lined ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Cornice/Glissade

£160.00

This is a well-proven general purpose waterproof that is good for hill-walking as well as general travel and walking the dog. It is made from the new Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, which has good performance for the price. A wide brushed polyester collar lining adds valuable comfort, as does a mesh lining. This is a longer jacket than most, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Haglöfs Chaos

£170.00

This general-purpose waterproof jacket is reasonably lightweight. It benefits from a mesh lining to add a little extra comfort and also makes it feel a great deal lighter than it actually is. The fabric has a good performance level too. There is a more length in the body of this jacket than some others, with the hem reaching the bottom ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Velez Smock

£180.00

Well-proven to fight condensation and keep the wearer dry from heavy rain, Páramo garments have a broad following for their unique fabric. With this multi-activity jacket you also get extra ventilation from two zipped side vents. Behind these zips you’ll find access to a tunnel handwarmer pocket that is ideal for keeping fingers warm. The design is a smock, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Paramo Cascada

£180.00

A great fit with well-designed sleeves and a good combination of Velcro and elastic at the cuffs. Hem and waist drawcords help fine-tune fit and hood was easy to adjust. Comfort-wise, it’s hard to knock the Cascada, which is cut from a wonderfully soft and rustle-free fabric making it a real pleasure to wear. Good breathability, making it really pleasant ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Páramo Velez Adventure Smock 2008

£180.00

Páramo garments have a broad following thanks to their unique fabric, which controls condensation better than anything else, and keeps the rain out (and the performance can be maintained for life using Nikwax). Two zipped side vents on the Páramo Velez Adventure Smock add ventilation and give access to a zipped tunnel handwarmer pocket. The design is a smock, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Bergen/Vidda

£180.00

This is a superb general-purpose waterproof jacket that manages to tick most of the boxes for the discerning hill-walker. The Bergen has won several awards in Trail reviews. It is made from eVent fabric which offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. Like all the best jackets you get outstanding pocketing so you can store maps easily on the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Alpine

£180.00

This waterproof jacket from The North Face is an excellent fit in the body, but the sleeves might be a little long. That’s not a huge problem, as the Velcro cuffs are easy to adjust. It’s a very short cut, which won’t suit everybody, and the detachable hood is also a little fiddly to fit, although it’s roomy and offers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Latok 2007

£180.00

This winter jacket is made from eVent fabric, so breathability and waterproofness are as good as it gets. Better still, the fabric feels a little stiffer than some, so it should be more able to trap warm air around the body in a howling winter storm.  The hood can be rolled down and secured, and when worn it benefits from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon 2008

£180.00

The Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon has been a classic winter jacket for many years. The best feature is probably the length, for this is longer than most jackets. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, with a mesh lining, so it has great waterproofness and breathability. It’s much more of a traditional design than others here, with double stormflaps over ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Primavera

£190.00

The relatively stylish look of this general-purpose waterproof jacket hides a good selection of features for the hill-walker. The material is Gore’s Performance Shell, so top of the scale for waterproofness and reasonable breathability too. You get a good lining too, which adds a little more comfort as well as controlling any build-up of condensation . To help keep the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Columbia Compounder Shell jacket

£195.00

Omni-Dry is Columbia’s latest waterproof and breathable fabric, and on paper it appears to stand beside the best that money can buy. With the proud claim that it is ‘more air-permeable than Gore-Tex’ and that it is ‘the ultimate in waterproof technology for the outdoors’, Columbia has clearly set out its stall. The question is, does it actually help hillwalkers ...

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

£200.00

This waterproof jacket from Columbia is a little on the large side, but with Velcro adjustable cuffs and a drawcord hem, you’ll still be able to get the most out of it out on the hill. It’s a wonderfully comfortable jacket, with a soft face fabric and a nice mesh lining. The zip-off hood is also easy to adjust and ...

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

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