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Marmot Precip (2014)

£85.00

To stay dry in the hills, walkers need not only great clothing design but also a great fabric. The Precip is a well-established lightweight jacket but this year Marmot has introduced a new fabric to its range called NanoPro, claiming it is 43 per cent more breathable than the brand’s previous coated fabric. This could make the Marmot Precip the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Leonidas (2013)

£200.00

The The North Face Leonidas feels incredibly soft, thanks to the use of a 2.5-layer HyVent fabric, which is PU-coated with a Drytouch print on the inside to break up any molecules of condensation. The fabric also has 4-way stretch, so this jacket feels very comfortable and when you do get condensation, it feels less clammy than 2-layer fabric but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Elite (2013)

£225.00

The Barricade Elite fabric used in the Elite is unique to Rohan and offers superb performance in lab tests as well as on the hill. The jacket weighs just 343g (size L) but still boasts a good set of functional hill-going features. So you get the typically short body of a lightweight jacket with a front zip that lacks an ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment FireFox (2013)

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment FireFox is well-established, and is now made from Gore-Tex Active fabric to keep its weight down to just 335g (size L), despite having pit zips and chest pockets. It’s about 3cm longer at the hem than some similar-looking jackets. The jacket has an exposed front zip with an internal stormflap that’s about half the width of some ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Transonic (2013)

£200.00

The Outdoor Research Transonic has a unique set of features that you’ll love or hate. It uses Gore-Tex Active, so it’s top of the league on breathability but not the most durable. It’s the design, however, that will divide opinion. It’s 2-3cm longer than some jackets sent in for our test, but the front zip is oddly set just off-centre, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2013)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL was redesigned in 2012 with a slimmer fit and a new Storm Hood, and the result is a jacket weighing in at 341g (size large) with good features for the hillwalker. It is built around Gore-Tex Paclite, the lightest and most packable version of Gore-Tex, and it’s also more durable than Gore-Tex Active, which offers a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Rival (2013)

£225.00

The Haglöfs Rival is a new jacket that is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is lightweight and durable but does tend to display condensation a little more than other forms of Gore-Tex. Its low weight has allowed the Rival to be 3cm longer in the body than many other jackets in our test. The basic design is similar to others ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Air (2013)

£250.00

The Montane Air has been a popular ‘fast and light’ waterproof for a few years in Trail reviews, and it remains a benchmark product. It’s built around a 3-layer eVent fabric, which provides well-proven performance in terms of moisture control as well as durability. The fabric does feel a little stiffer than some other fabrics though. The Air weighs just ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Nano (2013)

£230.00

Gore-Tex Paclite is a 2-layer fabric, so you get a massive weight saving – and this brings the Marmot Nano in at just 249g (size L), which is some 100g lighter than other jackets of its design. The Nano benefits from two large chest pockets that are placed above any rucksack hipbelts, so you have great easy-access storage space for ...

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

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