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SpraywayPandora GTX (2015)

£260.00

The word ‘mountain’ is used five times in Sprayway’s description of the Pandora. It has a ‘mountain’ hood, ‘mountain’ fit, sleeves, cuffs and four ‘mountain’ pockets. They clearly have a particular environment in mind, and it’s this high-altitude DNA, with all the attendant technology, that bumps up the price. The good news is, it’s tough enough to deal with that. ...

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Black Diamond Vapour Point (2015)

£250.00

If you like to move fast when you're outdoors, love a scramble and/or have a tendency to sweat a lot, the Vapour Point could be the jacket for you. It’s a genuinely technical jacket for those who want to go further, higher, quicker. It’s made from Gore-Tex Active, which is constructed the same way as Gore-Tex (holes big enough for ...

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Páramo Andina (2015)

£220.00

Páramo waterproofs are unlike any other: soft as bedsheets, rustle-free and unlaminated, but impervious to water and highly breathable. The Andina is all of these things, with the added benefit of underarm zipped vents, Velcro adjustable cuffs and a cinchable hem – all of which help you regulate your temperature. It’s incredibly comfortable and soft enough to be worn over ...

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Montane Direct Ascent (2015)

£250.00

I gave this jacket a real baptism of fire by taking it high into the Scottish Highlands at the dreg-end of winter. Happily, it passed this sternest of tests with every flying colour imaginable. With cuffs and hem fully tightened, it locked out the most aggressive hail-flecked gusts. The hood fitted snugly, protecting my face from the wind but never ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita (2015)

£280.00

I’ve been wearing the Lakpa Rita for over two years and if I’m heading for mountains and the forecast is dodgy, it is my go-to hard shell. It just has the whole package: a stiff, peaked hood, four taped pockets in all the right places and at the perfect dimensions, a slightly longer cut to cover most of the bottom, ...

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Bergans Eidfjord (2015)

£200.00

The Eidfjord is a do-anything, go-anywhere technical jacket that is equally at home in a summer downpour as it is in a wintry squall. While it’s light and compact enough to stuff into a rucksack quickly, the Eidfjord doesn’t compromise on durability: the three-layer waterproof fabric and water-resistant zips feel robust enough to endure the rough-and-tumble of all-weather walking. The ...

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Musto Evolution Sardinia GTX (2015)

£249.00

The Musto is a waterproof jacket that thinks it’s a soft shell. The soft face fabric is far nicer to wear than the average hard shell, and the hood is removable, meaning it can work as a warm and windproof outer layer even if it’s dry. It’s very warm, thanks to its two-layer Gore-Tex membrane and luxurious collar lining. But ...

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Berghaus Light Trek Hydroshell (2015)

£170.00

Berghaus say they designed this new jacket with input from walkers who had completed the West Highland Way, so its focus is on moving light and fast over long distances. It lacks the Gore-Tex membrane used on Berghaus’ tougher shells but is still reliably waterproof. (That said, the brand’s much-loved Paclite jacket does most of what this does, is the ...

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Montane Minimus (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesAt just 265g (L) the Montane Minimus is exceptionally light, and the features are minimalist to reach that goal. The main weight saving comes from the Pertex Shield + fabric, which is very thin and feels quite delicate. Also the three pockets have mesh linings, to save weight. But at least you get all those pockets, and the hood has ...

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Jöttnar Hymir (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThere are lots of ways to save weight, and the Jöttnar Hymir strips away features to achieve its 346g (L). So it is a smock design with a short front zip, and it’s relatively free of seams too. There is only one pocket, but it does take a map. The hood gets a wired peak as well as face drawcords ...

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Montane Featherlite (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Montane Featherlite uses a lightweight eVent fabric called DV Storm with a 3-layer construction but a slightly different outer face fabric than the Rab Muztag, leading to a slightly lighter jacket at only 296g (size L). The fabric is 20 per cent more breathable than standard eVent and you get two good chest pockets with a wired peak on ...

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Rab Muztag (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesThis 2015 jacket uses a very lightweight version of eVent fabric called DV Storm with a 3-layer construction so the inside layer can manage condensation. The fabric is said to be 20 per cent more breathable than standard eVent. You also get two huge chest pockets plus a hood with a wired peak along with face drawcords and rear volume ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone is Bluesign-approved, meaning it meets stringent environmental standards. It is a 2.5-layer fabric, so it’s not quite as good as 3-layer materials for condensation management. But it is light at 313g (size L) and you still get two main pockets, plus a third chest pocket, a hood with a wired peak, ...

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Vaude Casson (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Casson’s 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric gains Bluesign approval for its environmental benefits, but condensation control is not quite as good as 3-layer fabrics. There are two main pockets, pit zips and a hood with a wired peak. It has a decent weight of 310g too. The main drawback is the two pockets: they’re mesh-lined so they may allow ...

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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Gore-Tex Paclite fabric used in the Arc’teryx Beta SL is designed to be lightweight and packable, but it doesn’t control condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. You also get two good-sized pockets that are well-positioned and don’t have mesh linings, so they should keep water out. The hood has a stiffened peak, however it isn’t as well-stiffened as others. ...

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First test: Rab Flashpoint (2015)

£200.00

The lighter your gear, the less you’ll be weighed down – and the more enjoyable heading to the hills will be. But we also like to be comfy when the weather turns ugly, and minimal weight at any cost is something few hillwalkers will tolerate. So the 182g weight of Rab’s Flashpoint jacket is certainly impressive, but it’s important that ...

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The North Face All Terrain (2015)

£180.00

www.thenorthface.co.uk FeaturesGore-Tex 2-layer fabric with a mesh lining is provided in the The North Face All Terrain, which guarantees high levels of waterproof and moisture management. The jacket has two lower pockets and a third chest pocket, while the body is longer than most. The hood gets a wired peak but can also be rolled into the collar when not ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2015)

£150.00

www.mountain-equipment.co.uk FeaturesThere are lots of similar jackets to the Mountain Equipment Aeon, but I liked the combination of features here. It is reasonably lightweight at 362g (size L) with three pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and a hood with a wired peak to improve vision in wet and windy weather. The downside is mesh pockets ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

www.vaude.com FeaturesThe Vaude Crestone’s weight of just 314g (size L) is an important feature but you also get two large chest-mounted pockets for easy access while wearing a rucksack and a third higher-placed chest pocket for a GPS. The hood has a wired peak plus rear volume adjustment. Pit zips are provided to aid ventilation without having to open the ...

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Lowe Alpine Grand Teton (2015)

£200.00

www.lowealpine.co.uk FeaturesUsing Triplepoint Eco, an environmentally friendly material, with a Sympatex waterproof breathable membrane, the Lowe Alpine Grand Teton jacket feels nice and stiff and robust to combat mountain weather. It has two main pockets and a useful third chest pocket that is large enough for maps. The Raptor Hood has a wired peak and great adjustment at the face ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesSherpa is owned and run by Sherpas, and most of the company’s products are made in Kathmandu. The Lakpa Rita Pant is designed with eVent 3-layer fabric. It features thigh-length side zips with loops at the ankle cuff so you can tie down the cuffs to prevent them riding up when wading through snow. The knees are articulated too. 5/5 ...

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The North Face Point Five NG (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe North Face Point Five NG overtrousers are mountaineering pants with all the features you need for tackling the toughest terrain in the toughest of conditions. So you get a tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with abrasion patches at the ankle cuff. The side zips are full-length, there is a gaiter inside the ankle and braces are provided to ...

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Rab Alpine Latock / Myriad (2014)

£240.00

FeaturesThe Rab Alpine Latock has very good set of features for most mountain-baggers, with two huge chest pockets that are ideal for map storage or handwarming. A third would be useful for map, compass or GPS storage. The hood gets a wired peak with volume and face drawcords. The exposed front zip is more water-resistant than lower-priced jackets and has ...

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Rohan Pinnacle III (2014)

£295.00

FeaturesRohan clothing generally sports lots of pockets; but with the Pinnacle III you get just two on the outside, though they are well-positioned above the waist- or hipbelt of a rucksack to allow access. You also get a zipped internal pocket. There are two zipped side vents as well to help manage condensation inside the jacket. The helmet-compatible hood gets ...

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The North Face Point Five (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesHow many pockets do you really need? The The North Face Point Five has two large and well-positioned chest pockets, but no third pocket anywhere – and I would like a third, to be ideal. There are pit zips provided plus a helmet-compatible hood with wired peak, face and volume drawcords. This is a lighter spec list than some jackets ...

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