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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Crestone (2014)

£170.00

The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Helium HD (2014)

£165.00

The Outdoor Research Helium HD is a very lightweight jacket, weighing in at 270g (size L) and made from 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+, a fabric that boasts top-end performance for breathability and waterproofness. The zip up the front of the jacket is a more water-resistant design than many around this price, but you don’t get an internal flap to impede progress ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2014)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL weighs in at 349g (men’s size large) and is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be the lightweight and durable option from the house of Gore. The jacket, which was a comfortable fit on me, has a short body with a water-resistant zip up the front. There is a small baffle on the inside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Elite (2014)

£225.00

A frequent favourite in Trail tests, the Elite uses Rohan’s own fabric, Barricade Elite, which offers performance that is equal to the best in the industry. I’ve been using the jacket for several years and find that on the hill it is just as impressive. At only 334g the Elite packs in a host of useful features for heading onto ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Aether (2014)

£260.00

The OMM Aether is made from 3-layer eVent fabric so you get the benefits of a 3-layer fabric – maximum condensation management – along with the top-end breathability and water resistance that this fabric is well known for. The Aether is available as a smock or the jacket design featured here. The style is slightly looser around the body than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Salomon Minim (2014)

£180.00

The Salomon Minim lives up to its name by tipping the scales at just 292g (size men’s large). It is made from a very thin Climapro fabric that is waterproof and breathable but does not boast the performance of higher-priced jackets, and that is why it has a lower price tag than some options. The main front zip is exposed ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Voltage/Electra (2014)

£200.00

The Berghaus Voltage for men and Electra for women feels nice and robust compared to other lightweight jackets and that makes it instantly appealing for hillwalking as it means it should be better able to trap air around the body than softer and more flexible materials. The fabric is Gore-Active Shell, a well proven development from the house of Gore ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Stretch Plasmic (2014)

£170.00

Made from a stretch fabric to reduce any restriction in movement while allowing a closer fit, the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Plasmic uses a 2.5-layer Dry.Q Evap fabric that offers high performance; but, like any 2.5-layer fabric, condensation control is even better in 3-layer fabrics. However, there are pit zips provided for additional control of body temperature. The front zip get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Vector (2014)

£150.00

What sets the Mountain Equipment Vector apart from many of its lower-priced lightweight counterparts is that here you’re getting a much higher-spec fabric, which means it should remain waterproof for longer while also being more breathable. It’s only a 2.5-layer fabric, though, and 3-layer fabrics and jackets with mesh lining will control condensation better, although there are vent holes under ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Quechua Bionnassay 600 (2014)

£150.00

The Quechua Bionnassay 600 is made from NovaDry, a 3-layer laminate with a membrane that offers good breathability figures (that said, it only boasts a 5 metre hydrostatic head, while higher-priced jackets offer around 20 metre hydrostatic heads, so like any lower-priced jacket it may not compare as well in the long term as higher priced options). The jacket is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Mountain Guide (2013)

£188.00

Rohan’s optimistically titled Mountain Guide jacket is the same length in the body as the Berghaus Hurricane and jointly these are the longest jackets we looked at. That length makes the Mountain Guide ideal for travel and general walking as it provides more weather protection than shorter jackets. The pockets are a little annoying though as they are placed at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Foray/Paladin (2013)

£185.00

The Outdoor Research Foray/Paladin is designed as a lightweight jacket and so it uses Gore-Tex Paclite, the most compact version of Gore fabric, to keep weight down while maintaining the highest levels of waterproofness and breathability. However the problem with this fabric is that any condensation that does develop is very easy to see and so this often feels clammier ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face All Terrain Jacket (2013)

£180.00

The TNF All Terrain is made from Gore-Tex, so in terms of proven waterproofness and breathability it is a great jacket. However it does only get two external pockets, so when hillwalking it offers less opportunity than other jackets in its price range to stash a map, guidebook, GPS receiver or compass for on-the-move access to these items – and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Civetta (2013)

£280.00

The Berghaus Civetta uses the latest version of Gore-Tex and this new Pro version is said to be more breathable than previous Gore-Tex fabrics, so it’s about as good as it gets. The jacket design is fairly plain but functional. You get an averagely short body with a main zip that is very chunky, allowing easier use because it’s less ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Spire (2013)

£280.00

The Marmot Spire has been around a few years and surprisingly it still uses standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, while it tips the scales at 713g, which adds up to this not being as instantly appealing as some other jackets. But on closer inspection it does have a snow skirt attached, which you can zip out and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Point Five VG (2013)

£270.00

The North Face’s Point Five VG is built around Gore-Tex Pro, and in our test it was the lowest-priced Pro jacket we received. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets, pit zips and hood, but all these features are very well-designed. The body is not as short as some, but you can get longer jackets, so it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka (2013)

£250.00

A well-established jacket that has been restyled. The Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka uses Dry Q Elite fabric with a nylon lining, which offers high levels of condensation control while feeling robust enough to withstand abrasion on rock. It does weigh in pretty heavy at 694g (size L), which is in part due to it having a loose lining and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Nexus (2013)

£260.00

Rab has used Polartec Neoshell in the Nexus, which is a relatively new 3-layer fabric that boasts excellent breathability in the lab. The theoretical drawback is that the material is not as waterproof compared to some higher-priced options, but according to Polartec this is plenty waterproof enough; increasing it just reduces breathability. To date the fabric has performed superbly on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Pinnacle III (2013)

£295.00

Rohan uses its own 3-layer Barricade fabric in the Pinnacle, which offers excellent waterproofness and breathability. The Pinnacle is 20 per cent lighter than in previous years but still weighs in at 599g (size L) so it is not among the lightest options. But this is one of the longer jackets we looked at by quite a margin, as it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Craghoppers Kiwi (2103)

£175.00

The Craghoppers Kiwi has been around for some years now, and it has always been a good general-purpose jacket for walking. It is a little heavier than some others we looked at but in part that is due to it having a 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric with a mesh and polyester lining as well as being slightly longer than most other ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby (2103)

£180.00

The Berghaus Hurricane/Kirkby stands out as it is much longer in the body than most, making it a rare commodity and a very practical option for tramping across moors, hills and mountains in wet and windy weather. As the body is so long, you can also access the base pockets relatively easily while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor Encounter (2103)

£175.00

The Encounter is made from Karrimor’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, Weathertite Xtreme, which boasts good waterproofness and reasonable breathability, although its stats are not quite as good as the higher-priced fabrics and it does feel slightly clammier than some others. The design of the jacket is minimalist compared to similar-priced options, which allows it to weigh in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Bergans of Norway SuperLett (2103)

£150.00

The Bergans of Norway SuperLett is very light at 432g (size L). It is made from a 3-layer laminate with a Dermizax membrane to keep rain out while allowing sweaty water vapour to escape and prevent the build-up of condensation. The fabric is not as breathable as higher-priced garments, but for most hillwalking activities it is a good-value option as ...

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

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