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Páramo Alta III (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThis is the latest update to the iconic Páramo Alta. The most important feature with all Páramo jackets is the use of the company’s Nikwax Analogy fabric system, which is extremely breathable, but also soft and relatively rustle-free. Features include a wired peak, two large chest pockets and two hip pockets. There are zip vents under the arms too. 5/5 ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe Sherpa Lakpa Rita is made from a thinner version of the 3-layer eVent fabric used in other jackets, which helps to keep the weight down to a respectable 419g (men’s L). You still get two main pockets plus two small pockets on the chest. There is also a wired peak on the hood. Some others have pit zips and ...

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Vaude Fjordan (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe big plus here is that the Vaude Fjordan only weighs 380g (size L), and that is due in part to the use of a 2.5-layer stretch Ceplex laminate membrane fabric, rather than a 3-layer option. This material is also Bluesign-approved to meet environmental standards. There are three outside pockets, the hood has a wired peak and you even get ...

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Craghoppers Ashton (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesThe Craghoppers Ashton is all about the length, as it’s one of those rare models that’s long enough to really cover the bum and allows you to get your hands into the hem pockets below a rucksack hipbelt. It uses 2-layer Gore-Tex with a mesh lining, which makes it heavy. The hood is also not quite as well-featured as the ...

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Rab Bergans / Vidda (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Rab Bergans / Vidda uses a tough 3-layer eVent fabric with a nylon outer for extra durability, which is well-proven as providing extremely high levels of breathability and waterproofness. There are then two huge chest pockets and a hood that boasts a wired peak. Some other jackets have extra pockets or pit zips, but the above is enough for ...

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Keela Prosport (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Keela Prosport features System Dual Protection comprising of a 2-layer waterproof and breathable stretch outer with a high-wicking ADS laminate lining to manage any condensation, so you stay dry from both rain and sweat. You also get pit zips for venting, and three outside chest pockets plus a dedicated map pocket under the stormflap. The hood has a wired ...

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Rab Atmos (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesPertex Shield Plus is the main fabric: a well- proven 3-layer laminate with extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. It is also thin, making it lighter than most, hence the Rab Atmos only weighs 303g (size L). You get two good chest pockets and a hood with a stiffened, but not wired, peak. Other jackets have more features, but ...

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Mountain Equipment Pumori (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThis is made with Mountain Equipment’s Drilite 3-layer laminate, which boasts extremely high waterproofness and breathability figures, plus a softer feel than some heavier jackets. There are also pit zips for extra ventilation, three external chest pockets that are all large enough for maps, plus a hood with a wired peak. So you are getting more features than some here. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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