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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 Boinnassay 600 (2014)

£150.00

The Quechua Boinnassay 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Quechua Boinnassay 600 (2103)

£160.00

The Quechua Boinnassay 600 is a reasonably lightweight jacket at just 516g (size men’s L). It is shorter than others in the body and has a closer fit than more general-purpose jackets, but this all makes it ideal for hillwalkers who want to travel fast and light. You get two massive chest pockets, which can be accessed easily while wearing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Crestone (2103)

£185.00

At just 314g (size L) the Vaude Crestone is the lightest jacket featured in our test but, surprisingly for the weight, it is also fully featured and those features are well-designed. It is shorter than some jackets, as is common with lighter designs, and also the front zip does not get an external stormflap, so don’t be surprised if this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Saltoro (2103)

£220.00

Here’s a new jacket from Mountain Equipment that appears to compete directly with the better-established Rab Bergen. The Saltoro is made from 3-layer Gore-Tex so its waterproof and breathability standards are well-established. You get just two chest pockets, and these are huge so they easily provide room for cold hands, maps or guidebooks. They are easily accessed no matter what ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Pasco/Andina (2103)

£220.00

The Pasco (men’s)/Andina (women’s) is a unique offering, being even more radical in design than most Páramo jackets. Like other Páramo garments it is built around the tried and trusted Nikwax Analogy fabric, which is extremely good at controlling condensation and keeping rain out when hillwalking. It is also quite warm, so in winter this is a benefit, while in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Bergen/Vidda (2103)

£210.00

The Rab Bergen/Vidda is a well-established jacket that is becoming a modern classic, thanks to its year-in, year-out ability to set the standards for good all-round hillwalking performance. The men’s Bergen and women’s Vidda are made from eVent fabric, proven to provide great condensation control thanks to its high level of breathability and inner scrim. The basic design is spot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Orion II (2103)

£200.00

The Haglöfs Orion II is designed as a versatile, general-purpose trekking jacket so it has the standard layout of two base pockets and a chest pocket. But it is slightly shorter than some other jackets such as the Craghoppers Kiwi, Berghaus Hurricane or Lowe Alpine Teton and the result is not only less weather protection but also that access to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Teton (2103)

£200.00

The Teton signals Lowe Alpine’s return to the clothing sector of the outdoor industry. The jacket is made from Triplepoint Eco, a 3-layer laminate with a recyclable Sympatex membrane inside to keep the rain out. This has a robust feel, which protects the user well in wind and driving rain. The jacket is slightly longer than average (though the Berghaus ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Stretch Neo (2013)

£200.00

When comfort and performance are top of your agenda, splashing extra cash brings benefits when purchasing overtrousers. Rab Stretch Neo trousers use Polartec Neoshell, which offers extremely high levels of breathability. The fabric is also stretchy so a closer fit is possible without restricting movement. Thigh-length zips allow the trouser to easily fit over boots, while three zip pulls allow ...

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Keela Cumulus MRT Pro (2103)

£150.00

Designed in close collaboration with mountain rescue teams throughout the world according to Keela, and also the lightest jacket in its Dual Protection range, the Cumulus MRT Pro still weighs in at nearly a kilogram (size L). This weight is due to a huge feature set and the fabric. The material used is a robust outer and a liner that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mammut Crater (2013)

£250.00

For £250 the Mammut Crater has a lot going for it. It’s made from standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, but that still offers plenty of breathability to keep you dry from condensation when hillwalking. The fabric’s quite robust as well, so it feels as though it can withstand plenty of abrasion against rocks during scrambles and does ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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