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Rab Neo Guide (2014)

£240.00

The latest upgrade of the Stretch Neo, Rab’s Neo Guide trousers are still made from the same Polartec Stretch Neo waterproof and breathable fabric. The fabric offers extremely high levels of breathability, while having a little more freedom of movement, which makes these trousers ideal for scrambling, climbing and mountaineering. The waist is elasticated with belt loops and braces to ...

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Regatta Pack-It Overtrouser (2014)

£15.00

At just £15 the Regatta Pack-It is ideal for beginners, those on a tight budget and anyone who keeps their overtrousers in their rucksack most of the year rather than wearing them every trip. The technical specification is less impressive than higher-priced trousers but they’ll still keep you dry. The material is polyester with Isolite waterproof and breathable treatment but ...

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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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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2014)

£350.00

FeaturesThere are four external chest pockets here, meaning there’s plenty of space for maps, compasses and hats or gloves between showers. Interestingly one of these pockets has a Velcro opening for ‘fast access’ says Páramo, while the others have zips. Zipped vents are also provided on the arms, and the helmet-compatible hood gets a wired peak with face and volume ...

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Keela Saxon / Storm (2014)

£75.00

FeaturesAt just 251g (men’s L) the Keela Saxon definitely won’t weigh you down – and that is the big feature here. To save weight, however, it is a little lacking in features. So there are just two body pockets, no external stormflap on the main zip, and no pit zips. But you do get a hood with wired peak, plus ...

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Target Dry Element / Odyssey (2014)

£110.00

FeaturesFinding a long jacket isn’t easy, but the Target Dry Element is longer than most, which means you can access the hem pockets below a rucksack waist- or hipbelt. You also get two chest pockets that take an OS map and are great for a compass or GPS receiver. Pit zips are provided for venting and the hood has a ...

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Páramo Cascada (2014)

£125.00

These are extremely well-established trousers that are very popular for hillwalking in cold and wet conditions. The Páramo Cascada uses a unique Nikwax Analogy fabric that’s extremely breathable and effective at keeping wind-driven rain out. The fabric also provides more insulation than other overtrousers, making it particularly useful for colder wet weather. Thigh-length zips allow the trousers to be easily ...

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Mountain Equipment Tupilak (2014)

£350.00

The Mountain Equipment Tupilaks are built to take you where other trousers may not survive, thanks to the use of Gore-Tex Pro bonded to 80 denier and 40 denier nylon fabric. So you get top waterproofness and breathability as well as durability to withstand abrasion from rock and ice as well as ice axes, crampons, harnesses and ice screws. The ...

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Rab Myriad (2014)

£260.00

FeaturesThe Rab Myriad is lighter than most in our test at 395g (size L), but you still get the essential features. There are two very large chest-mounted pockets for easy access to maps and gloves on the move while wearing a pack. There is an internal zip pocket too. The helmet-compatible hood has face and volume drawcords. These are about ...

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Craghoppers Kiwi Long / Madigan (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesA much longer jacket than most. (The Kiwi is also available in a standard-length version for £90.) A drawcord at the waist helps improve the fit too. This jacket is also ideal for those who love pockets as you get six on the outside, with an OS map fitting in the chest pockets. The hood has a stiffened peak with ...

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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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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2014)

£330.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu has been a favourite jacket of mine for years, in part due to the fact that it has the essential features for hill and mountain walks. Primarily you get those all-important three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, and ...

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Montane Alpine Endurance (2014)

£325.00

FeaturesDesigned for alpine-style mountain trips, the Montane Alpine Endurance comes with four large pockets on the chest, an internal zipped pocket, an internal stretch pocket and pit zips. The hood is designed to be helmet-compatible, and benefits from a wired peak as well as a rear volume adjuster and a collar drawcord. There’s also a sleeve pocket and extremely robust ...

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Montane Minimus (2014)

£100.00

When good performance and low price are called for, the Montane Minimus has been a popular option for many years. These trousers are made from Pertex Shield, which is a 2.5-layer fabric with good breathability and waterproofness, but it does feel a little clammier than 3-layer fabrics or mesh-lined trousers. The waist is elasticated with a drawcord and there are ...

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Sprayway Zeus / Pandora (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThis jacket has a third chest pocket, making it ideal for anyone who loves a dedicated pocket for map, compass or GPS. The two main pockets are well-placed and big enough for maps too. The hood gets a wired peak plus volume adjustment and face drawcords. The jacket lacks pit zips, but for me that third pocket is the deal-maker. ...

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Sprayway Tyrant (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThere are two main chest pockets on the body plus a third dedicated OS map pocket on the chest behind the main zip stormflap, and this is ideal for hillwalkers. The stormflap over the front zip helps prevent rain and wind penetration. The hood can be rolled and secured at the collar while on the head, and has a wired ...

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Mountain Hardwear Torson (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThe body of the Mountain Hardwear Torson has two large pockets on the chest, plus a third smaller one that’s good for a GPS receiver or compass but not a lot else. There is an internal zipped pocket for a phone as well. There are no pit zips, but as the pockets are all mesh-lined you can use them to ...

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Montane Atomic (2014)

£110.00

FeaturesThe Montane Atomic has two great map-sized main pockets that are mesh-lined for extra venting and to reduce weight, but you don’t get a third pocket or pit zips. The result is a good low weight of just 328g (size L), which is ideal for lightweight hillwalking and backpacking. The hood gets a wired peak along with good rear and ...

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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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The North Face Alpine Project (2014)

£200.00

FeaturesThe Alpine Project is a good weight (434g, men’s L) with the essential features for hillwalking. The two chest pockets take OS maps, while the helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak, volume adjustment and face drawcords. Pit zips improve ventilation, and the pockets are mesh-lined, not sealed. Some may prefer a third chest pocket for maps, compass or GPS. 4/5 ...

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Lowe Alpine Wildfire (2014)

£260.00

FeaturesThe Wildfire is the latest release from the reintroduction of Lowe Alpine clothing. It features three external chest pockets with an additional zipped internal pocket and an internal stretch mesh pocket. The third chest pocket is small though and won’t take an OS map. There are pit zips for ventilation, while the hood gets a wired peak, as well as ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Aeon has three main pockets, all taking an OS map, although the chest pocket is a tight squeeze. They’re all mesh-lined – great for extra ventilation and reducing weight, but not so good for staying dry. There are also pit zips for venting. The hood folds to the collar, where it can be secured, and benefits from ...

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Berghaus Deluge Pro (2014)

£50.00

The Berghaus Deluge Pro is a well-established favourite with walkers who need good all-round overtrousers at a reasonable price. They’re made from Berghaus’s own AQ2 fabric, which is a ripstop nylon treated with a polyurethane coating to make it both waterproof and breathable. There is a loose lining inside to improve comfort, while the side zips extend to the waist ...

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First test: Sherpa Nangpala Down Jacket (2014)

£250.00

The traditional and well-proven choice for top-quality insulation has been down, gathered from geese. However, as down loses some of its insulating performance when wet, synthetic fibres are often used instead, which perform better than down when wet, but are heavier and less compact. This is not ideal, say when carrying an insulated jacket in your rucksack. So over recent ...

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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

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