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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody (2014)

£180.00

FeaturesThe Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody has seen a major improvement since Trail reviewed it in March 2013: the hood now has a rear volume adjuster. The two pockets on the body are still just too small to take an OS map, though, and access to these is also slightly obscured by rucksack hipbelts. Like most jackets in our test the ...

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Mammut Rime Pro Jacket (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesBeing able to wear a warm jacket over a waterproof can be a real advantage in some situations, and the Mammut Rime Pro Jacket is designed to do just that. It has a hood with a wired peak, and drawcord adjustment at the face and back of head. But all three outside pockets are a bit small for OS maps. ...

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Berghaus Capucin (2014)

£160.00

FeaturesThere are a lot of nice touches here, but some annoying elements too. The hood has face drawcords, but no volume adjustment at the back. The three pockets on the outside are placed reasonably well for access with a rucksack on, but they aren’t quite big enough for an OS map. The cuffs get internal elastication, though, which is neatly ...

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Mammut Crater (2014)

£250.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Crater has those all-important two large chest pockets that can be used to warm hands or store maps with easy access while wearing a rucksack. In addition you get pit zips for improved condensation control. The hood is helmet-compatible and benefits from a stiffened (but not wired) peak, a rear volume adjuster and face drawcords. All that is ...

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The North Face Thermoball Hoodie (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesWhat a difference a hood drawcord makes – and that’s what sets the The North Face Thermoball Hoodie apart from others. You also get elasticated cuffs where the elastication is tucked inside so the cuff is neater and potentially less draughty. The two main pockets are happily OS map-sized; but, like most, access is obscured when a hipbelt from a ...

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Montane Sabretooth Jacket (2014)

£165.00

The Montane Sabretooth Jacket is in many respects the one to beat here, having previously won both ‘Best in Test’ and ‘Best Value’ awards in Trail tests. There’s no denying that the Sabretooth has been designed with the British hillwalker firmly in mind. Features-wise, you get four pockets – two big ’uns on the chest plus two others above the ...

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Marmot ROM (2014)

£160.00

ROM stands for ‘Range Of Movement’, and this selling point is achieved by an all-over two-way stretch fabric with four-way stretch breathable panels under and along the arms. The Marmot ROM is also a generously long jacket that isn’t prone to riding up. Both of these assets notwithstanding, the freedom of movement isn’t massively more striking than other jackets in ...

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Mountain Equipment Vulcan (2014)

£200.00

There’s something retro about this new jacket from Mountain Equipment. With its chunky zips and vintage colour, from a distance it’s easy to mistake the Vulcan for the old-style fleece jacket that in a way it spiritually replaces. Thick and soft, it has the feel of a drysuit and the Gore Windstopper’s impressive DWR (durable water repellent) continues this illusion. ...

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Outdoor Research Alibi (2014)

£190.00

Here’s an impressive jacket from Seattle-based Outdoor Research, a brand that – despite being massive Stateside – is still a relatively rare sight in the UK hills. The Alibi has a hybrid construction, utilising waterproof panels in the hood and shoulders to give protection where the ‘weather hits hardest’. This does work for short showers or snow, but it’s no ...

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Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket (2014)

£150.00

Brand new for this autumn/winter, the Hueco Hooded Jacket joins the future classic Super Chockstone Jacket among traditionally high-end Californian manufacturer Mountain Hardwear’s hillwalker-relevant products. It’s warm, featuring plush fleece lining and a full-weight, helmet-compatible hood beneath a proprietory face fabric called Airshield 3L, designed by Mountain Hardwear to be breathable before the clammy effects of exertion kick in. The ...

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Rab Vapour Rise Guide Jacket (2014)

£160.00

Exceptionally comfortable and billed as the ‘original’ soft shell, Rab’s insulated Vapour Rise garments aim to be very warm yet extremely breathable. As such they are well-suited – and well-proven as such – to excelling in the British hills in seasons when you really don’t know what’s likely to be thrown at you. The Vapour Rise Guide Jacket is very ...

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Arc’Teryx Epsilon LT Hoody (2014)

£150.00

There’s a lot to be said for simplicity. It’s something Arc’Teryx is very good at: making products that seem minimalist but sport features that feel very considered. The Epsilon LT Hoody is fairly light, highly functional and understated-looking, with performance that is pitched just right for most regular conditions. So this is for those who prefer to have a basic, ...

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Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody (2014)

£170.00

Far and away the lightest soft shell we looked at in this test, the Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody, by its rather cocky name, has a lot to live up to. On paper it adds up: Gore Windstopper fabric provides premium protection from gales, while remaining relatively breathable. That said, you’ll still heat up if working hard, and for this there ...

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La Sportiva Trango Cube (2014)

£275.00

Reducing weight in many products is relatively easy, but when it comes to stiff mountaineering boots there are limits to what can be achieved. Or at least that used to be the case, before La Sportiva turned to modern technology for an answer. Mountaineering boots have to be stiff to allow them to take crampons, hold an edge when climbing ...

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