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Regatta Invent

£35.00

This windproof fleece from Regatta is a good fit, with just the right amount of room in the arms and body. The high collar is nice, but the cuffs are loose and the lining feels a bit scratchy against the skin. Performs remarkably well for the price. Not as warm and wind-resistant as some, so not suited to really cold ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Micro Grid

£40.00

This lightweight fleece from Lowe Alpine was a snug fit next to the skin, but a little tight when worn over a lighter base- layer. The collar is a good height and fit, and the elasticated cuffs were easy to pull up and didn’t go baggy. This is a basic top with a medium-length zip and no pockets. The Aleutian ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rohan Silver Fleece Zip

£45.00

Getting hot and sweaty tends to result in smelly gear, which is none too pleasant whatever the circumstances. The X-Static silver fibres in this fleece mid layer reduce odour by controlling the growth of bacteria. Apart from that smell advantage, this is a useful top for wearing under other mid layers, as it is a thin and lightweight fleece that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Torres Gilet 2010

£75.00

The Torres Gilet can be used for layering over a Páramo waterproof garment or worn directly over a base layer. Either way it will deliver fast and light insulation to the torso without being weighed down by sleeves or a hood. DesignAs with all gilets there are no sleeves, and unlike other jackets here there is no hood either. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Zip T

£75.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 498g (size L); Polartec Thermal Pro provides more insulation than some other fleece mid layers; Powerstretch side panels for extra-close fit and freedom of movement; chest pocket; elasticated hem; drawcord collar; very fluffy style. But not as practical as some others (no large pockets; Powerstretch does not extend over shoulders), not as fashionable as some ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Regatta Seistan

£75.00

More waterproof than soft shell and as a waterproof it performs quite well, with a three-layer membrane fabric, taped seams and a very good, adjustable hood. As a soft shell, though, it fails to provide any real insulation, and is nothing like as breathable as some. It’s very adjustable with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord hem, and the hood is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Vapour Rise Smock

£100.00

This soft shell weighs 574g; exceptionally breathable fabric; micro wicking lining adds comfort and insulation; good water repellency; rollaway hood; excellent sleeve movement; map-sized chest pocket; elasticated and Velcro cuffs. But waist pocket easily obstructed; not as durable or water-resistant as others; no stretch.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Torres Smock

£100.00

This duvet jacket has a generous body size, designed to be worn over another jacket; synthetic insulation; tunnel waist pocket; fixed hood; XS-XXL size range; medium level of insulation is ideal for UK; map-sized chest pocket; very durable fabric. But 838g is a bit heavy; sleeves tended to ride up a little; some may prefer a jacket to a smock.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Prism 2.0 2010

£100.00

The Prism 2.0 is the lightest insulated jacket in the Montane range and now it uses 40g/m2 Primaloft Eco insulation so that it reduces its impact on the planet. The shell is windproof, while the weight and bulk are low enough to make this a warm and comfortable jacket for general hill use. Unlike some insulated tops it also features ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Snugpak Sasquatch

£110.00

This duvet jacket uses Softie Premier insulation and provides a high level of warmth for this price; hood rolls down to collar; made in the UK; two hip pockets; very long in body; good price for level of insulation.  But 996g is heavy; cuffs are elasticated rather than adjustable; hood cannot be removed; sleeves ride up easily and long body ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Redpoint Optimus

£125.00

This duvet jacket weighs 660g; Primaloft insulation; packs into its own pocket; very comfy cuffs; large hip pockets plus chest pocket; hood fit is excellent. But only warm enough for mild winter use; hood cannot be removed or rolled down.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Patagonia Figure 4

£140.00

This soft shell weighs 460g; water-resistant and windproof fabric; fleece-lined collar for extra comfort; glued seams for softer feel and less bulk; Velcro adjustable cuffs; small chest pocket for compass; waist pockets for maps; collar drawcord; excellent movement in sleeves. But waist pocket access is obscured with rucksack belts; no hood.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Equipment G2

£170.00

This soft shell weighs 664g; Gore-Tex Soft Shell fabric; Paclite hood rolls into collar; external taped seams on shoulders; pit zips for venting; waist pockets easily take an OS map; Velcro adjustable cuffs; brushed polyester lining adds warmth. But access to pockets could be better if they were higher on the chest; expensive.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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