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Berghaus GTX Gaiter 2010

£30.00

Unlike the more traditional elasticated cuff design, Berghaus has opted for a tapered fit with its GTX Gaiter, which means no bunching of excess fabric when you tighten the easy-to-use drawcord. For me these were the best fit of all the gaiters we tested. The design makes for a close fit that I found was perfect, despite the gaiters not ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket 2008

£33.00

A regular winner of Trail reviews of kids’ jackets, the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is still very hard to beat. It’s made from a good waterproof and breathable fabric with a mesh lining, so it should be comfy. The chest pocket and lower pockets are all zipped, with stormflaps to keep the rain out. The front zip gets a large, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket

£33.00

This waterproof jacket is a former winner of the children’s waterproofs reviews in Trail, and it’s still a modern classic that is very hard to beat. Firstly check the price and then look at the features you get. There is a waterproof and breathable fabric with a mesh lining, so it should be comfy. You get a chest pocket as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket 2009

£40.00

A superb choice for kids heading outdoors, the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is a frequent winner of Trail awards. The fabric is waterproof and breathable, and feels robust enough to cope with scuffs and scrapes. The mesh lining adds a little extra comfort too. There is a full-length zip, and the chest pocket and lower pockets are all get zipped ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Simpson 2010

£40.00

The Keela Simpson is a frequent winner of this category and there is a special limited edition colour available this year: Tyrian Purple (in this colour the Simpson comes with a matching scarf). The price remains the same as last year though, as do the basic features. The full-length zip gets external stormflaps to keep the rain out and there ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Millet Taka Pant

£75.00

The fabric used in these waterproof overtrousers has a far higher waterproof rating than others we looked at, so they should stay waterproof for longer. There is a mesh lining too, which aids condensation control and comfort. You get 75cm side zips, and these trousers fit easily – even over my size 11 boots. The zips have an external stormflap ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Marmot Precip (2014)

£85.00

To stay dry in the hills, walkers need not only great clothing design but also a great fabric. The Precip is a well-established lightweight jacket but this year Marmot has introduced a new fabric to its range called NanoPro, claiming it is 43 per cent more breathable than the brand’s previous coated fabric. This could make the Marmot Precip the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Arista 2010

£100.00

Cut quite loose to fit over bulky walking trousers, the Aristas also have articulated knees. The ankles are tapered, with a Velcro flap to adjust the way they fit over the boot. There’s a soft fleece lining on the waistband which feels great against the skin, and is especially welcome for cold fingers when you’re pulling them on in a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Bergen 2010

£110.00

The Bergens manage to balance a light weight and good packability against toughness, comfort and performance to make an excellent pair of trousers. The three-layer eVENT fabric feels incredibly breathable and it will also keep the rain out in even the worst weather. The hip-length zips make it easy to spill heat if the going gets hot; and the drawcord ...

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Mountain Equipment Arete

£120.00

The Arete is noticeably very warm, making it suitable both for the coldest days and less strenuous winter walks. It’s pitched as a mid-layer replacement for your fleece, but it will need to be a fairly icy day for you to avoid being too warm if you’re wrapped in the Arete under a waterproof shell layer. The jacket feels well ...

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Marmot Crystalline (2012)

£120.00

This is the lightest jacket on test at a mere 160g. It has a lovely flattering cut, although it’s shorter than some and only just covers the hips. Packability is superb, while it is waterproof and breathes well too. But the best thing about this jacket is comfort. The lightweight fabric glides easily over the skin, and feels lovely and ...

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Montane Venture

£120.00

A great pair of hard-wearing trousers, with excellent waterproofing and breathability as afforded by a 3-layer eVENT membrane. The face-fabric is particularly rugged with large reinforced sections around the ankle area to protect against rubbing and further reinforcement around the articulated knees and backside. The trousers have been built with quite a fitted shape that really helps to keep rustling ...

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Rab Demand Pull-On

£150.00

Uniquely, this top is designed in a smock-style, which harks back to the uncluttered designs of climbing kit. The result is a top with minimal stitching and fuss to impede its technical ability to shed water and breathe. As an emergency waterproof to throw on in a sudden downpour it’s great. The 3-layer eVENT waterproofing does make it more substantial ...

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Rab Drillium 2008

£160.00

The Rab Drillium is among the lightest mulit-activity  jackets here. It is made from eVent, which is rated as among the most waterproof and most breathable of fabrics, and tends to hide condensation better than the Gore Paclite used in some other jackets. For biking the scooped tail is useful, while climbers will appreciate the excellent arm movement. For storing ...

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Rab Drillium 2009

£160.00

The multi-activity jacket was voted Best in Test in 2007 and 2008, and it’s still hard to beat. The Rab Drillium is made from eVent, which is rated among the most waterproof and most breathable of fabrics. It has a scooped tail, which is ideal for mountain biking, and the arm movement allows the handlebars to be held without the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Sprayway Odyssey/Azaria (2012)

£160.00

The Sprayway Odyssey (men’s)/Azaria (women’s) is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is not quite as breathable as the higher-priced versions of Gore-Tex but still very good. For added comfort you get a mesh lining inside and the body length is typical of many modern jackets, being able to keep the bum dry. There are two main pockets, and these ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Ortler (2012)

£165.00

The Vaude Ortler is a very lightweight jacket at just 341g (men’s size L), and in part this is because it is made from a very thin soft and supple 2.5 layer fabric, without a mesh lining. In the lab the fabric sports top-end levels of waterproofness and breathability, which makes this price very competitive; but 3-layer fabrics such as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Anakin Pro

£170.00

The Gore-Tex Pro Shell ripstop fabric proved to be waterproof, tough and exceedingly breathable. The hood is one of the best you’ll get: deep and easy to adjust with a superb stiffened and wired peak; and the collar is quite high too. The pockets are well-placed – high enough to access over a pack hip belt – and they’re large ...

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

£170.00

The Crystalline is one of the lightest jackets ou there, but for £170, does it do what it’s designed to do? The fabric feels extremely flimsy, but it is waterproof; and it survived a few tough days in the hills with no sign of tearing. It’s also soft, doesn’t rustle badly when you walk, and is surprisingly breathable, too. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Rab Drillium 2010

£175.00

‘Best in Test’ in Trail since 2007, the Rab Drillium multi-activity jacket is made from eVent, which is rated as among the most waterproof and most breathable of fabrics so it can control condensation well even when you’re working hard on a bike, say. The tail is a little longer to protect the lower back when bent over handlebars. The ...

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

£175.00

The Drillium is made from three-layer eVENT fabric, which feels tough and protective, and not at all rustly or plastic. The cuffs are adjusted with Velcro – perfect for venting when needed – and the hem and hood use drawcords to fine-tune the fit. The hood is superb: deep and cosy with a wired peak, yet it packs into the ...

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

£175.00

The Momentum oozes quality. Its eVENT three-layer fabric is lightweight, yet still reassuringly tough, waterproof and breathable. It’s cut long enough to cover the hips, but not so low that it restricts leg movement, and there’s plenty of room for adjustment in the elastic drawcord hem and Velcro cuffs. But what sets this jacket apart from the others is its ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Velez Adventure Light 2009

£180.00

For many, the word ‘Light’ that suffixes this new, slimmer riff on Páramo’s cracking Velez Adventure Smock will arch an interested eyebrow. Páramo waterproof products have always been love-’em-or-leave-’em affairs for many, with praise usually centring on their freakish waterproof/breathability powers (more of which later) and durability, and excuses typically involving the words ‘hot’ and ‘heavy’. The original Velez Adventure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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OMM Cypher Smock 2010

£180.00

Do you need a full-length front zip and big pockets? If not then you could slash your jacket weight by wearing a smock instead. The OMM Cypher is a smock that weighs in at just 266g, and it could be just the job when weight really does count. The Cypher is stripped down to the bare essentials, so you just ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 1.5
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Paramo Cascada

£180.00

This waterproof jacket from Paramo has a lovely relaxed, comfortable fit and the soft fabric feels more like another layer of clothing than a traditional waterproof. The body is long and the cut is generous, although drawcords at the hem and waist help get a decent fit. The stiffened hood is outstanding – coupled with the high collar, you can ...

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

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