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Hawkshead Pakka 2010

£15.00

Quite a loose fit but the Pakkas come in two leg lengths to help you get a good fit. The fabric has a good DWR coating so water runs off easily, but it doesn’t breathe as well as some and feels quite plasticky. They’re incredibly lightweight, though, and for only £15, they’re a great choice for fair-weather walkers who carry ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Result Performance R150J 2010

£18.00

For £25 you get a lot of jacket as the Result Performance R150J has a fleece lining stitched inside, unlike anything else featured here. This makes it warmer than the others and therefore ideal in winter. The fabric feels pretty robust too. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the wind and rain out, while two huge pockets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Result Performance Po Coach 2010

£22.00

Very cheap and sadly the performance and fit reflected this, making them at best a real emergency solution for those on a very tight budget. The size S/M was huge on our medium tester, and they flapped noisily in even the slightest breeze. They kept rain out, but they didn’t really breathe at all, so any kind of energetic walking ...

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Rab Ultra Gaiter Wmns 2010

£25.00

The Rab Ultra Gaiter Wmns’ eVent fabric is very breathable; durable underboot strap is easy to adjust and replace; Velcro and zips at opening keep gaiter secure. But I found it almost impossible to get the lace hook over my laces and when I did I couldn’t do up the press stud, so not fantastic fit-wise (size M).

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Stormlite Rainfall

£30.00

These waterproof trousers from Stormlite are warm, probably due to a very loose lining, and there is also a little condensation build-up on energetic walks. The elasticated/drawcord waist and Velcro ankle tabs work OK. The knee-length zips have gussets for added rain protection, but these limit space when pulling over boots, and can also snag in the zips. They roll ...

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Wynnster Stowaway 2008

£30.00

The Wynnster Stowaway multi-activity jacket is a low price; waterproof, breathable fabric; hood rolls into collar; map-sized chest pocket; front zip gets double stormflap. But 550g (S) is very heavy; higher price brings better fabric; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood drawcords left to flap; large, soft peak obscures vision.

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Regatta Nebulae

£30.00

Regatta can always be trusted to provide great-value outdoor gear, and this new waterproof jacket is no exception. The Nebulae is made from a robust fabric with a mesh lining for added comfort. The design is fairly standard with two hip pockets and a front zip, single stormflaps on all zips keeping the rain out. There is a hem drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Regatta Arroya/Amity

£40.00

This multi-activity jacket weighs 542g (men’s size L); lots of reflective material so you can be seen at night; rollaway hood with reasonable fit and peak; mesh lining adds comfort; two hip pockets; pit zips for venting; stormflap on main zip. But chest pocket is too small for a OS map; hip pockets easily obscured by rucksack belts; more cash ...

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Regatta Magnitude III

£40.00

An inexpensive jacket, the Magnitude III is as classic an example of a cagoule as you’re likely to see. In use, perhaps not surprisingly, it’s not the most technical, although it is one of the few to come with a mesh-lined inner to help the outer fabric absorb condensed moisture. The face fabric is not that effective when it comes ...

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Result Performance R111F Urban Fell 2010

£40.00

The Result Performance R111F Urban Fell general-purpose waterproof weighs 582g (size M); HydraDri waterproof and breathable fabric with mesh lining; front zip gets double stormflaps; two hip pockets; small internal chest pocket, But pocket access easily obscured by rucksack belts; very basic rollaway hood with drawcords that are left to fly in the face.

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Technicals Aurora 2010

£45.00

The Auroras are wonderfully lightweight, but they feel quite plasticky and don’t breathe as well as some. They’re waterproof, though, and are a good choice for emergency use. The openings on each hip give easy access to the pockets in your walking trousers but come at the expense of waterproofness. There’s a zipped rear pocket too. Although there’s a zip ...

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Regatta Mantle

£48.00

The Mantle is quite a short jacket, yet it’s heavy and quite bulky too. This is mainly down to a mesh lining, which is comfortable but unnecessary in this type of jacket, and a stuff-sack pocket that comes with an elastic belt attached. It has a good selection of pockets (none that will take a map) but packaway hood is ...

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Peter Storm HighLite

£50.00

The Peter Storm HighLite general-purpose jacket weighs just 554g (women’s M); low price; waterproof and breathable StormTech fabric; two deep hip pockets; mesh lining adds comfort; hood rolls into collar. But poor pocket access while wearing a rucksack; hood has no peak for extra protection; sleeves ride up easily; high price brings more waterproof and more breathable materials.

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Mountain Hardwear Ascent Stretch Air Perm Gaiter 2010

£50.00

The Mountain Hardwear Ascent Stretch Air Perm Gaiter has a good tapered design, and the women’s version means a good fit; 4-way stretch air-permeable back panel allows airflow on legs; pinless buckle on underboot strap mean less faff. But the fabric is sweatier than some others; urethane boot strap is durable but very hard to adjust (I found it virtually ...

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The North Face Resolve

£50.00

This waterproof jacket is made from a quality fabric that’s rated as extremely waterproof, which means it should stay waterproof for longer. The fabric is two-layer, so you get a mesh lining, which adds to the comfort and feel of the jacket. A nice touch is the brushed polyester that lines the collar, adding valuable comfort. Two zipped pockets are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Regatta Wayseeker (2013)

£50.00

New for 2013, the Wayseeker is competitively priced, but in performance it's outgunned by the more expensive jackets. The Isolite fabric keeps water out, but is not particularly breathable and the zip is backed up by a flimsy storm flap that allows wind-driven rain in. The hood keeps the head dry but has no protection for the eyes or face ...

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Result Performance Carrick

£55.00

The sleeves were a nice length and waist adjusters are useful on a body this long. Loses marks for the shallow hood and heavy, stiff fabric which wasn’t easy to move in. Although it weighs a ton and is very bulky in the pack, it kept some heavy rain out and will probably last a while. Not very breathable but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Peter Storm Ravine

£60.00

This waterproof jacket from Peter Storm provides plenty of room across the chest and arms, but is very tight around the hips. It’s a long jacket that covers your bum well, with a drawcord at the waist to ensure a snug fit. However, the nylon fabric rustles a lot and more adjustment in the cuffswould be good. A fairly heavy-duty ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Dare2B Precipitate 2008

£60.00

The Dare2B Precipitate multi-activity jacket has a low price; very waterproof, very breathable Isolite 15000 fabric; reflective panels; rear pocket and scoop tail for biking; pit zips; double stormflap. But 726g (men’s L) is very heavy; higher price brings better fabric; hip pockets easily obscured; chest pocket too small; hood movement is poor; large hood peak easily obscures vision.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Keela Odin

£60.00

This multi-activity jacket weighs 578g (size L); reflective taping; pit zips for added ventilation; rollaway hood fits and moves with the head reasonably well; scooped tail; good freedom of movement; low price tag. But material not as waterproof or as breathable as higher-priced jackets; a map was a tight squeeze into the hip pockets; access to pockets obscured with rucksack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Lafuma LD Lane

£60.00

Disappointingly the hood was a bit small, and could have done with a stiffer peak. Will keep your body dry, but not your face in heavy rain. Large well-placed handwarmer pockets, but the pit zips were fiddly to operate and provided very limited ventilation.VITAL STATSColours: Bright red, meadow green, fresh blue, khakiSizes: XS-XXLFabric: Climaway RipstopKey features: Hood that stows into ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Kamleika Pant

£70.00

These waterproof overtrousers weigh 242g; close-fitting; stretch fabric; 45cm side zips make getting them on easy; zipped pocket; elasticated waist with drawcord; elasticated ankle cuff. But close fit at ankle may mean gaiter will be needed to keep rain out of boots; close fit may not suit the less athletic walker; best worn next to skin or over close-fitting undergarments ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Packable Jacket 2008

£70.00

The Helly Hansen Packable Jacket weighs just 504g (L); Helly Tec very waterproof and very breathable fabric; two hip pockets; map-sized chest pocket; front zip with external stormflap; mesh lining; reinforcement panels on shoulders. But not as waterproof or breathable as higher-priced options; hip pocket access poor with a rucksack; hood adjustment, fit, movement not ideal.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Dare2B Trilight

£70.00

A fairly lightweight jacket that’s long enough to cover the hips. It’s nicely styled for walking in, with fabric that flexes easily and arms that don’t ride up when you reach forward. Disappointingly, the hood is rather small, and won’t keep your face dry in heavy rain. However, elastic adjusters at the sides and back allow you to cinch it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tog24 Halo

£75.00

The Halo is rather heavy for a lightweight waterproof, but very reasonably priced at £75. Most of the added weight comes from the heavy nylon fabric, which is lined with polyester throughout to help it breathe. It does a good job of keeping out a shower, but will wet-out eventually so it’s not ideal for long, rainy days in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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