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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Stashaway 2008

£35.00

The Keela Stashaway is a lightweight jacket that weighs just 366g (L); Rainlife 200 waterproof and breathable fabric; external stormflap over main zip; hood rolls into collar; two large chest pockets; comes with stuffsack.  But very basic hood with dangly drawcords, and poor fit and poor movement.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
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Regatta Diffuse 2009

£40.00

Made from Isotex, Regatta’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, the Diffuse children’s jacket instantly appears to have a good, small packed size. It is reasonably light too, so grown-ups won’t mind carrying it just in case it rains. The jacket has a similar design to others with a full-length front zip that has an external stormflap to keep ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Extremities Nova Gaiter(2012)

£45.00

The Extremities Nova Gaiter is a well-proven design made of Gore-Tex fabric with extra reinforcement around the ankle for added durability. Unlike many gaiters featured here, on this one you get a front zip and Velcro closure with press studs at the top and bottom. For me I find this slightly easier to fit than the Velcro-only designs, but I ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Long Gaiters (2012)

£52.00

Páramo Long Gaiters are very well-proven. Like Páramo waterproof clothing they benefit from a fabric that is extremely durable, and even if it does become torn it is more easily repaired than other waterproof fabrics. The fabric is slightly warmer than some others, but it’s also more breathable and controls condensation well. The gaiter is fitted with a zip that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Crocodiles (2012)

£55.00

Outdoor Research Crocodiles are very tough gaiters that are longer and have a higher volume around the ankle cuff than others, which makes them more suitable for fitting over mountaineering boots but baggy when fitted over smaller, lightweight walking boots. They are made from Gore-Tex with particularly robust reinforcement at the ankle cuff, making them more suitable than other gaiters ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Velocity 2008

£80.00

The Lowe Alpine Velocity multi-activity jacket replaces the Lowe Alpine Rush jacket, which was very popular in previous years. The new jacket weighs in at 366g (men’s L), which makes it light enough to pack in a rucksack. The fabric is a 2.5 layer material (like Gore-Tex Paclite) and is rated as very waterproof and very breathable. The style is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Boralis 2008

£80.00

The Berghaus Boralis is a very functional jacket that also looks great. It weighs in at 374g (L), which is very light and makes this ideal for stashing in a pack or travelling fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own Aquafoil Light, which is rated as being very waterproof and very breathable, while a mesh lining adds a little more comfort. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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OMM Kamleika Smock

£90.00

This multi-activity waterproof is the sister to the Kamleika Jacket and weighs in at only 302g (size L). It makes use of a smock design, minimal features and a unique fabric to keep the weight down and performance up.  The material offers good levels or waterproofness and breathability, but it is the stretch factor that makes this top so useful, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Storm Overtrousers

£90.00

These are an excellent and reasonably-priced pair of waterproof overtrousers that it will be hard to go wrong with. Berghaus has got its priorities right and built in all the necessary features to make a reliable, functional, well-cut overtrouser. The trousers are constructed from Gore-Tex and as a result should be extremely breathable. They have a three-quarter-length zip to ensure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Velocity

£90.00

Despite its reasonably low weight, and very decent pack-down size, the Velocity is a longish jacket, with a rugged main zip and good storm flap. It has a great hood: deep with plenty of adjustment and a stiff wired peak; and the pockets, which double as vents, are well-placed and plenty big enough to take a map. The cuffs are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Kamleika Jacket

£99.00

This lightweight waterproof weighs 376g (size L); very waterproof and very breathable fabric; stretchy; very soft and rustle free; two map-sized chest pockets; exceptionally comfortable; ideal for fast mountain sport; hood fits and moves well. But you get higher fabric performance levels at a higher price; no stormflap over front zip; access to hip pockets obscured with big hipbelts; material ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Montane Atomic Dt

£100.00

Very light and very packable, the Atomic is a medium-length jacket with a drawcord adjustable hem and Velcro at the cuffs. It only has two pockets, but these are well-placed and provide venting as well as plenty of space for a map. The hood’s deep and protective, but less adjustable than some; and the collar’s high and very comfortable, courtesy ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Patagonia Rain Shadow

£100.00

The Rain Shadow has excellent features. The sizing is generous and the cut is long, and it has a deep, volume-adjustable hood which swivels easily with head movement and a nice high collar and soft chin guard. It performs well, and although the fabric isn’t as breathable as some, it will keep you dry, it’s lightweight, and it packs down ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Patagonia Rain Shadow 2008

£100.00

The Patagonia Rain Shadow is a very good lightweight jacket, and the price is particularly appealing. The jacket uses Patagonia’s own waterproof and breathable fabric, which works well. There is a front zip and hem drawcord to keep out draughts and rain, while long side vents can be used to ventilate the jacket if you overheat. You get just two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Atomic (2014)

£110.00

If you want low weight and minimal cost then the £110 Montane Atomic, which tips the scales at just 328g (size L), is a winner. The fabric is Pertex Shield, which – while it can’t boast the lab test results for breathability of jackets twice its price – does offer more than most around the £100 mark. It’s a 2.5-layer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Mig 2008

£120.00

The Helly Hansen Mig  general-purpose jacket weighs just 366g (men’s L); very waterproof and very breathable fabric; pit zips aid ventilation; stretch panels in shoulders; good hood fit and movement. But hood cannot be rolled down and secured; only one small chest pocket; front zip lacks stormflap; other fabrics more breathable, more waterproof.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Vapour Trail

£130.00

This lightweight waterproof weighs 384g (size men‘s L); mesh lining adds comfort; exceptionally breathable fabric; hood fit is excellent; hem and cuffs do not ride up when scrambling; two large pockets; map-sized internal pocket. But access to hip pockets is easily obscured with rucksack belts; high level of waterproofness from other higher-priced fabrics; hood peak is soft and not ideal.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Men’s Vapour Trail

£130.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Rohan has a unique mesh lining that certainly increases comfort, especially against bare arms. The zip-up cuffs and non-adjustable Lycra hem aren’t so great though. The hood also has very limited adjustment. It’s quite flimsy in action, never really inspiring the same amount of confidence as the best in class.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lafuma Trek

£135.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Lafuma is a good fit in the body, but the hood is rather small and the collar a little tight – almost suffocating with the hood up. Good to see Velcro and elastic on the cuffs though. It keeps you dry and packs up neatly when not needed. It would benefit from some venting, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Minimalist

£140.00

The Minimalist is heavier than some so won’t suit real weight watchers, but it has a flattering, contoured fit and comes in vibrant colours. Sadly, the collar isn’t as snug as rivals’ and has only a small amount of fleece to protect your chin. The fairly breathable Gore-Tex fabric will keep you dry and two pit-zips provide adequate venting. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Equipment Graviton

£140.00

The Graviton is a short cut with drawcords at the hem and Velcro at the cuffs. The hood, which has a great wired peak, is deep and easily adjustable and rolls away tidily when not needed. The fabric’s quite soft, so doesn’t rustle, and the pockets are well-placed and large enough to take a map. It’s a light jacket and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Pursuit (2014)

£140.00

The The North Face Pursuit is a lightweight jacket at 364g (size M), and it’s made from 2.5-layer HyVent fabric. Like other 2.5-layer fabrics it tends to show condensation a little more easily than 3-layer fabrics or jackets with mesh lining, but the benefit is low weight and bulk. The Pursuit costs more than some other lightweights, but the fabric ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Paclite

£140.00

A hard-to-beat lightweight waterproof that doesn’t compromise on comfort. The Gore-Tex fabric is lightweight, soft and easy to move in, and the collar and chin guard have a smooth fleece lining. The collar and hood are separate, so the collar stays warm and comfortable whether the hood is up or down. It also means the hood can be pulled on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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