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Marmot Alpinist (2015)

£460.00

FeaturesThe 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric used in the Marmot Alpinist provides durable levels of waterproofness and breathability and is combined with four external chest pockets, pit zips and a removable snow skirt. The hood is helmet- compatible too, making this a belt-and-braces feature list that ups the weight a little. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes are S-XL and women’s are XS-XL ...

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Rab Latock/Latock Alpine (2015)

£325.00

FeaturesThe Rab Latock/Latock Alpine is an exceptionally functional jacket using a tough 3-layer eVent fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are four massive chest pockets, long pit zips and a helmet-compatible hood with a wired peak. The front zip is also one of the chunkier and more water-resistant designs that I have seen, with a very robust ...

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Páramo Alta III (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThis is the latest update to the iconic Páramo Alta. The most important feature with all Páramo jackets is the use of the company’s Nikwax Analogy fabric system, which is extremely breathable, but also soft and relatively rustle-free. Features include a wired peak, two large chest pockets and two hip pockets. There are zip vents under the arms too. 5/5 ...

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Arc’teryx Theta AR (2015)

£450.00

FeaturesUsing the tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability, the Arc’teryx Theta AR is a workhorse design. It has two huge chest pockets, plus pit zips. The hood is helmet-compatible with a stiffened peak. All that for 450g (size men’s L) looks great for use on the hill. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes are XS-XXL and ...

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Mountain Hardwear Quasar II (2015)

£325.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Hardwear Quasar II’s weight of just 337g (size L) is a major feature here, but you do also get a jacket made of an extremely waterproof and breathable 3-layer fabric called DryQ Elite. There are also two huge Napoleon-style chest pockets and the hood gets a peak that is stiffened and wired. But other jackets have pit zips ...

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Mammut Teton / Ridge (2015)

£350.00

FeaturesThe latest version of Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable fabric is used in the Mammut Teton / Ridge, with its C-Knit backer, which is lighter, softer and less durable than Gore-Tex Pro. Two chest pockets and pit zips are also provided. The hood sports a large stiffened peak. A nice less obvious feature is the larger-than-normal Velcro contact areas on the ...

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Bergans Storen (2015)

£380.00

FeaturesThe Bergans Storen uses two-way stretch Toray Dermizax NX 3-layer laminated fabric, which is extremely waterproof and extremely breathable. It is quite thin and softer than most jackets here, and relatively lightweight too. You get four main pockets on the outside, plus a hood with a stiffened peak. Mesh-lined pockets and pit zips allow extra airflow. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe Sherpa Lakpa Rita is made from a thinner version of the 3-layer eVent fabric used in other jackets, which helps to keep the weight down to a respectable 419g (men’s L). You still get two main pockets plus two small pockets on the chest. There is also a wired peak on the hood. Some others have pit zips and ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2015)

£330.00

FeaturesOne of the most well-established mountain jackets there is, the Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu uses tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood benefits from a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, while pit zips add ventilation. 5/5 Fit ...

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Keela Prosport (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Keela Prosport features System Dual Protection comprising of a 2-layer waterproof and breathable stretch outer with a high-wicking ADS laminate lining to manage any condensation, so you stay dry from both rain and sweat. You also get pit zips for venting, and three outside chest pockets plus a dedicated map pocket under the stormflap. The hood has a wired ...

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Rab Atmos (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesPertex Shield Plus is the main fabric: a well- proven 3-layer laminate with extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. It is also thin, making it lighter than most, hence the Rab Atmos only weighs 303g (size L). You get two good chest pockets and a hood with a stiffened, but not wired, peak. Other jackets have more features, but ...

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Berghaus Stormcloud (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesBerghaus’s AQ2 material used in this jacket is a 2-layer fabric, which means it keeps weight down and improves suppleness, but also it doesn’t control condensation as well as a 3-layer or mesh-lined jacket. You get two main pockets too, which are also sealed rather than mesh, so they’re watertight, plus a hood with a peak, but it’s not wired. ...

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Vaude Fjordan (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe big plus here is that the Vaude Fjordan only weighs 380g (size L), and that is due in part to the use of a 2.5-layer stretch Ceplex laminate membrane fabric, rather than a 3-layer option. This material is also Bluesign-approved to meet environmental standards. There are three outside pockets, the hood has a wired peak and you even get ...

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Sprayway Nomad/Topaz (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe Sprayway Nomad/Topaz is a mesh-lined jacket with a 2-layer HydroDry waterproof and breathable outer, and so while this isn’t the most breathable material, that mesh helps manage the comfort better than an unlined jacket. There are two pockets, which are also mesh-lined, and the hood has a wired peak. But higher-priced jackets have more sealed pockets and other benefits, ...

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Marmot Precip (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesMarmot’s Precip is a modern classic and is now using its new NanoPro 2.5-layer nylon fabric for durability and a little more condensation control. This material isn’t the best for breathability but it’s better than most at this price. You also get pit zips and two main pockets, which are mesh-lined rather than sealed, plus a hood with a large ...

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Rab Bergans / Vidda (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Rab Bergans / Vidda uses a tough 3-layer eVent fabric with a nylon outer for extra durability, which is well-proven as providing extremely high levels of breathability and waterproofness. There are then two huge chest pockets and a hood that boasts a wired peak. Some other jackets have extra pockets or pit zips, but the above is enough for ...

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Craghoppers Ashton (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesThe Craghoppers Ashton is all about the length, as it’s one of those rare models that’s long enough to really cover the bum and allows you to get your hands into the hem pockets below a rucksack hipbelt. It uses 2-layer Gore-Tex with a mesh lining, which makes it heavy. The hood is also not quite as well-featured as the ...

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Mountain Equipment Pumori (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThis is made with Mountain Equipment’s Drilite 3-layer laminate, which boasts extremely high waterproofness and breathability figures, plus a softer feel than some heavier jackets. There are also pit zips for extra ventilation, three external chest pockets that are all large enough for maps, plus a hood with a wired peak. So you are getting more features than some here. ...

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First test: Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Anorak (2015)

£370.00

It’s no longer enough to say a jacket is waterproof and breathable, as just about every jacket can offer this. According to Fjällräven it’s now important that a garment is environmentally friendly too, so it has introduced the Keb Eco-Shell clothing collection to ensure hillgoers are looking after not only themselves but also the planet. The range is intended to ...

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Outdoor Research Crocodiles (2015)

£55.00

FeaturesOutdoor Research Crocodiles use Gore-Tex fabric, which is well-known for its waterproof and breathable performance; but you also get a much tougher 100 per cent nylon outer fabric for extra durability. The underfoot strap is made from BioThane-coated webbing for more durability. The front opening is just Velcro though with no press studs or zips, and just a top webbing ...

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Berghaus Yeti Attak II (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Berghaus Yeti Attak II is a classic gaiter that encloses your footwear, with a rubber rand creating a waterproof seal between gaiter and boot. There is a front zip with a Velcro stormflap and drawcord at the top. The material is Gore-Tex for maximum waterproofness and breathability, but there’s also a very tough outer face fabric for durability. 5/5 ...

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Extremities Tay Ankle Gaiter (2015)

£24.00

FeaturesThe Extremities Tay Ankle Gaiter is designed to be a shorter length for comfort, so it only covers the ankle and lower calf area. It is made from Gore-Tex, which is extremely waterproof and breathable. The front closure is Velcro-only with no zip and no press studs, and just a drawcord at the top. There is a lace hook and ...

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Highlander Breathable Gaiter (2015)

£18.00

FeaturesThe material here is AB-Tex, a ripstop polyester with a waterproof and breathable membrane. The front zip is covered by a stormflap with a Velcro closure, while the top of the zip is secured with a press stud and a rear drawcord ensures a close fit. The underfoot stirrup is made from Hypalon – a very durable material often used ...

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Rab Hispar Gaiter (2015)

£35.00

FeatureseVent fabric is used in the Rab Hispar Gaiter, and this is well-proven to be extremely waterproof and extremely breathable. It is a full-length gaiter with a front zip and wide Velcro covering that also has press studs at top and bottom. A drawcord is provided at the top, while a rubberised abrasion-resistant underfoot strap keeps the gaiter in place. ...

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First test: Berghaus Civetta (2015)

£300.00

Staying dry and comfy in the rain is one challenge all UK hillgoers have to face. Modern waterproof and breathable fabrics are better at managing those comfort levels than ever before, and the latest innovation from WL Gore is no exception. Gore’s Gore-Tex is a well-proven provider of extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The material has a 3-layer ...

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