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Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long (2014)

£110.00

It’s so hard to find a jacket that has a decent length on the body, so when you finally discover one it really is an uplifting experience. The Target Dry Element (women’s version is the Odyssey) jacket is long enough to nicely protect my groin from getting wet in the rain when I’m not wearing overtrousers, which is really useful. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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Mountain Equipment Vector (2014)

£150.00

What sets the Mountain Equipment Vector apart from many of its lower-priced lightweight counterparts is that here you’re getting a much higher-spec fabric, which means it should remain waterproof for longer while also being more breathable. It’s only a 2.5-layer fabric, though, and 3-layer fabrics and jackets with mesh lining will control condensation better, although there are vent holes under ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long (2014)

£100.00

One of the most common requests we get at Trail is for more reviews of longer waterproof jackets. So here goes! The Craghoppers Kiwi for men and Madigan for women come in a ‘standard’ version (£90) and the Long version featured here at £100. A damp derrière is a thing of the past when you are wearing this jacket – ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Plasmic (2014)

£100.00

The Mountain Hardwear Plasmic is one of many jackets costing around £100 that weigh about 296g (size men’s L). The big difference though is that the Plasmic has a ‘normal’ fit on the body, so you can wear a fleece or other insulation underneath without all the air being squashed out. Also the pockets on the Plasmic are sealed, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Fastrack (2014)

£120.00

The Fastrack jacket is designed for ‘high-octane trail sports’, according to Berghaus, although at 547g (size L) it’s quite heavy for moving fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own AQ2, a material with good waterproof and breathability lab results, although higher-priced jackets do offer better performance in this respect. There’s a mesh lining and pit zips to help manage condensation. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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Sprayway Hydrolite II (2014)

£110.00

A weight of 578g (size men’s L) makes the Sprayway Hydrolite II instantly appealing. I also like the location of the pockets as they can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. The hood gets a wired peak so it can be moulded to provide a really good visor, even if you’ve just unstuffed the hood from the collar or your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Helvellyn Pant (2014)

£100.00

The Berghaus Helvellyn Pant is made from Gore-Tex with a mesh lining. This fabric is generally more comfortable in the long term than some lower-priced materials, due to Gore-Tex having higher waterproofness and breathability performance. As there’s a mesh lining, any condensation that does appear is held away from your clothing, so overall they’re more comfortable than most lower-priced options. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip Pant (2014)

£75.00

As with the new Precip Jacket, Marmot is using its new NanoPro waterproof and breathable fabric in these trousers. Although this fabric is a 2.5-layer design, I’ve been really impressed with its performance and feel it’s the best 2.5-layer fabric I’ve used. These trousers are pretty light at 383g (size L), although not quite the lightest option. In terms of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Lightning (2014)

£40.00

The Keela Lightning trousers weigh in at just 268g (size 34, regular length) and have more features than many options with higher price tags. You get an elasticated waist as usual, but also belt loops, press stud tab closure and a zip fly, which all help to make these a little more user-friendly. There are two slit pockets that allow ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Xiom Pant (2014)

£100.00

Rab Xiom Pants are very lightweight overtrousers at just 267g (size L), making them ideal for those who want to travel light. They’re made from 3-layer Pertex Shield – an excellent fabric for trousers as it has no mesh ling to snag, yet it controls condensation better than a 2-layer or 2.5-layer fabric. The fabric boasts top-end waterproofness and breathability ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Birch Rain Pants (2014)

£55.00

Like many Vaude products the Birch Rain Pants are made from Bluesign-approved fabric, so they’re guaranteed to be made from sustainable materials and use resource-friendly production methods. The fabric is a 2.5-layer Ceplex Active, which is a PU-coated nylon. Like all 2.5-layer fabrics this can feel clammier than 3-layer fabrics or trousers with mesh linings, but with modern synthetic trousers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Triplepoint Pant (2014)

£80.00

Using Lowe Alpine’s well-established Triplepoint Ceramic fabric, these trousers offer top-level waterproofness and breathability at a good price. They have a mesh lining as well to mask any condensation and improve comfort. That lining does mean you need more care when putting them on, though, as it tends to snag more than unlined alternatives. In terms of design you get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Walking Rainpant (2014)

£60.00

Sprayway Walking Rainpants are slightly better than some lower-priced options as they have a mesh lining to improve comfort. The fabric is Sprayway’s HydroDry, which can’t boast the same lab test results for breathability as higher-priced trousers, but thanks to that mesh lining it’s a good, comfortable option if you’re on a budget. In terms of design you get an ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Quechua Forclaz 300 (2014)

£45.00

If you think lower-priced gear will be short on features, look again. The Quechua Forclaz 300 overtrousers are bursting with technical delights. The waist area is high at the back, elasticated, lined with microfleece and has two press stud fastenings as well as webbing adjustment. You also get braces to ensure they stay up when scrambling about on the hills. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Adidas Terrex Swift Light 2.5-layer Climaproof Storm (2014)

£105.00

Adidas may not be the first brand that springs to mind when thinking about waterproof jackets for walkers, but there is no denying that this product is well-designed for the hills. It weighs in at just 325g (size 38) so it’s great for stashing in a rucksack. The fabric is a 2.5-layer material, so there is no lining and it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Quechua Boinnassay 600 (2014)

£150.00

The Quechua Boinnassay 600 is made from NovaDry, a 3-layer laminate with a membrane that offers good breathability figures (that said, it only boasts a 5 metre hydrostatic head, while higher-priced jackets offer around 20 metre hydrostatic heads, so like any lower-priced jacket it may not compare as well in the long term as higher priced options). The jacket is ...

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

£100.00

The North Face’s Pursuit Side Zip Pant is a reasonably lightweight option at 321g for a size medium, so you won’t mind packing this into your rucksack and carrying it just in case it rains. It’s made from a 2.5 layer fabric, meaning there is no scrim or mesh lining inside, so it may get a little more clammy than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Adidas Terrex Advanced (2013)

£450.00

The Adidas Terrex Advanced is made from Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of Gore-Tex fabric, which is their most breathable to date. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets and a hood, which makes this price tag appear pretty high compared with the price of other jackets made from the same material and with the same or more ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Bergans of Norway Glittertind (2013)

£300.00

The Bergans of Norway Glittertind is made from Dermizax, a 3-layer fabric with a membrane to keep water out while allowing sweat to travel out through the fabric to prevent condensation build-up. The lab results for the fabric are good and it certainly feels as good as other top-end fabrics. The design of this jacket appears quite good on first ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Roc High (2013)

£400.00

The Haglöfs Roc High is made from new Gore-Tex Pro so it is top of the league in terms of waterproofness and breathability, and it is a reasonably good weight too at 492g (size men’s L). But what really sets this jacket apart is the features and their design. Firstly it is slightly longer than the lightest jackets we looked ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Mountain Guide (2013)

£188.00

Rohan’s optimistically titled Mountain Guide jacket is the same length in the body as the Berghaus Hurricane and jointly these are the longest jackets we looked at. That length makes the Mountain Guide ideal for travel and general walking as it provides more weather protection than shorter jackets. The pockets are a little annoying though as they are placed at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Foray/Paladin (2013)

£185.00

The Outdoor Research Foray/Paladin is designed as a lightweight jacket and so it uses Gore-Tex Paclite, the most compact version of Gore fabric, to keep weight down while maintaining the highest levels of waterproofness and breathability. However the problem with this fabric is that any condensation that does develop is very easy to see and so this often feels clammier ...

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

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