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Sherpa Lakpa Rita (2015)

£280.00

I’ve been wearing the Lakpa Rita for over two years and if I’m heading for mountains and the forecast is dodgy, it is my go-to hard shell. It just has the whole package: a stiff, peaked hood, four taped pockets in all the right places and at the perfect dimensions, a slightly longer cut to cover most of the bottom, ...

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The North Face Pursuit (2015)

£140.00

The Pursuit is one of the lightest full-on waterproofs on the market, weighing in at 350g. This makes it a great option for midsummer walks, when it combines the best elements of lightweight windshirt and full-on waterproof. But you can see where the weight has been saved: it doesn’t offer any soft fabric round the chin or collar, the simple ...

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Musto Evolution Sardinia GTX (2015)

£249.00

The Musto is a waterproof jacket that thinks it’s a soft shell. The soft face fabric is far nicer to wear than the average hard shell, and the hood is removable, meaning it can work as a warm and windproof outer layer even if it’s dry. It’s very warm, thanks to its two-layer Gore-Tex membrane and luxurious collar lining. But ...

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Bergans Eidfjord (2015)

£200.00

The Eidfjord is a do-anything, go-anywhere technical jacket that is equally at home in a summer downpour as it is in a wintry squall. While it’s light and compact enough to stuff into a rucksack quickly, the Eidfjord doesn’t compromise on durability: the three-layer waterproof fabric and water-resistant zips feel robust enough to endure the rough-and-tumble of all-weather walking. The ...

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Berghaus Light Trek Hydroshell (2015)

£170.00

Berghaus say they designed this new jacket with input from walkers who had completed the West Highland Way, so its focus is on moving light and fast over long distances. It lacks the Gore-Tex membrane used on Berghaus’ tougher shells but is still reliably waterproof. (That said, the brand’s much-loved Paclite jacket does most of what this does, is the ...

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Rab Neo Guide (2015)

£300.00

Tick in the box straight away: look at the pockets. Two map-sized pockets on the upper torso; the Neo Guide doesn’t even bother with handwarmers because it expects you to be wearing a proper rucksack. This is a specialist jacket where every detail has been thought about by a serious hill-walker. In terms of performance, it is very similar to ...

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Salomon Elemental AD (2015)

£90.00

Calling something a ‘budget buy’ can damn it with faint praise, but there is nothing faint about this jacket. It represents exceptional value for money: trim, technical and just as waterproof as many jackets twice its price. The tidy cut gives a bit of coverage over the backside, but leaves you free to bring knee to chin if you’re so ...

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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Gore-Tex Paclite fabric used in the Arc’teryx Beta SL is designed to be lightweight and packable, but it doesn’t control condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. You also get two good-sized pockets that are well-positioned and don’t have mesh linings, so they should keep water out. The hood has a stiffened peak, however it isn’t as well-stiffened as others. ...

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Regatta Vapourspeed (2015)

£90.00

FeaturesThe Regatta Vapourspeed’s weight of 301g (size L) and a cost of just £90 are the main attractions. For that weight and price you get a 2.5-layer fabric that cannot boast the performance of pricier jackets. There are two main pockets, without mesh linings, so they won’t leak easily, while the hood gets a wired peak. Not outstanding but excellent ...

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Vaude Casson (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Casson’s 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric gains Bluesign approval for its environmental benefits, but condensation control is not quite as good as 3-layer fabrics. There are two main pockets, pit zips and a hood with a wired peak. It has a decent weight of 310g too. The main drawback is the two pockets: they’re mesh-lined so they may allow ...

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Montane Atomic (2015)

£110.00

FeaturesThe Montane Atomic is made from Pertex Shield fabric, which boasts good waterproofness and breathability but isn’t as good as Pertex Shield + used in the Montane Minimus, although it does feel more robust. The two mesh-lined chest pockets would be better if sealed, but they have good access; and the hood gets a wired peak with face and volume ...

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Montane Minimus (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesAt just 265g (L) the Montane Minimus is exceptionally light, and the features are minimalist to reach that goal. The main weight saving comes from the Pertex Shield + fabric, which is very thin and feels quite delicate. Also the three pockets have mesh linings, to save weight. But at least you get all those pockets, and the hood has ...

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Jöttnar Hymir (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThere are lots of ways to save weight, and the Jöttnar Hymir strips away features to achieve its 346g (L). So it is a smock design with a short front zip, and it’s relatively free of seams too. There is only one pocket, but it does take a map. The hood gets a wired peak as well as face drawcords ...

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Rab Muztag (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesThis 2015 jacket uses a very lightweight version of eVent fabric called DV Storm with a 3-layer construction so the inside layer can manage condensation. The fabric is said to be 20 per cent more breathable than standard eVent. You also get two huge chest pockets plus a hood with a wired peak along with face drawcords and rear volume ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone is Bluesign-approved, meaning it meets stringent environmental standards. It is a 2.5-layer fabric, so it’s not quite as good as 3-layer materials for condensation management. But it is light at 313g (size L) and you still get two main pockets, plus a third chest pocket, a hood with a wired peak, ...

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Montane Featherlite (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Montane Featherlite uses a lightweight eVent fabric called DV Storm with a 3-layer construction but a slightly different outer face fabric than the Rab Muztag, leading to a slightly lighter jacket at only 296g (size L). The fabric is 20 per cent more breathable than standard eVent and you get two good chest pockets with a wired peak on ...

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First test: Rab Flashpoint (2015)

£200.00

The lighter your gear, the less you’ll be weighed down – and the more enjoyable heading to the hills will be. But we also like to be comfy when the weather turns ugly, and minimal weight at any cost is something few hillwalkers will tolerate. So the 182g weight of Rab’s Flashpoint jacket is certainly impressive, but it’s important that ...

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Regatta All Peaks (2015)

£80.00

www.regatta.com FeaturesThis is a new jacket from Regatta and part of the Point 214 range, which was created to provide fellwalkers with technical gear they can rely on. It boasts four external pockets, including two huge chest pockets and a hood with a wired peak. It is also longer in the body than many jackets so overall it appears well-featured ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2015)

£150.00

www.mountain-equipment.co.uk FeaturesThere are lots of similar jackets to the Mountain Equipment Aeon, but I liked the combination of features here. It is reasonably lightweight at 362g (size L) with three pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and a hood with a wired peak to improve vision in wet and windy weather. The downside is mesh pockets ...

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The North Face All Terrain (2015)

£180.00

www.thenorthface.co.uk FeaturesGore-Tex 2-layer fabric with a mesh lining is provided in the The North Face All Terrain, which guarantees high levels of waterproof and moisture management. The jacket has two lower pockets and a third chest pocket, while the body is longer than most. The hood gets a wired peak but can also be rolled into the collar when not ...

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Target Dry Element/Echo (2015)

£105.00

www.targetdry.com FeaturesA past winner of Trail magazine tests and £5 down in price from 2014, the Target Dry Element (Echo for women) packs some great features for the price. Two Napoleon chest pockets allow easy access to maps and guidebooks, and the length means two lower pockets should have okay access in use. Pit zips allow ventilation, and the hood ...

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Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi (2015)

£40.00

www.craghoppers.com FeaturesThe price is the main feature here as the Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi was the lowest-priced jacket we received for our test. It weighs 505g (size L), which is reasonable. The hood has a stiffened peak, and there is a rear volume adjuster and captured face drawcords. There are only two lower pockets, which are not large enough for OS maps, ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

www.vaude.com FeaturesThe Vaude Crestone’s weight of just 314g (size L) is an important feature but you also get two large chest-mounted pockets for easy access while wearing a rucksack and a third higher-placed chest pocket for a GPS. The hood has a wired peak plus rear volume adjustment. Pit zips are provided to aid ventilation without having to open the ...

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Lowe Alpine Grand Teton (2015)

£200.00

www.lowealpine.co.uk FeaturesUsing Triplepoint Eco, an environmentally friendly material, with a Sympatex waterproof breathable membrane, the Lowe Alpine Grand Teton jacket feels nice and stiff and robust to combat mountain weather. It has two main pockets and a useful third chest pocket that is large enough for maps. The Raptor Hood has a wired peak and great adjustment at the face ...

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Keela Saxon (2015)

£85.00

www.keela.co.uk FeaturesThe Keela Saxon is a very lightweight jacket at just 263g (size XL), and it benefits from a hood with a wired peak and two main pockets. There is reflective piping as well, which would be useful at night. For such a lightweight option the jacket is slightly longer than might be expected. But it does lack the extra ...

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