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Montane Minimus

£120.00

An incredibly lightweight waterproof, weighing in at a cool 180g (size 12). The Pertex Shield fabric is very light and easy to move in, although it does feel a little on the flimsy side and is fairly noisy, too. It will withstand a good beating from the rain, though, and its waterproofness is helped by a decent storm flap hidden ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Mera Peak 2009

£240.00

What does your jacket say about you? Back in the late Nineties the name Mera Peak said mountaineer and serious skier. The Berghaus Mera Peak was the 2-layer Gore-Tex version of the 3-layer Berghaus Trango Extrem, a benchmark mountaineering jacket that allowed the casual observer to identify Brits in Chamonix at over 100 paces. But times change, designs evolve and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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PARAMO ALTA II

£220.00

Review: The Paramo Analogy fabric works by repelling water from the outside, in a similar way to an animal’s fur; while the inner lining draws perspiration and expels it. As a result this is a very breathable jacket and the membrane-free, non-rustly fabric is also very comfortable. The Alta II is very well-featured, with a superb hood, featuring a wired ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Axis 2009

£200.00

The Berghaus Axis is an unassuming jacket, but beneath the streetwise design lie a set of functional features that direct this more towards the hill-walker than the casual user. Made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell with a rollaway hood and two chest pockets, it packs the vital stats to compete well with better-known modern classics that walkers talk about over a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus 2008

£200.00

In the Mountain Equipment Morpheus (the women’s version is the Seraph) you get classic Mountain Equipment features like large chest pockets and a great hood with a stiff peak that moves really well with the head. It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent condensation control too. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Superfly 2008

£200.00

The Montane Superfly is an extremely popular multi-activity jacket. It is made from eVent fabric, which is now well-proven for waterproofness and breathability. Some seams are bonded rather than stitched to reduce weight and bulk. There are three large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. You also get strips of reflective material for night action ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Velez Adventure Smock 2008

£180.00

Páramo garments have a broad following thanks to their unique fabric, which controls condensation better than anything else, and keeps the rain out (and the performance can be maintained for life using Nikwax). Two zipped side vents on the Páramo Velez Adventure Smock add ventilation and give access to a zipped tunnel handwarmer pocket. The design is a smock, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Aura

£200.00

A good fit with superb sleeves and plenty of adjustment. The hood was spot-on, too, with enough room for a hat when needed. Superb in a downpour and the Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric made it very breathable. Good hood and accessible pockets. A little pricey, though. VITAL STATSColours: Four including pillar box red/ash, mazarine blue/eclipseSizes: S-XXLFabric: Gore-Tex Pro ShellKey features: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Alta II 2008

£220.00

Páramo garments have one huge advantage over all other waterproofs, and that is that they have exceptional control of condensation, which means you stay dry both from rain and from sweat. The fabric is soft and rustle-free too, making it very comfortable to wear. Compared to most jackets here, the Páramo Alta II general-purpose jacket is also longer in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Latok Alpine 2008

£180.00

Designed as a summer Alpine jacket, the Rab Latok Alpine is also at home in the British mountains, thanks to its use of great fabric and functional features. It is very light, and the eVent fabric is top of the league for waterproofness and breathability. The design is very simple with just two large chest pockets that can easily be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Montane Venture 2008

£160.00

The Montane Venture won Best Value general-purpose jacket in 2007 and it is still a superb option for the price. It’s made with eVent waterproof breathable fabric, which sits comfortably at the top of the league table of fabrics. For extra durability there are reinforced areas on the shoulders. Put it on and the scooped tail is immediately evident, as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Alta II

£220.00

A superb general-purpose waterproof jacket that is very popular, the Alta boasts a unique fabric that controls sweat better than most and yet keeps the wearer dry in heavy rain. It is a little warmer than most jackets, so you don’t have to wear or carry so many insulating layers across the hill. Ventilation at the top of the arms ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Bergen/Vidda

£180.00

This is a superb general-purpose waterproof jacket that manages to tick most of the boxes for the discerning hill-walker. The Bergen has won several awards in Trail reviews. It is made from eVent fabric which offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. Like all the best jackets you get outstanding pocketing so you can store maps easily on the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Montane Venture

£150.00

Montane has a knack of simply designing great outdoor kit and this general-purpose waterproof jacket is another pot of gold from this manufacturer’s mine of sensible design. It’s built around a no-nonsense eVent waterproof breathable fabric, which sits comfortably at the top of the league table of fabrics. For extra durability there are reinforced areas on the shoulders, and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Marmot Precip

£70.00

This general-purpose waterproof jacket has been a frequent favourite with Trail, due to its unbeatable combination of price, weight and features. It packs down to the size of a bag of sugar, weighs only 358g and costs just £70. The Precip is made from an extremely waterproof fabric, while mesh pockets and pit zips improve condensation control. The front zip ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Aspira Jacket

£250.00

A hugely popular jacket for winter, the Aspira controls condensation better than most jackets and is also warmer than most, making it ideal for the worst of winter weather. The material is different to others, yet it works really well at keeping out driving rain. The jacket is longer than most with excellent movement in the sleeves. There are four ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Superfly XT

£250.00

This winter jacket is a modern classic with a good pedigree. For autumn 2007 it had a makeover with an improved hood design. The jacket is made from eVent, so it is top-notch for waterproofness and breathability. The fabric is robust too, so it’s ideal for trapping air in the worst of winter weather. The main zip gets a double ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Latok 2007

£180.00

This winter jacket is made from eVent fabric, so breathability and waterproofness are as good as it gets. Better still, the fabric feels a little stiffer than some, so it should be more able to trap warm air around the body in a howling winter storm.  The hood can be rolled down and secured, and when worn it benefits from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Velez Smock

£180.00

Well-proven to fight condensation and keep the wearer dry from heavy rain, Páramo garments have a broad following for their unique fabric. With this multi-activity jacket you also get extra ventilation from two zipped side vents. Behind these zips you’ll find access to a tunnel handwarmer pocket that is ideal for keeping fingers warm. The design is a smock, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Quark

£160.00

This is a superb multi-activity jacket if weight is your priority, as it tips the scales at just 258g (men’s size L). The fabric is incredibly thin Conduit which is rated as extremely breathable and very waterproof. The fabric is stretchy too, which allows the fit to be a little closer without restricting movement. There isn’t any stitching either, as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Super-Fly

£180.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Montane offers great ease of movement, especially in the arms, and the close fit and simple, lightweight design are good too. It’s a much shorter cut than many, though, and the collar, which is integral to the hood, isn’t as comfy as some. There’s a very spacious hood with a big peak that protects your ...

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

£140.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Berghaus has a simple, figure-hugging design that covers your arms and hips well. The high collar is not part of the hood, making it comfortable and versatile, and the hood goes on and off easily – a real bonus on rainy days. Fleece patches on the neck and chin prevent chafing. The Gore-Tex Paclite fabric ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Drillium

£160.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Rab is a little tighter than some, and also a shorter cut than most, which will appeal to some more than others. But it proves very comfortable on the hill, with a nicely fitting hood. While the eVENT fabric is noticeably breathable, it really needs some venting. It’s got a great hood though, with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus High Trails III IA

£200.00

This waterproof jacket from Berghaus is reasonably adjustable, with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord at the hem, but might just be a little too big in the body. Other than that, it has a decent, rustle-free feel to the fabric and a comfortable mesh lining. The hood is also easy to adjust, with a wonderful wired peak and a huge ...

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

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