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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 ...

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Arc’teryx Beta LT (2013)

£350.00

The Arc’teryx Beta LT is new for autumn 2013 and features Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of the well-proven waterproof and breathable fabric, which is now more breathable than before. The Beta LT stands apart from other Gore-Tex Pro jackets when it is placed on the scales, as it only weighs 371g (size L). The fabric is also very supple, ...

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Marmot Spire (2013)

£280.00

The Marmot Spire has been around a few years and surprisingly it still uses standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, while it tips the scales at 713g, which adds up to this not being as instantly appealing as some other jackets. But on closer inspection it does have a snow skirt attached, which you can zip out and ...

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Karrimor Phantom (2013)

£300.00

As the Karrimor Phantom is made from a pretty tough version of 3-layer eVent fabric, it weighs in quite heavy at 740g (size L). But you are getting plenty of great features here, so you may feel the extra weight is acceptable. First, it is very long by modern standards, being 8cm longer than some jackets here, meaning it covered ...

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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2013)

£350.00

The Páramo Enduro (men’s)/Ventura (women’s) is a new jacket that features stretch Analogy fabric to allow it to have a closer, ‘athletic’ fit. The stretch fabric is situated across the shoulders, down the inside of the sleeves and down the sides of the body. Previously Páramo garments have generally been quite loose, so you may or may not like this ...

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Rohan Pinnacle III (2013)

£295.00

Rohan uses its own 3-layer Barricade fabric in the Pinnacle, which offers excellent waterproofness and breathability. The Pinnacle is 20 per cent lighter than in previous years but still weighs in at 599g (size L) so it is not among the lightest options. But this is one of the longer jackets we looked at by quite a margin, as it ...

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Adidas Terrex IceFeather (2012)

£400.00

The Adidas Terrex IceFeather is a very neat, well-designed Pro Shell jacket here, weighing a very reasonable 470g (size US8) and with good features for mountaineering and snow sports. There are four hipbelt-compatible outer pockets with water-resistant zips but no stormflaps, the lower two have venting mesh and glove-friendly zip pulls, while the upper two are smaller and could do ...

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Marmot Terminus (2012)

£430.00

This breathable, hard-wearing Gore-Tex Pro 3L jacket packs in a fantastic range of features and still manages to weigh just under 500g (size UK12), but it may have more going on than most walkers need. The Marmot Terminus has four hipbelt-compatible outer pockets with water-resistant zips but no stormflaps, the lower larger two with venting holes, and the top right ...

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Arc’teryx Theta AR (2012)

£400.00

At a time when most jackets have a shorter, ‘active’ cut, it’s nice to see a Gore-Tex jacket an inch or so longer so it reaches to the top of your thigh to offer more protection. Made from lightweight but durable and soft-feeling N70p Gore-Tex Pro 3L, the Arc’teryx Theta AR weighs a very reasonable 435g (size UK12) and has ...

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Mammut Adamello (2012)

£370.00

The Mammut Adamello is a very light (373g, size UK12) yet still robust-feeling jacket made using highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell and with all the key features for winter use. The two high hipbelt-compatible side pockets and main zip are water-resistant, the former with no stormflap for extra protection, the latter with a wide stormflap behind. There is no chest ...

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The North Face Meru Gore (2012)

£350.00

The lightest jacket on test at 350g (size UK12), the The North Face Meru Gore uses Gore-Tex Active Shell, its most breathable waterproof fabric. There are two very long (enough for a water bottle) hipbelt-compatible chest pockets made of light stretch mesh with water-resistant zips and no stormflaps, arm, chest or inner pockets or pit zips to add weight. The ...

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Páramo Aspira (2012)

£290.00

The Páramo Aspira offers a highly durable, warmer, sometimes comfier alternative to the norm. Nikwax Analogy fabric actively pumps water away from the skin, through the material and out the other side. At 835g (size UK12) it is twice the weight of the average jacket here, but the Aspira is longer and has a similar amount of insulation to your ...

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First test: Rab Neo Stretch jacket

£250.00

The Rab Stretch Neo jacket is made from a new Polartec fabric called NeoShell, which claims to ‘fall in the sweet spot between traditional soft shells and hard shells’. So NeoShell is designed to be waterproof and breathable like a hard shell, while maintaining the stretch and comfort of a soft shell. Polartec NeoShell does have some stretch in it, ...

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Paramo Velez Adventure Smock

£200.00

Uses Nikwax Analogy waterproofing and works in a similar way to animal fur, driving moisture out and away from the skin. The waterproofing is handled by a DWR coating on the face fabric. The coating retained its water repellence for a longer period than expected, and only really started to wet out in high abrasion areas around the back and ...

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Outdoor Research Furio

£250.00

A hard-wearing shell-style jacket. In use it is as solid as they come, with all the usual tough bits and bobs. The most distinct feature of the jacket has to be OR’s full embracing of side venting. Instead of a couple of underarm zips, this jacket has huge zips that run from the hem through to the underarm. The result ...

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Marmot Alpinist 2011

£400.00

At £400 the Marmot Alpinist is definitely a considered purchase, as it has the highest price tag of those jackets featured, but if you can ignore the price for a moment, then there are some good features. For starters, although it is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell like many others, it uses what appears to be a more durable version, ...

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Berghaus Attrition 2011

£320.00

The Berghaus Attrition combines Gore-Tex Pro Shell with stretch panels of the fabric in the black areas under the arms to improve freedom of movement when climbing without relying on excess material. The jacket also has an innovative venting chinguard, so you can breathe more easily when the front of the jacket and hood are fully battened down. There’s a ...

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Páramo Aspira Jacket 2011

£290.00

The Páramo Aspira comes in a jacket and smock version, and both are particularly good for cold mountain trips. The unique fabric manages to force water out faster than it can get in through the jacket. In Trail rain room tests conducted at the University of Leeds, we found that Páramo garments were the only ones that kept out water, ...

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Columbia Peak 2 Peak 2011

£280.00

Columbia are not known for technical mountaineering gear, but for 2011 they have released their own waterproof and breathable fabric called Omni-Dry, and designed the Peak 2 Peak jacket, which is very much biased towards the climber and mountaineer. Design Omni-Dry is a 3-layer laminate that is air-permeable and boasts laboratory figures that place it up there with the best ...

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Haglöfs Cirque 2010

£380.00

Haglöfs is a Swedish brand but the Cirque is designed for the British market. So it has the sort of features that allow it to stand up to yomping up Scottish Munros in all weathers. It is built around a Gore Pro Shell material as are many jackets here. But it is a notch lighter than many similar options thanks ...

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Montane Superfly XT 2010

£300.00

The Montane Superfly XT is a classic hill jacket and for this winter it has had a facelift. It now weighs in at just 574g (size M), which is very light for its features. There are new colours and new panel configurations as well as additional reflective tape. The fabric used is the same well-proven eVent, which is as good ...

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Rab Latok 2010

£275.00

The Latok is a well-proven classic from Rab that is now also available for women. It is made from eVent, which is a well-proven top-performance fabric. The Latok is designed very much as a mountaineering jacket, so you get a slightly shorter body than some others. There are four pockets on the chest and these can all be easily accessed ...

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Páramo Aspira Smock 2010

£275.00

The Páramo Aspira comes as a jacket and smock, and both are great choices for winter. The smock is particularly good for use with a harness as the design is less cluttered around the waist. There is still a long front double zip though, so you can vent the jacket easily from the top or bottom while wearing a harness. ...

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Berghaus Temperance 2010

£230.00

The weight of the Berghaus Temperance is particularly impressive, and when combined with the price it offers amazing value. For your 468g and £230 you get a top-notch fabric in the form of Gore-Tex Pro Shell. The jacket then has a fairly conventional layout of a front zip and two large chest pockets. The chest pockets are high enough to ...

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Lowe Alpine Flash 2010

£200.00

Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint Dynamic appeared in the autumn of 2009, and now it is pretty well-established as a great fabric. It has antimicrobial properties too, therefore it should not get so smelly when left damp in a rucksack. It is also very soft and flexible. But the real bonus of the Lowe Alpine Flash is the price, as this makes ...

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