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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
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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
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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
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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, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Civetta (2013)

£280.00

The Berghaus Civetta uses the latest version of Gore-Tex and this new Pro version is said to be more breathable than previous Gore-Tex fabrics, so it’s about as good as it gets. The jacket design is fairly plain but functional. You get an averagely short body with a main zip that is very chunky, allowing easier use because it’s less ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Point Five VG (2013)

£270.00

The North Face’s Point Five VG is built around Gore-Tex Pro, and in our test it was the lowest-priced Pro jacket we received. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets, pit zips and hood, but all these features are very well-designed. The body is not as short as some, but you can get longer jackets, so it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka (2013)

£250.00

A well-established jacket that has been restyled. The Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka uses Dry Q Elite fabric with a nylon lining, which offers high levels of condensation control while feeling robust enough to withstand abrasion on rock. It does weigh in pretty heavy at 694g (size L), which is in part due to it having a loose lining and ...

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Rab Nexus (2013)

£260.00

Rab has used Polartec Neoshell in the Nexus, which is a relatively new 3-layer fabric that boasts excellent breathability in the lab. The theoretical drawback is that the material is not as waterproof compared to some higher-priced options, but according to Polartec this is plenty waterproof enough; increasing it just reduces breathability. To date the fabric has performed superbly on ...

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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2013)

£300.00

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse (men’s version) has previously been a firm favourite of mine and it’s regularly done well in Trail gear reviews. For 2013 this classic gets a few design tweaks as well as the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which boasts increased breathability over its predecessors. The jacket now has an ‘Alpine fit’, meaning it is closer-fitting than before, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Montane Alpine Endurance (2013)

£300.00

The Montane Alpine Endurance is designed for alpine-style mountaineering, where a climber is belaying his mate one minute and then taking the lead. It is made from a good version of eVent, so it has proven waterproofness and breathability performance, but it’s also sturdy enough not to buckle in a breeze or tear when rubbing shoulders with rock. The length ...

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Mammut Crater (2013)

£250.00

For £250 the Mammut Crater has a lot going for it. It’s made from standard Gore-Tex rather than the new Pro version, but that still offers plenty of breathability to keep you dry from condensation when hillwalking. The fabric’s quite robust as well, so it feels as though it can withstand plenty of abrasion against rocks during scrambles and does ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Diamir (2012)

£280.00

The Mountain Equipment Diamir makes you feel completely protected in the worst of British weather. Though slightly on the heavy side at 530g (size UK12), it is very stormproof and amazingly durable, with Gore-Tex Pro Shell Tenacity reinforcements over the shoulders, upper back and upper arms. The rest of the jacket uses highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell Ascendor II fabric, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Montane Superfly (2012)

£270.00

The Montane Superfly is the only jacket on test to use eVent waterproof fabric, which has a well-proven high level of waterproofness and breathability, although some people find it needs to be looked after more carefully to maintain its performance. Highly breathable, it is great for moving fast through the mountains, and at 442g (size UK12) it is light given ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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First test: Mammut Gipfelgrat jacket

£395.00

There was a time when walkers just bought a ‘coat’. In due course you could purchase a ‘waterproof’. And then these became known as ‘hard shells’, while their non-waterproof counterparts were called ‘soft shells’. But if you have not quite got the hang of all the latest outdoor jargon, don’t worry, as now ‘soft shells’ are also called ‘waterproof jackets’ ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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