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Helly Hansen Challenger 2 (2015)

£130.00

The Challenger is modelled on a running design, but walkers can benefit from its breathability and ease of movement too. Where the Regatta jacket prioritised weather protection, this  takes a lighter approach. The front is made from standard soft shell polyester, hardy enough to beat off wind and rain, while the back and underarms are made from lighter, stretchier material. ...

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Black Diamond BDV (2015)

£160.00

Black Diamond are probably better known in this country for accessories (in particular their walking poles) than clothing. But you will see more and more of their jackets hitting UK stores this spring, and the BDV (which stands for Black Diamond Vertical) is a perfect example of their innovative approach. It’s a robust, slim-cut jacket that feels fantastic as both ...

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Patagonia All Free (2015)

£110.00

This jacket was originally designed for climbing, but walkers can get a fair bit out of it too. Freedom of movement is great, as you might expect given its roots, and it stretches beautifully. It’s very lightweight, and water just glides off it, even when subjected to a ruthless water-bottle dousing. The neck is high and snug with no danger ...

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Fjallraven Pro-Lite (2015)

£170.00

Even though it’s called Lite, this is a full-on, heavy-duty soft shell that is so robust it actually crinkles. The first thing you might notice are the colossal but cleverly-placed pockets. The zips run vertically up both sides of the upper torso, making the pockets accessible even with a rucksack on and big enough to take an OS map (each!). ...

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Craghoppers Pro-Lite (2015)

£50.00

It’s rare – very rare – that our reviews could start and finish with the cheapest item, but Craghoppers’ new Pro-Lite really does give you the whole story of a soft shell jacket in a nutshell. It’s lightweight, sharply-cut, very breathable and completely windproof. It works up a mountain, in a country park and on the high street, and it ...

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Musto Evolution (2015)

£119.00

Cocooned. It’s a comforting word, bringing to mind snugness, warmth and security. All the things you’d want from a product that is intended to protect you against the wind, the wet and wild weather in general. ‘Cocooned’ popped straight into my mind on donning this, one late winter’s day. The inner is traditionally soft and fleecy, and immediately warming, while ...

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Regatta Nebraska (2015)

£40.00

I’d forgotten the price when testing this and was so surprised post-walk that I had to triple-check the figure. Surely there’s a ‘one’ missing before the ‘four’? Nope. A simple £40 it is. It was already praiseworthy, but in light of that, it’s hard to beat. The Nebraska performs wonderfully. On a late winter walk it proved resistant enough to ...

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Paramo Bora Smock (2015)

£80.00

The Bora takes a different approach to soft shell. It is essentially a thickened-up, over-the-head windshirt, so it is exceedingly light (just 178g) and very packable. By itself, it is highly windproof (the peaked hood is especially good) and very breathable, thanks to two vertical venting zips up the abdomen. But the Bora has more to it than that. It ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Berghaus Light Hike Hydroshell (2015)

£130.00

www.berghaus.com FeaturesDesigned, according to Berghaus, after gathering insight from walkers on the West Highland Way, the Light Hike Hydroshell’s main feature is its weight of just 336g (size L). It has only two mesh-lined pockets, plus a hood with wired peak. It is good to see the front zip has an external stormflap for better rain protection than many lightweight ...

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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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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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Berghaus Deluge (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesThe Berghaus Deluge has been a superb value-for-money product for several years and it benefits from a good selection of functional features. So you get the all-important thigh-length side zips, so you can easily get these on over your boots. Those zips also get an external stormflap to keep rain out. An elasticated waist with drawcord is also provided, but ...

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Montane Minimus (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesMontane Minimus overtrousers are very lightweight, and established favourites thanks to their combination of features. You get Pertex Shield fabric, which has excellent waterproofness and breathability, low weight and some essential features such as a waist with elastication and drawcord plus adjustment down the legs for a good fit. They lack the features of higher-priced options though. 4/5 FitAvailable in ...

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Sprayway Santiago/Atlanta (2015)

£40.00

FeaturesIn the competitive £30 to £40 price range the Sprayway Santiago just about has the edge on its competitors due to its feature list. It gets a nylon lining inside to improve comfort, but this is not mesh so it won’t snag easily. The waist is elasticated and has a drawcord. The side zip is knee-length and you get a ...

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The North Face Point Five NG (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe North Face Point Five NG overtrousers are mountaineering pants with all the features you need for tackling the toughest terrain in the toughest of conditions. So you get a tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with abrasion patches at the ankle cuff. The side zips are full-length, there is a gaiter inside the ankle and braces are provided to ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesSherpa is owned and run by Sherpas, and most of the company’s products are made in Kathmandu. The Lakpa Rita Pant is designed with eVent 3-layer fabric. It features thigh-length side zips with loops at the ankle cuff so you can tie down the cuffs to prevent them riding up when wading through snow. The knees are articulated too. 5/5 ...

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Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe main feature here is the low weight combined with a full-length side zip that benefits from an external stormflap. But Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant overtrousers also use Bluesign-approved fabric, meaning they meets certain environmental criteria. There is reinforcement in the seat, a zipped fly, and an elasticated waist too. There are no belt loops and no waist drawcord, ...

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Páramo Cascada II (2015)

£135.00

FeaturesPáramo Cascada II overtrousers are an extremely popular and well-established favourite with British hillwalkers, thanks to unique fabric that is more breathable than most other options while also keeping the user dry in typical British mountain weather. You get nice long side zips with press studs so you can vent the leg. The knees are articulated and there is cuff ...

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Regatta Byrne (2015)

£30.00

FeaturesRegatta Byrne overtrousers have provided budget protection for several years and they has a good set of features for the price. The waist is elasticated with a drawcord. The legs have calf-length zips with external stormflaps and there is a Velcro tab to adjust the ankle area a little. Not a lot of features, but some trousers at this or ...

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