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Sprayway Zeus / Pandora (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThis jacket has a third chest pocket, making it ideal for anyone who loves a dedicated pocket for map, compass or GPS. The two main pockets are well-placed and big enough for maps too. The hood gets a wired peak plus volume adjustment and face drawcords. The jacket lacks pit zips, but for me that third pocket is the deal-maker. ...

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Rab Alpine Latock / Myriad (2014)

£240.00

FeaturesThe Rab Alpine Latock has very good set of features for most mountain-baggers, with two huge chest pockets that are ideal for map storage or handwarming. A third would be useful for map, compass or GPS storage. The hood gets a wired peak with volume and face drawcords. The exposed front zip is more water-resistant than lower-priced jackets and has ...

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The North Face Alpine Project (2014)

£200.00

FeaturesThe Alpine Project is a good weight (434g, men’s L) with the essential features for hillwalking. The two chest pockets take OS maps, while the helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak, volume adjustment and face drawcords. Pit zips improve ventilation, and the pockets are mesh-lined, not sealed. Some may prefer a third chest pocket for maps, compass or GPS. 4/5 ...

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The North Face Point Five (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesHow many pockets do you really need? The The North Face Point Five has two large and well-positioned chest pockets, but no third pocket anywhere – and I would like a third, to be ideal. There are pit zips provided plus a helmet-compatible hood with wired peak, face and volume drawcords. This is a lighter spec list than some jackets ...

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Berghaus Ignite Hoody (2012)

£130.00

On the surface, the Berghaus Ignite Hoody is very similar to the Montane Flux; however it is slightly heavier (20g more) but feels a little warmer. Like others on test it’s wind- and water-resistant, filled with PrimaLoft insulation and also boasts an adjustable hem cord to get a snug fit around your waist. A draught excluder is fitted behind the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Flux Jacket (2012)

£130.00

Boasting a wealth of features, the Montane Flux Jacket is quite simply great value for money. Made from Eco-PrimaLoft – where at least 50 per cent of the insulating material is recycled fibre – it will keep you warm enough for summit stops and short lunch breaks for a reasonably low weight (420g, size 10). Its outer shell is water-resistant ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Diez (2012)

£230.00

This is a classic down mid-layer-style of jacket. There’s no hood so it won’t keep your head warm, but it does mean the down is less likely to get wet in a wintry shower. It has a shortish cut, built to fit under a shell layer. The lightweight Pertex shell fabric offers some water resistance, although it can’t be relied ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen Cross Insulator (2012)

£120.00

A classic mid-layer insulator jacket, in a bit of a 1970s ski jacket style. The synthetic fill allows it to work even in the wet and it’s not too thick so it fits under a shell easily enough. The relatively short cut of the body also helps with mid-layer performance. When used as a mid-layer, it can be a bit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Torres Gilet 2010

£75.00

The Torres Gilet can be used for layering over a Páramo waterproof garment or worn directly over a base layer. Either way it will deliver fast and light insulation to the torso without being weighed down by sleeves or a hood. DesignAs with all gilets there are no sleeves, and unlike other jackets here there is no hood either. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Montane Scarab

£100.00

A warm jacket, but the Scarab has excellent venting through the pockets and this, plus an excellent combination of fabrics (Pertex with a pile lining), means it breathes incredibly well so remains very versatile. Includes a roll-away hood, which is very comforting when it is needed. Yet despite all these features, it’s also very light and packs down well, too. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Sierra Lite

£70.00

The Sierra Lite does an excellent job of keeping wind and mild rain off, while providing some insulation and great breathability. Unfortunately the jacket is let down by a non-adjustable, very tight cuff which cuts down its versatility, especially when you’re climbing a hill and feel that rolling sleeves up would be enough to cool you down. It’s a shame ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Timberland Cadion

£80.00

Very light  – more a windshirt than a full-on soft shell, but the Cadion does a great job in milder conditions, keeping a little rain at bay comfortably and breathing exceptionally well. The fabric stretches easily making it great to move about in, too. It’s quite minimalist in design with just one small chest pocket, elasticated cuffs and no drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Regatta Seistan

£75.00

More waterproof than soft shell and as a waterproof it performs quite well, with a three-layer membrane fabric, taped seams and a very good, adjustable hood. As a soft shell, though, it fails to provide any real insulation, and is nothing like as breathable as some. It’s very adjustable with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord hem, and the hood is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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PHD Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket 2009

£94.00

PHD is a small British company that specialises in designing and making products here in the UK that are at home in the world’s most extreme environments, from the Poles to Everest. The Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket boasts total practicality in fabric and features. DesignThe PHD Taiga Fleece Mountain Jacket is based on a well-proven design of a long jacket ...

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Páramo Explorer Pull-On 2009

£60.00

Páramo is best known for its waterproof jackets, which are well-proven as being ideal for walkers in the wet and windy British hills. But the company also makes a range of other layers such as the Explorer Pull-On, which is designed to be worn as either a base layer or mid layer and as part of a Páramo clothing system ...

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Lowe Alpine Diablo 2009

£120.00

With an insulating layer under a windproof or waterproof jacket, maximum efficiency is achieved using a very open-knit material. That is exactly what Lowe Alpine has set out to achieve with the Diablo, which traps huge amounts of air for warmth while allowing maximum airflow to reduce any potential condensation. DesignThe material sets this fleece apart from others, while the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Shroud Jacket 2009

£70.00

Mountain Equipment (ME) makes a range of hard shell waterproofs and soft shells. But, unlike most modern mountaineering brands, they also produce the Shroud fleece jacket, which combines all the typical practical features that they are known for coupled with Polartec fleece. DesignDesigned to function with other ME layers, the Shroud can be worn over a base layer and under ...

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Paramo Ladies Velez Adventure Light Smock

£190.00

If breathability is your biggest concern, the new, lightweight Velez could be for you. The fabric is almost rustle-free and so comfortable and breathable you’ll feel happy wearing it in almost any weather. The jacket offers excellent ease of movement, is totally waterproof and if you need extra ventilation two fully adjustable side zips provide a welcome flow of air. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Epic

£85.00

This is a substantial jacket, but it comes at a good price and performs well enough to justify a few extra grammes. The main zip is chunky and tough, with a bomb-proof storm flap, and the hem is relatively long and easily adjustable with drawcords. It comes with excellent pit-zips, Velcro cuffs, and the hip pockets are well-placed and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Merrell Approach

£100.00

Weighs in at over 400g and this reflects in its quality and features; a pretty hefty storm flap, good pit-zips and a very adjustable hood. The pockets are quite low but can just about be accessed with a pack belt on. They also provide venting as well as just enough space to ram a map into. The fabric kept rain ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Mantle

£48.00

The Mantle is quite a short jacket, yet it’s heavy and quite bulky too. This is mainly down to a mesh lining, which is comfortable but unnecessary in this type of jacket, and a stuff-sack pocket that comes with an elastic belt attached. It has a good selection of pockets (none that will take a map) but packaway hood is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Mountain Stretch

£80.00

The fleece-lined waist band lacks elastic, but they come with an integral webbing belt which holds them up just fine. The Stretchlite Mountain fabric is light and stretchy and felt soft against the skin, while the articulated knees made them a delight to move in. They also come in regular and long leg lengths – a big bonus for getting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Flux 30 rucksack (2008)

£225.00

Montane makes a huge range of functional, lightweight jackets that are excellent for hill-walkers – and the event Halo Stretch is typical of their pedigree. The weight is good and so is the use of eVent waterproof and breathable fabric. There are additional reinforcement panels on the hips and forearms for greater durability. But the big difference is the addition ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Marmot Scree

£70.00

The stretchy soft shell fabric was soft against the skin and a delight to move in, but the legs were a little baggy and, although the waist was comfy, we’d have liked to have seen a belt. Not heavily insulated and, therefore, not the warmest in winter conditions, but performed better in milder weather. Weather resistance was okay.  VITAL STATSColour: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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