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Rab Baltoro Light

£110.00

It’s not often that an article of clothing ticks all the boxes, but this does. The excellent fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It has two huge hip/chest pockets that double as vents and the cuffs are fastened with Velcro. Single-handed drawcords adjust the hem, trapping or releasing warmth, and another ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Velez Adventure Light 2009

£180.00

For many, the word ‘Light’ that suffixes this new, slimmer riff on Páramo’s cracking Velez Adventure Smock will arch an interested eyebrow. Páramo waterproof products have always been love-’em-or-leave-’em affairs for many, with praise usually centring on their freakish waterproof/breathability powers (more of which later) and durability, and excuses typically involving the words ‘hot’ and ‘heavy’. The original Velez Adventure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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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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The North Face Redpoint Optimus

£125.00

This duvet jacket weighs 660g; Primaloft insulation; packs into its own pocket; very comfy cuffs; large hip pockets plus chest pocket; hood fit is excellent. But only warm enough for mild winter use; hood cannot be removed or rolled down.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Cascada Trouser

£100.00

These are not your conventional waterproof overtrousers, and you will not have to keep these packed in the bottom of your rucksack for emergencies. Because of the nature of the fabric, design and construction of these trousers, they will not only serve as a really comfortable, well-thought-out walking trouser but when it starts to rain they will also keep you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • 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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Mountain Equipment Cirrus Jacket

£60.00

This insulated jacket weighs in at 594g (inc 10g stuffsack), which compares well with jackets costing twice its price. It make use of Polarloft insulation and a ripstop nylon shell, and it generally felt robust and warmer than lighter garments. To keep draughts out you get a baffle over the outside of the front zip, adjustable cuffs, a hem drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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Mountain Equipment G2

£170.00

This soft shell weighs 664g; Gore-Tex Soft Shell fabric; Paclite hood rolls into collar; external taped seams on shoulders; pit zips for venting; waist pockets easily take an OS map; Velcro adjustable cuffs; brushed polyester lining adds warmth. But access to pockets could be better if they were higher on the chest; expensive.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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