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Rohan Pinnacle III (2014)

£295.00

FeaturesRohan clothing generally sports lots of pockets; but with the Pinnacle III you get just two on the outside, though they are well-positioned above the waist- or hipbelt of a rucksack to allow access. You also get a zipped internal pocket. There are two zipped side vents as well to help manage condensation inside the jacket. The helmet-compatible hood gets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Wildfire (2014)

£260.00

FeaturesThe Wildfire is the latest release from the reintroduction of Lowe Alpine clothing. It features three external chest pockets with an additional zipped internal pocket and an internal stretch mesh pocket. The third chest pocket is small though and won’t take an OS map. There are pit zips for ventilation, while the hood gets a wired peak, as well as ...

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Mountain Hardwear Torson (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThe body of the Mountain Hardwear Torson has two large pockets on the chest, plus a third smaller one that’s good for a GPS receiver or compass but not a lot else. There is an internal zipped pocket for a phone as well. There are no pit zips, but as the pockets are all mesh-lined you can use them to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Therm-a-Rest Antares (2013)

£250.00

A design that’s likely to polarise users, the revolutionary system used in the Therm-a-Rest Antares dispenses with insulation on the base of the sleeping bag, and instead features straps into which a sleeping mat (any will do, but preferably a Therm-a-Rest, naturally) slides, providing the insulation underneath. The result is an application of logic (down that is squashed flat underneath ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina (2013)

£170.00

Now here’s something new: a synthetic bag that can compete on every level with a down bag. The Mountain Hardwear Ultra Lamina just gets away with it too, packing down to a size comparable to the Rab and Marmot bags featured here, with similar EN-tested temperature ratings and the benefit of being insulated with synthetic Thermal Q fill, which – ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Columbia Compounder Shell jacket

£195.00

Omni-Dry is Columbia’s latest waterproof and breathable fabric, and on paper it appears to stand beside the best that money can buy. With the proud claim that it is ‘more air-permeable than Gore-Tex’ and that it is ‘the ultimate in waterproof technology for the outdoors’, Columbia has clearly set out its stall. The question is, does it actually help hillwalkers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Alpamayo Jacket (2012)

£160.00

Designed primarily as a belay jacket to go over other layers, the Mountain Equipment Alpamayo is, as expected, generously sized as well as water- and wind-resistant. It’s very warm too – second warmest on test after the Páramo jacket – but then with extra warmth comes extra weight (526g, size 10 – third heaviest here) so it really depends on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Zao (2012)

£160.00

Of all the jackets on test, the Sprayway Zao is the only one to have a Gore-Tex outer shell, making it waterproof – rather than simply water-resistant. An insulating jacket suitable for use even in heavy rain or snow will keep you warm, and it means the insulation is well-protected against the wet too. But the problem for walkers is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Finisterre Sastruga III (2012)

£185.00

As with everything made by Finisterre, environmental concerns are high in the designers’ minds. The synthetic fill is PrimaLoft Eco, made from recycled plastic bottles and the face fabric is also made from recycled polyester. The jacket has a tight, long fit. Even in a large it’s quite a snug fit and won’t suit those who prefer a more relaxed ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Columbia Prarion (2012)

£150.00

Although it uses 700-fill down, the jacket has added insulation in the form of Columbia’s Omni-Heat reflective technology. Silver dots are added to the lining to help bounce radiated heat back inside. In use it does seem to add extra warmth to the top, without making things too stuffy. However, the jacket still remains quite heavy for a down-filled mid-layer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Montane Sabretooth Jacket 2009

£150.00

The grey area between soft shell and fleece is spanned by the Montane Sabretooth, which is described as a ‘highly technical soft shell’ jacket as it is more wind- and water-resistant than other fleece mid layers. But most importantly it does not have a membrane so it is far more breathable than most soft shells. DesignThe Montane Sabretooth is a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Mera Peak 2009

£240.00

What does your jacket say about you? Back in the late Nineties the name Mera Peak said mountaineer and serious skier. The Berghaus Mera Peak was the 2-layer Gore-Tex version of the 3-layer Berghaus Trango Extrem, a benchmark mountaineering jacket that allowed the casual observer to identify Brits in Chamonix at over 100 paces. But times change, designs evolve and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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Millet Aerial Max 2008

£190.00

The Millet Aerial Max is made from a stretch version of Gore-Tex Paclite that feels very hard-wearing, while allowing a closer fit without restricting movement. There is also heat-sealed reinforcement on the shoulders. The body is quite short, which is good for climbers for example. The fabric is rated as extremely waterproof and extremely breathable so you should stay dry. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Helly Hansen Volt 2008

£180.00

The Helly Hansen Volt multi-activity jacket is very waterproof, very breathable fabric; two large pockets; useful chest pocket; pit zips; short body is useful for climbers; good hood fit and movement. But 594g (men’s L) is quite heavy for this category; hood cannot be rolled down; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksacks; hood peak is soft and so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Paramo Cascada

£180.00

A great fit with well-designed sleeves and a good combination of Velcro and elastic at the cuffs. Hem and waist drawcords help fine-tune fit and hood was easy to adjust. Comfort-wise, it’s hard to knock the Cascada, which is cut from a wonderfully soft and rustle-free fabric making it a real pleasure to wear. Good breathability, making it really pleasant ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Berghaus Aura

£200.00

A good fit with superb sleeves and plenty of adjustment. The hood was spot-on, too, with enough room for a hat when needed. Superb in a downpour and the Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric made it very breathable. Good hood and accessible pockets. A little pricey, though. VITAL STATSColours: Four including pillar box red/ash, mazarine blue/eclipseSizes: S-XXLFabric: Gore-Tex Pro ShellKey features: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face M All Terrain

£150.00

With a top-notch hood and deep storm flap, keeping rain out was no problem and the Gore-Tex fabric was notably more breathable than most. Let down by pockets that were difficult to access with a pack on. Roomy with long sleeves that were a little loose at the cuffs. A perfect hood, though, with excellent adjustment, and the soft two-layer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tog 24 Tarku

£189.00

A nice length, but baggy in the body and long in the sleeves, although good adjustment overcomes some of this. The hood’s rather small too. Nice touches include fleece for the pocket linings and around the chin. A heavy jacket that keeps the weather out but takes up a lot of space in a pack. Very hot in use, although ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Alpinist Stretch 2008

£280.00

Made from eVent fabric, which is rated as extremely waterproof and extremely breathable, the Vaude Alpinist Stretch winter jacket also has stretch panels. Put it on and it is noticeable how much longer this is than most other jackets, which is a very welcome feature. Freedom of movement in the sleeves is outstanding, and you can easily access the two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Climb Pro 2008

£270.00

Designed specifically for Alpinism, the Lowe Alpine Climb Pro winter jacket packs down to just 560g so you won’t mind carrying it in your rucksack or wearing it while climbing. It’s built with Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so it is about as good as it gets for condensation control. You get a pair of large chest pockets that can be easily ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Kongur 2008

£260.00

The Mountain Equipment Kongur has been around for a few years now, and it regularly wins Trail’s winter jackets test as no-one has come up with anything better (come on, guys!). I still think it is the best jacket here for winter walkers. It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell so it gets top marks for waterproofness and condensation control. It ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Aspira Jacket 2008

£250.00

The Páramo Aspira Jacket controls condensation better than most alternatives due to its unique fabric, which also remains waterproof indefinitely if treated with Nikwax, unlike conventional waterproofs that leak if punctured. It’s also warmer than most jackets, making it ideal for winter. The material works really well at keeping out driving rain and the jacket is longer than most, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Superfly XT 2008

£240.00

A very popular modern classic winter jacket, the Montane Superfly XT benefits from using eVent waterproof and breathable fabric and having a great set of features. The fabric feels robust and gets some splashes of reflective trim for night action. The main zip gets a double stormflap unlike many other jackets here, which makes it better at keeping out the ...

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

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