This waterproof jacket from Colombia fits really well. It is cut shorter than many, which won’t appeal to everyone. The fully adjustable hood is very good and covers your face well, even though it doesn’t have a wired peak. The snug collar and soft, rustle-free fabric are good too. The Spring Ridge is quite lightweight for all the features it offers. The Gore-Tex fabric breathes well and keeps you dry, and the adjustable Velcro cuffs, drawcord hem and lovely deep chest pocket are all excellent. Slightly bigger handwarmer pockets would be an improvement.
Verdict: A well-featured Gore-Tex jacket for only £100. It’s comfortable, not too heavy and will keep you dry and comfortable in even the worst conditions. At home on the street and in the hills.
Colours: Columbia navy, barn red, black, strata (light blue)
Fabric: Gore-Tex Explorer Taffeta
Main features: Fully seam-sealed, radial sleeves, venting chest pocket, drawcord hem, polyester mesh/taffeta lining
Men’s version: Shelter Ridge
Contact: 00 800 4378 7833; www.columbia.com