Patagonia Piolet (2012)

This one feels bomb-proof. The fit is long enough to cover the hips and hands, with gusseted underarm panels for easy movement. There’s a very comfortable, high fleece-lined collar, and a deep hood with a stiffened peak. The main zip is covered by an external storm flap with slightly fiddly Velcro tabs, but it does a great job of keeping the rain out. Breathability is good, with a mesh lining throughout to wick away sweat, and there are deep pit-zips. The handwarmer pockets are on the small side, but have a soft fleece lining which feels great against your hands.

Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 2-layer Gore-Tex
Weight: 530g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 00800 0000 0041; www.patagonia.com