An absolute stand-out jacket when it comes to straight technical performance. The fabric is incredibly waterproof, with a tough, hard-wearing finish. The real joy comes in the form of the hood. The peak is excellent and manages to channel water out and away from your face. The hood adjustment is excellent, and does enable you to fit it like a hat – tight to the sides and forehead. On the negative side, the torso pull cinches are fiddly to get to, tucked away inside, although you are unlikely to need them on the move. Although there are no vents, the two large ‘napoleon’ chest pockets are mesh-backed and can double up as vents.
Fabric: Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Shell
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 822155; www.thenorthface.com