I’ve been wearing the Lakpa Rita for over two years and if I’m heading for mountains and the forecast is dodgy, it is my go-to hard shell. It just has the whole package: a stiff, peaked hood, four taped pockets in all the right places and at the perfect dimensions, a slightly longer cut to cover most of the bottom, and a fit that isn’t too athletic but isn’t billowy either. At 452g it’s bang in the middle of the weight spectrum, so it offers powerful protection when sitting above a mid-layer, or just lightweight waterproofing over a base-layer in summer (without the interior getting clammy). Its ripstop and taffeta-layered eVent fabric has never let water in, and even without pit-zips, it doesn’t get too hot. Plus you get the kudos of a brand that was set up by Nepalese Sherpas. Yes it’s expensive, but I know I’ll be wearing it for a very long time.
Fabric: eVent PTFE/nylon
Colours: Red, black, blue, orange
Contact: 01572 772504
Superbly robust and reliable; ideal for mountain walks in the worst weather.
Tested by Nick Hallissey
Country Walking May 2015