Dynafit Ultra Light 3L Jacket

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Dynafit Ultra Light 3L Jacket
120g (women’s S) £215
dynafit.com

Designed for ultrarunning, this superlight smock is made from a comfortable, durable and protective 3-layer fabric with taped seams. A deep zip allows variable venting while excellent features include underarm vents, bold reflective details, zipped internal pocket and hood with stiffened peak. Packs neatly into its own pocket.

Verdict: Light, tough, well-featured – ideal for races and rainy days.
9/10

Berghaus Fast Hike Jacket

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Berghaus Fast Hike Jacket
165g (women’s 10) £150
berghaus.com

This jacket’s stylish looks and performance mean it’s ideal for everyday use. The Hydroshell Elite 2.5-layer fabric, taped seams and adjustable hood with stiffened peak offer great protection, whether you’re commuting to work or exploring the fells. Features two zipped handwarmer pockets, mesh inside pocket and reflective details.

Verdict: Light, technical, protective and good-looking all-rounder.
9/10

Haglofs L.I.M. Proof Multi Jacket

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Haglofs L.I.M. Proof Multi Jacket
210g (women’s S)  £160
haglofs.com

From Haglöfs’ outstanding L.I.M (less is more) range, this jacket feels really protective yet comfortable enough to wear all day. It looks great and has two large zipped pockets, a snug hood with stiffened peak, and reflective details. Treated with PFC-free water-repellent, it's both bluesign and Fair Wear certified.

Verdict: Top performance, comfort, looks and ethics. Top choice.
10/10

Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell Jacket

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Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell Jacket
170g (men’s M) £170
inov-8.com

Designed to offer outstanding weather protection for fell runners, this lightweight waterproof jacket has an adjustable hood with wired peak, long sleeves with thumb loops, and folds into its zipped chest pocket. The Nylon Pertex Shield fabric feels soft and fits well with a bit of stretch for comfort.

Verdict: Lightweight and well-featured protection for wet weather.
9/10

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
170g (men’s M) £145
outdoorresearch.com

A straightforward, lightweight multi-activity jacket made from a tough Nylon Pertex Shield, which doesn’t feel clingy in the rain. The cut of the Helium II is quite short but relaxed, giving you plenty of room for an extra layer or two underneath. There is a zipped chest pocket and an excellent stiffened and adjustable hood.

Verdict: Light, protective and tough with a fairly relaxed fit.
8/10

Vaude Larice 2.5L Jacket

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Vaude Larice 2.5L Jacket
270g (men’s M) £195
vaude.com

Designed for multi-activity and very cold, wet runs, this Fair Wear and bluesign-certified jacket is PFC free and uses a PTFE free Ceplex membrane under a tough nylon face fabric. It isn’t the lightest but is very protective with an adjustable hood, reflective detail, zipped pockets and pit-zips for added ventilation.

Verdict: Excellent for multi-activity and the worst weather.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2

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Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2
160g (women’s S) £175
ultimatedirection.com

Designed with the demands of the UTMB in mind, this updated version of the brilliant Ultra Jacket delivers lightweight comfort and protection. Fully-taped Fastbreath Ultra fabric has underarm vents for breathability while the adjustable, wired hood also has a highly effective airflow channel. Self-storing waterproof mitts keep hands warm and dry.

Verdict: Technical, lightweight good value – built for mountains.
9/10

Ronhill Infinity Fortify Jacket

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Ronhill Infinity Fortify Jacket
205g (women’s 10) £140
ronhill.com

We tested the fluo yellow version of this well-priced, protective jacket – a great choice for dark winter training and commutes. It has a snug, adjustable hood with stiffened peak; a large, mesh-lined zipped chest pocket; taped seams; adjustable hem and reflective details. The sizing is on the generous side.

Verdict: A decent winter running jacket – protective and visible.
8/10

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Jacket

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Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Jacket
180g (women’s 10) £195
montane.co.uk

This jacket’s soft, stretchy, rustle-free feel means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day. Yet it also offers excellent protection thanks to the durable 2.5-layer Pertex Shield fabric with fully taped seams and adjustable, wired hood. It has two zipped handwarmer pockets (one of which it packs into) and reflective details.

Verdict: Outstanding protection that’s comfortable all day long.
9/10

La Sportiva Odyssey GTX Jacket

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La Sportiva Odyssey GTX Jacket
190g (men’s M) £195
lasportiva.com

Designed to be as light as possible while still offering the excellent wind and rain protection of Gore-Tex Active, this jacket is light and packable but copes with the worst of the weather. The active cut is spot-on, eliminating the need for heavy adjusters. Sustainability assured with bluesign certification.

Verdict: Light, protective and ethical: the only waterproof you need.
10/10

OMM Halo Jacket

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OMM Halo Jacket
105g (men’s M) £110
theomm.com

Ticking every box for a lightweight, packable, race-legal waterproof; this jacket also scores well on protection, keeping you dry with a durable nylon fabric, dropped tail, taped seams, thumb loops and snug hood with stiffened peak. It looks great too, with a slim cut – particularly through the sleeves.

Verdict: Superlight, protective and great value – great for racing.
9/10

Soar Ultra Rain Jacket 2.0

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Soar Ultra Rain Jacket 2.0
130g (men’s M) £185
soarrunning.com

A great-looking jacket with a slim cut and stylish features. The Ultra Rain is made in Portugal from a Japanese nylon with good attention to detail including reflective logos, elasticated cuffs and zipped rear pocket. No hood means clean lines and no flapping, but lacks the protection needed in the mountains.

Verdict: Stylish looks and quality fabric, perfect for low-level trails.
9/10