Hillwalking jacket part 2: Budget of £200 or so.

#1
Apologies for starting a similar thread to one that's already running, but I didn't want to hijack the other one, and a question tagged on the end wouldn't get any views or replies.. and it's a different beast that I'm after.

Anyway, I'm after a new hillwalking jacket... I'm looking for something that is good for 3 season use. Ideally, I want something cosy, not just a rainproof layer, so it either has to be insulated or a "system" where it comes with a zip in layer. A wired hood is pretty much a must have. I'm the sort of buffoon that always seems to pick the wettest days to hit the hills.

My budget is about £200, but I can stretch to a bit more (£250 or so) if the kit warrants it.

I've generally liked kit from Berghaus and Sprayway (still have a sprayway goretex in use) in the past, but I'm more than willing to try another brand.

Thanks for your suggestions.
 
#2
Some reviews here: http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/Gear-Reviews/Search-Results/Accessories/Search-Results/?&N=197+592+29&Ns=P_Price|0

Very UK orientated advice and I'm not sure I like being encouraged to always buy the latest fashion or whichever fabric/colour is on-trend this season.

Have you considered soft-shell or Furtech/Paramo?
Goretex is so last season (oh balls, I've fallen for it myself haven't I :?: :!: :x )
 
#3
Keela (a british manufacturer) make some very good gear, which get good write-ups. The Munro jacket is top notch, and will leave you with plenty of change. I have an early version of it an have never needed more than a base layer and microfleece under it, even in the middle of the Scottish winter, and in warmer weather, the zipped underarm vents keep me cool.
 
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#4
Mountain Equipment are a good brand and are really good for mountaineering and they are always best in test in TRAIL magazine ;)
 
#5
Montane Extreme Jacket for under £100 and a waterproof from a Helly Hansen factory shop or somewhere for when it gets really nasty. Put the 2 together for ultimate warmth, but light waterproof will see you for summer. No point buying the 'fits together' stuff for ramblers - you pay extra for something you don't need.
 
#6
get yourself a RAB jacket
eVENT is more breathable than GTX and still justas waterproof and then buy either a RAB wind stopper or softshell there you have it 3 layer system back it up with some Ice Breaker thermals and your set to hit the hills
 
#7
From what id been reading, Paramo is the new way to go for that price range (ill hold off on my own opinion till i have used one later in the week). But whichever option you go get onto eBay, thats where i got my Vesco for £110. Ive seen Paramo Alt 2s (Heavy hill walking jacket, RRP £216) and Apiras (High mountain jacket, RRP £270) on there cheap. At the moment there is an Alta2 for £120 buy now, and Aspira for £165, also buy now, on eBay. Ive also seen a Mountain Equipment Changabang on for £170ish if i recall correctly.
 

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