Waterproof Jacket Recommendations

#1
I am looking for a new waterproof jacket for hill, mountain walking of which I do a lot. Being a hot sweaty git I usually wear a Buffalo but when it is really pissing it down a breathable waterproof over the techlite is a lifesaver. The quality of Berghaus has fallen in my opinion so not too keen on them , Arcteryx look very good but are expensive but I may be tempted to part with my hard earned cash whilst Keela are much cheaper and have a growing reputation. Any recommendations from Arrsers gratefully received.
 
#2
I am looking for a new waterproof jacket for hill, mountain walking of which I do a lot. Being a hot sweaty git I usually wear a Buffalo but when it is really pissing it down a breathable waterproof over the techlite is a lifesaver. The quality of Berghaus has fallen in my opinion so not too keen on them , Arcteryx look very good but are expensive but I may be tempted to part with my hard earned cash whilst Keela are much cheaper and have a growing reputation. Any recommendations from Arrsers gratefully received.
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I , and many othes have one of these for sale
 
#3
Keela are good for breathability. Never used paramo but lots of MRTs and JSMTC use their stuff.

I have had a mountain equipment changabang that survived 3 months in Patagonia and a month in Iceland plus a few UK winters before it started to fail, replaced it with a lhotse which is proving still bulletproof 3 years later. I love their kit and look like I am sponsored by them when I go out now. The upshot being TRAIL magazine routinely rates their kit best in test. The lhotse being an example.

ME kit is very well made. You’ll get a 15% discount in Cotswold with a mod 90 rising to 20% with AMA membership.
 
#4
Friend of mine had a Keela jacket for years, well made and designed, though they do quite a range, so look carefully at the fabric.
 
#5
Ventile. It's the biz. I have a Sasta from Raymundo Mears website and I love it. Breathable, waterproof, quiet and very Edmund Hilary. The only drawback is it stiffens up a bit when wet.
 
#6
Ventile. It's the biz. I have a Sasta from Raymundo Mears website and I love it. Breathable, waterproof, quiet and very Edmund Hilary. The only drawback is it stiffens up a bit when wet.
... my bold agreed ... I have worn a Ventile Smock for a number of years bought from Hilltrek ... @wheel see linky .... Clothing - Smocks - Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing

ETA I also have a Keela Falkland Ventile jacket which I use for normal day wear in wet weather ... just checked prices and they have increased somewhat since I paid £175 for mine complete with a removable fleece liner .
 
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#9
paramo is marmite for the outdoors - i really rate their trousers and windproof tops, but i just don't get on with their waterproof jackets. bizarre, but sadly true...

lots of people who live in crap conditions wear their stuff permanently, others hate the stuff.

in terms of build quality i really rate Keela and Mountain Equipment - my favourite waterproof however is from the Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada: materials, build quality, design etc..

if you're looking - as you appear to be - looking for a serious shekels for a serious jacket, i'd recomend taking a trip to the Lakes and mooching around the gear shops of Keswick. nothing beats a feel...
 
#10
I’ve had Mountain Equipment for a many years, my Changabang (late 90s?) was great til a few years ago when it let wet in a full on downpour. Wash and reproof failed to fully restore it. changed to Lhoste and like it, though I find he hood not as good as the Changabang. The hood on that would move when you turned your head, plus the jacket would stay at correct height when you lifted your arms. No pockets where the ruckset belt would go. Cracking jacket. Yet to use he Lhotse in anger as a small child gets in the way but it’s impressive when I have used it. Pit zips are a bonus.

Paramo gets good write ups, but I found the layers slide and it seemed “slippery” when undone. Can’t really explain it.

I love my buffalo tops but they can be warm.

RP.
 
#12
Picked up an Arcteryx Beta AR in “On sale Orange” for about half price at a REI online sale a few years. It has functioned flawlessly in torrentially rain and driving sleet. Well worth the money I paid for it. And if I do ever fall down the side of a mountain, my lifeless shattered body should be easy to spot.

If you don’t might horrible colours, the internet can turn up a bargain.
 
#14
Picked up an Arcteryx Beta AR in “On sale Orange” for about half price at a REI online sale a few years. It has functioned flawlessly in torrentially rain and driving sleet. Well worth the money I paid for it. And if I do ever fall down the side of a mountain, my lifeless shattered body should be easy to spot.

If you don’t might horrible colours, the internet can turn up a bargain.
Agree with you on the Arcteryx colours, bit bright. Like you say easy to spot though.
 
#16
As many have already said, Keela is very good and well priced for the quality. Issue kit for many police specialist ops departments and avoids the usual ‘off-duty uniform’ effect that comes with much of the ‘on message’ brands.
 
#17
I had a Keela Munro for a while, for working in the woods. Good price, durable fabric etc. But it was heavy and the fit was a bit ‘old school’ - quite boxy and therefore baggy in the wrong places and not too comfortable as a result.

Sold it and bought a Norrona Recon, which is the dogs, but bloody expensive. I wanted green, longer than a climbing jacket and hard wearing though.
Climbing wise I still really rate my Patagonia Triolet that’s at least 18 years old. Never found anything like it for fit and performance. The Rab Latok comes close but a lot heavier
 
#19
Also might be worth looking at Alpkit. I’ve got their Balance jacket for lightweight, just in case rather than serious clag and really rate it. Fits well.

They do one called a Definition, 220 quid and supposed to be the full on mountain jacket. Not tried one but had a look at one in Hathersage and was impressed for the money...
 
#20
Paramo, as others have said. Quite a few M R use them. Expensive but lasts. Had my smock for about twenty years now. Just wash and reproof as instructions say and Bobs your uncle.
 

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