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Gore Thermium is a rain resistant membrane with an ultralight material that encases the insulation – it’s the first time that Gore’s “product portfolio” has addressed the “issue of insulation” and our testers thought it worked really well.

OK so the new Gore-Tex material isn’t fully waterproof, but it will hold up to wind, light rain and even brief snowfalls and this is made up for it by the insulation used in the jacket, which is also premium. It uses the excellent 80-gram PrimaLoft Gold, a synthetic material which retains some breathability while also being water resistant and packable – the whole jacket only weighs 510g.

“It’s getting frigidly cold, and wet. For times like this you need a jacket that will stand up to the weather and keep you warm.”

Other features in this well-designed jacket include an insulated and adjustable hood with a stiffened visor, chest pocket, internal pocket, two handwarmer pockets, adjustable cuffs and drawcords at the hem. If you need an extra layer of warmth while you’re belaying, stopping to shoot photos, or just hiking on a very cold day, this is an excellent option.

The combination of its warmth, packablity and those exciting new fabrics makes this one of the gear highlights of the 2016 winter season.

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