Author: Jez Loftus, technical editor

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Berghaus Mermaid Paclite

Berghaus Mermaid Paclite
£140 4.5

It looks almost identical to last year's Mermaid but there have been some subtle upgrades on this Gore-Tex Paclite to improve form and function. The new removable mesh chest pocket, hidden inside the jacket, comes in very useful,

Berghaus Denizen

Berghaus Denizen
£140 4

The Denizen uses Gore-Tex's Paclite super fabric to great effect here. As the name suggests, Paclite is specifi cally designed as an extremely lightweight, packable fabric featuring Gore-Tex's windproof, waterproof and breathable performance.

Berghaus Tyrant

Berghaus Tyrant
£200 4.5

The big daddy of wet weather gear and the highest price on test, the Tyrant is a highly technical Gore-Tex XCR fabric jacket perfectly suited to extreme weather conditions.

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Endura eVent
£149.99 4.5

A completely new high end jacket from Endura and a very good one at that utilising the one benchmark waterproof fabric on the market that's not Gore-Tex: eVent.

Fox Stormblock

Fox Stormblock
£74.99 3.5

Coming in at a very reasonable price the Stormblock jacket from Fox is a respectable one for riders on a tighter budget who need a versatile jacket on and off the bike.

The Gore Path XCR is a great choice for bad weather riding

Gore Path XCR
£180 4

The path uses two-layer Gore-Tex XCR (eXtended Comfort Range) with an internal mesh liner. Combine this with the contoured, cycle-specific fit and supple outer face fabric, and you have a jacket that feels softer and manoeuvrable.

RaceFace Shore Jacket

RaceFace Shore Jacket
£100 4

The Shore is a heavy-duty jacket that'll take up most of the room of a standard daypack. It definitely blocks out the elements but on those middling days it's just too much jacket to wear.

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