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The 10 best waterproof jackets

Whether fell-running, mountaineering or just wandering down the high street in the rain, keep dry in one of these coats

1. Montane – Shell Velocity, £88, sportsshoes

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Designed for biking in the harshest of conditions, this coat has remarkable water resistance. It's also windproof, reflective and very durable. There are separate versions for men and women and there's a choice of different colours.

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2. Rab – Pulse, £42, ellis-brigham

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The Pulse jacket is the lightest waterproof that Rab has ever made. Couple this with the fact that it has great stretch and you can see why it's so popular for both male and female fell-runners, lightweight back-packers, super-light alpinists and walkers who want a "just-in-case" jacket.

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3. Helly Hansen – W Verglas Down Insulator, £80, hellyhansen

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The stylish design of this thin, lightweight women's down jacket is a bonus, and it can be worn as either a midlayer or outerwear. It's also compressible enough to fit into a backpack.

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4. Sierra Designs – Women's Snowmass, £160, cotswoldoutdoor

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This isn't cheap, but because it's both highly practical and chic, it will do just as well for serious walking on hills or mountains as it will for your morning commute or an evening out in town.

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5. The North Face – AK Stormy Trail, £160, ellis-brigham

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Waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, this running jacket features patented technology that dramatically improves the drying time of the fabric – ideal for long runs in changeable conditions. Available for men and women.

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6. Jack Wolfskin – North Country, £100, surfmountain

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Here's a walking jacket that will keep you going for winter after winter. It has a thermal lining that keeps you warm without being too bulky, whilst the organic cotton keeps the coat super-soft. It's waterproof, breathable and is available for both genders.

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7. Ronhill – Vizion Windlite, £40, amazon

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No wonder this is Ronhill's best-selling running jacket for women – it's breathable, lightweight, waterproof and wind-resistant. There's a micro fleece-lined collar, a zipped security pocket and it's fantastic value too.

£40, amazon

8. The North Face – Upland, £104, surfmountain

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This secure-fitting walking jacket, which is available in both his and her versions, does a great job of keeping you dry both inside and out. There's a stowable and adjustable hood, while underarm vents allow instant ventilation.

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9. Berghaus – Ilam, £218, outdoorgb

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Down walking jackets are renowned for collapsing in wet weather, but this groundbreaking coat boasts innovative materials and body-mapped insulation zones that keep insulating even on the rainiest of days. Available for him or her.

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10. Salomon – Women's Softshell XT, £78, wiggle

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This softshell jacket features windproof breathable fabric in the front and stretch breathable fabric in the back, the result of which is that you keep warm without overheating. Perfect for cycling or running in cold and windy conditions.

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Read more; Best Waterproof Jackets 2015