We have all been caught in those sudden downpours, the ones that you think might last a few minutes, but then you notice those heavy clouds that keep rumbling across the fells. To cope, you need a high performance jacket which is easily accessible and, of course, will cope with the situation. Check out Sprayway’s Phaon, a 2.5 layer Hydro/Dry Plus hill jacket which has all the features you need for just such a situation, including a fixed two-way adjustable, wire peaked hood with roll-away feature, two good sized, mesh lined venting/storage pockets, drawcord adjustable hem, zipped security pocket, and a stuff sac for easy access, packing and storage. Waterproof, windproof and breathable, the Phaon has a decent back length of 74cm (size medium), so it shouldn’t ruffle up under a backpack. The jacket is available in four different colours, and has a decent price tag, too. £109,99, www.sprayway.com


I must say, I am a big fan of Didriksons, and the Nomadic pleases me no end. Constructed in polyester weave, the jacket features a PFC-free DWR finish and has a fixed adjustable hood which is perfect for when you need adaptable, lightweight and ergonomic protection. The collar has an opening that the hood is easily rolled into. The fit is enhanced by a drawstring at the hem, which helps you adjust the garment and keep the heat inside. There is also a soft fabric at the cuffs. There are two sensibly sized waterproof front pockets. The material is waterproof, windproof and breathable, so you have all the necessary bases covered. Available in black, bright blue and diablo red, sizes are XS-XXXL. £98, www.didriksons.com


The Paclite III shell is a modern update to a Berghaus classic. Designed for multi-activity use, the Paclite does exactly what it says on the tin. Essentially, the exclusive lightweight fabric creates a perfect strength-to-weight ratio, and of course you have that excellent packability. The shell features a roll-away peaked hood with volume adjuster for extra waterproof protection, two zipped hand pockets to keep essentials secure, articulated sleeves, hook and loop cuff tabs and drawcord hem, so you can easily create a personalised fit. Weighing around 321g, the Paclite III is available in three different colours, with sizes S-XXL. £170, www berghaus.com