With the worst summer on record and a blustery wet autumn forecast, it is time to get ready for the elements. Waterproof jackets have come a long way since they appeared in the late 80’s, now with feather light and breathable material, they are comfortable to wear and do the job of keeping you dry. Have a look at our five best jackets and take the windy days by storm.
Patagonia Men’s Piolet Jacket – £250
A 2-layer nylon GORE-TEX® Performance Shell for year-round waterproof/breathable protection and total versatility in the mountains and beyond. Piolet Jacket protects, moves and breathes with a classic 2-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell waterproof/breathable fabric that uses a DWR (durable water-repellent) finish on the most durable nylon face fabric available. The hanging lining gives terrific comfort, the helmet-compatible, 2-way adjustable hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility, and the Touch Point System™ embedded cord locks in the hood and hem allow quick adjustment without opening the jacket. Visit www.outside.co.uk for more details.
Marmot Precip Jacket – £80
The PreCip® Jacket is reliable, value-oriented and full-function rainwear for backcountry and urban travellers alike. Improved waterproof and breathable coating provides Dry Touch comfort and is more durable than ever.PreCip® is our “next step” technology that enables us to construct the lightest, most compressible, technical, waterproof and breathable rainwear in the world. Ventilated and breathable to keep you dry from the inside, PreCip® rainwear has plenty of pockets and custom fit features to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. The new PreCip® coating is now more waterproof, more breathable and more comfortable to wear. We’ve added ceramic particles in the coating for added durability, waterproof reliability and Dry Touch comfort. Check www.jackson-sports.com for information.
Peter Storm Highlight Jacket – £60
No matter how waterproof your jacket is, if it doesn’t feature critical elements like fully taped seams, chances are that pesky rain will seep in. Especially if there’s a breeze to blow it in from every angle! Thankfully, the Peter Storm Men’s Highlight Waterproof Jacket is equipped with them – and not only that, it’s entirely waterproof, windproof and breathable so you can be confident stepping out on the trails even when the weather’s at its worst. A polyester shell keeps the jacket lightweight whilst a polyester mesh lining means it’s unbeatable at keeping you fresh in sticky climes. Two upper chest pockets, two lower hand pockets and a specific pocket for maps means you can keep all your gear organised whilst elasticated velcro cuffs keep the fit snug. Buy from www.millets.co.uk
Rab Stretch Neo Jacket – £250
The revolutionary Stretch Neo Jacket from Rab is an extremely breathable waterproof jacket for high intensity activities that demand optimum freedom of movement and comfort in addition to reliable protection in harsh conditions. This exclusive jacket features brand new, innovative Polartec® NeoShell®fabric that cleverly combines the comfort and breathability of soft-shell with the all-weather performance of a hardshell. Actually, Polartec® NeoShell® is heralded as the most breathable waterproof fabric on the market, so you’ll stay dry inside as well as out, and the low bulk, lightweight fabric also offers essential wind protection in cooler conditions. Visit www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
Finisterre Anabatic Lightweight Waterproof Jacket – £180
With its super hydrophilic membrane, the fabric effectively moves moisture away from the body, whilst remaining both water and windproof. Our version of the perfect pack-light, giving increased breathability, at a fraction of the weight. A full mountain, road and travel tested waterproof shell, giving you lightweight versatility 365 days a year. Considered design, with a wired and stiffened peak, helmet compatible hood, volume adjustment and an ergonomic cut for maximum range of movement. The Anabatic MK. II represents a bold new benchmark in the Finisterre range, utilising our new exclusive waterproof and breathable C-Shell fabric, which is part recycled and 100% recyclable. Buy from www.finisterreuk.com