The outdoors are an adventure whatever the weather, creating different light and atmosphere, and you need to know which waterproof coats will protect you from the elements, whilst still being functional and practical whatever the weather. British weather is unpredictable, so it’s important to have a waterproof jacket on hand just in case, or if you know you’ll be getting wet.
We’ve chosen 5 of our favourite jackets for varying levels of waterproofing and packing in different features. Depending on whether you want shower or storm proof jackets, a waterproof jacket to keep you warm or a lightweight style for increased flexibility, different jackets provide different plus points which can make it hard to decide. Our top 5 pick out a variety of different features so you can find the jacket to suit you.
Top 5 Waterproof Jackets 2017
The men’s PreClip jacket by Marmot uses their exclusive NanoPro coating technology for a waterproof but breathable exterior with DWR (durable water repellent) for water and stains to simply bead off the jacket. NanoPro’s structure is air permeable, meaning it will shed excess moisture vapour without compromising on windproof or waterproof abilities. The seam’s taped design, adjustable and rollable hood, chin guard and YKK zipper all reduce any chance of rain getting into your jacket, and adjustable velcro cuffs and the elastic draw cord hem keep the warmth in and the cold out. This jacket comes with an innovative Angel-Wing Movement for uninhabited motion, along with pit zips for ventilation without having to remove the jacket, all packing into its own pocket when you want to put it away.
Columbia’s retro sports style jacket is ideal for changing weather with its ability to pack tightly into its own pocket, perfect to take in and out of your bag without taking up much room. The OmniTech waterproof weave is topped with a fully seam sealed yet breathable design, and comes with an adjustable and storable hood as a fairly lightweight jacket even for when the sun is shining. The adjustable sleeve cuffs and drawcord adjustable hem are ideal for colder weather, and can be loosened to increase ventilation in the heat. With two zippered hand pockets and an interior security pocket, this jacket is also ideal for walks where you don’t want to carry excess luggage with you.
Haglof’s LIM Proof Mens Jacket was created to be a premium lightweight shell jacket in a minimalistic, portable design. Made from a waterproof and breathable 40D fabric that weighs only 230g, this jacket is DWR treated so water can roll off, with a snug fit hood with a reinforced peak and a dropped rear hem for extra protection. With articulated sleeves for a wide range of flexibility and movement, and no seams on the shoulder, side and inner sleeve for enhanced durability and to avoid chafing, this jacket was created for maximum mobility and comfort.
Burton’s Notch jacket combines style with substance to create a jacket suitable for the everyday and the adventure hikes. The DRYRIDE Ultrashell fabric has high waterproof and breathability ratings for durability, along with a storm flap at the centre front zipper and adjustable hood for added protection. With an adjustable hem, the warmth stays in and the cold is kept out, and comes with a mesh-lined hand warmer and rear game pockets. A zippered internal media pocket keeps your gear safe from being lost and from the rain, but is easy to reach, ideal for scrambles when equipment could fall out of a loose pocket.
Columbia’s OutDRY fabric is waterproof, breathable and fully seam sealed for ultimate dryness. The external seam tape removes any chance of irritation, and the 4 way stretch is ideal for trips where mobility should not be limited. The adjustable storm hood covers the face and chin well, and hand pockets keep your hands warm and dry. With adjustable sleeve cuffs and a drawcord adjustable hem, this jacket was created for ultimate protection from the elements.
Different features are available on the jackets we’ve chosen meaning you should be able to find the perfect one for you. As with all of our guides, we’ve awarded three awards in value, performance and looks if you require some more guidance.
Best Value: Columbia Inner Limits Packable Mens Jacket
Aside from being the cheapest of our 5 choices, Columbia’s Inner Limits jacket also comes packed with features such as its packing ability and OmniTech waterproof weave, all in a stylish vintage design.
Best Performance: Marmot PreClip NanoPro Mens Jacket
Packed with innovative features such as the Angel Wings and classic DWR, this jacket combines excellent waterproofing with dynamic movement for an excellent hiking and adventure jacket. It comes in a range of colours, and the boxy style comes complete with a hood, chin guard and adjustable hems for warmth.
Best Looks: Burton Notch Jacket
With multiple colour options, Burton’s Notch Jacket looks somewhat like a ski jacket, creating modern block colourways and premium togs and materials. The eye-catching design works well in both rainy days in the city as well as mountain hikes, all whilst being highly visible.