British weather is renowned for often being wet, cold and windy, so windproof jackets will help you battle the elements and defeat the chill. With varying features including waterproofing, ventilation and a light weight whilst including helmet-friendly hoods, chin guards and zipped pockets, there’s a lot of choice to choose from when picking your windproof jacket, so we’ve narrowed down the choices to our top 5 for 2017.
Our Top 5 Windproof Walking Jackets 2017
Omm’s Sonic Mens Jacket is created from an incredibly light point-zero material, to make this jacket weigh only 60g in total. With an ability to fold up into its own collar, the packable size and light weight makes this ideal for sunnier days where you want to carry a jacket just in case. The thin but quick drying material is wind resistant with Durable Water Repellency, making this ideal for changing conditions, even strong winds and rain are no match for such a lightweight jacket. Seamless shoulders reduce irritation from backpacks, while the material is more stain resistant than most jackets and features reflective flashes for safety. With a single pull drawcord hem and thumb loops, Omm’s Sonic Mens Jacket keeps the heat in and the cold out, even on your hands, and the juxtaposing orange zipper makes the jacket look stylish. This jacket doesn’t however feature any pockets, so this may be something to bare in mind when choosing your next jacket.
Montane’s new Featherlite jacket is the Pro version of their previously popular Mens Pull-On Jacket, meaning it packs all the features that made this jacket one of our top picks last year, and more. Created from tough but super light weight Pertec Quantum fabric, this jacket weighs around 130g, but still offers fantastic wind protection and water repellency, making this a great insulating layer. Featuring DWR, this jacket is water, snow and stain repellent perfect for alpine climbing or fast mountain activities. This jacket was built to keep the wind out, with the windproof hood with wired peak that fits over a climbing helmet, strong two way zip with an internal wind-strip and elasticated cuffs and hems to keep the warmth in. Montane’s pro jacket features the air permeable Hypervent across the back and under the arms, and articulated movement for flexibility and ventilation where you need it. When you’re finished with this jacket, it can be stuff into its own chest pocket and clipped to a climbing harness or pack belt loop.
Columbia’s Challenger Jacket combines all the essentials needed to create the ideal windproof and water resistant jacket, mixed with a retro and timeless style. The Hydra Cloth fabric creates a waterproof and quick drying shield, with 100g microtemp insulation to keep you warm. Features including the adjustable hood and chin guard are created to fight off any blustery conditions, with a drop tail, drawcord adjustable hem and adjustable sleeve cuffs included to keep the warmth in. Columbia’s Challenger jacket comes complete with two large zippered hand pockets along with a zippered arm pocket, perfect if you want to carry gear and small bits and pieces with you on your trip. The half-zip closure with wind strip enables you to take this jacket on and off easily, whilst creating added protection.
North Face’s Flight Series Fuse Running Mens Jacket is the ultimate windproof running jacket, combining style with substance. Created from a FuseForm construction, which blends thick and durable threads with lower-density fibres to reduce overall weight and fabric panel overlays, increase range-of-motion and create a seamless transition from tougher to lighter zones. Mixing this with the DryVent fabric in key areas, this creates North Face’s lightest wind and water resistant jacket for high-intensity runs in challenging weather. With 360 degree flexibility and a perforated membrane for ventilation, this jacket is packed with features to allow the most movement whilst keeping you cool even in the wind or rain. An adjustable hem keeps warmth in when needed, a zip chest pocket allows you to keep hold of your keys or cash securely, and the reflective logos feature on the front and back for safety. If you require a jacket that combines uncompromising performance with engineered breathability, this should be a real contender.
Fjallraven’s High Coast Wind Windproof Jacket is light, pliant and packable for protection against cold winds, making this perfect for walking or cycling with its minimal but stylish design. Created with Fjallraven’s Greenland Wax which you can top up, this anorak is water resistant to keep you dry during showers and wind. Not only is this jacket windproof, but is also water resistant and dries fast. The lightweight and packable design can fold into its own kangaroo pocket meaning you can fit more into your day bag if you wish to pack it away when the sun comes out. Featuring an adjustable hood and elastic edging sleeve cuffs with thumb holes, your sleeves will stay in place and your hands will be kept warm, while an adjustable drawcord hem will keep the cold out.
If you’re still looking to narrow down your windproof jacket choices further, we’ve chosen our favourite jacket for value, performance and looks for our top 5 picks for 2017.
Best Value: Columbia Challenger Mens Jacket
The features included on this 90s style jacket provide great value for money, even if this jacket wasn’t already the cheapest of our picks. The quick-drying jacket is perfect for potentially rainy conditions, and the jacket combines a variety of features to keep you warm including the drop tail, drawcord hem and adjustable sleeve cuffs.
Best Performance: Montane Featherlite Pro Pull On Men’s Jacket
Despite its light weight, this jacket comes packed with extra features to create the optimum jacket, especially for climbing. Weather-combatting innovations include the wired peak hood, internal wind zip and elasticated cuffs, while also providing the Hypervent should you need cooling down.
Best Looks: Fjallraven High Coast Wind Waterproof Jacket
With simple colouring and minimalist style, this jacket could easily be worn in the city or hike alike, with a kangaroo pocket to store your gear or pack the jacket up, and still protecting you from the wind and rain.