If you love the outdoors like we do here at Walking.org then come rain or shine you’ll be exploring all of your favourite treks and trails and discovering new ones along the way. To get the most enjoyment out of your walks and hikes it is no surprise that having the right walking gear for the route and climate is important and as moisture is a common issue from snowy Alpine treks to light showers on summer walks so with this in mind we have compiled this years’ Top 5 Waterproof Jackets.
You may be new to technical outdoor sporting clothing or just want to find the best Waterproof Jacket to suit your individual needs without having to navigate through many different brands and types so we have brought together tried and tested jackets and taken into account important factors like overall weight, affordability, function, comfort, style and protection from the elements so you can see how they well they have performed overall. Along with the bestselling Waterproof Jackets we have looked at the releases over the last year as well for a comprehensive guide.
Top 5 Waterproof Jackets
The North Face Resolve Jacket
No strangers to designing products built for tackling the worst weather, The North Face Resolve Jacket is built for being active while there’s a downpour. On the outside it looks like a simple shell jacket and only weighs at around 500 grams but the exterior fabric is a combination of 70D Nylon Ripstop fabric and HyVent 2L so it is durable enough to resist any scrapes and knocks you get on the trails and is fully waterproof and seam-sealed. Internally the TNF Resolve Shell has a mesh-knit breathable liner that allows moisture to escape from your body. It has some handy features like a comfortable brushed lining on the collar, a fully adjustable and stow-able hood and hem cinch-cord which gives a more snug fit and helps prevent spindrift and two exterior hand pockets that are simple to access even when wearing a backpack. What’s more is that it can be rolled to a small size and stashed away when not needed.
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
The Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket has been featured in our Top 5’s previously and for good reason, it is jam-packed full of technical features and fabrics that make it a great rain shell that is perfect for keeping short showers at bay in any terrain up to warm high altitude trekking and when not in use packs down to a very small size. The tough outer fabric is a Pertex Shield + with sections of both 15 and 40 Denier Ripstop and coated with DWR to keep moisture from getting inside and to prevent snags from becoming tears or pulls plus is breathable as well through the micro-taped seams. Articulated arms mean that you have full range of motion without the hem lifting up which is also adjustable itself to prevent heat loss which is very handy during colder temperatures. The hood is also fully adjustable and is helmet compatible too, has a reflective details and plenty of pockets to store essentials like maps, GPS and more so if you enjoy a spot of climbing as well the Minimus jacket is perfect.
Rab Zenith Jacket
A popular choice for active treks and trails is the Rab Zenith Jacket. Similar to the Minimus the Zenith has a Pertex Shield + fabric outer with Durable Water Repellent so is great against light showers on the trail but doesn’t feature Ripstop. It can be packed down into its own left pocket so is easy to put away and if you need respite from wet weather but want to cool down even more than the breathable construction allows the Rab Zenith has two underarm vents that simply can be unzipped for a rapid airflow and the cuffs have Velcro and drawcords which can been undone for cooling or even rolling up the sleeves. This lightweight jacket has a hood that allows for adjustments to ensure a really comfortable snug fit around your head and face while the wired peak works well at keeping rain away from your face entirely. The YKK zips are coated with a layer of Polyurethane which increases the overall water resistance of the zips and the garment and removes the need of a front storm baffle.
Jack Wolfskin Iceland Jacket
If you need a waterproof coat on the trail that also includes plenty of insulation but remains fully adjustable and light then the Jack Wolfskin Iceland Jacket is the answer. It is a three-in-one construction; the outer shell jacket is fully waterproof and windproof Texapore 2L fabric that also lets internal moisture to escape so keeping dry is easy, has an ultra-lightweight hood that does provide a snug fit plus two side pockets and a ‘secret’ one for important items. The inner jacket is a fleece made from Nanuk 200 so adds enough insulation to the whole of the coat for winter hikes and walks but both are wearable separately or even work as layers with other garments as well if required. This is one tough cold and wet weather jacket.
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
The triple layer hard shell that is the Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket has visible and tactile quality to it which shows it is incredible functionally in helping anyone remain active of trails while the weather is wet and cold. It has been designed with an Alpine fit so features articulated arms and pre-shaped sleeves so it offers a full range of arm motion which is welcome when you need to be active. The ME Lhotse Shell Jacket has plenty of waterproof elements too like the 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro 40D and 80D fabrics, storm construction techniques and YKK AquaGuard and WR Zips yet also allows moisture to escape, plus the helmet compatible hood keeps rain away as well. Similar to the Zenith this also has underarm vents for a quick cool down, adjustable cuffs plus dual tether hem drawcords for a secure fit. Storage comes in the form of two decent sized pockets and a Napoleon pocket which are perfect for essentials you need quick access to.
Whether you are looking to explore an Alpine trail, woodland hike or just want to brave the wilderness and explore one of these Top 5 Waterproof Jackets for 2015 will keep the wetter climate conditions away from you it just depends on how active you need to be or how warm. To help a little further we have awarded three of these jackets Best Performance, Value and Looks.
Best Value: The North Face Resolve Jacket
If you are on a budget then The North Face Resolve Jacket is for you. It’s the cheapest of the bunch and less than half the price of some but it in no way reflects in the quality as it is durable, waterproof and fully breathable with plenty of features to help wearing it in conjunction with the other outdoor gear you need to carry and have access to. Granted it offers little insulation but will work well with other layers that can provide that. Shop Now
Best Performance: Jack Wolfskin Iceland Jacket
It was a tough call choosing the best performing jacket out of these as so many work very well but we chose the jack Wolfskin Iceland Jacket because it has great features and is wearable in all weather conditions you’re likely to be out in. The outer is tough and waterproof so allows for full movement without losing heat or coverage. Having the choice to wear either layer separately is really handy as it allows you to pick the right type of outer wear needed for a particular trail or just combined for decent overall weather protection throughout the year in a lightweight garment. Shop Now
Best Looks: Montane Minimus Jacket
Style and fashion aren’t a primary concern when it comes to what anyone wants a technical waterproof jacket but it is still important to everyone at some level. There are similarities between our Top Five but we have chosen the Montane Minimus Jacket because it has a simple clean look that gives it a modern style we really like and uses contrasting reflective details as part of the design that catches the eye whole being functional. Shop Now
There you have our Top 5 Waterproof Jackets for 2015 to hopefully help you choose the right one for all the treks and trails you plan to go on throughout the year or just at certain times.