This list of the Top 10 Waterproof Jackets 2015 will make you think again before throwing that cheap anorak in your day sack…
They say there is no such thing as poor weather, only poor choice in clothing. They also say that there is no such thing as bad weather, only different types of good weather. We hold both these statements firmly to be true and believe that investing in a solid waterproof jacket is paramount to enjoying your time in the wild.
Keeping dry after all, often means keeping warm. When you get wet, you start to loose body heat at a much faster rate and for anyone who has spent a cold, and wet night in the wilderness knows, this isn’t much fun at all. Whilst there are lots of different waterproof jackets on the market, this list of the top 10 waterproof jackets focuses on the waterproof shell with little or no insulation. Layering clothes is a big part of outdoor adventure and this is why we combine a waterproof outer layer with layers of inner insulation that can be adapted to your natural surroundings.
So, rule number one in when buying a waterproof jacket is to stay dry. Staying dry not only applies to keeping the weather out of the jacket, but also the ability to stay dry and breathable on the inside . As one of our favourite TV stars Les Stroud always says, “you sweat, you die!” and this is especially true in places where the temperature at night is considerably lower than the heat of day.
All of these jackets have been developed by and for professional outdoor enthusiasts to keep you dry and comfortable no matter what the weather throws at you. The attention to detail and build quality of these top 10 waterproof jackets provide better function and protection to the elements than any other jackets on the market today.
1. Montane Direct Ascent Jacket
Designed for year round mountain walking weather protection, the Direct Ascent Jacket uses nylon-faced eVent® fabric to provide superb durability, breathability and total waterproofness. It is perfect in stormy weather conditions where the jacket can be comfortably worn 100% of the time.
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2. Rab Bergen Jacket
The Bergen has been a stalwart of the range for several years and with a few tweaks for this winter looks set to remain so. The Bergen now features a slightly longer cut and uses mid-weight eVent® fabric in the body and heavy weight fabric in the arms and shoulders for extra durability.
You still get 2 A-line pockets with water resistant zips, a 2-way front zip with internal and external storm flap and rain drain, articulated elbows, Velcro cuffs and adjustable waist and hem drawcords – so you can get the perfect fit.
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3. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket
The North Face® Men’s Free Thinker Jacket is a Gore-Tex® Pro ski shell that is waterproof and breathable in wild weather conditions. Inspired by top snow sports athletes, the adjustable fit and features on this jacket ensure superb performance to meet the demands of all-mountain adventures. Pair with the companion bib pants for head to toe mountain protection. Read the full product feature list below.
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The North Face Free Thinker Jacket – Cheapest price on Amazon!
4. Montane Alpine Endurance Jacket
Designed to provide the protection and versatility needed on ‘alpine style’ stop/start climbs. The purest form of mountaineering; ‘alpine style’ requires a jacket that can breathe hard yet continue to offer micro-climate protection on cold belays.
The Alpine Endurance eVent® Jacket is built from a breathable, waterproof, yet durable nylon-faced eVent® fabric. It has a comprehensive pocket configuration, is technically constructed, uses the most water resistant YKK zips available and has been tailored to allow dynamic body movement and winter layering. Developed for use on Alpine ascents and Scottish winter climbs, it can handle the most extreme mountain conditions so the climber can remain completely focused on the task in hand.
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Montane Alpine Endurance Event Jacket – Cheapest price on Amazon!
5. Marmot Spire Jacket
We didn’t skimp on anything when designing our most affordable offering in a three-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell. With exclusive features like the laminated wire rim of our Gale Force hood with ERG adjustment system, Angel Wing movement and laser-drilled pocket backing for enhanced breathability, the Spire jacket is the perfect go-to shell for intense outings.
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Marmot Spire Jacket – Cheapest price on Amazon!
6. Rab Mountain Dru Jacket
The medium weight eVent waterproof and breathable fabric provides the optimum balance between weight and durability, with tough, abrasion resistant panels in high wear areas – ideal if you regularly carry a heavy pack.
3 chest pockets are positioned so you can still get at them if you’re wearing a rucksack or a climbing harness, and the 2-way, water resistant front zip is fitted with a with storm flap to really lock the jacket down against squally rain. Extra versatility comes from the hood: fully helmet compatible for technical exploits, but fitted with a volume reducer so it fits just as well without a helmet to fill it; when not in use, it rolls simply away.
Whether you are looking for a mountain walking, winter backpacking or mountaineering jacket, the Mountain Dru covers all bases.
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7. Montane Super-Fly Jacket
The descendant of the first eVent shell from MONTANE. Built for the British mountains, from the Lake District to the Cairngorms, the Super-Fly was developed to work hard in pouring rain or to provide complete protection from a powerful snow storm. Features comfortable hand-warmer pockets clear of a rucksack hip belt, a large OS map pocket and a full coverage mountain helmet hood. The Super-Fly is super light for a mountain shell and has the critical features required for mountain walking and climbing.
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8. Mountain Equipment Tupilak Ultra Jacket
The pinnacle of hardshell design for climbers who need ultimate waterproof protection. Combining all our technical hardshell expertise with the finest materials available today, this is perhaps the ultimate waterproof climbing jacket. With our Alpine fit, Super Alpine Hood, GORE-TEX® Pro fabric and completely waterproof AquaSeal® zips this is a jacket without equal.
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9. The North Face Fuse Brigandine Jacket
10. Paramo Halcon Jacket
Working with outdoor professionals such as Joe Cornish and John Aitchison, a deluxe version of the much acclaimed Pájaro Jacket is now ready to hit the hills and wildlife hides. Great for all outdoor enthusiasts – but especially those who want lots of practical carrying space, with nine easily accessible pockets, that’s four more than the Pájaro!
The fleece-lined collar and hand warming pockets provide additional comfort. The unique Analogy fabric and ventilation options ensure you can maintain your comfort without taking layers on and off.
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