Who knew that choosing a jacket to pop out in could be so hard? Is it breathable? Is it waterproof enough? Will I sweat in it? There are so many factors to consider before splashing the cash on an all singing all dancing jacket when in reality you’re only using it to pick the kids up from school!
So, what are the best walking jackets you ask?
Let's break it down a bit to make sure you’re getting the right bang for your buck! Buying a jacket can be very overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands, fabrics and components which make it difficult to know what's best for you.
Firstly, there is a big difference between a waterproof jacket and a water-resistant jacket. Waterproof walking jackets are usually made up of a more complicated fabric and a membrane which means they are typically used for active days out due to the breathability of the fabric. Whereas water-resistant jackets tend not to be breathable and are only supposed to be used for little trips around the town to keep the rain and drizzle off.
If you’re popping to the corner shop then there's a big chance that you won’t need a hill-climbing jacket, but if you’re a cyclist or a hiker, you’ll need one with breathability to stay comfortable and as sweat-free as possible.
Which jacket shall I buy?
Water-resistant coats are generally made for everyday use. The inside of the fabric is coated in polyurethane which stops water from coming in from the outside. However, this barrier also works the other way and stops sweat from getting out, so the inside of the jacket can feel a little damp and sticky if you’re running around, or it’s a little warmer than usual.
Waterproof jackets are usually called ‘Membrane Waterproofs’ and are ideal for wearing whilst active. You have probably heard of GORE-TEX, developed by Robert W. Gore, which is a brand of membrane used to create a jacket. Membranes are extra layers underneath the fabric which are stretched out to create tiny little pores that assist in moving moisture from the inside to the outside of the jacket whilst also stopping any water from coming in. This is how a waterproof jacket is breathable.
Our top picks!
We absolutely love Berghaus for their jackets and the different technologies they have which involve their gore-tex technology and their Hydroshell Elite, both of which are the best at keeping out water. We’re also quite fond of our Trespass range, with plenty of jackets for you to choose from and at a lower price point than some of the other brands!
If you’re on the lookout for top tips for where to go for a day out walking, then check out our post on Walking About!
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