Nothing beats getting outdoors in the warm, summer sunshine. Problem is, our climate is changeable – warm and dry one minute, chilly and wet the next. So, if you want to stay comfortable when out enjoying our glorious British countryside then invest in a good quality waterproof jacket. Here are some things to consider before making your choice:
- Consider the Activity: Where are you going to use your smart, new waterproof jacket, and what will you be doing? Going for a stroll in the Surrey Hills on a day that threatens a few warm showers calls for a lightweight, packable jacket that you’ll only notice when you need it. All-day treks in the Welsh Mountains or Scottish Highlands demand something more serious. Thicker, more robust fabrics with high levels of breathability are the order of the day.
- Consider the Features: The occasional summer shower probably won’t last more than 20 minutes, so all you really need in that time is something to protect you from a little light rain. The rest of the time you’re going to be carrying it in your pack, so think about the trade-off between features and weight. Pockets, storm-flaps and vents all add weight to a jacket. Do you need them on a bright day in the lowlands? Probably not. What about a potentially stormy day in the hills? Yes, absolutely.
- Consider the Fit: A super-lightweight jacket for occasional use probably won’t be pulled on over lots of other layers, so go for a short, slim fit that keeps weight to a minimum. A more robust jacket for the hills and mountains should still fit closely, but allow for the additional warm layers you may choose to wear beneath it. If you enjoy very active pursuits such as running and mountaineering then a shorter fit will give you more freedom of movement. For less active pursuits, such as walking, a longer fit will provide better protection from the elements.
Our Picks for the Best Men’s Waterproof Jackets on Amazon
Best Overall: Regatta Men’s Pack It Jkt Iii Jacket
Perfect for Summer Showers
Showers hit when least expected, so carrying this featherweight beauty is a no-brainer. It’s made from breathable Isolite fabric to keep you comfortably dry, and it squeezes into a tiny stuff-sack that’s perfect for every adventure. Regatta
Best for the Hills
If you’re hitting the hills, you’re going to need serious protection from the elements whatever the season. Slip this on and you’ll be cosseted in a tough, breathable coat that’s guaranteed to keep you dry, however gnarly the conditions.
Best for Comfort: YSENTO Mens Lightweight Waterproof Jacket Windproof Outdoor Camping Hiking Mountain Jacket Coat with Hood
Function and Feel
This is a softshell, which, as the name suggests, is gorgeously soft to the touch but still provides total protection from the elements. It’s less noisy too. A do-it-all essential for those who love a little comfort in the outdoors. YSENTO
Also Consider: Trespass Qikpac Waterproof Jacket for Men & Women
Perfect for those unsettled summer days, this is so small and light you’ll barely notice you’ve brought it with you. Until, that is, the heavens open. Remove it from its tiny stuff sack, slip it on, zip it up and enjoy feeling smug. And dry! Trespass
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