Best Men's & Women's Waterproof Jackets
Whatever you love doing in the outdoors, chances are you’re going to need a waterproof at some point, so we asked our clothing buyers, Sam and Amy, to pick out some of the best waterproof jackets from the new season range. There’s plenty of exciting new technologies to be found from innovative stretchy fabrics to ultra-lightweight, packable jackets.
5 of the Best Waterproofs for Women
Berghaus Paclite 2.0
Designed to be lightweight, minimal and stylish. The Paclite 2.0 performs well on the hill with excellent breathability and full waterproofing, but it also looks great around town with a flattering cut and vibrant colour. Competitively priced for Gore-Tex performance, this jacket is perfect for DofE and has excellent versatility.
Rab Downpour Jacket
New for Spring/Summer 2017, the Rab Downpour jacket is a feature-packed, lightweight waterproof at a very appealing price point. This versatile jacket is waterproof and breathable thanks to the Pertex Shield+ fabric and has storm flaps, a peaked hood and pit-zips making it adaptable to varying conditions. It even packs away into its own pocket when you want to stow it in your pack!
Salomon Nebula Stretch 2.5
Perfect for anyone wanting a jacket for active use, the Nebula is a 2.5 layer jacket with a close cut that is belied by the jacket’s stretch, making it extremely comfortable to wear. There’s clever ventilation zips up the sides that enable airflow when you’re working hard and a wicking print on the inside to help move perspiration away from the skin. The Nebula Stretch is a great jacket without the restrictive feel of more traditional waterproof jackets.
The North Face Apex Flex GTX Shell
The Apex Flex GTX is another stride in the evolution of waterproofs to a more comfortable and versatile piece of clothing. Feeling more akin to a softshell with a soft denim-style face fabric, the jacket is fully waterproof thanks to a Gore-Tex membrane with a comfortable knit back. The casual appearance of the jacket contrasts with some great technical features including a fully adjustable hood, pit-zip ventilation and an adjustable hem making the Apex Flex GTX a performance jacket that you’ll be happy to wear about town or up on the hill.
Montane Alpine Pro
The Montane Alpine Pro is a hard-wearing, performance jacket that can cope with the toughest of conditions. Tailored to a Mountain fit, it is generous enough to allow layering in winter conditions but will not billow in windy conditions. This top of the range mountain shell has a Gore-Tex Pro membrane, a fully adjustable wired peak hood and YKK Aquaguard zips so it won’t let you down when the rain is coming sideways on a mountain adventure.
5 of the Best Waterproofs for Men
Montane Atomic Jacket
Recently updated by Montane with a new design and colour, the Montane Atomic remains a top pick for anyone who is looking for a super-lightweight waterproof that packs down extremely well but is tough enough to withstand some serious weather. Weighing just 295 grams, the Atomic comes with small stuff sack so you can take it with you on adventures in environments with changeable conditions.
Rab Kinetic Plus
The Rab Kinetic Plus is innovation at its best. The jacket uses new technology in the Proflex fabric from Rab which stretches and moves with you and yet is fully waterproof. Perfect for the active user, the Kinetic plus has a slim fit with a close-fitting stretch hood. Pull it on and it feels more like wearing a second skin than a waterproof jacket!
The North Face Paradiso Jacket
The North Face Paradiso Jacket is a great all-rounder with a simple design and classic North Face styling. The DryVent material is waterproof and breathable and the jacket is lined so really easy to slip on and off when showers threaten.
Mountain Equipment Janak Jacket
The Janak Jacket from Mountain Equipment is built for serious walkers and mountaineers who need a jacket that performs in the toughest conditions, all year round. Mountain Equipment’s Alpine fit has been developed to provide excellent freedom of movement without adding bulk that can cause billowing in windy conditions. A Gore-Tex Pro membrane and an 80 denier face fabric enable the Janak to withstand abrasion and offer reliable protection for extended days out on the hill. A host of clever features, painstakingly developed by Mountain Equipment make this jacket a fortress of protection for serious adventurers.
Expertly picked by
Amy Williams, Women's Clothing Buyer
Our women’s clothing buyer Amy has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 5 years and originally worked in our Brecon store. She loves to travel, some of her favourite destinations are the Philippines, India and Bali. Amy is also a keen skier, having been all over Europe. She loves working in the outdoor industry and seeing new, innovative technologies coming to market.
Expertly picked by
Sam Crouch, Men's Clothing Buyer
Our men’s clothing buyer Sam has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 7 years and has amassed over 15 years experience in retail. She enjoys backpacking, running and scuba diving. Travel is also a big part of her life, she recently visited Asia and went scuba diving in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.