5 Mens Waterproof Jackets
An old adage says that the Inuit have over 50 words for snow, and I'm pretty sure that when pushed, Brits could probably match that for rain. Living in the UK, the likelihood is that you’re going to encounter more than your fair share of wet weather, so it's worth investing in a jacket that is going to actually keep you dry come the inevitable downpour.
So in readiness, here are five of our favourite men’s waterproof jackets...
The North Face
Men's Venture 2 Waterproof Jacket
- DryVent 2.5L is waterproof, breathable and seam sealed
- Fully adjustable hood
- Full zip with storm flap and Velcro closure
- Relaxed fit
- Pit zips for venting
- Stows into pocket
This waterproof does exactly what it says on the tin, it keeps you dry and comfortable. The clean design is simple but not basic. A DryVent 2.5 fabric allows moisture to escape, regulating your temperature, whilst providing an effective barrier against water entering. It also incorporates lots of features including pit zips for dumping large amounts of heat quickly during moments of exertion, a storm flap zip for added protection and fully adjustable hood for a better fit.
Men's Firewall Waterproof Jacket
- Pertex Shield+ 3 layer with stretch is a durable, waterproof, breathable laminate
- AquaGuard Escape Artist pit zips
- Regular fit gives room for movement
- Added stretch improves freedom of movement
- Adjustable helmet compatible hood with wired peak
- AquaGuard zipped A-line pockets
A well thought-out hiking/climbing jacket with a host of clever solutions to staying dry without overheating. The Firewall has a Pertex Shield + 3 layer fabric featuring a waterproof membrane that is designed to work harder when you do. The warmer the temperature inside the jacket, the bigger the gaps in membrane become, allowing for more moisture to escape.
The jacket easily accommodates a climbing helmet and has built in stretch to aid movement. On all of the zips ‘AquaGuard’ adds another line of defence making this jacket a robust yet agile choice.
Men's Spine GORE-TEX Waterproof Jacket
- GORE-TEX Active gives exceptionally breathable, waterproof protection
- 30 denier fabric is light and compressible
- AquaGuard front zip with internal storm flap
- Mid-height collar for increased weather protection
- AquaGuard pit zips for venting
- Close fitting hood with laminated peak
A minimalist design built for mountain runners, the Spine is made from the lightweight and highly breathable GORE-TEX active fabric. Despite the small weight and the ability to compress the jacket it administers solid protection against extreme weather that can occur when running fells.
The North Face
Men's All Terrain Triclimate GORE-TEX 3 in 1 Jacket
- GORE-TEX Performance 2 layer gives waterproof, breathable protection
- Gordon Lyons sweater fleece is warm and comfortable
- Front zip with Velcro storm flap
- Fully adjustable hood, stows into collar
- Brushed chin guard
- Pit zips for venting
The Triclimate is constructed from an outer GORE-TEX shell and an inner fleece. These can be worn separately or together, either way the jacket is a sturdy barrier against rain and wind.
Men's Alpha FL GORE-TEX Pro Waterproof Jacket
- GORE-TEX Pro gives rugged, breathable waterproof protection
- e3D patterning gives excellent mobility
- Helmet compatible StormHood rotates without blocking vision
- Stuff sack with clip-in loop
- Trim fit, hip length
- Watertight front zip
The Alpha FL (fast and light) series from Arc'teryx is designed for climbers and alpinists who need high levels of protection and mobility. It uses Arc'teryx’s ergonomic three dimensional (e3D) pattern, articulated elbows and gusseted underarms to flow with your movement on a climb. And it comfortably fits under a harness, hold in place by a subtle foam insert. The hood is also fully helmet compatible.
After a climb the jacket folds down into a small stash pack ready to travel with you to the next spot.
About the Author:
Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert
Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding or making a mean coffee.