Our Top 5 Women's Jackets
Here's our selection of the Top 5 Women's Jackets at the moment.
As with most outdoor kit, walking trousers have more than their fare share of technical phrases and acronyms - one to watch for here is DWR - or Durable Water Repellency - which is a waterproofing treatment sprayed onto the outer layer of the fabric. As the full name suggests, it's not waterproof in itself, but does reduce the amount of water going through the fabric. If you'd like any help with what to look for in a pair of walking trousers, then click here for our guide.
As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.
There's a lot to like about this new jacket from Go Outdoors' exclusive brand OEX. It's fully waterproof for a start - and breathable, thanks to something called a "2.5 layer stretch waterproof fabric". The top and bottom is with its fully taped seams, it shouldn't be getting you wet when you wear it. A hydrostatic head of 10,000mm means it is more waterproof than most family tents - and also wind-proof too.
It's light enough to be carried in a backpack when not needed, and is thin enough to be woren over your existing layers in summer - perfect for those longer than usual July showers... Two zipped pockets on the sides are just the perfect size for an OS map. More zips under the arms can provide some welcome ventilation in warmer weather.
£75 - Buy Now
Still available is this lovely offering from Craghoppers - although only in a size 10 on their website (still available at other retailers though).
It's based on their classic Madigan jacket, but lengthens the hem for some extended coverage - perfect for winter times. It's waterproof and breathable, so you'll be both dry and not coated in sweat whilst out walking, and the zip-off hood is good for those of us who don't like a hood dangling at the back. The adjustable waist and hem allows for more of an individual fit, and with 5 pockets, some of which fit on OS map in them, there's ample storage room too.
£30 reduced from £100 - Buy Now
Regatta Women's Semita Waterproof Jacket
A simple but very effective jacket - and with 60% off at the moment, it's a steal too. Regatta's Semita Hardshell is brillient for the price for keeping you dry. Not just a DWR coating here, but Isotex 10,000 fabrics - meaning the jacket is more waterproof than most family tents. Fully tapes seems and water resistant zips help protect the other bits from the rain too. The hood is adjustable to fit, and has an inner stormfap with a chin guard - to stop rain getting inside from the top.
Inside, it has a breathable mash lining, and an adjustable shockcord waist. An OS map fits into the zipped inside pocket... just... and the two outer side pockets are alos zipped to prevent water ingress. Overall, a great lightweight jacket which will keep you dry - and can be folded up out of the way into a backpack when not needed.
£39.95 - reduced from £100 - Buy Now
Keela Ladies' Storm Jacket
Some thought has been put in to make a jacket with some distinctly feminine features - for example the cut is geared to us ladies, and styling is quite flattering too. The Storm should keep you protected in its weather namesake, as it's waterproof and breathable. The vivid colours and reflective trim makes you more visible in the dark - so perfect for the darker winter mornings and evenings.
There are four pockets in total - 2 zipped hip pockets, a zipped chest pocket and a zipped back one too - so plenty of secure storage. The large hood is designed to fit over helmets too, so if you're a cyclist as well as a walker, this is ideal.
£99.95 - Buy Now
Rohan Women's Atlas Jacket
Rohan's Atlas is a very good all-rounder - mid length, lightweight and very waterproof - thanks to a 2-layer barricade membrane fabric, which also has a DWR coating on the outside. Taped seams and double storm flaps means water isn't going to get inside in a hurry. And many will like the one-pull hood and its ablility to fold away neatly into the collar when not needed.
The Atlas is fully adjustable at the hem, the waist and along the sleeve cuffs, so it should fit lovely - and the dropped hem at the back will prevent "wet bum syndrome" too. Inside, the mesh lining allows the jacket to be breathable. The large inside pocket easily takes an OS map - and rather uniquely also doubles as a pouch for the jacket, as it folds up inside it! The two zipped outer pockets are fairly big too, so plenty of room for everything.
£99 reduced from £147 - Buy Now