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 jackets, 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.
Craghoppers Atlas Jacket
We're really taken with this waterproof shell jacket from Craghoppers. It's lightweight and practical, and has impressive weather-beating performance, thanks to AquaDry technology which has a hydrostatic head of 8,000mm. The DWR coating causes water droplets to bead and roll off for extra protection.
Available in four colours, the Atlas also features three zip secured pockets, including a zipped inner OS Map pocket, giving you plenty of room to carry all the essentials you'll need when venturing out for a walk.
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.
£104.95 - Buy Now
OEX Women’s Fortitude Waterproof Jacket
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 the durable two-layer stretch shell fabric. With the fully taped seams, it shouldn't be getting you wet when you wear it. A hydrostatic head of 5,000mm means it is as waterproof as 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, and there's a zipped chest pocket too. The adjustable hem and cuffs offer more protection in wet and windy weather.
We also like this deep blue colour.
Regatta Carletta VI 3-In-1 Waterproof Jacket
If you can't decide on whether you'd like a fleece jacket, a lightweight waterproof or a jacket suitable for the harshest of conditions... then why not buy all three? The Regatta Carletta VI 3-in-1 is just that - 3 jackets in 1. There's an outer shell for wet but warm weather, an inner fleece of cold dry days and then put the two together for a perfect wet and cold jacket.
The outer jacket is an Isotex 10,000 fabric - meaning the jacket is more waterproof than most family tents - and the insulating fleece is fantastic at keeping you warm too. Seperate them, and the outer jacket becomes perfect for warm summer days with the odd shower; and the fleece on its own helps take the chill off those spring and autumn evenings.
The hood with two-way adjustors neatly tucks away on dry days and the soft-touch fleece inner packs down small into daypacks when needed.
Was £200 - now £59.95 - Buy Now
Rohan Women's Fjell Softshell Jacket
Rohan's Fjell 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 Fjell 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. Four zipped pockets come as standard with the Fjell Jacket, two on the chest and two near the waist, so you can comfortably carry your adventuring essentials, such as your phone. They're also strategically placed for easy access while wearing a rucksack.
£160 - Buy Now
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