Our Top 5 Women's Jackets
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.
We're really taken with this Duke of Edinburgh's Award-approved 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 three colours, all with the two-tone styling, the Apex also features three zip secured pockets, including a zipped inner O/S Map pocket, giving you plenty of room to carry all the essentials you'll need when venturing out for a walk.
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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.
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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 "Hydra-Stretch 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.
The only colour is this kind of dayglow pink - which might not be to everyone's taste... but see past this and this is a cracking jacket.
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Regatta Calyn II Waterproof 3-in-1 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.
Now £47.95 - reduced from £120 - 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.
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