Outdoor adventure is only enjoyable when you have the right waterproof gear and accessories to keep you warm and dry. If you’re a keen explorer, the weather shouldn’t hinder your experiences. We’ve all been caught by Mother Nature’s spell in a sudden downpour or unexpected storm with inadequate waterproof clothing. That’s where we come in – whether you’re walking, hiking, running or cycling, we have a selection of waterproofs from lightweight shells to natural down puffer jackets.
So, the question is: What outdoor adventure will you be pursuing? This will determine the performance qualities, features and spec required. The main elements to consider are the following:
The weight of your jacket will be based on your activity. For example, if you’re running you want something lightweight and quick wicking whereas if you’re walking, you would want something a bit heavier in weight that will withstand winter weather conditions. Jacket weights are generally from 100-600g, 100-300g being super lightweight with good compression and packable properties. 300-600g have enhanced durability and waterproofing properties and 600+g are the heaviest jackets with the highest durability and wet weather protection. 3 in 1 jackets that have more than one layer to them can also weigh considerably more than this.
Waterproof jackets are given waterproof ratings which define how good the waterproofing is. This will be beneficial if you are going out on prolonged walks or hikes that will need a higher rating than your everyday jacket that you pick the kids up from school in.
Waterproof and water resistant are not the same feature, this is where people tend to get confused. Water resistant materials are tightly woven so that the water struggles to seep through, some fabrics also have water repellent finishes where the water runs straight off. In fact, they are “more comfortable to wear because the fabric pores remain open.” States Britannica. While, Waterproof materials provide a complete barrier where rainfall completely retracts. Our waterproof jackets use a combination of Tres-Tex® and Tres-Shield® membrane which gives the wearer a combination of waterproofing and breathable properties. The membrane keeps you dry from the inside from moisture and sweat and the rain and snow on the outside.
Tres-Tex 3 Layer Fabric® – Trespass excels in bad weather solutions. Tres-Tex 3 Layer Fabric® is breathable and windproof with taped seams. The fabric is supple and durable and when used as the outer shell in a layering system, 3 Layer will allow you to maintain a dry and comfortable personal environment when the weather is not at its best.
Tres-Shield® – Ideal for bad weather situations. Waterproof and windproof with taped seams, this performance fabric is used to produce a range of great value outerwear. Supple and durable, functional coatings and surface treatments help repel water and wind keeping you comfortable.
Oswalt men’s DLX waterproof jacket is designed for the brave with a waterproof rating of 20,000mm and breathability rating of 10,000mvp. The waterproof jacket is highly technical and features DLX membrane technology which makes the Oswalt jacket breathable, waterproof and windproof with additional taped seams. With your choice of neutral colours to choose from, it can be paired effortlessly with every day outfits already within your wardrobe. The underarm ventilation zips are perfect for when you hit the hills when the elements of nature are against you. The ventilation zips will also help to wick away sweat and will keep you dry for much longer.
Best for: Walking, hiking and winter trekking
Key features: Underarm ventilation zips, modern design and DLX technology.
Faithful is the ultimate parka – not only does it look good but it performs even better. With a waterproof rating of 3000mm and breathability rating of 3000mvp, the Faithful will keep your hopes held up high. Featuring an adjustable waist with drawstring fastenings that will complement your shape no matter how many bulky layers you’re wearing underneath. A full front zip fastening has also been added under a press-buttoned storm flap which gives the wearer an additional protective barrier and the adjustable hood with decorative faux fur trim can be taken off for weather dependent adjustments. Additionally, the Faithful features Tres-Tex membrane and ColdHeat insulation and has a performance rating of TP75.
Best for: All-day wear
Key features: Adjustable waist, dual-fastened opening, button-fastening sleeves and adjustable hood.
Upbeat is our best-selling kids’ waterproof jacket in a matte black with highlights of yellow for a fun, bold outdoor look. Whether they’re off to school or need something warm for weekend exploring, look no further. Featuring a warm Sherpa fleece lining for enhanced comfort and insulation, multi pocket organisation to store toys or pocket money safely and adjustable hem drawcord to ensure the perfect fit. Upbeat is also expertly crafted with Tres-Shield® technology to ensure weatherproof protection at all times.
Best for: All-day wear
Key features: Sherpa fleece lining, Tres-Shield® technology, multi-pocket organisation and detachable button-off hood.
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You often see people at festivals make-shifting waterproof clothing with bin bags – this just makes you wetter than the rain itself due to the condensation or sweat build-up. With waterproof trousers, you need to consider similar properties to your waterproof jacket. Weight and durability are the most important factors with packable being an extra plus. We would also pay attention to details including water resistant pockets with zips, thigh vents and elasticated waistbands.
Best for: General outdoor use, walking and hiking
Key features: Elasticated waistband with toggle adjuster, full length leg zips and Tres-Tex® technology.
Best for: General outdoor use and walking
Key features: Full elasticated waist, hem stud adjusters and packs away into mesh pouch.