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Types of Outdoor Jackets: What’s the Difference?

At Trespass we have such a wide variety of jackets for men and women, so it may sometimes seem difficult to know what jacket style will best suit your needs.

With that in mind, we’ve created this guide that explains in more detail the benefits and features of each of our jacket styles to help you easily narrow down what best meets your needs.

TP Rating
Waterproof Jackets
Ski Jackets
Softshell Jackets
3 in 1 Jackets
Down Insulated Jackets
Packaway Jackets
Cycling Jackets
Casual Jackets
Parka Jackets
Gilets
Ponchos
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TP Rating

All of our jackets come with a TP (Trespass Performance) rating. The TP rating system breaks our jackets down into three simple categories, so you can choose what functionality you need before you buy one of our jackets. The three categories are: TP50, TP75, TP100, which demonstrate the percentages of waterproofing, windproofing and insulation that each of our jackets offer.

To learn more about our TP ratings, please read our Trespass Ratings Guide and remember that you can filter by TP rating on the left hand side of each of our jackets’ pages.

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Waterproof Jackets

A waterproof jacket is basically what it says on the tin. If you’re looking for waterproof protection from the weather or a wet and muddy activity, then a waterproof jacket is what you need.

Our waterproof garments come with a waterproof rating in millimetres (mm) that you can filter by on the left hand side of our waterproof jackets page. This rating indicates how many millimetres water will need to penetrate the garment in order to seep through onto your inner layers or skin.

The higher the waterproof rating, the more waterproof the jacket is. The highest rating we have at the moment is 20,000mm – that’s 20 metres of water repelled by our waterproof fabric!

Our Definitive Waterproof Jacket Guide explains in more detail how waterproofing works and how to pick the right jacket for you.

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Ski Jackets

All of our ski jackets are designed to be performance-based making them the best choice of outerwear for taking part in winter sports. They include a wide range of technical specifications so you can find the right jacket suited to any activity. This includes:

Waterproofing

All of our ski jackets come with a waterproof rating shown in millimetres (mm). This demonstrates how many millimetres of water will need to permeate the jacket before reaching the inside.

With snow sports, you may end up with chunks of snow sitting on your jacket over long periods of time, or you may be taking rests by sitting in the snow throughout the day which means water may be going through your jacket fabric at a larger depth than normal.

For this reason you should consider opting for a jacket with a high waterproof rating. Your jacket becomes more waterproof as the waterproof rating increases. The largest rating we have is 20,000mm which equates to 20 metres of water that is prevented from penetrating through to your inner layers by our ski jackets.

Breathability

As your body heats up, your jacket will begin to hold condensation (created by sweating) and if there is no breathable qualities built into your jacket, this will begin to cool you down and potentially cause you to become unwell – especially with the sub-zero temperatures on ski slopes!

This is why breathable material is so important. It allows the condensation from inside your ski jacket to escape and evaporate, keeping you dry, comfortable and warm while on the ski slopes.

Our breathable ratings are shown in MVP (Moisture Vapour Permeability) which indicates how many grams of condensation can pass through each square meter of fabric in 24 hours. The breathability of our ski jackets is dependant on how high our breathable rating is – the highest rating we have to date is 10,000mvp.

DLX®

Our DLX range is hand-chosen to provide top of the range performance and features. Any ski jacket that is marked as DLX has been highlighted for including superior benefits and premium performance and is therefore the perfect choice for anyone who goes to the extremes and demands extra from their outdoor clothing.

Too Many to Name

Our ski jackets come with so many different technologies and benefits that we have created a blog post all about them. The Trespass Technology Guide provides a breakdown of how each technology works to help you understand the benefits you receive when you purchase a jacket of ours.

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Softshell Jackets

Softshell jackets have a wide range of technical benefits. The main benefit of softshell fabric is that it is breathable. Breathable material is beneficial because as your body heats up, it begins to perspire causing condensation to form on the inside of your jacket. If the condensation remains it can begin to cool you down making your body feel damp and cold.

The softshell fabric we use in our jackets allows moisture vapour from inside the jacket to escape to the outside of the jacket, where it then evaporates, thus allowing your skin to breathe and stay dry while keeping active.

Our breathable ratings are shown in MVP (Moisture Vapour Permeability). This demonstrates how many grams of moisture can pass through each square metre of material in any 24 hour period. The higher the breathable rating, the more breathable the jacket will be. The highest breathable rating we have at the moment is 10,000mvp.

Softshell fabric is designed for active use so the fabric is soft, stretchy, flexible and comfortable allowing you to stay on the move and keep active. This makes our softshell jackets perfect for sports like jogging, cycling or any activity where your body is constantly on the move.

Softshell fabric is also waterproof and the strong breathable properties improve the drying time of the fabric making these jackets ideal for outdoor use in any climate.

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3 in 1 Jackets

Our 3 in 1 jackets are highly versatile and suitable for use all year round. These jackets come with an inner fleece, an outer waterproof shell and can be zipped together to create the third form of the jacket.

The outer jacket can be used alone on warmer days with light showers, while the fleece can be worn on its own as an extra layer on mild days or as a light jacket on warmer days. Both can also be brought together to create a hybrid waterproof jacket, with the added insulation of the fleece.

You can filter on the left hand side of our 3 in 1 jackets page for technical and performance qualities like waterproofness (mm) and breathability (mvp).

Our waterproof rating indicates how many millimetres of water is needed before the inside layer of the jacket is breached. 20,000mm is the highest waterproof rating we offer and this demonstrates that the jacket would need 20 metres of water poured onto it before water would begin to seep through.

Breathable fabrics bring moisture from inside the jacket (caused by perspiration) to the surface to be evaporated, keeping you warm, dry and letting your skin breathe. Our breathable ratings are shown in MVP (Moisture Vapour Permeability) and the higher the breathable mvp rating, the more breathable the jacket will be.

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Down Jackets

Down insulation is created from goose or duck feathers particularly the lofty, which is the fluffy layer underneath the feathers and it is known as nature’s best insulation. Our down insulated jackets use a clever three dimensional structure to create friction which in turn generates heat to help regulate your body temperature. They also create high-loft clusters that lock in air and body heat and finally, our down jackets prevent cold air from penetrating through to your skin, keeping you even warmer!

The features of our down insulated jackets make them a strong barrier against the cold and are a natural solution for freezing winter days in the outdoors. Down also has a lightweight feel that is easy to wear and move around in so your comfort is never sacrificed while wearing a Trespass down jacket.

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Packaway Jackets

Our packaway waterproof jackets are the perfect back-up plan for any avid outdoor adventurer. These jackets come in a lightweight, small and easy to pack pouch that will fit easily into any backpack, suitcase or satchel without taking up much space at all. All of our packaway jackets are waterproof, so are ideal to have with you at all times in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Perfect for unpredictable weather, music festivals, day hikes, outdoor concerts, family trips and for general day to day use. Light to carry, easy to store, pull out, pull on and repack, our packaway jackets will keep you warm and dry at a moment’s notice while providing great protection from both wind and rain.

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Cycling Jackets

It is important that all cycling jackets contain two key features: high visibility (hi-vis) and protection from the weather. All of our cycling jackets contain both as it is just as important to stay safe on the roads as it is to keep warm and dry. For high visibility we ensure that all of our cycling jackets come with hi-vis fabrics and reflective detailing.

We also ensure that our cycling jackets are water resistant and waterproof. To be able to tell how waterproof a jacket is, you need to check its waterproof rating which is shown in millimetres (mm). On the left hand side of our cycling jacket’s page we allow you to filter for the factor. This rating informs you how many millimetres water it would take to have rain trickle through onto the inside of your jacket. As the waterproof rating increases, the weather protection of your jacket increases too.

It is also important that your cycling jacket is breathable because as your body heats up, you start to sweat which then collects in the inside of your jacket. If this moisture remains it can begin to cool you down causing your body to feel cold, damp and potentially lead to illness.

Breathable fabrics bring this moisture from inside the jacket to the surface where it is then evaporated, keeping you warm and dry. Our breathable ratings are shown in MVP (Moisture Vapour Permeability) and the higher the breathable mvp rating, the more breathable the jacket will be.

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Casual Jackets

Our casual jackets come in a wide variety of styles but are ultimately all designed to give a more casual and laid back look – compared to our outdoor and active wear designs.

We have a wide variety of styles in our casual jacket range where the main focus is aesthetics. What style do you like the best? What do you feel most comfortable wearing? Once you have answered these questions, you can then begin to think about the jacket’s added features.

We have casual jackets for men, women, boys and girls in most styles, including parkas, faux fur lined, padded, hooded, waterproof, down insulated and more.

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Parka Jackets

A parka jacket is a type of jacket that comes with a hood that is normally lined with a faux fur trim. Our parka jackets also usually come at a longer length compared to other jackets, designed to keep you warmer and feeling cosy.

Our parka jacket’s range is vast and includes styles for men and women and features coats with fleece linings, removable hoods, down insulation, quality waterproof fabrics, breathable materials and much more.

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Gilets

Gilets or body warmers are jackets but without the sleeves. They are an adaptable piece of outdoor clothing that you can use to layer over or under fleeces or jackets to create additional warmth, comfort and insulation.

Gilets come in a variety of technical fabrics including down, fleece and softshell which gives you extra choice depending on what performance attributes you need for your outdoors activity. You can mix and match your gilets with different layers to customise the weather protection you require. Read our Layering Guide: How to Layer Clothes to learn more about the best way to layer clothes.

Our gilets are made for women, men, girls and boys and are incredibly compatible with any active outdoor lifestyle. In particular, we have gilets specially designed for fishing, with reinforced shoulders and extra-large pockets, as well as lighter weight gilets for casual wear or more active sports.

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Ponchos

A water resistant poncho is an ideal item to have on hand in case of emergency or an unexpected downpour. Ponchos are small, lightweight and easy to pack so you won’t even notice you’re carrying it around until you need to use it.

A perfect item for festivals, tourists, theme parks and in the general outdoors, our range of brightly coloured ponchos will protect you and your clothes from inclement weather, without adding any weight to your day. Water-resistant, quick drying, re-useable and easy to put on and pack away again, our ponchos are ideal for sudden downpours but you should perhaps consider a thicker or higher rated waterproof jacket if you expect to be in the rain for long periods of time.

Our waterproof ratings indicate how many millimetres of water is needed before the inside layer of the jacket is breached. Ponchos generally come with a lower waterproof rating, making them great for unexpected showers but not suitable for day long use in heavy rain.

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Last updated: November 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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