My top 5 hiking jackets for men:
There are so many types of hiking jackets out there with varying levels of protection and specifications that’s why I’ve created my top 5 hiking jackets for men. It seems obvious but stop and think about what do I actually need this jacket for? Am I only going to use it at a festival, or will I be using it at 2°C whilst it’s pouring it down? It’s important for you to make this decision as this will ultimately be reflected in the price of your jacket.
Waterproof jackets are different to storm jackets, as the name suggests a storm jacket is designed to keep you warm and dry and I cover both in the reviews below. Storm jackets usually come with a thicker layer of waterproofing and have their seams sealed or covered to ensure that they don’t leak. There are varying levels of insulation on the market, but obviously the more insulation that you have the heavier and generally the bulkier the jacket will become. It’s also worth noting if the jacket is machine washable and comes with a hood (not all do). I’d also recommend going for a coloured jacket rather than a black jacket because they are a lot easier to spot if someone is looking for you.
Finally have look at my other article on my top 5 hiking trousers as well and don’t forget about your walking boots either. I have a you tube video showing you how to apply dubbin wax to your leather boots to keep them supple.
Berghaus’s Gore-Tex storm level construction is fully breathable but still guaranteed to be waterproof. What makes this jacket interactive is that it allows you to zip in a fleece to the coat itself which is really handy when you still want the functionality of a jacket but it’s too warm to have the fleece as well.
Without the fleece the jacket has just a net lining. With incorporated map pocket and adjustable wrist straps this jacket is ideal for hiking in a range of temperatures. It also comes in a range of colours black, dusk (blue, and scarab (green).
This jacket is great if you’re out in cold wet weather with its elasticated cuffs and Hydroshell fabric that ensures you stay dry when the storm comes, whilst keeping the heat in but allows the coat to breathe.
With its adjustable hood you can get a snug fit to ensure the rain runs away from your face and not onto it. It comes in blue and black
This jacket is designed for extreme cold as it’s filled with ethically sourced goose down that is hydrophobic (it won’t soak up water), combined with its Pertex shield outer fabric it’ll keep you dry and warm.
With its adjustable hood that is also helmet compatible (ideal for climbers). Produced in a variety of colours and packs away into a small stuff bag.
I love this jacket, it’s cheap and is ideal for festivals and for those leisurely strolls. With a concealed hood and coming in a variety of colours this jacket is an alternative to heavy duty jackets. Especially as it also folds away into a small bag that you can carry round.
With its taped seams and detachable fleece this jacket is great for all weathers and its machine washable.
The Thunderstorm jacket also comes with Velcro sleeves and 2 outside pockets (ideal for storing your phone.
I hope I’ve given you some insight into the different types of jacket available. Let me know in the comments below what type of jacket you went for?