As Billy Connolly famously said, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. So make sure that your waterproofs are up to the job this winter with these tips from LO Tim at the Loving Outdoors team.
How much do I need to spend on a good jacket?
You can get a decent windproof and waterproof jacket for somewhere in the region of £80-£100. Something really warm might be closer to £150 but if you layer up properly with a decent base layer, you should be fine with something more lightweight in most conditions. Check out GO LITE’s Badlands Trinity Men’s 3-Layer Hardshell Jacket to glimpse the future of waterproof jackets.
What features should I look for?
If your jacket isn’t fully waterproof, windproof and breathable you could find yourself in the uniquely unpleasant situation of being hot and sweaty one minute and cold and wet the next. Whichever way you look at it, that’s just not cool! You might also want to consider ripstop fabric which comes in handy when negotiating barbed-wire fences- particularly when you’ve parted with the best part of £200 on a jacket!
Can I use it year round, or will it get too hot in summer?
If you’ve layered up wisely, a lightweight breathable waterproof should be suitable all year round. Thankfully, it doesn’t rain that much in summer (touch wood!).
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