It's not just in the winter months when having a good, solid, waterproof jacket is necessary. We have those April showers, summer storms, and quite frankly, in Britain, the most unpredictable weather, where rain is almost always guaranteed no matter what the season.
Having a suitable raincoat, therefore, becomes a must-have item of clothing. Helping you to stay warm and, most importantly, dry.
When it comes to waterproof jackets, there is an array to choose from. From traditional to stylish, sporty to workwear ready, you'll also find waterproof jackets designed from various materials, i.e., polyester, rubber, wax, and Gore-Tex linings.
Finding the right one that offers comfort as well as functionality and that ticks all of your boxes can soon become a minefield.
Things to look for in a waterproof coat
First up, it must be waterproof! This may seem fairly obvious, however, just because a jacket claims it is waterproof doesn't mean it is. For example, some jackets, such as the shell style jackets, may be shower resistant only, which means if you get caught in a total downpour, it probably won't be able to keep you dry for very long.
You should also look for those jackets that offer breathability. For example, the Helly Hansen workwear jacket, Waterloo Helly, features their own innovative Helly Tech making the jacket waterproof and windproof, letting air out while preventing water from getting in.
A well-made jacket will do more than just keep you dry in a downpour. Look for those that offer water and windproof elements, watertight pockets, in some cases an all-in-one jacket that keeps you dry and warm, or a lightweight shell that can fold up small into your backpack and you can layer up with.
Make sure to choose solid, reliable, known brands. Again, brands such as Helly Hansen are renowned for offering high-quality products, with their waterproof jackets being some of the best in class.
Waterproof jackets that are eco-friendly are very popular now; make sure to check out your brand's sustainability and products used.
Best waterproof jackets currently on the market
Helly Hansen Manchester
The Waterloo Helly Tech Waterproof work jacket is not only incredibly stylish, but it also comes with the Helly Tech innovation, meaning this jacket is breathable, waterproof, and windproof. The polyester material is also quick drying and has zipped pockets to keep your belongings both safe and dry. Velcro adjusted cuffs to stop water seeping through; it also boasts a dropped tail hem for additional coverage and protection.
Blaklader tough work shell jacket
Slightly more expensive, the Blaklader waterproof offers both wind and rain protection, protecting the wearer well in all weather conditions. Integrating with other clothing layers, the shell jacket also has the function to release moisture before it reaches the skin. With full certifications (EN343), breathable materials included (due to its mesh lining), taped seams, an abundance of secure-zip pockets, adjustable hem, and reflective tape, not only are you safe in this coat due to increased visibility, but you are also dry.
B-Dri Mercury Bomber
This warm, waterproof is very modern looking and designed using a mix of polyester and pongee fabrics. Zipped pockets with adjustable Velcro cuffs and an elasticated waist help you to keep this coat close to you at all times. This coat is also polar fleece lined to help keep you warm and includes two internal zipped pockets for extra security.
Designed for style and comfort, this DeWalt Storm waterproof offers great durability. Manufactured from waterproof and rip-resistant material, this jacket is great in all-weather situations. With an adjustable hood, a back vent, and mesh lining offering breathability, you can also expect multiple pockets and reflective piping on the front, increasing the wearer's visibility.
Helly Hansen jackets – Chelsea waterproof
We love this jacket!
This high-end shell jacket is suitable for all weather conditions and all tradespeople. Boasting the innovative Helly TechA performance waterproof, windproof, and breathable technology, this jacket can offer it all. Using Cordura fabric and polyamide reinforcements, this coat is built to last. Offering great movement and flexibility for the wearer it also includes reflective elements for added visibility and safety.
Ultimately, the choice and option are yours, and you need to know exactly what you want to get out of your waterproof, i.e., do you want to be dry, warm, or both?
Don't put your adventure on hold because of a little rain. Ensure you're prepared for every eventuality with the right waterproof jacket for you.
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