Unless your name is Mark Zuckerberg or Taylor Swift, making ends meet can be a really tricky business in this day and age. For those of you who love being outdoors but don't have a big money budget, we've compiled together six of the best waterproof jackets you can buy for under £100.
When purchasing a cheap waterproof jacket, it's easy to feel that because the product is missing a huge price tag it's going to fall apart at the first sign of trouble. These products here however will not only keep your bank balance looking healthy, they'll also keep you dry when the weather turns bad.
Quechua Forclaz 400 Men's Waterproof
Anybody with even an iota of knowledge on adventure clothing will know that Decathlon is the place to go for a bargain. The Forclaz 400 Men's Waterproof, from Quechua, is a testament to that idea.
Coming in at an absolute steal with its pricing of just £59.99, the Forclaz 400 is waterproof, well-ventilated, breathable, and surprisingly sturdy thanks to its triple-layering. The extra bit of stretch across your torso's key area allows for excellent freedom of moment, meaning you can take this on your next mountain hike safe in the knowledge that you'll be comfortable and dry.
The North Face Men's Resolve Jacket
A waterproof jacket from The North Face, for under £100? Surely not?! Well rub that disbelief from your eyes people, and take an admiring look at TNF's Resolve. Coming in at a price between £71.99 and £100, depending on which online retailer you hit up, this bit of kit gives you all the quality you'd expect from such a well respected brand at less than what you'd usually have to pay.
This simple, yet effective, waterproof possesses seam-sealed HyVent fabric. Like all the best rain coats, it's also breathable for those times when you're riding a bike, hiking in the hills, or doing some other sort of strenuous activity.
There's also an adjustable hood that stows away rather tidily into the collar, two zipped hand pockets, and elasticated cuffs with a hem drawcord. And look, it's a jacket from The North Face for under £100. Get this product on your waterproof jacket shortlist immediately. It's a bargain.
Regatta Men's Cross Penine Waterproof Jacket
You're probably not going to see this waterproof jacket on the catwalk at London Fashion Week anytime soon and, if we're being honest, that's exactly why we like it so much. This jacket knows precisely what it's all about, and does it with the type of confident ease your dad usually only demonstrates when he's bleeding radiators.
Whatever the weather, and whatever the time of year, the Cross Penine from Regatta has got you more than covered. Constructed from Isotex 15000 endurance stretch fabric, and with fully taped seams, this waterproof jacket will shield you from the worst that those pesky rainclouds can throw at you. It's also highly breathable. With this product, we particularly like how there's two, rather than just one, pockets positioned higher up.
Berghaus Women's Calisto Alpha Waterproof Jacket
Calisto Alpha might sound like the name of a 1970s TV detective, but in reality it's actually a very affordable waterproof jacket from the people over at Berghaus.
Offering superb outdoor performance, whatever activity you're into, this great little jacket is highly waterproof and has an adjustable roll-away hood that can be set to use in a matter of moments. Wherever your adventure takes you, you can rest assured that this waterproof combines technical features with ingenious functionality. Somewhat remarkably, all of this could be yours for less than £100. Not a bad deal, we think you'll agree.
Patagonia Women's Torrentshell Waterproof Jacket
The Patagonia Torrentshell is a truly fantastic waterproof jacket that's affordable enough to give you a penny's worth of change from £100 (if you get it from Ellis Brigham). Patagonia, who aren't exactly strangers to producing high quality outdoor wear, served up a masterclass in all-round functionality when they released this rain coat a few years back. And while we hesitate to describe a jacket as being a "classic," we think this product is right up there with the top dogs (especially on value for money).
Whether you're a hiker, a cyclist, or just someone who wants to stay dry on their commute; this jacket will do the job and do it well. Features on it include an adjustable hood with laminated visor, a roll down hood with stowaway cord and hook, a fleece-lined neck area, pit zips for additional ventilation, and a pocket that moonlights as a stuff sack. Two big, money-saving, thumbs up for this one.
Columbia Women's Remoteness Jacket
Sure, the main priority of any waterproof jacket is to keep the wearer dry. But why look average when you're staying dry, when you can look seriously stylish instead? The Remoteness, from Columbia, is an ideal waterproof in that it combines a pleasing visual aesthetic with first class rain-shielding properties.
Waterproof, breathable, fully seam-sealed, with interior security pocket, adjustable cuffs and hem; the features on this thing tick so many boxes in your notebook that you might have to go out and buy a new notebook. If you want to look stylish and be comfortable, and aren't planning on doing anything too extreme, step this way.