We’ve checked out six of the top waterproof shell jackets on the market that are specifically tailored for climbing. By this we mean they have a more active fit, added breathability, lightweight and have features that only climbers would need.
Many of the jackets, although climbing-specific, also have features you’d see on a regular all-round shell, which you can learn more about in our waterproof jackets buyer’s guide.
Arc’teryx Beta SV Jacket
Built for brutal alpine conditions, the Beta SV is Arc’teryx’s latest all-round waterproof shell jacket following the very popular Arc’teryx Beta LT, which is also designed for climbing and other mountain activities.
The jacket is built with the light, rugged, durable, windrproof and very breathable Gore-Tex Pro fabric – a material already proven in severe conditions.
But it’s not all about the fabric, it’s also made the list as it has a helmet compatible StormHood with glove-friendly cordlocks and WaterTight zips for extra waterproofness.
On top of that, it’s been sculpted using the Ergonomic 3-Dimensional patterning to give the climber more freedom of movement during each session. All this for under 500 grams, but it will cost you a few bob.