We’ve reviewed around 20 of the best 2016 waterproof jackets out there and rated them for performance, value and how protective they feel – the latter is one of the most important aspects of a waterproof jacket, particularly in winter mountains, but it’s often overlooked.
We’ve chosen jackets from the top brands using a variety of fabrics, both top names like Gore-Tex and eVent and leading own-brand fabrics. All the jackets are guaranteed 100% waterproof and have sealed seams and full hoods.
The waterproof jackets we’ve tested
For each jacket we’ve picked out the most important points, these include how they fit, how well the hood works and whether you can adjust zips and tensioners while wearing winter gloves, We’ve also included a mini-test of each along with marks out of five for performance, value and protection.
Finally, although none of these jackets are lemons, we’ve picket out our top choices for walking, mountaineering and technical climbing use.
What about different waterproof fabrics?
There’s a big choice of waterproof fabrics out there with Gore-Tex being the best known. If you run hot, you’ll want as breathable as fabric as possible along with some cooling vents. If you run on the colder side, that’s less crucial. We’ve tried to tell you a little about the fabric each jacket uses to help you make a choice that works for you.
Either scroll through the jackets or jump straight to your favourite brand by following the links below.
Arc’teryx | Berghaus | Black Diamond | Columbia | Fjällräven | Haglöfs | Jöttnar | Mountain Equipment | Montane | Paramo | Rab | Sprayway | The North Face