What are smocks, I hear you ask? Well, they’re essentially a pull-on – with a half-zip or three-quarter zip, rather than a full zip – version of a regular waterproof shell jacket and often they’re built for high-octane outdoor activities like fell or trail running.
But why choose a smock over a regular waterproof shell? Main benefits of a pull-on garment: you don’t have to use your hands to zip up the jacket during cold conditions, it saves weight on the shorter zip and there’s less surface area for water to get in. Regular shells, on the other hand, are easier to get on and you can open the jacket to cool down when the going gets hot. It’s 50/50 really.
What they do both have in common are the fact there are various cuts, fabrics, weights and prices to choose from in their categories. So if you’d like to find out a little more then scroll through our six picks below or if you need any further info then check out our waterproof jackets buyer’s guide.
Montane Minimus Smock
Montane’s answer to a lightweight all-round mountain shell, the Minimus Smock is minimus by name and minimus by nature – more so than the UK brand’s Spine Jacket.
Weighing in at just 151 grams, the pull-on has been designed for fast, light mountain use whether hiking or running.
It’s been constructed with Pertex Shield Plus – one of the lightest and most breathable waterproof fabrics with exceptional moisture management – so relieves sweat on strenuous outdoor sessions.
With its minimal size, the smock can be packed away to almost nothing so very good for long days out when carrying light. It is relatively mid-range in terms of price so good value for the quality it delivers.