Here are six influential lightweight waterproof jackets on the outdoors market so you know what’s hot going into winter 2016/17.
The jackets are from a range of brands with various fabrics, functions and prices to give you an idea of what to look out for when parting wish your cash.
So what actually is a “lightweight” waterproof jacket? Well, there is no definitive answer by most jackets around the 500g mark or below are considered lightweight then anything below 200g is deemed ultra-lightweight. We’ve included both examples to give you an idea of the whole lightweight spectrum.
When it comes to garments this light, you’d assume there’s an obvious trade off with durability, and you’d be right to some extent, however, as technologies continue to improve there are more and more products with longer lives. In our round-up of six of the best we describe what fabrics are helping these lightweight waterproofs live for longer.
Arc’teryx Zeta AR Men’s Jacket
The Canadian brand’s latest all-round mountain waterproof shell jacket combines the breathability and waterproofness of Gore-Tex with the close-to-skin comfort of the Gore C-Knit technology.
When Arc’teryx launch a shell jacket, you’d expect it to be a serious piece of kit – the Zeta AR is no exception.
It’s built with the durable waterproof, windproof and highly breathable N70p 3L Gore-Tex fabric, but is super comfortable too with the addition of the Gore-Tex C-Knit Backer Technology.
Like all the brand’s previous shells, the Zeta has a very active, sporty cut and is well-equipped with adjustable hems and chords, plus a helmet-compatible hood. Not bad, ey? Quite pricey though.