This Easter certainly demonstrated what April Showers is all about – in some places, very wintry April showers at that! And, as most people find it hard to share Gene Kelly’s enthusiasm for a thorough drenching, we’ve been having a rifle through the waterproof jackets which have recently arrived in store. The good news is, you really don’t need to look like a drowned rat this spring, the bad news is, there’s so much choice it’s hard to know what to choose. So, after a spot of testing we’ve picked out our favourite five:
TNF Venture Jacket £99.99
No list would be complete without something from The North Face – this brand lives and breathes mountain gear hence is an expert at the weather conditions that can be thrown at you in one day. The Venture sells like hotcakes and at this price, it’s not hard to see why.
Rab Volt Jacket £149.99
A lot of people equate waterproofness with Goretex, and while there’s no doubting the quality of Goretex, there are other equally good technologies around. Rab uses PertexShield +, a high performance laminate which is highly breathable and waterproof. It allows an element of stretch too so this is an easy jacket to move in. Plus we like the fact that it’s superlight.
Mountain Equipment Trojan Jacket £159.99
Now, we know you shouldn’t choose a jacket purely on what it looks like, but if you did, this one would be hard to resist! Our tester loved the quietness of the fabric and the fact that it is really stretchy. Looks and feel aside, it uses Gore Windstopper Softshell to keep you dry.
Norrona Falketind Paclite £219.99
Norrona has really made a name for itself in the UK over the past few seasons and we were the first to champion their cause. We love their use of colour – they’ve got a pretty unconventional approach to design too. This jacket combines high performance technology with great styling.
Haglofs Endo Gtx Active £229.99
This jacket is packed with features but it was a small thing that swung it for our tester – thumb loops! But for the rest of you, we thought we should mention the Gore-Tex Active Shell which makes it extremely breathable and durable, micro taping which reduces weight and bulk and its three way hood adjustment.