A good waterproof jacket is an essential piece of outdoor gear when you are exposed to the elements, especially when on mountain terrain where no shelter can be found. You need to look for high quality material that is breathable, flexible, and still waterproof. Lightweight jackets that you can layer up underneath depending on the temperature are ideal. Make sure you check out all the extra features provided on the jacket- type and positioning of pockets for example, or how adjustable things like cuffs, hems and hoods are.
The very best men’s waterproof jackets can be expensive, however, this will reflect the level of technology and research that has gone into developing the best fabrics and styling the most efficient jacket for the dedicated walker and mountain climber.
The Arc’teryx Men’s Beta AR Jacket is one of the the most popular and well reviewed of the top-end waterproof jackets. It costs £400+ but when people comment:
“the Arc’Teryx Beta AR is an amazing jacket which is incredibly versatile and worth every single penny”
“climbed in it & scrambled up Tryfan in Snowdonia in torrential rain and was completely dry from rain & sweat and condensation as it was a good workout”
then you realise that it really does justify the outlay for the serious adventurer.
This jacket has a breathable Gore-tex® pro membrane which is also waterproof and windproof. Taped seams and waterproof zips add an extra layer of impenetrability against driving rain and snow keeping you warm and dry. The Arc’teryx Men’s Beta AR Jacket can be used a shell layer for lots of outdoor activities including skiing, climbing and mountaineering. Easily fit layers underneath the lightweight jacket to provide your ideal level of warmth without compromising on movement. The hood is helmet compatible and extra reinforcement on shoulders and elbows means the jacket will stand up to all you and the weather can throw at it!
The jacket comes in a lot of different colours to suit all styles.
North Face are a hugely respected manufacturer of outdoors clothing, and this is reflected in the Sangro waterproof jacket. The jacket is priced very reasonably and can be found for less than £100 depending on colour and style purchased.
This is a 2-layer lightweight waterproof jacket with a breathable HyVent material. It will keep you dry even on the wettest days and not only this it also looks smart and stylish. It offers good wind resistance and serves as a fantastic top layer when out and about. This jacket can be worn with layers and is lightweight and flexible, easy to carry and pack as can be rolled small.
Owners of the Sangro are very impressed with it’s waterproof and breathable fabric:
“This North Face coat looks very smart, keeps me bone dry (I ended up shielding a colleague while they knelt looking in a equipment cabinet) and is much more breathable than most rain coats which means you stay comfortable and don’t get so hot, very pleased.”
The Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket is a serious piece of kit. It is designed for extreme conditions and is composed of 3-layer Gore-Tex. It is windproof, waterproof but still highly breathable. For around £300 you are getting a high performance jacket capable of withstanding the most extreme of weathers.
Not only does the Mountain Equipment jacket offer amazing performance against the toughest elements it is also very easy to move around in it. This is mainly down to its articulated alpine fit designed for adventurers who enjoy climbing, skiing and mountaineering.
It is vital that you have the right gear for the occasion. When you are up a mountain and exposed to the elements you need a good quality waterproof and breathable jacket. All three jackets shown here are high performance, so look at each in more detail and see which one suits you the best.