Jacket Buying Guide

Jacket Buying Guide: How To Choose The Best Jacket For You

Thinking of investing in a new jacket but not sure which to buy? We can help you there. With a variety of different kinds of jackets on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choice. We’ll talk you through the pros and cons of each type - from waterproof and softshell, through to lightweight jackets and 3 in 1s. Keep reading our handy jacket buying guide so you can make an informed decision and choose the best jacket for you!

Jacket Buying Guide

What are the different kinds of jackets?

Many people ask "what are the different kinds of jackets"? There are a few key contenders to consider. Firstly, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors regardless of the weather, you’ll probably want a jacket that’ll keep you dry and comfortable. After a jacket to throw on when you’re out hiking? Something lightweight that you can just stow away in your bag is what you’ll need. For regular outdoor use, we’d recommend a softshell jacket. Lightweight and adaptable, wear this jacket on its own or even as a mid-layer in the cooler months. If you’re looking for a jacket to keep you protected throughout the year, versatile 3 in 1 jackets are an ideal option. Just add or remove as many layers as you require!

How To Choose A Waterproof Jacket

How to choose a waterproof jacket

In an array of different styles, waterproof jackets are one of the most popular options. We offer waterproof jackets with water-resistant technology woven into the fabric for protection from the rain when you need it most. When choosing a jacket to keep you dry, it’s important to think about whether it’s fully waterproof or just water-resistant, as you could end up with less protection than you anticipated. Ideal for changeable weather conditions, our waterproof jackets are both water tight and breathable. Another feature to look out for is DWR (Durable Water Repellent) as this treatment will help to keep the outside of your jacket drier for longer.

What is a lightweight jacket and why should you choose one?

When choosing a jacket for travel, it’s important that its lightweight and easy to pack away. With a lightweight jacket you can still reap all the benefits and technologies, just at a fraction of the weight. Perfect for outdoor adventures, buying a jacket that’s lightweight and can slot into your trail bag with ease is the way to go. So if you’re planning on a hike in the mountains but don’t want to be left feeling chilly at the summit, opt for a lightweight jacket.

Are 3 In 1 Jackets Good

What is a softshell jacket and is it right for you?

For versatility and cover from the elements, a softshell jacket might be the right choice for you. Available in a range of colours and styles, you won’t feel out of place strolling around the shops or in the countryside. With advanced weather-resistance technology and SmartDry water-repellent, you can wear your softshell jacket as a lightweight, protective outer or under a more heavy-duty jacket in the winter. Equally, due to the nature of the fabric, softshell jackets offer complete freedom from restriction and comfort making them a great choice for when you’re on the go.

What is a 3 in 1 jacket and are they worth buying?

A less commonly known jacket, you might be wondering "what is a 3 in 1 jacket"? And "are 3 in 1 jackets good"? If you’re looking for the best jacket for cold weather conditions, a 3 in 1 jacket is a top choice. These jackets are made with 2 layers which can be worn either together or separately. For optimum levels of insulation and protection, wear the two pieces together. Heading out but it’s not as cold as you thought? Not to worry. Just remove one of the layers and continue on your adventure! With added waterproof technologies, this jacket is suitable for use all year round.

Choosing the best jacket for you

Jacket Waterproof Insulating Windproof Secure Pockets Lightweight
Waterproof Jackets
Lightweight Jackets
Softshell Jackets
3 in 1 Jackets
Fleece Jackets

Key features to consider

When choosing a jacket to buy you’ll want to make sure that it’s exactly what you need. So we’ve compiled a list of extra features to consider before you make your decision:

  • Hoods - Ideal for when you’re caught out with no umbrella.
  • Adjustable hem - Tailor your jacket so that it fits you perfectly.
  • Packable - If you’re out exploring, having a jacket you can pack away when you get hot is a bonus.
  • Easy-care – Planning on an outdoor holiday? Buying a jacket for the kids? Choose a jacket with easy-care fabric to save time on drying.

We hope you’re feeling a lot more informed now that you’ve read our jacket buying guide. Ready to make your choice? Browse our complete range of men’s or women's jackets and order yours online.