The Best Waterproof Jackets to Keep You Dry (And Stylish)

Weight: 306g | Waterproof rating: 20,000mm/24hr |

WIRED has long admired Patagonia’s ability to create high-performance gear using the most sustainable of materials. The Stretch Rainshadow Jacket (£180) is no different, having been made from 100 per cent recycled Econyl nylon fibres, much of which has been salvaged from discarded fishing nets.

For this jacket, Patagonia has opted for their mid-range 2.5layer H2No Performance Standard shell, which combines breathability, waterproofing and comfort in equal measure. It’s comparatively light (300g for men’s medium) can be stuffed into its own zippable pocket, but unlike the stiffer, more performance waterproofs it has a lovely feel – like the Rohan there’s no crinkling here – and a generous amount of stretch.

The fabric has a DWR (lasting Water Repellency) inner applied to the exterior, and unusually no waterproof liner which helps with the jacket’s packability, and also improves the jackets ability to keep you from overheating. If you get hot easily this could be a godsend on a damp summer’s day and with pit vents you can easily get some fresh air if you do overheat.

The Stretch Rainshadow laughed in the confront of a typically British downpour, with the water simply pooling on the surface before running off, but to be honest, we’d be horrified if it wasn’t completely waterproof. The fit is far from ‘slim’ so it does look a little cagouley if you don’t have layers on, but on the flip side, there’s plenty of room making it good for use all year.

From an aesthetics point of view, it’s not the most fact-forward piece Patagonia has ever designed – although the Balkan Blue is a great shade – but for us it’s the lightweight feel and softless of the material, despite being impervious to water, that impressed us the most here. It’s a pleasure to use.

Pros: Recycled nylon; breathable; windproof; packable 
Cons: It’s a bit dull

Womens | Price: £180 | Check price on Amazon | Patagonia | Cotswold Outdoor

Mens | Price: £180 | Check price on Amazon | Patagonia

Mammut Kento HS

Strong combination of cut and performance

Weight: 400g | Waterproof rating: 20,000mm/24hr | Breathability rating: 15,000 g/m²/24h

Some 400g of excellence at a great price from Mammut, the Kento (£189) is a superbly made jacket with a cut that’s close enough to the body to look good but has enough space in the shoulder and sleeves to never feel restrictive.

The DryTech Premium 2.5-inner material has a hydrostatic head measurement (the amount of water pressure the material can resist before leaking) of 20,000mm so you will not get wet, while the vapor permeability rating (breathability) of 15,000 g/m²/24h feels about right, and with plenty of ventilation obtainable we didn’t overheat excessively, already during a humid hike.

The main zip laughed in the confront of our splash test and the chest pocket has a waterproof lining, perfect for your phone.

Pros: Good fit and stylish; breathable 
Cons: Hard to find any

Mens | Price: £189 | Check price on Mammut

Womens | Price: £189 | Check price on Mammut

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