The best waterproof jackets for hiking (2023)

Here are the best waterproof jackets to keep you dry when hiking and hillwalking.

Very few of us would venture far in the UK without having the best waterproof jacket available to us tucked away in our backpack. They’re an essential item for anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

Waterproof jackets have plenty of styles and features to choose from. So, what is the cost of all that choice – on the pocket and to the environment? If we were to choose one waterproof to wear all year, whatever the weather, what would it look like? To answer this we’ve pulled together some of the best waterproof jackets for you to compare.

Once you’ve found the best waterproof jacket for you, why not take a look at our pick of the besthiking backpacks.

What to look for when buying a waterproof jacket:

  • A decent hood – large enough to cope with a helmet or ponytail.
  • An array of roomy pockets – large enough to be crammed with gloves, snacks and maps.
  • A good waterproof coating – This is measured via something called ‘hydrostatic head’.
  • Roomy fit – The waterproof needs to be large enough to fit multiple layers underneath
  • BreathabilityMeasured in MVTR: moisture vapour transmission rate’. Zips under the arms can also help vent heat and moisture.
  • Environmental impact – Think about the materials and chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Getting the most out of clothing, through reproofing using appropriate products and repair, is the best thing we can do reduce the environmental impact of the products we buy.

How to look after your waterproof jacket

Once you’ve bought your brand new waterproof jacket, you will want to make sure that you look after it as best you can. Outdoor expert Chris Townsend has given his top tips on how to look after your waterproof jacket.

Related waterproof jacket articles

If you’re looking for something on a slightly friendlier budget then we’ve got you covered with the best budget waterproof jackets under £200 and if you’re in the market for something that your child could wear then we’ve also looked into thethe best waterproof jackets for kids.

  • Mountain Equipment Women’s Makalu Jacket
  • Patagonia Women’s Dual Aspect Jacket
  • Montane Women’s Pac Plus XT
  • Rab Arc Eco
  • Alpkit Definition
  • Mountain Hardwear Exposure 2

Our team of experts have tested some of the best waterproof jackets for men and women. We’ve only picked the best possible for this guide but there’s still a widevariety of price ranges and some of the results may surprise you. If you want to know more about waterproofs and what you should be looking for before purchasing then take a look at our what makes a good waterproof section below.

How we tested the waterproof jackets

These jackets were tested by David Lintern, an outdoor writer and journalist based in the Cairngorms, and Lucy Wallace, a Mountain Leader based on Arran. Both tested them extensively in the Scottish Highlands in all weathers and seasons.

For our extensive guides on the best waterproof jacket for men and women check out the below:

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What makes a good waterproof jacket?

  • Fabric

The type of fabric determines how ‘breathable’ a garment will be. More expensive fabrics are usually more breathable than cheaper ones. The thickness of a fabric affects durability. The thinnest ones are lighter in weight but less suitable for prolonged wear or rough usage.

  • DWR

Most waterproof fabrics have a durable water repellency (DWR) treatment that causes rain to bead up and run off the garment. Whilst no DWR is really durable the best for many years were fluorocarbons (PFCs). However, these have been found to be harmful to health and to persist a very long time in food chains and the environment, so they are being phased out and replaced with more environmentally friendly though usually less durable alternatives. Whatever the DWR it will wear off eventually, so the outer starts to soak up water. This doesn’t mean the jacket is leaking but it does mean breathability will be reduced so condensation will occur more readily. The DWR can be replaced with various wash-in and spray-on treatments.

  • Hood

On the best waterproof jackets, hoods should be easily adjusted and ideally move with your head. A wired or stiffened peak is useful in wind driven rain. Helmet-compatible hoods should have volume adjusters so they can be reduced in size without affecting your vision for non-helmet wear.

  • Front Closure

Water-resistant zips are now standard in the best waterproof jackets. These are not fully waterproof all the time and should have an inner flap to repel any rain that gets through. A standard zip with external and internal flaps is more secure but found on few garments these days.

  • Ventilation

Underarm/side zips can be awkward to use but do allow good ventilation at a crucial place. They can often be used in rain when the front zip has to be fully closed. Zips that curve under the armpits are effective but the most difficult to adjust. Pockets can be opened for ventilation too if they are mesh lined.

  • Cuffs

Cuffs that can be opened wide are good for ventilation in the arms. Elasticised and narrow cuffs can lead to sweaty wrists.

  • Pockets

Whilst not essential, pockets that are accessible when wearing a rucksack hipbelt are useful for items like compass, phone, snacks, map (if large enough), hat and gloves and feature on many of the best waterproof jackets. Pockets can leak though so need water-resistant zips and/or covering flaps.

  • Fit

For the most efficient breathability, the best waterproof jackets should fit fairly closely. At the same time, they shouldn’t be so tight that they restrict movement. And a jacket should fit comfortably over all the layers you might need to wear underneath it. Size labels should be taken as a guide only – they’re not consistent between makes.

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Mountain Equipment Women’s Makalu Jacket

  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Likes: Excellent hood, tough
  • Dislikes: No frills
  • Price: £270

Materials:3-layer 75D/recycled 50D Gore-Tex, PFC-free DWR | Features: internal and external chest pocket, torso pockets, pit zips | Sizes: UK8-16 | Men’s version: Yes | Website:

The Makalu from Mountain Equipment gets our Best Buy award in the women’s category because of its tried-and-tested features and strong build quality. It’s not the most expensive jacket in the test – although at £270 it’s still quite a sizeable amount of money to part with. But for that you get a well-designed, robust and versatilewaterproof that should last several seasons. Our favourite part is the hood as it’s roomy, adjustable and features both a stiffened brim and a wire peak.

See our full review of the Mountain Equipment Women’s Makalu Jacket Review here

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Patagonia Women’s Dual Aspect Jacket

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Likes: Excellent hood, technical features
  • Dislikes: expensive
  • Price: £450

Materials: 3-layer H2NO shell with 30D recycled nylon face | Features: 2 x chest pockets, 2 x torso pockets, pit zips, RECCO reflector | Sizes: XS-XL | Men’s version: Yes | Website:

Patagonia’s Dual Aspect jacket is lighter and less durable than others in this test, but it has some useful winter-friendly features. Water resistant zips and waterproof main pockets are roomy enough to carry a laminated OS map. Excellent tailoring allows a slight stretch to the fabric which provides versatility and movement needed for numerous outdoor activities. The hood is fabulous. However, at £450 it’s at the higher end of some of the jackets we’ve tested.

Read our full review on the Patagonia Women’s Dual Aspect Jacket here

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Montane Women’s Pac Plus XT

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Likes: Light weight
  • Dislikes: Pockets not waterproof
  • Price: £250

Materials: recycled nylon 40D Gore-Tex Paclite Plus | Features: 2 x torso pockets, chest pocket, pit zips | Sizes: UK8-16 | Men’s version: yes | Website:

The Montane Pac Plus XT is the lightest women’s jacket in this test, giving us some doubts that it could be classed as an all-season waterproof. However through thorough winter testing, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by Montane’s latest jacket. A well shaped hood, low weight, underarm zips and brushed fleece chinguard are all nice touches. However, small zips cause some issues when trying to fit a laminated OS map into the pockets.

Read our full review of the Montane Pac Plus XT here

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Rab Arc Eco

  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Likes: Eco credentials, a great all-rounder, cost, weight.
  • Dislikes: Could use one more pocket.
  • Price: £200

Weight: 436g | Materials: 3-layer Pertex Shield recycled polyester ‘Revolve’, recycled inner, PFC-free DWR | Features: part-wired 3-way adjustable hood, 2 large pockets | Sizes: S-XXL | Women’s version: yes | Website:

The RAB Arc Eco was given Gold in 2021’s TGO awards for sustainability and it has really stood out from the other men’s waterproofs here too. On test since last autumn, the fully recycled fabric has so far resisted wear and tear, with the 20,000 hydrostatic head and 15,000 MVTR, continuing to keep us completely dry. Perhaps not a jacket for the depths of winter but it is a light, simple, cheap and more environmentally-friendly option for backpacking and hillwalking.

Read our fullRAB Arc Eco review here

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Alpkit Definition

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Likes: Durability, cost
  • Dislikes: Weight, breathability
  • Price: £260

Weight: 573g | Materials: 3- layer, nylon inner and outer, PU membrane, PFC-free DWR | Features: 3-way adjustable wired hood, 4 large pockets, tailored tail and sleeves, venting zips | Sizes: S-XXL | Women’s version: yes (£209) | Website:

The Alpkit Definition is not the lightest option in this list, however, it is a super durable and exceptionally well thought-out jacket. It boasts an impressive 30,000mm hydrostatic head. There is no question around the Definition’s waterproofness, but the heavy outer fabric can feel stuffy in the warmer months. Priced at £260, you will definitely get your money’s worth out of this jacket, which is why we’ve given it a Recommended rating.

Read our full review of theAlpkit Definition here

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Mountain Hardwear Exposure 2

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Likes: Good hood, great cut, durability
  • Dislikes: Cost
  • Price: £550

Weight: 484g | Materials: 3-layer Gore-Tex, recycled nylon outer, bluesign-approved | Features: stiffened hood, 6 pockets | Sizes: S-XL | Women’s version: yes (£450) | Website:

This is the most expensive option on our list of the best waterproof jackets for men. Thankfully, there’s a lot to like about the alpine-orientated Mountain Hardware Exposure 2. It offers an excellent mix of protection, weight and features, and includes Gore-Tex Pro waterproof lining, which is both robust and breathable. It’s expensive, but it offers good value for the hefty price.

Read our fullMountain Hardware Exposure 2 Review here

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What waterproof rating for hiking? ›

1. Waterproof Ratings
0 – 1,500mmWater resistant / SnowproofVery light rain
1,500mm – 5,000mmWaterproofLight to average rain
5,000mmVery WaterproofModerate to heavy rain
10,000mm – 20,000mmHighly WaterproofHeavy rain

Which is better waterproof or water resistant jacket? ›

Waterproof vs Water Resistant: Which Performs Better? Generally speaking, waterproof jackets perform better than water resistant jackets due to the fact that they provide the highest level of protection from the rain, wind and snow whereas a water resistant jacket offers a lower level of protection.

Is Gore-Tex jacket good for hiking? ›

Gore-Tex is renowned among outdoorsmen for being among the most breathable waterproof fabrics on the market. It's ideal for hiking, backcountry ski touring, and trail running while staying waterproof when you're not being highly active, unlike some other styles of waterproofing.

What is a fully waterproof jacket? ›

Waterproof Jacket

This means the jacket has a waterproof coating on the outer fabric with fully taped seams and it may have a built in membrane lining. A membrane lining is a sheet of material with lots of tiny holes in it to help with breathability, because these holes are so small no water can penetrate it.

Is 5000 waterproof enough? ›

If you are buying a waterproof coat for walking about town or dropping the kids to school, a waterproof rating of 2,000-5,000mm will be more than enough. If you were planning a weekend in the mountains, we would advise a rating of 5,000-8,000mm as the conditions can be much harsher.

Is 10000 mm waterproof good for hiking? ›

5-10,000mm is ideal for those who spend long days out on the mountain, in all weather conditions; while 10-20,000mm is best for those in wetter climates or skiers and snowboarders who prefer backcountry.

Is 20K waterproof good? ›

20k waterproofing: A very high waterproof rating. 28k waterproofing: Goretex fabrics are the only ones to achieve this, the highest waterproof rating in skiwear. Higher waterproof ratings do exist but at the expense of breathability and so so they are not used for ski clothing.

Is 10000 waterproof rating good? ›

Clothing rated between 5,000 mm and 10,000 mm (10k) is a good choice for riders who spend long days out and ski or snowboard in any weather conditions. Avid skiers and snowboarders, especially those in wetter climates, should look for waterproof ratings in the 10,000 mm to 20,000 mm range or better.

Is 30K waterproof good? ›

30,000 mm. 30K fabrics are extremely waterproof and will keep you dry when moving through strong rain or heavy snow. After decades of field testing outerwear, we consider anything above 20K truly waterproof. All Jones outerwear that contains a waterproof membrane is rated 20K waterproof or higher.

What is the strongest waterproof rating? ›

IP68: The Top IP Waterproof Rating

Since 8 is the highest number on the IP water rating scale, any IP enclosure with a rating ending in 8 offers the best possible waterproof protection. However, IP68 is usually acknowledged as the most protective IP waterproof rating in common use.

What is better than waterproof? ›

Water-resistant fabric is typically more lightweight and breathable than waterproof alternatives, so it might be a preferable choice for athletes or outdoor enthusiasts.

How do I choose a waterproof rain jacket? ›

The top 5 things to look for when buying a raincoat
  1. Waterproof fabric. The most obvious first feature one would expect from any decent raincoat is that they have used waterproof fabric - and not just water repellent fabric/treatment. ...
  2. Sealed seams. ...
  3. A good hood. ...
  4. Breathability. ...
  5. Length.
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Which jacket is best for hiking? ›

Hardshell jackets might be the best fit if you are looking for a blend of a thin protective layer yet durable and with waterproof protection. Hikers love them for their breathability and the solid protection that they offer in harsh weather conditions.

What jacket do I need for hiking? ›

A standard recommendation is to bring two options, like a lightweight fleece top and a puffy jacket that compresses well to fit in your daypack. Adjust as needed based on your specific trek. Fleece jacket: On colder days, you can wear it while hiking.

What is better than Gore-Tex? ›

The most sustainable GORE-TEX alternative fabric is waxed cotton. Waxed cotton is exactly like it sounds: wax (typically beeswax or linseed) is applied to cotton, giving the cloth a hydrophobic coating. Nature applied to nature. That's it.

What does 20 000 mm waterproof mean? ›

Static-column test

A 1-inch-diameter tube stands vertically over a piece of material. The tube is filled with water, and the water's height in millimeters when leakage begins becomes the waterproof rating. A piece of fabric that can withstand 20,000mm of water pressure will have a rating of 20,000mm or 20K.

What is 100% waterproof material? ›

Polyurethane Laminate is the fabric of all fabrics that are waterproof in its own right. PUL is a polyester fabric that has a plastic backing comprising a thin waterproof layer. Polyurethane Laminate is a completely waterproof fabric, as well as being breathable and flexible.

What does 100% waterproof mean? ›

At The North Face®, when we say a fabric is waterproof we mean it's impervious to water. We test our waterproof fabrics in lab conditions to ensure the fabric can withstand a given amount of water. Once the fabric passes that test, it can be called 100% waterproof.

How good is 8000 waterproof? ›

Three Raindrops: Waterproof Rating over 8000 mm Products with three water drops protect against both heavy rain and higher water pressure. This means they're perfect for kids who love to spend all day sitting and splashing in rain puddles.

Is Gore Tex 100% waterproof? ›

Every product in the original GORE‑TEX products range is waterproof, windproof, and breathable and many come with additional benefits.

Is 10K or 20K waterproof? ›

A rating of up to 10K is enough to handle light to average rain for a short amount of time. Ratings between 10K and 15K can handle a moderate amount of rain for much longer, and jackets rated between 15K and 20K or higher are serious shells for heavy, intense rain over a prolonged period.

What material is best for wet hiking? ›

Go with wicking materials that move moisture away from your skin. Wool, nylon and polyester are all preferrable to cotton in outdoor clothing. Go with synthetic insulation in your jacket.

Do you need a waterproof jacket for hiking? ›

I recommend every Wilderness Backpacker have and take a rain jacket into the backcountry. Important features are a fine balance of breathability and waterproofness, pit zips if the jacket doesn't breathe well, and pockets placed above a hip belt.

What does 10 000 mm waterproof jacket mean? ›

A "mm/24 hours" rating refers to the amount of rainfall a fabric can withstand in a single day. Thus a 10,000mm waterproof rating means the garment can withstand 10,000mm of rainfall in a single day without letting moisture in. The higher the number, the more waterproof the item will be.

Is 15000 mm waterproof enough? ›

15,000mm is reliable and solid for use all over the mountain, in all weathers. 15,000mm is more waterproofing than most riders will ever need. As we get above 20,000mm, you're looking at serious performance. Most brands' 'performance' or technical ranges tend to be in this category.

What is the difference between 10k and 15k waterproof? ›

A 15k mm rating means that until you reach 15,000 millimeters of water, in a 1-inch diameter column, stacked on top of the fabric, the water will not penetrate the membrane. Obviously a 10k rating would absorb the water with only 10,000 mm of water sitting on the fabric.

How much waterproofing do I need? ›

Requirements for waterproofing bathrooms

at least 100mm over the hob or step down onto the bathroom floor should be waterproofed. at least 150mm up the walls inside the shower walls needs to be waterproofed. the vertical angle between any two walls in the shower needs to be waterproofed up to at least 1800mm high.

Is 10000 mm waterproof good for rain? ›

5000mm – 10,000mm waterproof jackets

You can use these jackets safely in moderate rain conditions without much risk of water getting in.

How long is Gore Tex waterproof? ›

If your Gore-Tex clothing is properly cared for, it should remain waterproof for 3-5 years. It can easily last for ten years or more if you store it properly and don't wear it that much. Of course, with regular active use, friction and heat can cause the DWR to break down more quickly.

What is a true waterproof rating? ›

IPX7: IPX7 is one of the highest ratings, and ideally, it means that a device is durable enough to survive after being submerged in up to up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. IP57: IP57 indicates a high (though not the highest) level of protection from both dust and water exposure.

What waterproof rating is DryVent? ›

DryVent 2L

The inner layer utilises a DryVent PU (polyurethane) coating with micro-pores, which quickly wicks away moisture and keeps rain at bay. The end result is an absolutely waterproof and very comfortable material with a hydrostatic head of 25,000mm. It is perfect for both skiwear and everyday wear.

How durable is 40D Gore Tex? ›

With a 40D face fabric it still meets the durability requirements of the PRO label and maintains the 28k waterproof rating.

What is the best outdoor waterproof rating? ›

If you want an outdoor fixture that stands up to heavy rain and snow, the best IP rating is IP65. A fixture with IP65 is considered water resistant and weatherproof.

Is IP69K waterproof? ›

The IP69K test gives users confidence that a product is completely watertight. To achieve the IP69K rating, a piece of equipment must go through a rigorous water intrusion test.

What is professional waterproof? ›

🔍 Medal Professional Waterproofing is an acrylic waterproofing coating used in conjunction with a membrane, which has been especially formulated to seal and protect all exterior surfaces.

What is the most waterproof thing in the world? ›

Nasturtium leaves have some of the highest hydrophobic properties in the botanical world, and scientists are now trying to replicate its unique and extreme water repellency for use in textile fabrics.

Is anything completely waterproof? ›

The question is based on science. The truth is, many things we normally consider to be waterproof actually have a measurable level of permeability. Plastic, glass, even solid steel are all permeable to a small degree. From a purely scientific point of view, it is correct to say that nothing is absolutely waterproof.

What is the most waterproof thing? ›

Nylon and Polyester

They can be said to be water resistant because of their tight weave. But with a special coating, these fabrics are used for making the most waterproof of all things – rain umbrellas. A layer of polyurethane is used to cover the interior of the fabric.

Should a rain jacket be tight or loose? ›

Fit The fit should encourage layering underneath, but shouldn't be too loose. Remember that you should be able to cinch your rainwear down so it's snug enough if the weather turns. Move your arms, bend your knees. A full range of motion is essential.

What material is best for rain jacket? ›

There are several types of waterproof materials that are used in rain jackets, but most fall into three categories: rubberized raingear, coated nylon, and Gore-TEX. Rubberized or plastic jackets usually made from PVC are excellent at repelling water and often very inexpensive.

What are the different types of waterproof jackets? ›

There are three main types of waterproof protection to consider; wax-coated (pretty rare for technical outdoor jackets these days), PU-coated, and membrane lined jackets.

What is the best color to wear hiking? ›

Choose summer hiking clothes that are a light color - like white, tan, and light blue - to reflect the sun's rays off your body. Dark colors like black and navy blue will absorb the sun, making you feel hotter. Also, loose-fitting, breathable clothing helps regulate your body temperature.

What is a good jacket for winter hiking? ›

The best winter hiking jackets for women and men
  • The North Face ThermoBall Eco Jacket. ...
  • Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket. ...
  • Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket. ...
  • Marmot Featherless Hoody. ...
  • The North Face Tri-Climate Jacket. ...
  • REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie. ...
  • Arc'teryx Cerium Hooded Down Jacket.
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What do you wear hiking in cold rain? ›

Keep your sleeves inside the rain jacket and the rain jacket cuffs tight to prevent water from seeping up your arms. In cold weather, layer rain pants over long underwear. If you're wearing gaiters, be sure to keep the rain pants over the gaiter, or else the water will run down your legs and into your shoes.

What jacket to wear in the mountains? ›

There are lots of options for mid layers, but some of the classic choices for mountaineering include fleece jackets, soft-shell jackets and soft-shell climbing pants. Fleece jacket: A lightweight fleece jacket is a nice piece to pull on over your long-underwear top when you stop for a break during your approach hike.

How to buy a hiking jacket? ›

First of all, you want something waterproof accompanied by some amount of or access to breathability/ventilation. The best jackets are made of sturdy, tear-proof material on the outside. Choose a material that can protect you from all elements such as snow, water, and wind.

Are Columbia jackets good for hiking? ›

For errands around town and occasional off-season hiking trips, Columbia's Watertight II is a solid value in a rain jacket. In use, the 2-layer Omni-Tech waterproof shell fabric adequately kept moisture from soaking through, and the jacket's DWR coating beaded drops on the surface exceptionally well.

What is the strongest waterproof material? ›

1. POLYURETHANE. Polyurethane is considered one of the best waterproofing materials.

Is Gore-Tex warm or just waterproof? ›

Essentially, GORE-TEX can be defined as a highly durable, breathable, waterproof and windproof fabric. That's why you've likely found it being used to make outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories.

Is Gore-Tex really the best? ›

According to Nelson, they are lighter and more packable than a two-layer jacket, but a bit heavier and less packable than 2.5-layer jackets.” If you're willing to pay the premium, Nelson says they're an excellent choice for anyone spending a ton of time outdoors, whether you're hiking, biking, or backcountry skiing.

What is the best waterproof rating for jackets? ›

1. Waterproof Ratings
0 – 1,500mmWater resistant / SnowproofVery light rain
1,500mm – 5,000mmWaterproofLight to average rain
5,000mmVery WaterproofModerate to heavy rain
10,000mm – 20,000mmHighly WaterproofHeavy rain

What is the most waterproof Gore Tex? ›

Gore-Tex Pro is the most waterproof and breathable type of waterproof fabric out there and has a breathability rating of 25,000 grams of water vapor per 24 hours.

How can you tell if a jacket is waterproof? ›

Waterproof jackets will also have taped seams and waterproof zips. You can also identify if a jacket is waterproof due to the fabric composition on the fabric care label. The fabric care label can be found on the inside seam of the jacket and will state whether or not it's a waterproof material.

What's better water-resistant or waterproof? ›

In the simplest sense, a waterproof jacket offers the highest level of protection from rain and snow. While a water-resistant jacket offers a good, but lower level of protection.

What fabric does not absorb water? ›

Polyester and nylon are water-resistant because they are made from materials with a chemistry that is similar to plastic. Instead of water being absorbed by the fibre it sits on, droplets stay on the surface and move around the fabric by running along the weave.

Is 1000 mm waterproof good? ›

<1000mm means it's water resistant, not waterproof, and fine for temporary use in light rain. 1000mm~1500mm is a good range for lightweight gear that's waterproof, and with good maintenance it can hold up for long-term use. 1500mm~5000mm is for use in moderate rain for an extended time and it will keep you dry.

What are the different levels of waterproof? ›

Protection from water
  • IPX0: The product offers no special protection from water.
  • IPX1: Can resist water that drips vertically onto the product.
  • IPX2: Can resist water that hits the product at a 15° angle or less.
  • IPX3: Can take water sprays of up to 60°.
  • IPX4: Is resistant to water splashes from any direction.
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What is the difference between waterproof and Gore Tex? ›

The central differences between GORE-TEX and normal waterproofs is the former's fabric reliability, versatility and broad range of uses. Everyday generic waterproofs are usually made from PVC, polyurethane, rubber or vinyl materials.

What do you look for in a waterproof jacket? ›

Waterproof ratings and breathability ratings measure the level of waterproofing and breathability of a fabric used on a product. The higher the waterproof rating, the more waterproof the material will be.

What is the best type of jacket for hiking? ›

Water-repellent, softshell-type jackets without a membrane are sufficiently breathable for hiking and other active sports such as trail running or mountaineering.

What do hikers wear in rain? ›

Go with wicking materials that move moisture away from your skin. Wool, nylon and polyester are all preferrable to cotton in outdoor clothing. Go with synthetic insulation in your jacket. Standard down loses much of its insulating ability if you get it wet.

What kind of rain jacket hiking? ›

Opt for a jacket with three-layer waterproof/breathable material, which offers the highest level of waterproofing. Trekking somewhere that's usually dry? A two- or 2.5-layer shell will do the trick. Breathability also matters.

What is the best level of waterproof? ›

Since 8 is the highest number on the IP water rating scale, any IP enclosure with a rating ending in 8 offers the best possible waterproof protection. However, IP68 is usually acknowledged as the most protective IP waterproof rating in common use.

Is 20k waterproof good? ›

20k waterproofing: A very high waterproof rating. 28k waterproofing: Goretex fabrics are the only ones to achieve this, the highest waterproof rating in skiwear. Higher waterproof ratings do exist but at the expense of breathability and so so they are not used for ski clothing.

What does 10 000 mm waterproof mean? ›

Thus a 10,000mm waterproof rating means the garment can withstand 10,000mm of rainfall in a single day without letting moisture in. The higher the number, the more waterproof the item will be. Gore-Tex®, for example, has a waterproof rating of 28,000mm.

How tight should a waterproof jacket be? ›

A waterproof jacket should fit snugly without restricting your movement. When trying one on, move around: jump up and down, wave your arms around, and twist your body. You want to make sure you have full range of movement available to you.

What is best to wear for hiking? ›

Hiking sandals and sneakers are appropriate for most terrain, though longer treks may still require hiking boots. Breathable wicking materials (no cotton) are key for shirts, bottoms and hiking socks to keep the sweat off your skin. Lighter colors absorb less heat and can keep you cooler on hot days.

What material is best for hiking? ›

  • Synthetic fabrics, like polyester and nylon, are excellent for wicking moisture away from the skin. They also dry quickly, are fairly durable, lightweight, and affordable. ...
  • Natural fibers, like wool, are legendary in the hiking world for their ability to keep you warm even when wet.
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Is fleece or puffy better for hiking? ›

Fleece jackets are better suited as fall layers, while puffer jackets are preferred in the coldest months of the year. There are some exceptions, however. Many fleece-lined jackets are suitable for the winter, and puffer vests are exceptional for outdoor casual fall wear.


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Address: 14955 Ledner Trail, East Rodrickfort, NE 85127-8369

Phone: +18682428114917

Job: National Technology Representative

Hobby: Sand art, Drama, Web surfing, Cycling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Leather crafting, Creative writing

Introduction: My name is Pres. Carey Rath, I am a faithful, funny, vast, joyous, lively, brave, glamorous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.