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Well, regardless of whether or not a bit of rain will hurt anyone, it's every outdoor adventurer's arch nemesis. When the heavens open up, and the water starts falling from the sky, it's paramount that we have something packed that can keep us warm and dry. Waterproof jackets are our saving grace when we are out in the elements, but with so many on the market, let us help you decide which one you should invest in.
Weight: 350 g
Waterproof/breathability rating: >28k/17k
The Arcteryx Beta LT provides full protection in a lightweight (LT), versatile, comfortable GORE-TEX shell. Designed with a purposeful simplicity to maximize its versatility, Beta LT provides lightweight, durable, bluesign approved GORE-TEX protection across a range of activities. The helmet compatible StormHood gives full coverage without impeding sight lines, while pit zips provide rapid ventilation when things get a little too steamy. The women's-specific trim fit puts the GORE-TEX close to the body to maximize breathability and a longer hem extends coverage and fits comfortably under a harness. This all round, elite jacket will take your adventures to new heights while providing extra confidence for when the weather turns on you.
Waterproof/breathability rating: 20k/15k
Simple and unpretentious, Patagonia’s trusted Torrentshell 3L Jacket uses 3-layer H2No® Performance Standard technology for exceptional waterproof/breathable performance, all-day comfort and long-lasting waterproof durability. A microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and protects with a waterproof/breathable barrier, and a two-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows with a simplified cord-and-hook design adds to extra protection and comfort. The snag-free center-front zipper with external and internal storm flaps and zipper-garage chin guard gives you peace of mind when the rain is coming at you at 90 degree angles. The jacket even self-stuffs into the left hand warmer pocket with a carabiner clip-in loop so you can store this life saver anywhere you like for quick and easy access. Lastly, You’d expect nothing less from Patagonia as the fabric is certified as bluesign® approved and Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
Waterproof/breathability rating: 15k/15k
Look no further than The North Face’s Venture 2 womens waterproof jacket. You only need a little extra pack space to stash this ultralight weatherproof and eco-friendly rain jacket. Manufactured from recycled, post-consumer plastic it will quickly become a must-have in your pack. The Venture 2 is an unlined, weatherproof rain jacket for year-round use with a relaxed fit so it can be adapted to those colder climates. The waterproof, breathable, fully seam-sealed DryVent 2.5L shell keeps you dry in heavy rain and the Stormflap with Velcro® closure covers the front zipper for some extra peace of mind. Oh, and the Venture 2 is also 100% windproof.
Weight: less than 220g
Waterproof/breathability rating: 10k/10k
Finding the perfect rain shell is tough - there are a million out there. But none quite like the Under Armour Cloudstrike Shell, built for athletes first. The Cloudstrike has UA Storm technology that repels water without sacrificing breathability so it's crazy-light, 100% waterproof, and you won't overheat. The full zip front with a storm flap adds a little extra confidence when the rain is coming at you horizontally. Weighing less than 220g, you won't even notice you're wearing this elite piece of rain protection when you're out in the elements.
Weight: 117 g
Waterproof/breathability rating: <10k/>15k
Take wind and chill protection, add breathable fabrics to manage your body temperature and finish off with water repellency for light rain and you get the Salomon Bonatti Cross Wind. Feel free with lightweight fabric, an active fit and stretch back panel - which also keeps the air circulating. The bold new design is paired down with one zipped chest pocket for your essentials - plus elastic in all the right places, like the hood, to make for the perfect fit. Not to mention the fabric stretches in all 4 directions with the support of elastic yarns. The AdvancedSkin technical fabrics improve body comfort by keeping you dry, warm and protected when you need it and where you need it. The Bonatti Cross Wind will wrap you in lightweight protection from wind and light rain leaving you ready to focus on the finer things about being outdoors.
If you need any further help, don't hesitate to come instore to chat with our experts or shoot us a message online if you have any questions! We’ll see you out there on the trails, keeping dry with your fresh new jacket! Share your adventures with us on Instagram at @wildearthaustralia and use the hashtag #MyWildEarth to be featured.
About the contributor:
Chris Anderson is the graphic artist for Wild Earth. When he isn't getting creative behind the computer screen he's behind the camera lens hunting for that next epic landscape shot. You'll often find him hitting the trails and chasing waterfalls or jetting off to new places around the globe to surf, snowboard and just searching those hard to reach places for unseen beauties.
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