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Rain… every hiker's worst nightmare. It makes us cancel our long-awaited trips and dampens our nights out in the wild. When you encounter a ‘spot of bad weather’ a waterproof and durable rain jacket is invaluable in keeping your underlayers dry and warm. But with so many potential options on the market it can be confusing to decide which rain jacket you should choose for your next adventure. That's why we’ve made it easy for you; and compiled our top 5 favourite rain jackets for female hikers.
Made from N70p 3L GORE-TEX fabric with GORE C-KNIT backer technology, the Zeta AR is a comfortable and versatile do-it-all jacket. This jacket is perfect for hikers looking for the highest quality weather protection in a comfortable and versatile jacket.
Reliability is key when on the trail, and the Torrentshell Jacket by Patagonia embodies this. The jacket’s 3-layers of H2No® Performance Standard shell provides incredible water-repellency coupled with breathability to prevent overheating. This jacket is ideal for those looking to venture into colder climates, where staying warm and dry is vital.
The North Face Venture 2 is a simple, comfort and compact waterproof jacket - what more could you want? Its single-layer and stowable design means it won't take up too much space in your pack, and its 100% recycled 40 Nylon ensures maximum durability. This jacket is perfect for the weight conscious hiker, who is looking to keep their pack light and move fast.
As XTM says the Innisfail Jacket is “Stylish enough to walk through the city, technical enough to walk through the snow”. The jacket is fully seam-sealed and has a breathable inner layer, making it perfect for hiking in even the worst of weather conditions. The XTM Innisfail is great for hikers looking for versatility and the best weather-proofing around, as the hood and ¾ length ensure complete protection from the elements.
“That's a rain jacket?” Get used to hearing that as you pull out the Origin Jacket neatly packed down in it’s compact and ultra-lightweight carry-case. This jacket by Mac in a Sac is the pinnacle of weight efficient waterproof outerwear, designed for any environment or activity - no matter how harsh. If the weather is looking good for your next hike, but you want to bring a rain jacket for peace of mind this is the one for you.
With any of these jackets you will be happy and warm even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. So next time you're packing your backpack for the trail make sure your rain jacket or shell is easily accessible, in case any poor weather catches you off guard.