Best Men’s Waterproof Hiking Jacket UK 2022: Dry Walking Jackets from Rab, Columbia, Berghaus, Arc’Teryx

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A good waterproof jacket is more important than you think. Whether you are hiking, walking or generally using a top jacket for everyday work in the UK, chances are you will need it to keep out the rain and it is worth investing in a good jacket to make sure you have the proper protection.

What to look for in a waterproof

First, pay attention to the type of material and its weight – a lighter jacket will be more suitable for more strenuous energetic activities, and will also give you more coverage and stretch – if you are in the mountains, you will not want to be limited in your movements. A heavier jacket will probably give you more warmth, but it will be heavier, less breathable and harder to move around in.

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What do the waterproof ratings mean?

Water resistance is measured in millimeters and refers to the maximum amount of water a garment can withstand before it can no longer hold back the flow of water.

This typically ranges from 10,000 to 20/30,000mm which is more than adequate for most gray days in the UK. That being said, every jacket has its limits, so you might want to look into it if you’re heading into the jungle, for example.

Adjustment options are also worth mentioning when it comes to fit, so we recommend looking for jackets with good laces and the ability to wear a helmet underneath – good hood adjustment options are a must.

We also really like the wire-edged hoods, which are much easier to keep in wind and rain…there is nothing more annoying than having to re-tighten the hood every thirty seconds because it can’t stay in place!

Is the jacket breathable?

Breathability is an important consideration if you need to wear your jacket while on the move. For example, if you’re collecting mountain clothing, you’ll need something that wicks away sweat and doesn’t trap body heat. Similarly, look for a decent water resistance rating (at least 5000mm) as this refers to the maximum water resistance of a fabric.

Are the pockets zipped?

Many good waterproof jackets come with taped seams and zippers, which means what’s in your pockets will stay dry, but it’s a good idea to check as versions may vary. Finally, some jackets have vents to keep you cool while active – if you’re going camping or hiking with your purchase, these will come in very handy if you’re otherwise layered.

Our selection of women’s waterproof jackets here.

.Here is our list of the best waterproof hiking jackets on the market.

Jacket Rab Zenith

Jacket Rab Zenith

Main characteristics: Weight 330 g; GORE-TEX material; waterproof rating; 15,000 mm; Pockets: 2; Bag of things? Yes; Colors: 3

Rab is a company founded in Sheffield in the early 1980s, so needless to say they know a thing or two about walking in great British weather.

Their lightweight Zenith jacket is designed to be a “made for the mountain” jacket – it was one of our favorite jackets we tested.

It has reinforcement panels on the side and hood, and easy articulation of the sleeves, making long walks or climbs easier. Even though it was form-fitting, we found it easy to slip on from underneath.

Arcteryx Beta Long Jacket

Arcteryx Beta Long Jacket

Key Features: Weight: 441g; Material: GOR-TEX; Pockets: 3; Bag of things? No colors: 4

Simply one of the best waterproof jackets that we come back to again and again when we head to the mountains.

We love its “mountain ready” – it’s ready for just about anything you throw at it, and while it looks simple, its lightweight design and rugged quality make up for its hefty price tag.

This jacket lives up to the premium demands by offering enhanced wind and rain protection.

Its thigh length and C-Knit back meant we not only stayed protected, but also comfortable when exposed to the Atlantic winds while trekking in the northwest of Scotland.

We also appreciated the storm hood, which rotates without blocking vision, meaning our mind wasn’t hindered while trailing.


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Columbia rain jacket

Columbia rain jacket

Main characteristics: Weight 500 g; Material, polyester; Pockets: 2 zipped hand pockets, 1 inside zipped pocket; Bag of things? Not; Colors: 5

We love the protruding tail of this jacket, which means that in particularly bad weather, it keeps the top of your trousers from getting wet and allows water to run down your back more efficiently.

We also liked the numerous ventilation options, including underarm ventilation, which overall made it feel like a lightweight, breathable, and easy-to-use waterproof jacket for walking and hiking.


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Jacket Helly Hansen Odin Infinity Shell

Jacket Helly Hansen Odin Infinity Shell

Main characteristics: Weight 600 g; Material, LIFA Infinity Pro 100% polypropylene; Pockets: 1 zipped chest pocket, 2 zipped hand pockets, inside zipped pockets for valuables; Bag of things? Not; Colors: 1

Despite the high price, this Helly Hansen jacket offers impressive performance and innovative materials.

Using LIFA fibres, a first on the market technology, Helly Hansen has been able to develop a sustainable fabric adapted from their base layers without the need to add any chemicals.

This is a professional grade jacket – we recommend using it for multi-day trail hiking or perhaps for off-piste or backcountry skiing and mountaineering. An impressive package.

Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell

Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell

Great for everyday wear, this Jack Wolfskin variant is waterproof at an affordable price for a semi-technical jacket, with 20,000mm water resistance and excellent breathability.

We liked that both the outer material and the membrane are made from recycled polyester, and overall the jacket itself feels quality, durable and usable in all conditions. It’s also lightweight, so it’s highly recommended for your daily commute.


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Quechua Men’s Waterproof Mountain Hiking Jacket

Quechua Men’s Waterproof Mountain Hiking Jacket

Main characteristics: Weight 538 g; Material, 78% polyamide, 22% polyester coating; waterproof rating; 15000mm; Pockets: 2 zipped hand pockets, 1 zipped inside pocket, 1 inside pocket; Bag of things? Not; Colors: 3

The Quechua are well known for offering affordable casual wear options. We love the 3-ply storm membrane, which includes elastane for added flexibility on the trails. A simple, straight-cut waterproof jacket, good enough for everyday wear, walking the dog, and the weekend.

Berghaus Athunder GORE-TEX waterproof jacket

Berghaus Athunder GORE-TEX waterproof jacket

Main characteristics: weight, 565 g. Material: GORE-TEX, polyester; Pockets: 2 zipped hand pockets; Bag of things? Not; Colors: 3

GORE-TEX jackets lead the way in waterproof technology for many brands, so it’s not surprising to see them on this list.

It’s also not surprising to see Berghaus on the list, which for many generations has been a supplier of everyday hiking and outdoor equipment in the UK.

Included in this jacket is a 3-layer waterproof system that makes the jacket strong, durable and reliable, with a thickness you trust in most conditions and a traditional look to suit most people.

We tested the medium size and found it to be particularly large in size, especially in the sleeves, making it particularly comfortable to layer on underneath.

Patagonia Torrentshell

Patagonia Torrentshell

Main characteristics: Weight 396 g; Material: recycled nylon; Pockets: 2 zipped hand pockets; Bag of things? Not; Colors: 9

One of the simplest jackets on the market, you can’t go wrong with the well-known brand Patagonia’s straight-cut waterproof offering.

We found this to be another great option for both everyday carry and long walks or hikes – it’s comfortable and, like the others on this list, also packs into its own bag if you’re short on space.

And last but not least, it’s made from 68% recycled materials, so it’s a great eco-friendly option.


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Montane Pac Plus XT Men’s Waterproof Jacket

Montane Pac Plus XT Men’s Waterproof Jacket

Key Features: Weight: 375g; Material: GOR-TEX; Pockets: 3; Bag of things? No colors: 3

It’s a terrific lightweight option that rivals minimalist weight competition.

However, the Montane is far from being without frills, boasting an adjustable hood, practical map-sized pockets, and zip closures, making the jacket a great option for sweaty climbs and scrambles.

Hikers can also enjoy the safety of the outdoors knowing they’re wearing a jacket made from 100% recycled materials.


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Jacket Salomon OUTline GTX

Jacket Salomon OUTline GTX

Key Features: Weight: 345g; Material: GOR-TEX; Pockets: 2; Bag of things? No colors: 5

This model from Salomon is even lighter than the Montane. We tested the jacket while climbing Corbett on the rugged Neudart Peninsula and stayed dry when the skies inevitably cracked thanks to its GORE-TEX Paclite design and DWR processing.

When the temperamental mountain weather turned bad, we were able to fold and pack the jacket with ease. The combination of protection and compactness makes this jacket perfect for spring, summer and fall.


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