With snowfall and heavy rain forecast by the Met Office for this winter, having a good winter’s jacket at your disposal is a must-have. The shops are packed to brim with them just now and it can be difficult to decide which one you should go for. Luckily, Trespass have put together a guide on what you should be looking out for you so you get the perfect winter’s jacket that will see you through the whole season.
One of the most obvious choices of jacket for the colder season is Down jackets. These styles of jacket are known for their excellent insulation properties due to their down filling that manages to absorb your body heat so it is unable to evaporate at the surface. It does this by storing heat inside small air pockets that then create a sheet of warmth around you. Despite is padded structure; it manages to retain a lightweight feel, which is what makes it a favourite for everyday use during the winter.
The only thing to watch out for when it comes to Down is that when it comes into contact with moisture it can become heavy as the material sticks together and can lose some of its performance capabilities. Therefore, it is best to wear these kinds of jacket when conditions are dry so you are able to receive as much insulation as possible.
Suitable for: Dry, cold days.
3 IN 1 JACKETS
If you are in need of a jacket that does it all then look no further than a 3 in 1 jacket. Consisting of a weatherproof outer shell and either a fleece or jacket interior, these multi-purpose jackets are great for winter. The exterior acts as a shield against the elements at the first point of contact while the inner fleece or jacket is an comforting and heat retaining mid-layer. Working together, you get an unbeatable combination that will help you survive the winter weather with ease.
Another notable feature of 3 in 1 jackets is that you wear them 1 of 3 ways. You can either wear both parts together or separately, meaning you get a jacket that can adapt to your needs when you want. Plus, there are a variety of different styles available so you are bound to find one that you will like and will suit.
Suitable For: Any type of weather
Waterproof jackets are perfect for all year round use, especially here in UK where we experience rainfall regardless of what season it is. However, during the winter you will be wearing multiple layers underneath meaning you will also need to consider a jacket with a breathable surface as you don’t want to feel stuffy and sweaty while fending off the rain.
First all check out the waterproof rating of the fabric, the higher the rating the more waterproof it is, and if it has taped seams as there is no point in choosing a jacket that will allow in moisture at the stitching. Having a hood will be an added benefit as you will be prepared for any unexpected rain showers without having to rummage through your bag to find your umbrella, which will inevitably be blown around by the accompanying wind . Plus, a waterproof jacket is completely versatile as you can wear it on any day at any time of year so you won’t have to store it in the cupboard once the season is over.
One thing to note about waterproof jackets is that they can be lightweight, which is a good thing if you are wanting to do something active. However, if you are just wearing it casually then add on a fleece, jumper or hoodie underneath to give you a layer of insulation.
Suitable for: Any type of weather but especially when it’s wet and windy
Parka jackets are a classic wardrobe staple that will prove extremely useful, especially during the colder weather. Cut to a longer length, to provide maximum coverage, there are many different styles available from padded and insulated to wax effect and brush checked lined. They also feature a spacious hood, so you won’t have to worry about exposure and some even have a faux fur trim to help catch any snow debris that may travel in through the hood opening.
Plus, you can wear a parka jacket at any time of year whether you are going to work, out with friends or out for a walk with the dog. For proper protection in poor weather, look out for parkas that are made up of a weatherproof fabric and have adjustable features such as a hem drawcord or adjustable cuffs as well as plenty of pockets for practicality.
Suitable For: Depends on chosen style and features
We know the thought of heading outside to keep up your fitness routine can sound daunting at the best of times but if you are wearing the proper kit then you shouldn’t suffer too much on your next winter morning run. The important thing to remember is to dress in lightweight layers that work together to provide you with a comfortable level of warmth.
In terms of what outer layer you should be wearing, look out for ones that are waterproof or water resistant as well as breathable, just so you don’t have to worry about perspiration build-up. Being windproof as well, is an added bonus as during the frostier months, frigid winds are common and could cause you to head back indoors if you aren’t properly dressed.
You should keep an eye out for jackets that have reflective detailing or even ones made of high-vis fabrics. With workouts sessions that involve being out in the dark, it is important that you do everything you can to keep yourself visible to those around you.
Suitable for: Depends on chosen style and features
With so many different options available to you, choosing a winter’s jacket can seem like a never ending task. We hope our guide has given you some inspiration as well as useful advice when it comes to choosing which jacket you will be wearing this season. The most important thing to remember is to make sure it has everything you need and want. Take your time, look properly and you are bound to find the perfect jacket that will help you brave the winter weather, no matter what it brings.