A good quality waterproof is essential when hiking but they don’t always have to cost a fortune! Here are our favourite Gore-Tex packing jackets for under €130.
It’s key to stay dry when out on the trails. Hiking is a lot less enjoyable when you’re soaking wet. However, top end waterproof jackets can get expensive pretty quickly. But don’t fret because nowadays Gore-Tex (GTX) is becoming increasingly common, even in cheaper jackets. One of the main drawbacks of a cheaper jacket is that they may not be as durable or as breathable so you may find yourself getting sweaty, you can offset this by making sure you’ve got a great base layer on.
Without further ado, here are our favourite waterproofs for under €130.00.
1. Patagonia Torrentshell
The Patagonia Torrentshell is one of our favourite jackets. Employing the company’s own H2No material, it’s effective at keeping the rain at bay. It’s a little heavier than some of the alternatives and you can get warm underneath but thankfully it has large armpit vents to combat this. In keeping with Patagonia’s ecological ethos, the coat is made from recycled polyester and it packs away into its own pocket, so it doesn’t take up much space. This is a well-designed option, at a great price.
Available from: Cotswold Outdoor
2. Helly Hansen Seven J
The Seven J is a fully waterproof jacket that is great for keeping you dry all day. The coat is impressively durable and has good quality seams and zips. But bear in mind that the material isn’t that breathable and it lacks extra vents so it can get a bit too warm during the summer months. Also, be sure to try this on before buying it as it tends to be smaller than you’d expect.
Available from: Base Camp
3. Rab Downpour Jacket
Rab is a brand renowned for their high-quality manufacturing. The company’s own Pertex Shield+ is both breathable and waterproof, therefore perfect for more high-intensity activities. Because of the workmanship, this is a coat that will last and can take a bit of suffering. The hood is adjustable and fits well. The pockets and zips are well sealed to ensure that there are no weak points. This jacket will stand the test of time.
Available from: Wild Side Sports
4. Columbia Pouring Adventure Jacket II
The Columbia Pouring jacket lives up to its name. It is able to withstand seriously heavy rain. It features the company’s proprietary OmniTECH fabric that is breathable, waterproof and durable. The jacket is a great lightweight choice that packs into its hood making it easy to carry.
Available from: Great Outdoors
5. Berghaus RG1 Alpha
The Berghause RG1 Alpha is an update on the successful RG1 line and this latest instalment is seriously impressive. It features a zip in micro-fleece to keep you warm on colder days. With the fleece removed the outer shell is breathable enough to keep you cool in summer. The quality of the build is impressive and the jacket fits well. The zips can be a little fiddly, but aside from this, the RG1 Alpha is a great purchase for the price.
Available from: Outdoor Adventure Store