How to choose a hiking jacket

If you can only bring one jacket with you on your hiking trip, what would it be? Regardless, it should be convenient while remaining relatively comfortable to protect you from the disturbing weathers. Understanding the importance of this, we’re prompted to provide you the ultimate guide on how to choose a hiking jacket.

Which jacket is for you?

Hard shell

These are the toughest jackets that you can get for your hiking trip. They usually consist of 2, 2.5, and 3 separated layers for multiple purposes. The inner layer is made from skin-friendly materials to enable free movements. The middle one often comes with breathable and warm materials like wool, fleece, or down. And finally, the outer polyester layer provides great rain and wind insulations. They’re great for mountain hiking during cold conditions.

However, if you’re planning on going for a hike at tropical locations, hard shell jackets aren’t recommended due to the unnecessary warmth they provide. Not to mention that they’re quite bulky and also cost more than other types. In this case, you should go for soft shell jackets.

Soft shell

Thanks to their relatively lightweight and often, waterproof ability, soft shell jackets are preferred for tropical areas. Moreover, their better breathability makes them an ideal choice for intense hiking activities. Your sweats and body temperature can easily escape through the breathable layers of a soft shell jacket.


Windproof jackets are designed with well, very windy conditions in mind. They come with maximum wind protection and little warm-keeping features. Sometimes, your jackets might even have water resistance, although it’s not quite effective.


These are my number one choice when it comes to hiking. Mostly because it often rains in my area. So a rainproof jacket that provides both warmth and rain protection is ideal. However, if you want something with better breathability, you can go for hard shell jackets.

For me, I find them quite expensive. Not to mention that when it’s raining, the temperature tends to reduce so you won’t likely to sweat that much.


General speaking, there are multiple materials for different layers of a jacket depending on the types of jacket that you’re looking for. But if you’re like me and want to look for a rainproof one, then the information below might be helpful.
The level of waterproof also varied between different materials followed with few features like breathability or warmth. And of course, they do come with different prices.

If you go for cheap materials like nylon or polyester, you’ll get an excellent waterproof ability. However, these jackets tend to have really bad breathability as well as warm-keeping features.

One of the most advanced and respected technologies, the Gore-Tex offers both breathability and water resistance. By using advanced knitting technology, manufacturers are able to deliver fabrics that come with nano-sized holes for breathability while preventing the water from penetrating. But keep in mind that these products can cost a lot, so make sure you check your budget first.

Size and fit

Of course, to enhance your hiking experience, your clothes should have a good fit on your body. Don’t buy clothes that are too tight or too loose. They’ll make you feel both uncomfortable and cumbersome.

And even if they’re fit on you, don’t wear the wrong clothes for certain hiking activities. For example, you can’t wear a hard shell when doing hiking on relatively hot locations. The excess heat will destroy you before you can get to the top. Not to mention that it is also bulkier, making it hard to move around.


Moreover, you should consider the amount of weight that you’re carrying on your body to ensure the jacket doesn’t add up to it. During a long hiking session, extra weights are always forbidden as they’ll take a toll on the body the longer you carry them.

Other features

Every jacket should come with one or two additional features. As you go on your trip, you’ll find these features exceptionally useful.


Find a jacket that gives you as many pockets as possible, after all, they’ll not make your clothes any heavier or bulkier. Moreover, pockets are the best place to keep your important items.

Make sure your jacket has at least two waist pockets, two chest pocket, and a hidden pocket at the inner layer. I always use the chest pocket to keep my phones since they’re really reliable. And we all know how useful a smartphone can be nowadays, they can be a flashlight, GPS, and communication device to get you out of any dangerous situation.

Adjustable hood

For rainy and windy conditions, we’ll need to put on something to protect the head. And having an adjustable hood makes it extremely useful in these situations. You can make adjustments to ensure that it fits on your head perfectly.

Pit vents

It is a must for every rain jacket. As you’re hiking during wet condition, the humid that builds up inside your body will make it really uncomfortable. Having pit vents mean that you can get rid of the moisture inside, especially the armpit areas.

Adjustable Hem Draw-cord

From my experiences, this is definitely a must-have feature on your jacket. These adjustable cords help to tighten the jacket around your body allowing for more warmth and flexible movements. Not to mention that the embraced feeling also enhances your hiking performance.

Waterproof Zippers

Not all waterproof jackets come with complete water resistance, most of them (usually polyester ones) use the zipper for ventilation and breathability. Although this might be effective in certain cases, your jacket will lose its ability to provide complete waterproof.

So if you’re keen on keeping your body from getting wet, a jacket with waterproof zippers should always be one of your priorities.
Here is our opinions on how to choose a hiking jacket. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.

Waterproof Jackets for Hiking Buying Guide

Hiking is always fun when everything works as per your plans. The amount of fun you get from hiking is exceptional. However, many people are always left frustrated by the unexpected weathers in their destination. This is because people tend to carry attires that can shield them from the cold but forget that their heavy jackets might not protect them from rains. This creates the essence of carrying a waterproof hiking bag. These bags are designed in a way that they shield you from both the rains and low temperatures of high altitude areas.

jacket for hiking

It is not just a straightforward thing to choose the best waterproof jacket. You need to have the tips of choosing the right type of waterproof jacket  for hiking. You are advised to always be having a waterproof jacket because the weather in the mountains keeps on changing. There are different types of waterproof jackets for hiking. Some of them are lightweight while others are heavy. They also have different waterproofing levels. It all depends with the amount of money that each of the designs is sold at. In order to get the best jacket, there are various factors that you need to consider. This article will look into those factors.


Waterproofing varies depending on the design of the jacket that you purchase. However, it depends with the level that you want when it comes to waterproof jackets for hiking. There is a scale of 5 units that is used to measure the waterproof level of each jacket. Each of the jackets falls in one of the scale ratings and this is used to indicate its waterproof level. The development of these ratings is done in the laboratory depending on the quality of the jacket. The one that scores the highest rating is the best in terms of waterproofing. It will also be able to provide the user with the maximum protection required. According to the scale, the initial rating is known as shower protection. This falls between 2 and 3 on the scale. It indicates that the jacket can protect the user for a maximum of 2 hours if the rainfall has a gauge of 6 to 12cm. the next rating is known as storm protection. A jacket that falls within this category is good enough to protect the user from a storm of up to 3ocm of rainfall that falls for up to 3 hours. The last rating indicates a score of 5 on the scale. The jacket that falls within this rating is the best. However, it costs more than the rest of its counterparts. It is capable of protecting the user from a 1.8m of rainfall thunderstorm. It also has the capability to do this for up to 4 hours of downpour.

External Temperature

waterproof jacket

There are different kinds of waterproof hiking jackets. Some are warm jackets while others are lightweight. The two kinds of jackets are very different and that is why you should be very careful when choosing the kind of jacket that you want for hiking. The warm jacket have a lining that provides warmth to the user. The lining can be detachable or not depending on the design of your choice. However, both designs do exist. Depending on the temperatures of the surrounding or the season, you can choose to detach the warming lining which then make the jacket a lightweight jacket. Moreover, you can choose to acquire a lightweight jacket. However, this kind of jacket has a very thin lining or completely unlined. The jacket will be unable to protect you from the cold weather unless if you wear it over another jacket that can keep you warm.

Intensity Effort

This refers to the hike’s intensity and as the last criteria of choosing a waterproof hiking jacket to consider. If the intensity ids high, you are expected to perspire more. This means that the rate of perspiration is directly proportional to the intensity. In this case you will need a jacket with ventilations if the intensity will be high. A jacket can have mechanical ventilations which involves zips under the arm or mesh under the pockets. If you have to wear anything under the jacket, make sure that it is breathable and keep the jacket bottoms, and sleeve cuffs open to allow more perspiration.


Waterproof jackets for hiking are very valuable when you in your outdoor activities. High in the mountains, the temperatures and weather are highly dynamic depending. Being in possession of a waterproof jacket that keeps you warm is very essential. In order to get the best of the jackets, make sure that you consider factors like breathability, intensity or the effort of climbing and the outside temperatures.

2000’s Alaia Denim Skirt

Availability: Available

From the master of curves, this skirt is full of surprises. From the innovative piecing, to the drape at the back, nobody does denim like Alaia

Size: Small

Waist: 27”
Hip: 35”
Front: 21.5”
Back: 25.5”

Condition: Excellent

1980s Alaia black fitted blazer

Availability: Available

Grey chalk stripe blazer from Alaia, circa 1980’s. Seriously tailored and still easy to move in, these are signature marks of Alaia.

Size: XSmall

Shoulder: 15”
Bust: 32”
Waist: 24” (when buttoned)

Condition: Excellent

1970s Lanvin silk dress with attached scarf in geometric print

Availability: Available

This 70s Lanvin silk kaftan gives the eye a gorgeous palate of color. Purple, pink, red, blue, white and brown are mixed exquisitely in a geometric print, embellished with swirls of silver lurex thread that sparkles and softens the geometric shapes. There are 2 pockets on the front of the garment and the collar is elongated and can be tied in a bow! Elegance and dazzling colors.

Size: Small

Shoulder 15”
Bust 34”
Waist 33″
Hips 34”
Length 55”
Collar length 26” & 30”

Condition: Excellent

1970s Alfred Bosand blue floral silk chiffon dress with capelet

Availability: Sold

This Alfred Bosand sleeveless spaghetti strap dress has an empire waist and is accented with orange, red, yellow, teal flowers that sit on magical blue background of silk chiffon. There is a depth of color that comes from the silk chiffon’s vertical and horizontal cross-hatching that has the blossoms “pop out” of the vibrant blue as there is a separate blue lining that contrasts the silk chiffon outer layer. A flowing capelet can be worn draping forward over the shoulders, or draped back over the shoulders to flow as you move forward. Capelet neck is very small but does not need to be closed. May be worn with an “open” neck. A nice option to exercise your creativity!

Size: XSmall

Bust 32”
Empire waist 27”
Hip open
Length 48”
Capelet – neck 12.5”
Width 21”
Length 50”

Condition: Good, some staining in the armpit area, unnoticeable