How to choose a waterproof hiking jacket

Three criteria determine your choice of waterproof jacket: the level of waterproofing, the outside temperature and the activity intensity.

A family of three taking a walk in the fog in waterproof hiking jackets

In the mountains, the weather changes quickly, so you're advised to wear a waterproof jacket when hiking. Quechua offers a wide range of waterproof jackets, from lightweight and warm 3-in-1 jackets to jackets with or without ventilation, offering different levels of waterproofing.

Choosing the right jacket isn't straightforward, so check out our advice to help you make the right choice.

WATERPROOFING

Depending on the level of protection you need, you can choose between different levels of waterproofing. For each jacket, the level of waterproofing is graded on a scale of 1 to 5. These ratings are developed through technical lab tests; the higher the rating, the more waterproof the jacket.

Women's Waterproof Mountain Walking Jacket - MH500 Grey Blue

Shower Protection

Ratings of 2 and 3 indicate that the jacket can offer protection during a shower with 6-12 cm of rainfall in 1-2 hours.

How To Choose a Waterproof Hiking Jacket

Thunderstorm Protection

A rating of 4 indicates that the jacket can offer protection during a thunderstorm with 30 cm of rainfall in 3 hours.

Men's Hiking Lightweight Waterproof Jacket MH900

Storm Protection

A rating of 5 indicates that the jacket can offer protection during a storm, with 1.8 m of rainfall in 4 hours.

THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE

We offer two kinds of hiking jackets: Lightweight jackets and warm jackets.
In cold weather, you should choose a warm jacket with a warm lining; some jackets have a detachable lining and are called "3-in-1" jackets. Depending on the temperature, you can remove the inner layer (either a fleece or padded jacket zipped to the inside) and convert it to a lightweight jacket.

We've got a great selection for everyone to choose from; whether you're after kids' hiking jackets or warm hiking jackets for women's or men's hiking jackets, we've got something to suit everyone's needs.

Lady wearing a women's waterproof hiking jacket - NH500

Lightweight Jackets

Lightweight jackets are unlined or fitted with a lightweight lining so they can be worn in warm weather, mid-season or winter with a warm layer such as a fleece or micro-padded jacket.

Woman wearing FORCLAZ Women's waterproof 3in1 Travel trekking jacket

Warm Jackets

Warm jackets are lined or fitted with a fleece lining or an inner padded jacket. Great for winter weather conditions such as cold temperatures and snow.

Waterproof Hiking Jackets

Now that you understand what you need to look for in a waterproof jacket, take a moment to explore our range of weatherproof hiking jackets, for men, women and kids.

A couple hiking in wet weather wearing waterproof jackets

Intensity Of Exercise

Finally, the last criterion to consider is the intensity of your hike. The more intense the hike, the more you'll sweat, which means you'll need a ventilated jacket. When there's a ventilation zip, we talk about mechanical ventilation. These are generally located under the arms but some pockets also have mesh which helps perspiration wicking.

For improved ventilation, wear breathable clothing under your jacket and remember to leave the cuffs and the bottom of the jacket unfastened.

If you plan to walk in the rain for a long time, wear a poncho over your jacket which will provide complete waterproofing and help protect your backpack.

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Christopher

Outdoor sports specialist & hiker

"For each jacket, the level of waterproofing is graded on a scale of 1 to 5. These ratings are developed through technical lab tests; the higher the rating, the more waterproof the jacket."