Choosing a waterproof jacket

Choosing the right waterproof jacket will very much depend on how you intend to use it. Here is a brief rundown of the types of Regatta jackets available:

Packaway jackets, or foldaway jackets as they are often known, are useful for the following:

  • Light showers
  • Warmer climes
  • Cycling, trail running and high energy activities

A packaway jacket is ideal for a range of outdoor activities as it can be easily carried and packed away when not in use. Most packaway jackets foldaway into the pocket. They are lightweight and an ideal buy when in changeable climates.

Insulated jackets, or padded jackets are useful for the following:

  • Cold climates
  • High altitude
  • Leisure use
  • Low exertion activity

Thermo-Guard insulation technology is used that traps air to keep you warm. Regatta insulated jackets are best for when maximum warmth is required without the need for too much breathability. The correct level of insulation will be defined by how you intend to use the jacket. There are two types, man made synthetics, or natural down. Before purchasing an insulated be sure to check whether the jacket you have selected is waterproof, or just water resistant.

3 in 1 jackets are useful for the following:

  • Changing climates
  • All 4 seasons
  • Leisure use through to high altitude activity

3 in 1 jackets come in different types - some have fleece inners, others have a microwarmth inners. 3 in 1 jackets are an essential part of the layering system keeping you warm and dry. it can be worn just as the outer layer, just the inner layer or together offering maximum warmth and protection from the elements. 3 in 1 jackets offering excellent value for money and are very versatile making them suitable for a variety of activities.

Softshell jackets are useful for the following:

  • Warmer climes
  • Low exertion activity
  • They are not designed to be used for extreme weather conditions

Softshell jackets are a multi use product and offer good value. They can be worn in place of an outer layer jacket or as an additional layer under a hard shell waterproof jacket. They are generally water repellent rather than water resistant and as such they are not recommended for extreme climates.

If you require further information check out our fabric guide.