When it comes to waterproof breathability, nothing compares to Gore-Tex. And that’s what gives the Apex Flex GTX hooded softshell from The North Face its super-powers. A soft knit face interior makes it cozy on the inside, while the Gore-Tex membrane dissipates body heat & moisture while keeping the wet weather out.
Created on a model of crowd-funded presale production, garments from California-based Taylor Stitch emphasize fit and detail. The coastal-inspired Sailor Twitch collection includes the waxed cotton Beach jacket made of a rugged 10 oz. Halley Stevenson fabric. There’s also the snap-front Big Sur Shirt Jacket made of rugged, 100% recycled Polartec Thermal Pro.
Constructed of British Millerain Antique Waxed Canvas, the Explorer Jacket is built to withstand harsh winds and Spring’s wet weather. It has a filled quilted lining, reinforced elbows and removable hood as well as a full-width game pouch in the rear. Zip & Snap closure.
Weighing in at a mere 10-ounces, this ultra-packable hooded windbreaker is made of waterproof ripstop nylon. Panels throughout the jacket are designed to accept any type of insulation: dry leaves, newspaper, etc. It packs down into a pocket-size stuff sack that can easily go everywhere you go. When the weather starts acting up, you’ll be ready.
Made in America and constructed of hearty mid-weight 14 oz. wool melton, this shirt-jacket remains warm even when wet. It has double reinforced elbows and is loaded with pockets for ample storage—4 zip pockets and 2 chest hand-warmer pockets & 2 upper arm pockets. It buttons up featuring slotted parasmock style buttons.
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Built to function as a tech performance layering garment but with styling that’s just as comfortable on the streets, the California-made Alpha-lite Shirt Jacket from Coldsmoke features Polartec Alpha insulation, originally developed as a low-bulk insulator for military Special Forces.
With its matte finish nylon shell and distinctive onion-style quilting, the Oakdale jacket from Penfield draws design inspiration from vintage military gear but updates it with a modern fit and features like a mini ripstop contrast chest pocket, Internal headphone port, and Water resistant/windproof fabrication.
This lightweight, snap-front shirt-jacket from Cotopaxi features llama fleece insulation and clean, classic style. There are vertical snaps along the lower back for added mobility while biking or hiking. The brand’s commitment to outreach and impact around the world gives you one more reason to get their gear. Available in raven, copper, & Moroccan blue.
The Övik Eco-Shell Jacket from classic Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven is a waterproof breathable 3-layer shell with a two-way front zipper and a hood with a laminated brim to keep water off your face. There’s also plenty of storage: a pair of large bellows pockets on lower front and lower back as well as a pair of snap-closure chest pockets.
Columbia’s OutDry Extreme Technology is an eco-friendly alternative to the non-biodegradable synthetic PFCs usually used for waterproofing outerwear. Instead, it uses a micro-perforated rubber-like membrane that repels water but still breathes. This tech is featured in the ECO Shell jacket, which is also made of 100% recycled material and available only in white—not dying the fabric saves 13 gallons of water per garment.
Instead of spraying yourself down with toxic chemicals to keep the skeeters away this summer, pull on your Insect Shield Parka. It’s made of Insect Shield polyester fabric that repels mosquitoes, dust mites and other small, annoying pests. The hood zips all the way over the face providing the full protection of a bug net.
Ketums began as a bespoke rainwear-maker in Paris in the 1920s. Then the family business dissolved when Germany invaded France in WWII. Today, the great grandson is reviving the label with his first new piece: a traditional waxed cotton twill jacket with a flannel lining. The Bondy jacket is named for the street in Paris where Ketums began.
Brooklyn-based Best Made is known for axes and archery supplies & now they’re delving into apparel. Their Down Hooded Pullover features a water-resistant polyester shell, 600 fill down insulation, and a micro-ripstop nylon interior lining.
Using a unique insulating fiber that combines hollow, heat-retaining Bison fur and recycled polyester, this 4-layer waterproof jacket from United By Blue will keep you warm in wet winter weather. The jacket also features a removable hood and a total of 14 pockets. American made.
We know, it’s hot out right now, but here’s something new and notable for the fall/winter. Merino wool is among the world’s best natural insulators and its wicking properties make it the choice of athletes and adventurers who swing from sweating to freezing in one outing. Patagonia’s Merino Air collection uses responsibly-sourced wool blended with recycled Capilene for maximum performance.
Columbia flipped the formula in rainjacket design with the creation of OutDry Extreme, a new fabric technology that uses a waterproof membrane on the outside of the jacket (rather than inside) for permanent water repellency and durability while also remaining breathable. 19 styles of jackets and pants will be available Spring 2016.
This is the world’s lightest fully waterproof jacket—weighing just 75grams—and with its ¾ zip and ultralight construction, the VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0 makes a very versatile and packable layer for athletes & adventurers.