How to re-waterproof your rain jacket and other rainwear?
If you often have to wear a rain jacket, rain pants or other waterproof clothes, you have probably noticed that the performance of these garments decreases with time. While your new rain jacket kept you dry for hours, it can’t withstand more than half of an hour of rain after half a year of intensive use. The cause is usually that the garment’s DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating has faded. The good news is that you can re-waterproof your garments and thus prolong their lifespan. Re-waterproofing is also fairly inexpensive. All you need is a bottle of DWR spray which costs less than $20. DWR ensures that your garments don’t absorb the water but, as the name suggests, repel it. Applying DWR is a very easy and efficient method to increase the waterproofness of garments. However, this method will obviously only work on undamaged garments. There is no spray that will magically fix a torn or worn-out fabric.
In the following I’ll explain how to re-waterproof your clothes. Before writing this article, I re-waterproofed my Montane Atomic rain pants which showed indications of faded DWR protection. Rather than repelling water, they started to soak it up and therefore leaked very fast. For re-waterproofing I used the Eco Textile Proof DWR spray from the Swiss brand Toko. But let’s start with the basics and clarify which clothes can be re-waterproofed with DWR, why and when should you re-waterproof your clothes with DWR and which brands make DWR sprays.
Which clothes can you re-waterproof with DWR?
DWR should be applied only to clothes that were initially treated with DWR. Such clothes are rain jackets, rain pants, softshell jackets and some winter jackets. Nowadays, basically every high-quality garment that is designed for weather protection is treated with DWR. If you are not sure that your garment was treated with DWR, check the product’s technical specifications. You can usually find technical specifications on the brand’s website.
Why and when should you re-waterproof your clothes with DWR?
The garment is still water-repellent (see water droplets on the fabric) – no need for re-waterproofing!
DWR creates a hydrophobic (water-resistant) coating on the fabric. Therefore, DWR treated garments repel the water. If the fabric doesn’t repel the water, it will eventually leak because no membrane is 100% waterproof, despite the promises from brands like Gore-Tex. In case that the garment doesn’t repel the water, it also becomes much less breathable since the moisture from the inside (perspiration) can’t escape to the outside – it gets blocked by the water on the outside of the fabric.
DWR is applied to waterproof and water-resistant garments during the manufacturing process, but it eventually fades/washes out and needs to be reapplied. If you see that your garment is soaking up water, especially in light rain, it’s time to reapply DWR.
If you want to avoid reapplying DWR every several months, I recommend that you don’t wash your rainwear in a washing machine or with a detergent. Detergents accelerate DWR loss. I typically hand wash my rainwear gently and only with water to avoid washing out the DWR coating.
Which brands make DWR sprays?
The most popular brands that make DWR sprays are Nikwax, Toko and Grangers. These brands make DWR sprays as well as DWR laundry detergents. I decided to go for a spray since I don’t want to put my delicate rainwear such as the super thin Montane Minimus jacket in the washing machine. I’d rather apply it manually and see that all areas are covered evenly.
How to re-waterproof your clothes with DWR?
Re-waterproofing rainwear with DWR spray
Before applying DWR, read the instructions on your DWR spray. However, the process is pretty much the same for all DWR sprays.
First you should wash the garment to remove dirt and body oils since these will prevent the DWR from sticking to the garment properly. Some DWR sprays like the Toko Eco Textile Proof, which I used, require that the garment is dry before the application while others require that the garment is damp (Nikwax and Grangers). Verify what your choice of DWR-spray requires in the respective instructions. Then hang or lay out the garment flat and start spraying it from 4 to 10 inches away (10-25 cm). Note that the DWR should be applied only to the outer side of the garment, not the inner. I recommend that you do the application outside in dry still weather or in a well-ventilated room because inhaling DWR can cause dizziness. It might also be smart to wear a pair of safety glasses since DWR can cause serious eye irritation.
After you applied DWR to the entire outer surface of the garment wait for several minutes and then remove any excess liquid with a damp cloth. It is very important that you remove the excess liquid as otherwise you will have ugly white spots all over your garment. When the excess liquid is removed, leave the garment to dry naturally for several hours – do not put it on a radiator or tumble dry. Now, your garment should be again reasonably waterproof.
Do DWR sprays really work? Left is a piece of paper without DWR treatment and right is a DWR treated piece of paper.
So, do DWR sprays really work? Yes, they do. To prove this, I conducted a very simple experiment. I took two identical pieces of toilet paper and I sprayed one with the Toko Eco Textile Proof DWR spray and let it dry. Then I put both pieces in each their bowl of tap water. As you can see on the image the piece sprayed with DWR didn’t soak up water while the other piece absorbed the water in seconds and sank to the bottom.
DWR is an easy, efficient and inexpensive method to rebuild water resistance of your garments. My Montane Atomic rain pants restored waterproofness after I sprayed them with the DWR. However, they indeed aren’t as waterproof now as they were three years ago when I bought them. The fabric has unquestionably been worn out and no garment lasts forever if you use it on a regular basis. This is especially true for rainwear which is nowadays made of super delicate fabrics in order to be lightweight and pack small. Nevertheless, if your garment is losing waterproofness and doesn’t have any visible damages, I do recommend applying DWR to it. It’s very likely that this will solve your problem with waterproofness.
I’d love to hear about your thoughts on re-waterproofing clothes. Write them in the comments section below.
The best rain jackets seal out the elements, even in a downpour. Here’s how to find the right one.
Get Watertight If you’ll be riding in rain, choose a waterproof jacket instead of a water-resistant one (which might protect you against a light sprinkle, but will let a deluge soak through). Turn the coat inside out and make sure all the seams and stitching are sealed with tape, because even waterproof garments can leak in areas punctured by a sewing needle.
Air It Out
“It’s critical that a jacket releases body moisture,” says Bill Rudell, public relations manager at Sugoi. Otherwise your sweat won’t evaporate and you’ll get cold when you stop moving. Vents can help, as will fabrics like Gore-Tex that act as a one-way membrane, allowing heat and perspiration to escape without letting moisture in.
A rain jacket should fit snugly without restricting movement. In colder temperatures pair it with a wool or synthetic base layer, which will help pull moisture away from your body so it can evaporate through the coat. A few millimeters of air between layers can help make this magic happen. If the jacket is too tight or too loose it won’t allow proper airflow.
1. High Visibility
To get noticed during a rainstorm, you want a jacket with reflective elements on the front, back, and sides. This will reflect lights approaching from any direction, making you more visible.
2. Comfortable Cuffs
To keep rain from creeping in around your wrists, the cuffs should fit tightly (without constricting) and extend over your gloves when you’re in the riding position.
3. Stash Pockets
Look for small compartments with waterproof zippers to keep money, lip balm, and other essentials dry. The pockets should be easy to reach on a jacket’s side or back.
Save yourself a few dollars by learning how to revitalize it with the right tools and a few simple steps.
If you haven’t washed or treated your waterproof-breathable jacket, and it’s seen a few seasons of use, you’ve probably noticed that it doesn’t keep you as dry as it used to. One of the biggest misconceptions with waterproof jackets is that you should never wash them. If you don’t wash them, your jacket’s pores can clog and it will no longer be breathable. The oils from your skin can also lead to delamination in the liner of your jacket. There is a simple process for washing your jacket and revitalizing its waterproofing that will help you get more out of your jacket and help to extend its life for a few more seasons.
A Note on DWR
When you’re buying a rain jacket (here’s our guide to the best rain jackets available) or any outerwear for that matter, you’ll often come across the initials DWR, which stand for durable water repellent. DWR is a coating applied to fabrics that lets them shed fluids, and they’re commonly used in conjunction with waterproof membranes. DWR works by making the surface of the exterior fabric spiky at a microscopic level, which forces water and other liquids into rounder, beaded forms. That helps them roll off the garment instead of saturating it. DWR isn’t permanent, but it can easily be revived.
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How To Re-Waterproof Your Rain Jacket
1 Take a look at your jacket. The first step in the process of getting your rain jacket ready for spring is to take a thorough look at it. Start with the inside. If the lining is peeling or bubbling and separating from the membrane, it’s time to retire your rain jacket. The next few steps will help to prevent this from happening to your new jacket. Secondly, apply some drops of water to your jacket. Does it bead and roll off? If you shake it does it come off? If so, you’re all set. But if the water sits on the fabric and starts to seep into the fibers (the fabric will darken), then it’s time to revive your DWR.
2 Wash your jacket. To wash your jacket, use a specially formulated detergent. We recommend Nikwax’s Tech Wash, though Granger also makes a suitable wash. Place your jacket in the washing machine. In a front-loading washing machine, make sure to remove any buildup in the detergent dispenser, then add the Tech Wash. For a top-loading washing machine, add the detergent once the machine has filled with water. A good rule of thumb is one capful of detergent for each jacket. (In hard-water areas, Nikwax recommends adding an additional capful.) Set the cycle to heavy (or synthetics if your machine has it) and warm water.
Dry your jacket according to the instructions on its tag. If the waterproofing hasn’t been revitalized, move on to step three.
3 Wash your jacket again using TX Direct. After you have finished washing the jacket, wash it again following the same guidelines, this time using Nikwax’s TX Direct Wash-In. This will revitalize the waterproofing in your jacket’s membrane and add fresh DWR.
4 Dry the jacket. To dry your jacket, tumble dry it on low heat for no more than ten minutes. This will help to shake off most of the water and start the drying process. Take your jacket out of the dryer and hang dry it overnight.
5 Inspect your jacket for holes and tears. Look for any tears, pinholes, or abrasions in your jacket. If your jacket has a pinhole or tear, use Gear Aid’s Gore-Tex fabric patches to patch the hole. Cut the patch in either a circular or oval shape to reduce the chances of peeling. For a stronger bond, use an iron on its lowest possible setting for a few seconds on the patch to bond it to the jacket. (Be extremely careful using an iron. If the iron is too hot, it will melt your jacket.) For abrasions, use Gear Aid’s Tenacious Tape to cover the abraded areas. Again, cut the patches in circles or ovals to reduce the risk of peeling.
Waterproofing a nylon jacket and other synthetic or natural materials is a great idea. Even though a jacket may have been waterproof when it was purchased, the water repellent may dissipate over time. Adding or restoring the water repellent to a jacket will provide a protective barrier that water, oil and most other solutions cannot penetrate. Adding a protective layer will also make the jacket stain-resistant. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will be able to extend the life of their jackets and not have to replace these items as often.
Things You’ll Need
Clean white cloth
Washing machine (optional)
Test your jacket for colorfastness. Take the jacket outside and stand with the breeze at your back. Spray a small amount of waterproofing spray on an inconspicuous area of the jacket. Gently rub the sprayed area with a clean white cloth and see if any color from the jacket comes off onto the cloth. If the cloth remains white then continue to the next step. Otherwise, stop. You should not apply this treatment material to the garment.
Wash your nylon jacket in the washing machine using warm water and laundry soap. The jacket must be rinsed thoroughly for the waterproofing spray to have the best adhesion. If preferred the jacket may be hand washed and thoroughly rinsed. Allow jacket to dry.
Find a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Breathing toxic fumes is not healthy and chemically sensitive people may want to wear a mask to prevent the inhalation of the spray. Choose an area that is not exposed to windy conditions.
Hang the jacket on a hanger to ensure full exposure of the outer portion of the jacket. Hang the hanger at a height that allows for easy application of the spray.
Spray the waterproofing silicone on the jacket with steady even strokes. Be sure to evenly coat all of the seams. Allow the spray to build until the jacket is evenly wet. Check to make sure the entire surface of the jacket is covered. Do not over spray or allow the waterproofing to become too heavy. Let the jacket dry until only slightly wet.
Heat the jacket by one of the following methods: The best performance of the silicone is achieved by ironing the jacket on the highest heat setting allowed by the jacket manufacturer. Locate the tag inside the jacket and find cleaning instructions that should provide this information. The jacket may also be placed in the dryer or a hairdryer may also be used. The item should be completely dry before wearing.
Apply a second treatment for maximum protection.
Be sure to rinse all soap residue from the jacket before waterproofing.
It is important to cover all seams in the clothing to prevent possible leaking.
Individuals with respiratory problems should wear a mask to avoid breathing silicone spray fumes.
A waterproof jacket is an essential on most KE holidays, whether walking in the Himalayas or cycling in the Balkans. The weather can change within minutes and as we want you to have a great time, we want to help you as much as possible to get the right kit to take with you. Our recommended retailer Cotswold Outdoor have sent us their Waterproof Buying Guide to help you find the right waterproof jacket for your KE Adventure.
Whatever the activity, the requirements are the same.
What do you need your jacket for?
Many waterproof jackets are designed with a particular activity in mind. Some are made for high-intensity activities like running or cycling. These make breathability their main feature; helping to keep you comfortable by allowing all the extra heat to escape. Others balance durability, waterproofness and breathability, and are for sports such as mountaineering or ski touring.
These use hardwearing waterproof fabrics that may feel stiffer on the body but can stand up to the demands of the mountains, such as abrasive rocks or carrying a heavy rucksack. Most people, however, are usually looking for a jacket that provides everyday protection and sits between these two extremes. The selection of these jackets is much wider, covering a range of brands, prices, fits and colours, with some lighter in weight and others stronger depending on your preference.
how is a jacket made waterproof?
Some jackets have a waterproof membrane – a highly sophisticated material with microscopic holes across its surface, which are so small that liquid water cannot get through, but vapour can pass freely. Other jackets have a ‘coating’ or ‘laminate’ instead, which involves covering the jacket in a rubber-like material that dries to seal the jacket in a similar way to a membrane. Jackets waterproofed in this way tend to be cheaper.
Does it have to be gore-tex®?
GORE-TEX® is by far the best-known waterproof membrane and is the choice of many brands thanks to its durability and reliability. However, some brands are so confident in alternatives that they choose not to use GORE-TEX® at all, whilst others choose to use it in some items and develop their own membranes in others. Cotswold Outdoor stock a wide variety of options, so you can choose which one is best suited to you.
What features should i look for?
A comfortable fit
How a jacket should fit is entirely subjective: you should simply choose the one you are comfortable wearing. Some like a jacket long enough to cover the waistband, whereas others prefer it short and tailored. However, if you’re buying a jacket for a specific activity, there are a few things to consider when trying on. With climbing, for example, are the pockets high enough to be clear of your harness, or can you still see your feet? Or if you want it for running, is it tailored enough to sit close to the body and reduce drag?
More general considerations include: do the sleeves cover your wrists as you move your arms around? Is the material too tight across the shoulders and underarms? Remember, you may wear the jacket in a range of temperatures, so think carefully about the number of layers underneath and choose the fit accordingly.
To keep water out, some jackets use what is called a hydro-seal zip: a rubber mechanism that binds shut when closed. Others use a storm baffle, which is a piece of material that folds over the zip. Both methods are effective; a hydro-seal zip is lighter and less bulky, while a storm baffle tends to be more durable.
Some jackets also have pit-zips, which follow the underarms and can be opened if you get too hot. All jackets should be breathable, but this addition is great for comfort if you know you are prone to overheating.
A waterproof jacket acts as a shell, protecting you and the layers underneath from the elements. This means that many waterproof jackets have no insulating properties. However, 3-in-1 jackets are available which have a detachable insulating layer and make a great choice for everyday wear as they can be adapted to suit all weather.
A hood’s function is simple: protect your head and face from the elements. A well-designed hood can make even the heaviest rainstorm feel like a light shower.
Some hoods feature a wire peak, which enables you to ‘customise’ the fit and shape of your hood. Other jackets have larger hoods to accommodate a helmet, which is useful if you plan to wear your jacket for climbing or cycling. When putting the hood up, make sure it firmly fastens around your head and face without obstructing your vision; that the peak forms a protective shield for your eyes; and that it is easy to turn your head without limiting your movements.
Pull cords and velcro
Waterproof jackets should have good quality draw cord or Velcro seals at the head and wrists, to effectively keep water out. Velcro tabs should be easily accessed and sealed, and elastic pull-cords should be intuitively placed.
Expert Advice In-Store
Cotswold Outdoor’s in-store experts will be able to give you advice on the features of each jacket and help you select the most suitable waterproof for your activity from over 250 of the best brands.
Once you’ve found the perfect jacket, you’ll be ready for your next KE Adventure and don’t forget, all KE Travellers receive a 15% discount voucher to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock, Runners Need and Cycle Surgery.
need more help to choose the right jacket? watch this video.
When your waterproof jacket was new, you might have noticed the way water beaded up on its fabric. A quick shake was all you needed to get rid of that moisture.
But after a season of adventures, your shell might need a little TLC. Maybe it’s starting to look a bit soggy, like the jacket on the left in this photo – a phenomenon known as “wetting out.” Or maybe it’s just plain dirty.
Waterproof-breathable fabric wetting out (left) compared to the nicely beading water on the fabric on the right.
Test whether it’s time to wash your rain jacket by laying it flat and spraying it with water. If the water beads up, like it does on the fabric on the right, you’re all set. But if the jacket absorbs the water droplets, like the one on the left, it’s time to give it a wash and restore the waterproof finish.
Why wash a waterproof jacket or rain pants?
A waterproof-breathable membrane helps move moisture away from your body, while a durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment keeps rain and splashes out. But over time, the membrane and DWR finish can become clogged with dirt, sunscreen and oil from your skin, which makes them less effective. You know it’s time to wash your jacket or pants when they start wetting out, or when you see dirt or visible stains.
For small stains or dirt patches, try spot-washing with a wet cloth. But if your jacket’s really dirty, it might be time for a full wash.
How to wash a waterproof jacket
- Check the inner tag for the manufacturer’s washing instructions. We’ll go over the best practices for most waterproof-breathable fabrics, but it’s good to make sure they match what your jacket’s maker recommends.
- Rinse out your washing machine’s detergent dispenser, if possible, to get rid of any residue.
- Use a technical wash made especially for waterproof outerwear, or any mild detergent without additives like stain removers. Don’t use fabric softener, powder detergent or bleach – these could permanently damage the waterproof membrane.
- Close all zippers and hook-and-loop closures to prevent snags. Use a warm wash setting, an extra rinse to remove all detergent, and a low spin cycle.
- Dry your jacket by hanging it on a rack or hanger, or in the dryer on medium heat.
- Once it’s dry, put it in the dryer on a warm setting for 20 minutes. This heat helps reactivate the DWR treatment on the jacket’s outer layer. If you don’t have a dryer, put a towel or cloth over the jacket and iron it, using a low setting and no steam.
- Test your jacket’s water repellency by laying it flat and spraying water on it. If the water beads up, you’re all set – you’ve restored your jacket’s waterproofing. If your jacket still wets through, it’s time to reapply a waterproof finish.
How to re-waterproof a jacket or pants
Restore your jacket’s DWR treatment using either a spray or wash-in treatment. A wash-in waterproofer gives you more even coverage and is less messy, while a spray-on DWR treatment lets you target areas that are most likely to wet out because they get more abrasion and contact, like the shoulders, waist and cuffs. If your jacket has insulation or a fabric lining, your best bet is a spray-on waterproofer.
Follow the instructions on the product. If you’re using a spray-on treatment, apply it evenly across the jacket, making sure not to miss seams and awkward spots like elbows.
Test your jacket one more time, and you’re good to go.
Can you dry clean GORE-TEX or other waterproof fabrics?
It’s best to wash your waterproof-breathable gear in a regular washing machine. You can wash these items alone, or with a small load of lightly soiled clothing.
If you absolutely have to dry clean your jacket or pants, Gore recommends asking the cleaner to use clear distilled hydrocarbon solvent to rinse it, and then spraying DWR on the outside before drying.
Omni-Tech jackets, made by Champion, are designed to be waterproof. They are also air permeable so moisture vapors can escape, allowing you to stay dry from the inside out. Just like with most other types of waterproofed gear, Omni-Tech jackets have a durable water repellent, or DWR, finish on the outside. This finish may deteriorate over time, but that doesn’t mean your jacket is no good. You can restore the DWR finish on the jacket to make it waterproof once again.
Empty all the pockets of the jacket. Close all zippers and fasten any buttons on the jacket.
Place the jacket in the washing machine. Run it through a complete wash cycle using warm water and mild powdered laundry detergent.
Tumble dry the jacket on low heat in the dryer until it is completely dry.
Lay the jacket flat on an ironing board and iron the outside of the jacket on the low steam setting. The heat from the dryer and iron will reactivate the DWR protective coating if it’s still present.
Check the jacket after washing, drying and ironing to see if the DWR finish is still intact. Place a few drops of water on the jacket. If the water beads up, the waterproof finish is still active. If the water soaks into the fabric, the finish will need to be reapplied.
Purchase a spray-on finish if the water soaks into the fabric. Read the instructions for applying the product, as this may vary among manufacturers. Generally, the product is sprayed evenly onto the outside of the jacket while it’s wet, then the jacket is dried on medium-heat in the dryer.
This jacket is heavy-duty, warm and waterproof, making it the best option.
Soft fleece lining keeps you warm, while the waterproof exterior coating keeps you dry. Offers multiple pockets for storage. Gets top marks for the earphone line fastening and supporting fixture inside the jacket.
Some issues with zippers breaking or sticking.
No-frills, high-quality rain jacket.
Lowest priced item on our list. The deep hood offers excellent coverage. Excellent protection against the rain.
Doesn’t last as long as other products.
Lightest weight rain-protection technology.
Ultra lightweight protection provided by full seam sealing and Omni-tech fabric. We love how the jacket can fold up inside its own pocket for easy storage.
Runs a little large.
Protects you from the elements and keeps you dry and warm.
2.5-layer system keeps runners protected from wind and rain but is still breathable. Lightweight and offers a great fit.
Not completely waterproof.
A good buy if style is as important as function.
Stylish jacket that is designed to look good with all casual outfits. Multiple pockets to hold all essential items.
Customers have complained of ripped seams and broken zippers after minimal use.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.
Whether you need a jacket for hiking in light rain or commuting in a downpour, a waterproof jacket can save you the discomfort of soggy clothes. Like all outdoor jackets, waterproof ones vary in their materials, breathability, and insulation.
Most waterproof jackets fall into the category of “hard shell” jackets, meaning that they are fully waterproof and have a somewhat stiff outer layer. “Soft shell” jackets are designed to be worn over other insulating clothing or even as an additional layer under a hard shell jacket. Some waterproof jackets include additional insulated layers. The degree of waterproofing doesn’t vary much from one jacket to the next, but other factors like breathability and packability can.
A good waterproof jacket can be a modest investment, so it’s important to find the right one for you and your activities. Our buying guide explains the varieties of waterproof jackets available and their common features. We’ve also selected several that we think stand out from the rest.
Whatever your budget, we’ve picked the best kit to keep you dry
When it comes to parting with cash for a waterproof jacket, it’s important to remember author Alfred Wainright’s musings — “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”. But, even in 2020, with functional clothing and performance gear at its zenith, people continue to get it wrong up and down the country. What’s more, with the tumultuous British weather showing no signs of abating, investing in a high quality men’s waterproof jacket should be at the top of your list. The best part? You don’t need to sacrifice your personal style or go-to colourways for picking a shell that suits. Here, we adventured through the digital aisles to find the best waterproof jackets that not only perform well, but look great also. You’ll find our pick of 13 below — unlucky for some, but handy for you.
Designed with the hardened city-dweller in mind, there’s no reason an avid hiker can’t don Adidas’ headline waterproof jacket this season. Part of the aptly-named ‘MYSHELTER’ collection, this ‘packlite’ jacket acts as second skin, while being totally waterproof — thanks to its Goretex membrane — and windproof. Simply put, it’s a commuter jacket on steroids.
When it comes to waterproof jackets, subtle doesn’t have to mean boring. Farah’s Strode Hooded Coat — available in ‘moss’ and true navy colourways — is the ideal no-frills commuter jacket. With Aertex lining, zipped pockets and an elasticated hood, it’s the commuter’s best line of defence against the tumultuous British weather.
With a brand name like ‘Rains’, you’d expect this Scandi-inspired brand to make some of the most versatile outerwear out there. Handily, that’s definitely the case. Spacious front pockets and adjustable cords feature to create a water-resistant jacket that’s as practical as it is stylish.
No outdoor gear guide is complete without a contribution from The North Face, which has been supplying avid adventurers with top-draw jackets for decades. This packable ‘Fanorak’ waterproof jacket, as its names suggests, packs into itself while also being impenetrable against moisture and is made from recycled content. Great for comfortable adventuring, but fantastic for the environment.
If a (faux) fur-lined jacket is more up your alley, Jack Wolfskin’s Point Barrow hardshell takes some beating. Featuring ‘Texapore’ fabric to keep water out and ‘Microguard Maxloft’ insulation to keep heat in, it’s the ultimate explorer’s jacket, whether you’re peaking Scottish munros or running for the night bus.
Don’t be put off by this puffer parka’s loud colourway — you’ll turn heads for all the right reasons and, once donned, you’ll never want to take it off. Filled with grey duck down, it’s water-resistant and can be packed away into a bag that’s smaller than your protein shaker.
Lululemon’s ‘Escape and Explore’ waterproof jacket is designed to help you do exactly that. There’s plenty of pockets to stow away your essentials — from smartphones to maps and compasses to bottle openers — and is built to help move without feeling restricted or stuffy. A winner for short-haul city breaks or weekend jaunts in the country.
STEEPED IN HISTORY AND HERITAGE
A BRAND DERIVED FROM A PASSION FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Berghaus is a brand born out of a passion and desire to create the very best outdoors gear and waterproof clothing. Its success is directly accredited to the quality of its products, ever since its conception in 1966. The Berghaus brand initially gained momentum because it was able to provide waterproof jackets, walking boots and specialist equipment which attained to what climbers and mountaineers actually wanted and needed, unlike the typical offerings at the time.
From day one, Berghaus has asserted itself as an authority on outdoors clothing, something that can only be achieved through a genuine passion for the great outdoors. To date, Berghaus maintains its position and remains true to its roots.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET FROM BERGHAUS?
You’re not just buying an item of clothing; you’re buying a piece of history and supporting the Berghaus philosophy – to create clothing that likeminded enthusiasts want and need.
FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION
REVOLUTIONISING WATERPROOF CLOTHING
Waterproof jackets are an outdoor essential, which is why at Berghaus we’ve ensured that we’ve been at the forefront of waterproof innovation and development since our conception.
GORE-TEX® is the most widely recognised waterproof technology in the world and has been since its introduction in 1977 – by none other than Berghaus. Setting the benchmark for innovative outdoor performance wear has always come naturally to our brand.
Universally recognised as the first truly-breathable waterproof fabric, Berghaus was quick to incorporate GORE-TEX® into our waterproof jackets, rucksacks and more, thus transforming the outdoor experience for walkers, climbers and mountaineers alike. To this day, Berghaus still remains the biggest user of GORE-TEX® Paclite® fabric in Europe.
Whether it’s developing a new concept in effective layering – such as the Gemini concept – – or creating clothing designed to combat the most severe weather and conditions – like our Extrem range – Berghaus continues to improve the outdoor experience for everyone and anyone who enjoys being out in the elements.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET FROM BERGHAUS?
Purchasing a Berghaus waterproof jacket instils confidence that you’re able to enjoy the great outdoors, regardless of your chosen passion, because you know your equipment has been exclusively designed for it.
COMPREHENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE
FIND A JACKET WHICH IS COMPATIBLE WITH YOU
Berghaus is proud to offer the largest range of outdoor clothing for men and women and is best known and associated with indsutry leading waterproof technology used in their waterproof jackets and equipment. Our renowned collection includes designs such as Hydroshell waterproof jackets, which are used to keep you dry, and Hydrodown insulated jackets; which are made to keep you warm.
Regardless of whether you’re an athlete pushing yourself to your limit or challenging yourself with a new goal or simply looking to get outdoors to escape, connect and have fun Berghaus offers a plethora of waterproof jackets which are not only able to fulfil certain requirements but are also versatile in design.
We want you to be as comfortable in your jacket as you are in your own skin; safe in the knowledge that you’re ready for anything that the outdoors can throw at you, whether it’s a simple commute or an arctic expedition.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET FROM BERGHAUS?
Berghaus jackets have been designed with the purpose of allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors to whatever degree you choose.
PRODUCT QUALITY GUARANTEE
50 YEARS OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Each Berghaus item carries a full Berghaus Lifetime Guarantee for added peace of mind.
Berghaus Lifetime Guarantee is not only a guarantee but a promise – a promise of a lifetime of adventures. The guarantee is a show of confidence that our products will provide the protection you need for your adventures and stand up to the task they’re intended for.
Committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence, Berghaus will never cease trying to improve its products. We are confident that our waterproof jackets make a difference to the people who use them and want to make sure that this is always the case.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET FROM BERGHAUS?
We believe that our waterproof jackets are built to withstand the rigours of the most challenging adventures. However, if you believe that your product does not meet our standards – and it’s not genuine wear and tear – we’ll either replace or repair your product free of charge.
PASSION FOR OUTDOORS AND PEOPLE
FACE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND ENJOYMENT
Developing Berghaus waterproof jackets is not only about understanding what is required for the outdoors but also why people enjoy the outdoors. Our waterproof jackets are not only a trophy of mountains conquered and expeditions completed but they’re also a testament to the fun, enjoyment and memories made along the way.
Our jackets allow people the freedom to go outside and enjoy what they love doing, whether it is scaling mountains or exploring with friends. The most important aspect is that the equipment exists to allow people to get the most out of the outdoors.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET FROM BERGHAUS?
There are many reasons why you may want to buy a waterproof jacket. Take our expert Mtnhaus™ range for example; below is a couple of reasons explaining why Mtnhaus™ is special:
Design and Development
Our Mtnhaus™ design and development department is a specialist facet to the Berghaus brand which brings together expertise from all of Berghaus to address specific challenges and to create products that deliver against the toughest expectations.
The team are comprised of talented designers and expert garment technicians who work closely with our athletes to develop specialist products and clothing which can cope with their demanding and ever-changing requirements.
A typical Mtnhaus™ product will undergo an exhaustive series of in-house tests before it is then sent out into the field to be tested for over 200 hours by a team of experts to ensure that it meets the required standards.
Athlete Testing and Collaboration
We work closely with our team of athletes as their feedback is key; without their continuous involvement we would not be able to advance our products as effectively as we’re currently able to.
Q. I am looking to buy a waterproof jacket for walking. I do not want to spend much more than £150. I want it to be guaranteed waterproof as I do a lot of walking in rainy scotland highlands. Can anyone suggest a suitable garment?
Richard Howard, Bolton
I recently bought a TOG 24 Rip Stop Gortex Jacket in Red after my Berghaus one just gave up with a broken zip.
I must recommend this as a good buy as it was at the start of an extensive period spent in Cumbria taking groups ( I am a Mountain Leader).
I have just reproofed it after six weeks of getting wet and wetter and washed many times. Tog 24 reproofing bottles have really done themselves proud.
After all the wear I have out of this jacket I can recommend the TOG 24 Jacket to everybody with a genuine need for a high performance addition to their equipment.
Enjoy your Walks
A. Hello. First thank you for a first class web site – so useful.
I am 41 years old and I am lucky enough the live very near to the Snowdonia National Park. I am out walking in the mountains 2 to 3 times every month what ever the weather!
In December of last year I had been having some trouble with my Mountain Equipment Karkakorum 2 jacket which I had only purchased it in Feb 2001. I contacted the people at Ultimate Outdoors in Betws y Coed and they sent it off for testing.
After 2 weeks the results were that the Gore-Tex was faulty. All the new Gore-Tex jackets have ‘water proof pit zips’ and as a reader of TGO I had read that they don’t work very well. This was confirmed by one of the staff in Ultimate Outdoors.
I took a full refund of £250 and went into Stuart Cunningham’s store where, after a in-depth talk to one of the staff, I purchased a Paramo Alta jacket and a Paramo Explorer pullover. Both of these garments a just unbelievable.
I have been out in some really bad weather over the past 4 weeks and I have been really amazed as to how good the Alta jacket is. I have spent the past 7 years in Gore-Tex but I wouldn’t go back to it now.
For all the doubters out there Paramo does work. I have already purchased a Paramo Mountain Cap as well as Paramo Gaiters and they are just as good as the Alta jacket and will be adding to my collection in the near future.
Please keep up the brilliant work at go4awalk
All good wishes
NB. We have sent a copy of the email to Mountain Equipment and invited them to comment (nothing yet!)
A. Hi, I have a Paramo Alta Jacket. It is very warm and I find it too much for all but the most severe conditions. The jacket is durable and excellent value, mine has been in use for three years. It is still in good condition having been worn in the hills and shopping. The weather protection is excellent and the zipper seals in with a gutter in the flap and a second flap poppers over.
I have just invested in a Paramo Fuera Jacket and Tiaga Fleece combination. I find this far more flexible than the Alta and when combined with a Katmai shirt and Trail reversable top the result is all day comfort in all conditions.
A. I have had very good results with Paramo gear. The Mountain shirts are reversible for hot or cold weather – it really works. I have a Paramo Cascada jacket, which is excellent. It is windproof, waterproof and very breathable. Very different to coated synthetics – totally different proofing system, which can be re-proofed in the washing machine. Has a lifetime guarantee, too.
A. I do lots of walking in Scotland, in all weathers. I do not believe there is any such thing as a jacket that keeps you dry.
There are lots of waterproof jackets and lots of breathable jackets yet all have their limitations which have to be taken into consideration with the limitations of the person using the equipment.
Goretex is great when the exterior is newly reproofed and the ambient conditions are snow and extreme cold – heavy rain tends to clog the outer material preventing the breathability hence you get wet from the inside.
This is particularly true if you are prone to heavy persperation or are exercising heavily. I personally believe Goretex is overpriced and is not the best – some of my colleagues would argue.
I also have a Paramo Jacket. I find this far too warm in summer yet not quite warm enough in winter. It, however, in my opinion, is the best at keeping out solid torrential rain over a long period.
The manufacturers claims of indefinite reproofing also appear to be true – to date. (My friends jacket is 7 years old and still waterproof by reproofing annually.) Paramo ‘wicking’ qualities seem best for removing inner moisture – either through sweat or inadvertently letting rain in. (Lets face it we all wait till we are wet before putting waterproofs on.)
My own personal all season solution is a buffalo pile / windproof top which allows lots of ventillation and warmth against the coldest Scottish conditions.
If the rain becomes heavy, an inexpensive, breathable jacket – I use a Regatta extreme – put on top gives all the protection required. The Buffalo wicking properties and the ‘cheap’ waterproof outer provide the best price performance, I think.
It is certainly the only combination that covers all Scottish conditions and meets the questioner’s aim of costing less than £150.
Bud Campbell, Livingstone
A. I have a Paramo Alta Jacket, both waterproof and windproof.
No matter your activity; be it hiking, camping or climbing your kit needs to be tough to withstand the wear and tear of the outdoors.
All fabrics have a denier count, this describes the thickness of the fibres it’s made from. The higher the count, the thicker the material and the more durable it is. But even with a high denier, waterproof jackets can get caught on rocks, thorns or branches and tear. Being able to repair a rip is essential to staying dry and warm.
Here’s a simple guide on how to make repairs to your waterproof jacket and other equipment.
Waterproof Jacket Repairs
Gear Aid Tenacious Repair Tape comes in a neat little container and rolls out to 50 cm x 7.5cm. Depending on the jacket and the tear you can place the tape on the inside (where the coat should be cleaner and less tape shows) or the outer. For the best level of protection put tape on both sides.
Once applied, the tape has several advantages over other more traditional DIY repairs (i.e. duct tape). It leaves no residue on the applied surface yet is very sticky, it’s lightweight/malleable and it colour matches to your jacket with a matte finish.
Apart from waterproof jackets, you can also use the tape to repair, rucksacks, tents, sleeping bags, waterproof trousers, tarps and even air mats.
- 1. Clean and dry the area around the tear.
- 2. Smooth out the coat and place it on a hard flat surface
- 3. Place the tape over the tear and measure how much you need. Where possible leave 2.5 cm of excess tape around the rip.
- 4. Use scissors or a knife to cut the tape and round off the corners (this reduces the chance of it from catching and peeling up).
- 5. Line up the different parts of the tear as close as possible.
- 6. Peel off the back layer and place the tape over the tear pressing from the middle out, smoothing the fabric and removing any air bubbles.
- 7. The jacket can now be worn and is water-resistant, but it takes 24 hours for the adhesive to fully set.
How to Repair a GORE-TEX Jacket
Made from breathable GORE-TEX fabric, the repair kit contains two patches, one round patch – 7.6cm diameter and one rectangular patch – 10cm x 5cm. They can be used on GORE-TEX jackets, trousers and other water-resistant gear.
The patches affix to the garments via an adhesive layer on the back of the patch. Simply follow the same steps as above with the following exceptions:
- Only attach the patch to the outside of the garment.
- When you apply the patch, rub vigorously over it to generate some heat to help the adhesive bond.
- If you are carrying out the repair at home, set your iron to a low temperature and quickly run it over the patch, this increases the adhesion of the patch.
For larger or more complicated repairs, please contact our customer service department to discuss what we can arrange with partners and manufacturers.