Rain, rain and more rain’s been forecast. This winter it feels like there has never been a more pressing need to own a decent raincoat. Whether it’s one to pack up small in your bag and have handy if you’re caught short in a shower, or something more heavy-duty for spending long periods in downpours, we’ve scoped out the most practical out there.
We’ve found and tested failsafe options for adults and kids. From Boden’s jacket for girls, which is new for this season and a great all-rounder for cold or wet weather, through to The North Face Vanadium Jacket, a favourite among outdoorsy types looking for a hard-wearing and stylish bit of kit.
Superdry’s Harijiki Jacket is just the job for women who want to stay dry in showers and still look cool, whilst Helly Hansen’s W Odin Traverse Jacket is the best option who won’t let the elements stop them getting out and about. Meanwhile for men, the Regatta Packaway II is ideal to shove in your bag in case the heavens open unexpectedly, whereas the Berghaus Civetta is the daddy if you plan to spend lots of time in the wet.
10 best waterproof jackets
10 best waterproof jackets
1/10 White Stuff Paula Pac a Mac, £29.95
If you want a lightweight jacket that can fit in a pocket or bag and be pulled out when the heavens open, this is ideal. We like the floral print, too.
2/10 Helly Hansen W Odin Traverse Jacket, £208
One for serious hikers, this technical women’s jacket is both waterproof and breathable, so it will protect you from whatever the weather Gods choose to throw at you and stop you overheating as you’re storming up the hills. Yes, it’s pricey, but it will serve you for walking trips for years to come.
3/10 Superdry Harijiki Jacket, £84.99
This hooded jacket will protect you from showers and keep you toasty on colder, wet days. It’s quilted, but it’s lightweight enough so you don’t overheat. The bright zips and logo on the sleeves add a pop of colour.
4/10 The North Face Vanadium Jacket, £240
This American outdoor specialist has all but cornered the market when it comes to wilderness chic, catering for everyone from snowboarders and skiers to urban dwellers wanting protection from the elements. This jacket, which is built for the fiercest weather, is a really good everyday all-rounder and is available in both men’s and women’s versions.
5/10 Boden Ski Jacket, £55
This is officially a ski jacket, but actually it’s just a really great, durable coat to keep children warm and dry, whether walking to the shops or hitting the slopes. Available in two cheery designs, it looks good – the kids will be fighting to get it on, rather than the other way around.
6/10 Mum 2 Mum Rain Jacket, £29
This year, Baby&More launched the vibrant and practical new rainwear collection from Mum 2 Mum for toddlers and children. There are loads of great colours and the collection also includes waterproof trousers and more, so that rain never has to stop play.
7/10 Berghaus Men’s Civetta, £280
This is an incredibly versatile waterproof jacket. It’s great for walking in all seasons, but it’s also tough enough for a bit of scrambling, climbing and snow sports. There are pit zips for ventilation so you won’t get too warm when you’re out and about.
8/10 Jack Wolfskin Onyx Jacket, £140
This weatherproof material is lovely and smooth, but it’s particularly hard-wearing, so ideal for anyone doing serious hiking with a rucksack. You won’t get too hot though, thanks to the underarm ventilation zips both in the outer and optional inner jacket.
9/10 Regatta Packaway II, £25
This packable jacket (it comes with a handy mesh stuff sack) is windproof and waterproof. The elasticated cuffs and button up “storm flap” will stop any rain getting in. It’s not the most fashion-forward coat out there, but it does its job very well without breaking the bank.
10/10 FatFace Lindal Technical Jacket, £85
This is a good commuter option for men. It’s lightweight, waterproof and windproof as well as being breathable. It’s handily machine washable and thanks to the dark, neutral design, it won’t look silly over your work clothes.