Let’s face it: rain at a British festival is pretty much a sad inevitably. But with the right protection, you can avoid falling victim to the deluge.
If you want a jacket that is genuinely waterproof – and not just ‘showerproof’, as many jackets are rather misleadingly labelled – then you’re unlikely to find something for much less than £30, with the best ones demanding a three figure sum. But bear in mind that these are quality, durable jackets which will be worn long after you’ve trudged home from the festival.
We’ve rounded up garments that will, first and foremost, keep you dry when the heavens open. But we haven’t forgotten about the fashion element, either. Each brand we’ve listed here has a range of jackets aimed at both men and women.
1. Regatta Dangelo Jacket Highland Green: £29.95, Regatta
We don’t think you’ll find a much more agreeable combination of quality and price than this from Regatta. For less than 30 quid, you get a comfortable, lightweight jacket with two zipped pockets big enough to stash your phone, wallet and other essentials. The material itself has a hydrostatic head of 5000mm – that’s as waterproof as a high quality tent. Also comes in blue, black and camel.
2. Joules Golightly Pack Away Parka: £44.95, John Lewis
There are loads of these pack-away jackets out there, but we’ve gone for this one as it’s 100 per cent waterproof, a longer-than-average length and roomy, so there’s plenty of space for layers underneath when the temperature drops. Then when you warm up dancing like a lunatic, it packs away into its own pocket and is super-light to carry.
3. Helly Hansen Vancouver Jacket: £130, Helly Hansen
It seems now as if you see as many Helly Hansen jackets on the high street as you do on the snow slopes. And that combination of style and durability means the Norwegian brand is a top choice for festivals. Made from the brand’s own waterproof material, and with an adjustable hood, you’ll stay dry even if it rains cats and dogs all throughout your favourite band’s set. There are three decent-sized, zip-up pockets to store your valuables. Available in a range of colours.
4. Berghaus Women’s Attingham Jacket: £160, Berghaus
Parka-style coats are a festival staple but they don’t usually score that highly in the waterproof stakes. This one is an exception. Made of a soft cotton blend and the brand’s breathable “Hydroshell” fabric, it’s really comfy, has pockets big enough to stash valuables for a day away from the tent and draw cords at the waist so you can make it a bit more fitted if you want to. Choose from khaki or navy. This is one you’ll wear way beyond festival season, so it’s worth the investment.
5. Rains Long Jacket: £89, Asos
If you prefer your jacket to provide longer coverage, you’d be wise to invest in this from the aptly named Danish rainwear specialist, Rains. Vents underneath the armpit will keep the air circulating – vital if the heavens open but it’s still warm – and despite its lightness, the 6000mm rating will keep you dry.
6. Hunter Original Clear Smock: £140, Hunter Boots
Hunter doesn’t just do great wellies for festivals, its waterproofs are a cut above a lot out there in the style stakes – and unlike a lot of the bolder designs available, it will actually stop you getting wet. Made from strong polyurethane, it has a sheer finish so you can still sort of see what’s going on underneath. It buttons up and cinches in where it should to keep the elements out. And it comes in five colours. We like this bright pink, which will ensure your mates will be able to spot you no matter how muddy it is.
7. The North Face Men’s Millerside Jacket: £105, The North Face
The North Face has a reputation as brand you can trust to deliver dependable outdoor clothing. Using a two-layer material, this jacket will repel water on the outside and keep you comfortable on the inside, thanks to its soft mesh lining. There are a number of designs to choose from, but we think this camo print is best suited to festivals.
8. Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat: £174.95, Country Attire
Here’s another one will last you much longer than a wild weekend. The Swedish brand’s unisex coats are minimalist-looking beauties made from a cotton-blend that has a rubber coating. Details – press studs and hemp drawstrings – are simple but the important thing is, it will keep you dry by the main stage when it begins to pour down. Comes in numerous shades and sizes run from XXS to XL.
9. Trespass Stormcloud women’s waterproof jacket: £54.99, Trespass
Even if the skies are leaden grey, this lemon yellow jacket might help keep up the sunny illusion. The longer length means it will more or less cover shorts so you do away with wet thighs. The pockets are big enough to fit your essentials (or some booze) and the technical fabric keeps it breathable and waterproof, so you shouldn’t end up in too much of a swat. If you’re worried about the light colour, it also comes in a more festival-friendly khaki.
A waterproof jacket for under 30 quid is hard to ignore and Regatta currently has women’s jackets on offer too. If you want something that will look as good in town as it does in a festival field, and you have more to spend, try the Scandi contingent: Rains and Stutterheim.
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