You may not have heard of this brand, but they’re creating a lot of buzz in outdoor circles for producing tough, technical jackets, loaded with functionality. And this three-layer – that uses a material called dermizax, which has a waterproofing rating very similar to that of gore-tex – certainly performed well in very heavy rain.
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit. If you live in the UK, you’re definitely going to need a waterproof in your cloak room to keep you dry during all seasons. Whether you’re layering up for summer showers or getting prepared ahead of a stormy weather forecast, a waterproof jacket needs to form the most impermeable shell possible, while remaining breathable.
Jackets are usually constructed from two, 2.5 and three layers. That’s either a single layer with a connected membrane, a single layer and membrane finished with a water repellent coating, or all of the above with another liner on the inside.
It also needs to be effective against biting winds and the panels of material that the jacket is constructed from need to be accurately taped and finished well, so they don’t become uncomfortable when moving. There should be a good level of adjustability too, with cuffs, zips, hoods and hem creating a tight seal when you’re walking into driving rain.
Often used within a layering system, waterproofs are usually on and off according to the elements, so if they are to be considered truly practical, they need to be truly packable – particularly if you’re heading to a festival or have a UK holiday or camping trip planned. Finally, the jacket needs to be tactile and wearable, so that it moves with you as you go – we all remember the waterproofs of our youth that sounded like you were wearing a bin liner, and occasionally felt like it too.
So, here are the jackets that ticked all those boxes and had all the practicality of a Sou’wester, without making you look like a deckhand on a North Sea fishing boat.
How we tested
Whatever the season, you’re never too far away from a soaking on Dartmoor, so that’s where we headed to test all the jackets for functionality. This unforgiving terrain also allowed us to test the durability of each jacket and the material’s resistance to contact with the environment. We also assessed each jacket in relation to its price point, to see whether it offered value for money too.
The best men’s waterproof jackets for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Cortazu mountain hard shell: £315.45, Cortazu.com
- Best value for money – Berghaus deluge pro 2.0: £135, Berghaus.com
- Best for style – Adidas terrex xploric rain.rdy: £280, Adidas.co.uk
- Best urban waterproof – Mammut chamuera HS thermo hooded parka: £249.98, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for the dog walk – Columbia IBEX II: £160, Columbiasportswear.co.uk