14 Waterproof Jackets for Stylish Winter Travel
Waterproof Jackets for Autumn Travel
By Chantelle Mallin
A waterproof jacket is surely a must have item when travelling; getting caught in the rain with no appropriate cover up can be a nightmare (especially if your hair is prone to frizz like mine!!). One of the most desired features of a waterproof jacket (apart from to obviously keep you dry) is breathability, this feature allows moisture produced by the body to pass through whist keeping the elements out, allowing you to keep dry and comfortable.
If you’re in need of inspiration for this season’s best waterproof jackets for travel, look no further, Travel Fashion Girl has put together the perfect guide to assist you.
Marmot Chelsea Coat / REI La Selva Rain Jacket / Patagonia Northwest Parka / The North Face Keats Down Delux Jacket / The North Face B Triclimate Jacket / The North Face Stella Grace Jacket / Merrell Haven Nepped Duffle Coat / The North Face Allena Rain Jacket / Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket / Arcteryx Codetta Coat / The North Face Sophia Rain Jacket / The North Face Greenland Jacket
The Marmot brand produce high quality performance products, it has a pretty cool history – The Marmot club started in the 70’s; it was the brainchild of two UCSC students on a school trip to Alaska, to become a member you had to climb a glaciated peak with another ‘Marmot’, in 74 the students rented a 100 year old stone building and open a rental and retail shop, this Marmot the company was created.
The Marmot Chelsea coat is insanely stylish, featuring a mac style design, perfect for on your travels when you don’t want a jacket that screams I AM A RAINCOAT! It is produced using Marmot’s MemBrain waterproof fabric – a breathable fabric that wicks away body moisture leaving you beautifully dry, it includes features such as a zip off down filled hood with removable fur ruff, micro fleece lined zip handwarmer pockets and internal cuffs and an internal zipper pocket – perfect for keeping your valuables dry.
REI is a company specialising in quality outdoor gear, as well as selling products by other high performance brands, REI design their own line of award winning gear and clothing, one product being the La Selva Rain Jacket.
The jacket is a chic storm-worthy style jacket offering ‘wet weather protection and smart versatility’; the jacket is crafted from a REI Elements®-rated shell that is breathable, waterproof and windproof (to 60mph) and the seams sealed to provide a full proof protection, nifty! The La Selva Rain jacket features super cute belted (belt can be removed) trench design, an adjustable hood that can be removed, a 2 way front zipper with storm flaps, bonded cuff tabs and several flap and zipper pockets.
The La Selva Jacket, available in three cute colours, features a classic, easy wearing fit perfect for everyday wear, whether you’re out and about shopping or spending a day sightseeing, past customers have given the jacket good reviews describing it as being lightweight, stylish and comfortable.
Patagonia is a brand that creates stylish outdoor performance clothing, the brand not only appeals to extreme outdoor lovers but to those wanting casual clothing as well, making it a popular choice for a large variety of people.
The Northwest Parka is crafted from breathable recycled polyester (environmentally conscious, bonus!) and insulated with premium goose down to ensure your nice and cosy, the jacket is guaranteed to protect you from the elements whilst its elegant shape – featuring front princess seams and back darts to add shape and contour – ensures you stay looking stylish, a double whammy. The parka features an adjustable, removable hood, zip with storm flap and zippered handwarmer pockets.
ANATOMIE Socha Safari Jacket
Anatomie is a designer fashion brand that creates clothing with today’s travel women in mind, the brand is inspired by European fashion houses to create designs that are elegant, classy and flatter the female form.
The super stylish Socha Safari jacket is perfect for travel or every day wear, meaning you’re sure to get you wear out of it whether your jetting off or not, the elegant jacket features a clinched waist, a stand collar and various pleated flap pockets.
The North Face is a respected brand providing a high quality selection of outdoor clothing and gear, the Keats Down Delux jacket is no exception when it comes to the quality, featuring a waterproof yet breathable HyVent® 2L twill exterior and a super cosy goose down interior the jacket is sure to keep you protected whatever the weather.
Even though this jacket is predominantly a tech jacket (displaying nifty features such as a an internal goggles pocket perfect for skiing) it still scores major points on the style scale, I’m obsessed with puffa silhouettes for the up and coming A/W season and this jacket is just perfect to keep up with the trends. The jacket features an adjustable, detachable hood with removable faux fur, zip hand pockets, a curved folded hem and hook and loop adjustable cuffs.
When you see – 3 IN 1 JACKET – you know you’re getting your money’s worth, the B Triclimate jacket features a waterproof, breathable HyVent® 2L exterior shell and a on trend diamond-quilted PrimaLoft® insulated liner jacket, both can be worn separately or together, removing the need to pack several jackets in your travel luggage for differing occasions.
The jacket features a classic empire waist and long silhouette design, it is warm and weather savvy, perfect for keeping your toasty when you’re out and about exploring; design features include a removable adjustable hood, a draw cord system, welted zip hand pockets, bubble cuffs and hem, center front zip with snap placket and Napoleon pocket with internal media outlet and cord guide.
CRAGHOPPERS Lunsdale Quilted Jacket
Cragghoppers is a British outdoor clothing company founded in Yorkshire (yay my home county) in the 60’s, it was established by outdoor enthusiasts who were planning an expedition to Mount Everest, they desired clothing that would protect them from the harshest of conditions so set about researching and designing fabric to withstand extreme cold, they managed to reach the summit and upon their return created the outdoor clothing company – pretty cool.
The aesthetic design of the Lunsdale Quilted jacket is my personal favourite out of the set, it features a stylish diamond quilted exterior, which not only looks good but provides serious insulation, and an AquaDry membrane lining that is both waterproof and breathable to ensure outstanding weather protection. Features include an on trend funnel neck design, a ribbed inner collar, 7 multi-functional pockets including hand warmer and security pockets, a built in stud fastening storm flap and stud cuff adjusters – you’ll definitely get your wear out of this jacket, not only is it great in extreme weather conditions it is also super stylish to wear out and about when you’re not travelling.
THE NORTH FACE Stella Grace Jacket
The Stella Grace Jacket from The North Face has a classic bang on trend belted trench design, so you can remain looking stylish whist remaining protected from the elements – the HyVent™ fabric used utilises a three layer construction to ensure breathability and that the jacket keeps you dry and remains waterproof in even the extreme of conditions.
The jacket includes nifty features such as sealed seams to enforce extra protection, a storable hood (for drier outings) with adjustable draw cord, center front zip with single flap closure, a removable belt to create 2-in-1 style jacket, large double entry pockets and a hidden media pocket with cord guide. Reviewers give the jacket top marks describing it as ‘lightweight’, ‘can be easily tucked into a suitcase’ and ‘provides great protection against rain and wind’, the elegant and stylish design of the jacket means it can be even worn when it’s not raining, The North Face Stella Grace Jacket is ‘an all occasion, all season trench styled coat’.
Merrell started out in the 80’s as a footwear brand, throughout the years the brand continued expanding – debuting a line of outdoor adventure wear for both men and women in 2006, today they are much more than just boots, they are an outdoor gear brand that are reliable, trusted and produce high quality products using some of the newest technologies.
For the super cute Haven Nepped Duffle Coat, the brand merged together the classic look of a harbor coat with the trusty warmth of a winter parka, the result is a stylish baby that is equipped for the seasons worst, with a design that ensures you’ll be looking your best. The jacket is crafted from woolly Nepped waterproof fabric that consists of DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish that repels water and resists staining, features include a quilted embossed liner, fully waterproof taped seams, back belt detail, dual entry front flap pockets with snap closure and hand warmers, toggle and cord closure, interior hidden zip chest pocket to secure media and valuables and ribbed cuffs and collar to guarantee comfort and warmth.
Another one of my personal favourites, the Allena Rain Jacket is the perfect high tech trench coat, The North Face have optimised a classic trench coat for performance with HvVent® 2L technology – a multi-layer waterproofing technology that remains breathable, and a sleek nylon taffeta lining, sounds awesome.
The jacket features super cool stylish features such as a full length zipper covered by the double breasted front for a secure, yet chic, fastening that keeps out the pesky weather, a removable belt with security tag to prevent loss when you’re out and about, an internal media pocket with cord guide perfect for headphones, welted zipper hand pockets, adjustable cuffs and an adjustable removable hood that can be easily stored when not in use – autumn showers are no match for this beautiful high tech trench.
The Arcteryx brand is names after the Archaeopteryx Lithographica – the first reptile to develop the feather for flight, its purpose is to build the finest products possible, using the best quality highest performing materials and assembling them in the most creative and durable way for the intended use. The Alpha jacket is crafted from superlight, waterproof GORE-TEX® PacLite® fabric, it is created to be lightweight and packable – perfect for your travelling adventures – it is designed to give complete weather protection without excess weight or bulk.
The jacket features a variety of cool design features, including water tight pit zippers to provide rapid ventilation, two hand pockets and one internal pocket, a drop back hem with adjustable draw cord, a helmet compatible speed hood and fully seam-sealed for added waterproofness. The compact and compressible jacket is easily storable and packable, it offers desired characteristics such as waterproof, windproof, breathable, lightweight, and a DWR finish, it is also available in a variety of colour popping hues, bonus! Customer reviews are positive claiming the jacket to be ‘very light’, ‘great styling’ and had the ‘ability to pack down small’ amongst other optimistic attributes.
The Codetta coat is crafted from GORE-TEX® 3L technology making the jacket waterproof, breathable and windproof, the contemporary technical fabrics and construction method combined with a cosmopolitan, stylish, mid length design make this raincoat an essential wardrobe piece.
The jacket features taped sealed seams to protect against leaks, a WaterTight™ zipper with flap cover, shaped cuffs covering the back of the hand and wrists, two inset hand pockets, and an adjustable hood with draw cords – (the hood is shaped to fit comfortably over up do hairstyles, bonus).
The unpredictable (or even predictable) rain showers when travelling can be a nightmare, invest in The North Face Sophia rain jacket with its HyVent® 2L technology – a multi-layer waterproofing system that remains insanely breathable and sleek nylon taffeta lining to combat those autumn showers in style.
The jacket features a super cute style, with on trend raglan sleeves, an external draw cord waist to create a womanly silhouette and a back vent to provide ease of movement, it features smart characteristics such as a full length zip covered by a double flap, an internal media pocket with cord guide, a fixed hood with adjustable draw cord (no need for an umbrella to keep your travel hair looking chic) and welted zip hand pockets to keep your valuables safe.
The North Face Greenland jacket is super cute – named after the world’s largest and coldest island it is designed to keep its wearer toasty and dry in chilly conditions, not only is the jacket durable and fully wind and waterproof, featuring HyVent fabric, it also manages to be insanely stylish, becoming a fashionable and practical piece for the travelling woman. The jacket features two large hand pockets, a detachable faux fur hood trim, removable metal closure waist belt, a zip split hood and an internal media pocket with cord guide perfect for headphones. Positive reviews describe the jacket as being ‘flattering’, ‘feminine’, and ‘super warm without the bulk or weight’.
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