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Our Top 5 Men's Jackets

Here's our selection of the Top 5 Men's Jackets at the moment.  

As with most outdoor kit, jackets have more than their fare share of technical phrases and acronyms - one to watch for here is DWR - or Durable Water Repellency - which is a waterproofing treatment sprayed onto the outer layer of the fabric.  As the full name suggests, it's not waterproof in itself, but does reduce the amount of water going through the fabric.  If you'd like any help with what to look for in a jacket, then click here for our guide.

As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.

OEX Gryd Men's Softshell Jacket

OEX are one of Go Outdoors' exclusive brands; one with a technical outlook - and it shows on this new softshell jacket - The Gryd.  It's lightweight and quite stylish, and thanks to a 3-layer bonded softshell fabric with a DWR treatment, it's water resistant and fully windproof.

The articulated elbows and the adjustable hood allow for easy of movement, If you're feeling a bit cool, the inside fleece-lined back helps keep you warm, without toasting you when you're hot - and the underarm vents are a great well of keeping cool when you are on the hill.  And

The two zipped pockets at the sides are lined - so you can see from the inside what you have in them - and that's a good thing as they are quite cavanous.  All in all a great buy for medium to long distance walking.

£50 - Buy Now

Berghaus Men's Arran 3-in-1 Jacket

If you can't decide on whether you'd like a fleece jacket, a lightweight waterproof or a jacket suitable for the harshest of conditions... then why not buy all three?  The Berghaus Arran 3-in-1 is just that - 3 jackets in 1.  There's an outer shell for wet but warm weather, an inner fleece of cold dry days and then put the two together for a perfect wet and cold jacket.

There's everything you'd expect in a jacket here... a peak hood that's fully adjustable, a drawcord adjustable hem, four zipped pockets - one zipped chest pocket, two zipped hand warmer pockets and one zipped internal map pocket - and two hand warmer pockets.  It's all made with Berghaus' usual high standards and the two parts fit together really well with zip making sure everything stays in place.  It's not the lightest of jackets when put together, but it will certainly keep you warm and dry.

£180 reduced from £200 - Buy Now

Keela Men's Saxon Jacket

More interesting gear from Keela.  The Saxon takes everything you need in a jacket, makes it totally waterproof and shaves a lot off the weight... and then puts it at a very attractive price.  Made from Keela's Flylite Aqua fabric means it will stand up to the riggers of the British weather, whilst still being lightweight.  A will be welcomed by the cycling walkers out there, as will the reflective trim.

There's two zipped hip pockets and a zipped back pocket, which should take a range of accessories.  The cuffs adjust with velcro, ensuring water can't get in that way - but at the same time, the Saxion is breathable too.  Walkers who are cyclists too will appreciate the 3-way adjustable hood which fits over helmets, the reflective trim and the scooped back - which offers useful protection when leaning over the handle bars.

£99.95 - Buy Now

Bergans Eidfjord Men’s Jacket

Yes, the Eidfjord is pricey - but there are several reasons for that.  Firstly, it is incredible at what it is designed for - keeping you warm and dry come what may.  Secondly, it achieves that by not only using a material which is eco-friendly, but also by having the environment firmly fixed in its DNA.

So, the Eidfjord is lightweight and completely waterproof, windproof & breathable.  It's made from a 3-layer Dermizax with plant-based Ecodear™ - this is a polyester which uses material that are 30% plant based.  This is good news, but even better when you hear the plant-based material they've used is actually a waste byproduct of sugar production.

It's performance is excellent, and you can see the Scandinavian designers at work here... little touches such as placing the front pockets so the hip belt of a backpack doesn't get in their way.  There's a fully adjustable hood, underarm zip vents and articulated elbows for increased freedom of movement.

£299 - Buy Now

Columbia Men’s OutDry™ Ex Gold Down Hooded Jacket

Yes, another fairly pricey jacket... but for those serious about all-year walking, this will be worth the cost.  Firstly, it's very well made, especially seeing as though it's fully seam sealed and has external seam tape - so as well as being completely waterproof it shouldn't start unpicking itself at the seams.  The hortizontal baffles aren't there for show - they actually keep the goose down in place, so it doesn't congregate in one place inside the jacket giving cold spots.

So it's waterproof and breathable, has an adjustable hood with a chin guard and a drawcord adjustable hem - to keep all the heat in.  There's two zipped hand pockets - which are large enough for an OS map each - and two inside pockets wrapped around the outer ones - which alos take an OS map each.  We're not sure this is so you can take 4 OS maps, but rather that the inside pockets are for hand-warming devices...

But does it justify the cost?  Yes, if you are looking to do winter walking - it is very lightweight and hard wearing, certainly will keep you warm and dry - but a tad pricey for the odd stroll in the park...rane Outside, Dry Inside.

£220 (but a fantastic £110 if you buy it in Night Tide Bliue) - Buy Now

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