Those addicted to fitness, or travel, or both, will know only too well that you can’t afford to go anywhere without something that will keep out the wind and the rain. These jackets are designed to do just that, in minimal or bright colours, some totally waterproof and others water resistant – so no promises – but they will all be absolutely what you need to be able to pull out of your suitcase or gym bag at a moment’s notice.
Having been caught out a couple of times, in torrential rain in Paris in June for example, having packed thinking ‘oh it’ll never rain’, I now never travel without a lightweight rain jacket, the best pack down to practically nothing. Expect looks of envy when you pull yours out…….
PE Nation’s modern water resistant oversized shell jacket has a detachable hood, coated zippers and an elasticated hem to lock in warmth.
This lightweight waterproof jacket by Peter Storm is not only very reasonably priced, but it’ll keep you dry and protected from the wind and the rain. It includes four pocket storage and a rollaway hood.
Gore Wear Gore-Tex Active hooded jacket – any product which includes a Gore-Tex membrane is going to keep you totally dry whatever the weather throws at you. This lightweight jacket comes in three colours. It includes a media pocket with an outlet for your headphone cable, a concealed zip pocket for storage, and an adjustable hem. It also has reflective detailing.
This lightweight water and wind resistant hooded jacket by Marmot is designed to pack away in its own pocket and comes in several other colours.
Superdry Sports Mac is versatile and lightweight enough to go running in, wear to the gym or yoga class or pack to take on a trip. It features a mesh lined, drawstring hood with a popper hem, a single layer zip fastening and six external pockets, four with zips and two with poppers so there’s plenty of room to store your stuff.
The North Face GoreTex Active jacket is the real deal when it comes to waterproof and windproof – this jacket will keep you warm and dry whatever the conditions and whether you’re running, hiking or climbing.
Berghaus Deluge Light Jacket is designed to keep you dry whatever the weather, it features an adjustable hood, full length zip and two hand pockets for stashing your essentials. When it's not needed, it's lightweight design allows you to pack it down easily in gym bag or rucksack, so this one is perfect for taking away with you. It also comes in lots of different colours.
Jack Wolfskin Sky Jacket – this jacket is lightweight, waterproof and UV protective and has an adjustable hood. The zip is two-way, and it has two zipped side pockets and velcro adjustable sleeves.
Tory Sport hooded packable shell jacket is water and wind resistant and packs away into it’s own little pocket, making it perfect for travel.