It’s easy to base a jacket choice on style alone, but as your biggest barrier to the cold it must firstly be wind and water-resistant. To maintain a comfortable temperature no matter what the conditions, choose a jacket with zip vents and good breathability so that you don’t over-heat or let the cold in. Vents shouldn’t be the only zip-able feature on your chosen jacket, zip pockets are essential for keeping your valuables safe.
Whilst some jackets will have built in synthetic or down insulation for added warmth, it is not uncommon for outer jackets to act as just a barrier to keep the elements out, often referred to as a ‘shell’.
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