20 best waterproof jackets 2017

Waterproof coats and jackets to keep you dry from the inevitable wet British weather

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11. INOV-8 Race Ultra Race Shell HZ U

Perfect for hitting a trail run

Reasons to buy
+Transparent+Packs away easily
Reasons to avoid
-Not very breathable
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Made for trail runners, this is the lightest jacket INOV-8 make, coming in at a featherweight 125g. That's less than something that weighs 126g! The fabric is transparent so your race number remains visible, and it can pack away into the hood.

12. Jack Wolfskin Arroyo

Perfect for rough and tumble walks

Reasons to buy
+Great fit
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If your outdoor activities tend to involve a little more rough and tumble – whether it's navigating through brambles, or rubbing shoulders with mates down the pub - you might want to consider a jacket that's a little more hardwearing. The Arroyo from Jack Wolfskin is just that – with an outer construction that basically has extra fabric in it, it can withstand tearing and abrasion that bit better than conventional lightweight jackets. It's also got a Texapore two-layer waterproof construction to keep you dry and free of sweat on light walks.

13. Kathmandu Pocket It Rain

Puts function over style

Reasons to buy
+Light+Easily stowed
Reasons to avoid
-Not so stylish-Poor breathability
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While it won't win any awards for technical innovation and it certainly doesn't get any points for style, Karhmandu's simple waterproof jacket is all you need in a shower. It might not have anywhere near the breathability of more expensive garments, but the Pocket It jacket Is perfect for taking with you anywhere - it's light and packs down to a tiny size. It also has a large front pocket for stowing your valuables.

14. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite

Perfect for just in case

Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight
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At just 87g, this is one of the lightest waterproof hard shell jackets we know of, allowing you to pack it down to almost nothing and carry it at all times - perfect for minimal adventures. This low weight doesn't sacrifice its water-shedding abilities, with 15D ripstop nylon fabric and Z-Grav technology built in, which combines waterproofing and breathability to take care of any water, whether it's on the inside or outside.

15. Montane Tigertooth Pro

Perfect for arduous mountain treks

Reasons to buy
+Keeps rain out, lets sweat out
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Montane's Direct Tigertooth waterproof jacket is great for walking or more arduous mountain hikes, and is ideal if you're the kind of person that works up a sweat. The Polartec Power Shield Pro embedded into the fabric is similar to Gore-Tex, by its nature working to prevent rain and wind from getting in, and letting trapped moisture escape out.

16. RAB Flashpoint

Your new best friend for rainy days

Reasons to buy
+Only 185g
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Weighing in at 185g, with our new best friend Pertex Shield+ three-layer fabric in its corner, the Flashpoint from Rab disperses rain along its surface for quicker evaporation. The single pocket is sealed completely, and you can fit the entire jacket inside the pocket to zip-up, if the sun comes back out.

17. Odlo Air Minimal

Perfect for any occasion you're working up a sweat

Reasons to buy
+Perfectly breathable
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Norwegian-born Odlo designs its gear to suit a variety of outdoor activities - erring on the sporty side - and its latest jacket, the Air Minimal, is just that: perfect for any occasion where you're working up a big sweat, such as running or cycling. It has a high level of waterproofing thanks to Pertex, so it's able to quickly wick away moisture so you don't feel clammy.

18. OMM Aether

Will help you improve your sports performance

Reasons to buy
+Massively breathable
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive
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If you absolutely must have the lightest waterproof jacket available, then British-built OMM is the company for you. If it's not lightweight, then OMM doesn't want to know. The OMM Aether is one of the firm's lightest at 240g, with a close fit and Event for maximum waterproofing and breathability, making it ideal for sports activities where performance is your main goal.

19. Outdoor Research Helium II

Helium is lighter than air (almost)

Reasons to buy
+Comes with a carabiner for attaching to packs
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Built to protect you during torrential downpours, the Helium is lighter than air - see what they did there? Made from Pertex Shield+ fabric, which is breathable as well as a water defender. It folds into its own tiny, 180g pouch with a carabiner for attaching to packs or harnesses.

20. Páramo Helki

The highest level waterproofing

Reasons to buy
+Soft and comfortable
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Páramo makes jackets with Nikwax-engineered fabric built-in, offering the highest level of waterproofing, breathability and comfort. Its Helki jacket is the company's all-rounder, great for a variety of activities. Its soft construction makes it perfect for anything where you need a greater range of movement, and a built-in hood with adjustable peak means you can shrug off the worse the weather has to offer. Hardcore hikers also get an OS map pocket for convenience.