I came across an interesting article the other day which gave a guide as to how to choose the right outerwear jacket for your needs.
I appreciate we’re heading into summer now, but let’s be honest, it’s going to rain….probably quite a lot…and usually when tens of thousands of people are at a festival. Cue people mudsliding barely clothed through drunken festival goers and having the time of their lives. This blog will make sure when you find yourself about to make that mudslide, when there’s a hoard of iphone cameras pointing at you, ready to make you go viral; You will be wearing the most appropriate jacket possible. Don’t forget you can wear lovely personalised outerwear jackets at much more civilised events, golf days, charity events or that annual corporate BBQ.
- Shell Waterproof Jackets
These are typically lightweight, waterproof jackets, designed to block out wind and rain, so act as a barrier to the elements. Usually breathable, so allow body vapour from exertion to escape but don’t let water vapour in (i.e. rain).
In cold conditions, these types of jacket will usually need a mid-layer like a fleece for warmth.
Shell jackets usually come in 3 types:
Packaway – these can usually be rolled and stuffed into its pocket. The packaway is the ideal ‘just in case’ jacket for fair weather use around town or walking the dog.
Two layer shell jacket – in this incarnation the jacket has a 2-layer membrane combining a fully waterproof outer shell with the inner layer (membrane) of mesh and polyester. The inner layer prevents the degradation of the waterproof lining by acting as a barrier to the corrosion caused by movement and sweat. These are very popular jackets in the UK due to our mixed climate.
Three layer shell jackets – these types of jackets have an external waterproof fabric layer; an internal waterproof and breathable membrane coupled with an additional bonded protective lining.
The three layers are bonded together to make a technically efficient one layer lightweight jacket. This jacket might well just be the best all rounder. It is lightweight, waterproof and durable, able to withstand some of the world’s harshest conditions. No matter what your customer requirements are, you’d rarely go wrong with the three-layer jacket.
- Insulated Jackets
These take all of the above points discussed for the outer shell but build some fixed warmth into the jacket. No longer is it simply a ‘shell’ jacket with warmth coming from a separate garment worn underneath.
Insulation tends to come in either man-made fabrics (such as Primaloft, synthetic down) or goose/duck down.
Jackets have varying degrees of insulation depending on usage required. For example, if you have clients requiring jackets for Alpine use (skiing, ice driving) then you will require more ‘duvet’ style jackets.
- 3 in 1 Waterproof Jackets
Not to be confused with a three-layer jacket, a 3 in 1 waterproof jacket consists of a waterproof outer-shell with a detachable inner fleece, softshell or padded jacket. A 3 in 1 jacket is a versatile option for all year round as it is ideal for changeable weather conditions.
It is termed a 3 in 1, as there are three situations it can be worn:
a) Complete with a thick warm jacket (all layers zipped together)
b) Just with the inner layer – so ideal for a cool summer evening
c) Just with the outer layer – ideal for spring shower