Our Review of the Best Hiking Jacket for Men in 2018
How many of you are looking for the absolute best hiking jacket to use on your next adventure? Going out on a hike can be an incredibly rewarding and relaxing experience. It should be filled with the awestruck beauty that nature has to offer. It should be filled with family bonding experiences that you will never forget. That being said, hiking should not be filled with life or death situations because of the elements. No matter where you go out for a hike, you will be faced with nature’s elements, which can turn on you in an instant. Every year over 200 million people visit National Park Service’s outdoor recreation areas to go hiking and camping. Out of those 200 million people, thousands every year are injured or killed because they are simply unprepared in the wilderness. If you are going hiking, no matter where you’re going, you need to be prepared for the elements, you need the correct jacket for your hike.
What to Look for in Finding the Best Hiking Jacket for You
Now that you know the importance of having a hiking jacket, there are a few things you need to know before you run out and pick up one for yourself. First, you need to know that there are quite a few different types of jackets that are used for hiking. These can range from Fleece Jackets, Windshell Jackets, Softshell Jackets, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jackets, and 3-in-1 Jackets (Weatherproof outer layer and Insulated inner layer). With so many different types of jackets, you will need to understand the differences of each type, and when you should use each type. Below you will find the optimal use of each jacket:
• Fleece Jackets: Extremely Breathable While Being Warm. Not Recommended for Rain or Wet.
• Windshell Jackets: Great for Light Winds and Cool Days. Not Recommended for Cold Weather.
• Softshell Jackets: Great for Cold Weather. Not Always Completely Waterproof.
• Waterproof Jackets: Great for Rainy and Wet Weather (Of Course!). Not Very Breathable, and Can Be Bulky.
• Down Jackets: Highest Warmth to Weight Ratio, Great for Cold Days. Not Waterproof.
• 3-In-1 Jackets: Extremely Versatile and Adaptable. Can Be Quite Bulky.
Overall, by knowing the types of hiking jackets that are available on the market, you’ll be able to better prepare yourself for the type of elements that you will face. That being said, we have you covered! Below you will find reviews of our top 10 hiking jackets that will not only keep you comfortable, but also will keep you safe and alive in the wilderness!
1. Fjallraven Men’s Keb Jacket
The first jacket on our list is the Fjallraven Men’s Keb Jacket. Fjallraven is a Swedish outdoor apparel company that was founded in 1960. Fjallraven has a great reputation for manufacturing high quality, innovative, and extremely durable products, and this Keb jacket is no different!
The Keb Jacket is a combination of synthetic windbreaker material and stretchable and breathable cotton that is perfect for cool day hikes. This jacket is designed to be extremely lightweight with the material being made from recycled polyester and organic cotton. This material gives you a wind and water resistant design that also is breathable, which makes it a great Spring or Fall type jacket.
Considered one of the best features by many, the hood on the Keb Jacket is excellent. The hood on this jacket is “over-sized” and has the ability to be folded and unfolded, depending if you want it up or not. The advantage of this hood being larger than others is that it extends past your face when up, and truly protects your face from wind and rain. Along with this, the hood features a metal cord in the lining, which allows you to shape the hood exactly how you want it. This alone makes the Keb Jacket an excellent choice for windy hikes.
Overall the Keb Jacket by Fjallraven is extremely high quality and you can really notice the craftsmanship in ever seam. This jacket is best used in the Fall and Spring during mild to cold weather and not in heavy rain. That being said, this jacket is extremely lightweight and comfortable, with a great hood that will keep your face protected. If you’re in need of a mild to cold weather jacket that is great against strong winds and light rain, then Fjallraven has your back!
2. Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J Rain Jacket with Hood
Our second hiking jacket on our list is the breathable Helly Hansen Seven J Rain Jacket! Helly Hansen is a Norwegian outdoor apparel company that was founded in 1877 based on authenticity and integrity. Helly Hansen has also had a great reputation related to durability and having their products last for years.
The Helly Hansen Seven J rain jacket is featured with “Hellytech Protection” which offers waterproof, breathable and windproof design to keep you dry and comfortable on your outdoor adventures. Along with this it features Helly Tech 2 Ply fabric which helps to keep water out of your jacket, and also breathable enough so that sweat evaporates off of you and keeps you dry. That being said, this jacket is mainly an outer shell rain jacket, and isn’t designed to be the warmest solution. It’s really designed to be worn on the top of your warm layer, and then this jacket will keep you and your layers dry.
Many people consider this jacket to be a great all around rain jacket that is good for both a walk around town, and a wet hike in the mountains. This jacket is definitely stylish enough to be used as an everyday jacket, and it features 27 different color options! As for temperature, this jacket is recommended for 40 degrees and above. That being said, you can definitely use this jacket for much colder as long as you have a warm layer underneath the jacket. Along with this, the hood on this jacket does a great job of protecting your face and keeping water and wind out of your eyes.
Overall this is a great selection for someone that is looking for a quality rain jacket that also is stylish enough to wear around town along with being able to be used for a hike. It does a great job of keeping you dry, but isn’t considered as rugged and tough as other rain jackets on our list. This is definitely a great combination of everyday rain jacket and hiking rain jacket.
3. Wantdo Men’s Hooded Outdoor Hiking Jacket
The third jacket on our list is the Wantdo Hooded Outdoor Rain Jacket! Wantdo is an outdoor lifestyle company that focuses on supplying authentic and technologically advanced apparel. Wantdo seems to focus on providing affordable entry-level outdoor apparel, which they can be proud to offer to customers.
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This Wantdo rain jacket is another waist length rain jacket that is extremely lightweight and does a great job at keeping you dry. This jacket is waterproof and windproof and does a decent job at allowing ventilation to keep it breathable. The polyester design keeps it lightweight, and is actually featured in five different color styles. Along with this, this jacket features two-hand pockets, with one each side, one small chest pocket for keys or cash, and one large inner chest pocket.
That being said, this jacket is an extremely great value based on the price, but if you are looking for a serious outdoors rain jacket, then you might have to spend a little more money. This is definitely a great option for simple day hikes where the chance of rain is pretty high. This jacket will keep you dry and protected from rain and wind, but it isn’t great at keeping you warm during cold weather. Overall if you are looking for a mild weather hike or even a jacket for around town, then this Wantdo Men’s Hooded Jacket is an excellent option that is extremely affordable!
4. GIVBRO Waterproof Outdoor Rain Jacket
The next jacket on our list is the GIVBRO waterproof outdoor rain jacket! GIVBRO is a relatively new company that mainly focuses on rain jackets and other outdoors/hiking jackets. This GIVBRO jacket is quite a good value, and is one of the least expensive jackets on our list, which makes it a great choice for those looking to test the waters before jumping into a premium purchase.
This jacket is a waist length rain jacket that is made of 100% polyester with an expansive hood and even features waterproof pockets. This jacket is designed to be waterproof and windproof and the polyester makes it quite durable. Along with this, this jacket is designed with adjustable Velcro cuffs to keep you water out and your under-layers dry. If you plan on using this jacket in heavy rain, then you will definitely be happy to hear that this jacket features a storm hood. This is both detachable and adjustable, and when attached it completely blocks the rain and wind from your face.
Overall, this GIVBRO waterproof outdoor rain jacket is the perfect choice for someone who is looking for a low cost option that will keep they dry and safe from the elements during a day hike. Although the quality of this jacket is still very high, it doesn’t feature as many technological advances as some of the pricier jackets on this list. But that being said, if you are looking for a low cost jacket that is great for most day hikes, then GIVBRO is an excellent choice!
5. Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket
Next on our list is Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket! Columbia is one of the biggest manufacturers of outdoor apparel in the world, and is a household name! Columbia Sportswear was founded in 1938, and they value innovative and social responsible products.
The Watertight II jacket is a great lightweight jacket that features in 22 different color styles. This jacket is manufactured out of nylon and polyester, which gives it its waterproof and windproof qualities. This jacket is a great option for cool Fall and Spring days and to avoid light showers. The Watertight II features a front zip hood that features mesh drawstrings to help you pull your hood tight. The good thing about this hood is that it comes far enough forward that it will shield your face from the wind and the rain.
Along with this, it features an extremely soft layer of mess on the inside lining which makes the jacket feel nice and cozy, but it isn’t designed for extremely cold weather. This jacket also features a zipped pocket on each side, near the hip.
Overall this is a great quality outdoors jacket that will protect you from the elements on your day hikes. This jacket is lightweight enough to fit in your pack, and it also is breathable enough that you won’t have to worry about sweating. This is a great option for those looking for a lightweight waterproof hiking jacket from a reputable brand that will last you years to come.
6. Columbia Men’s Roan Mountain Jacket
Next on our list is Columbia’s Men’s Roan Mountain Jacket. There’s a very simple reason why there are two Columbia jackets on this list… That’s because Columbia has withstood test after test, and the quality of their apparel remains as one of the best outdoors companies around!
This mountain jacket features 21 unique color styles, which are all two-color designs. This lightweight jacket is really designed to be an everyday jacket with a hint of ruggedness to it. This mountain jacket is advertised as water resistant, which makes it a good solution for light drizzles but it isn’t quite at the level to protect you against heavy downpours. That being said, the Roan Mountain Jacket does do a great job of protecting against wind, and features an adjustable drawstring hood that helps your face and eyes. This jacket is extremely lightweight and is a great everyday jacket for around town. It is manufactured out of nylon, which keeps it breathable and weather resistant.
Overall this mountain jacket is a great choice if you are looking for a jacket that you can wear on mild to cool days around town. It also could be a good choice for mild day hikes that you need a little protection from the wind and rain. That being said, although this isn’t designed to be an extreme weather jacket, you can still take solace in knowing that Columbia’s craftsmanship will make sure that you get a quality jacket that will last you years to come.
7. Camo Coll Men’s Outdoor Tactical Jacket
The next jacket on our list is the Camo Coll outdoor tactical jacket! Camo Coll is another younger brand that focuses purely on outdoor apparel. This outdoor tactical jacket is great value to consumers that are looking for a casual outdoors sports jacket.
This jacket is considered a soft outer shell jacket, which is meant to be worn over sweaters and other layers to help face extreme weather. This jacket is made out of 94% polyester and 6%, these materials give it a comfortable feel, and a little bit of stretch which helps to make it breathable. Along with this, this jacket is water-resistant and windproof which makes it great for hiking and walking around town. This jacket is really great for temperatures between 32 degrees and 70 degrees.
Along with this, this jacket is extremely waterproof and does extremely well in downpours. It’s pretty rare to find jackets in this price range to be completely waterproof rather than water resistant, along with that, this jacket has ventilation zippers underneath the armpits to keep you cool and breathable.
Overall this jacket is extremely versatile, and really allows you to use this jacket for nearly any outdoor activity. With the jacket being completely waterproof, it allows you to use it in downpours, and in mild and dry days. Because this jacket is so versatile, and the price tag is relatively low, this makes it a great choice for someone looking for an outdoor jacket for any of their favorite outdoor activities!
8. Kischers Men’s Waterproof Rain Jacket
The next jacket on our list is the Men’s Kischers Waterproof rain jacket! Kischers is a young outdoor apparel brand that has risen into the spotlight because of their high quality all weather gear.
This outdoors jacket is designed to handle extreme elements. It is designed to be cold resistant, fully waterproof and fully wind proof. Along with this, this soft shell jacket is breathable even with the waterproof material. This jacket is designed out of 100% polyester, with adjustable Velcro cuffs to help keep the rain and wind out of your sleeves. Also, this jacket features a hood that can be adjusted via drawstrings to help keep the elements out of your face. If you are looking to lose even more weight, you can actually detach the hood before you hike!
This jacket is also extremely lightweight and only weighs around 650 grams. Along with this, the jacket features 4 pockets, one on each side by the hips, one small front pocket, and one large pocket on the inside of the jacket.
Overall this is an extremely value friendly jacket that is really designed to handle cold weather along with wet weather. This jacket is completely waterproof and does very well with weather that is in the 30’s and 40’s. This jacket is a great choice for those looking for a warm Winter/Fall jacket that also needs a jacket to withstand the elements.
9. Jeater Men’s Outdoor Hiking Jacket
The next jacket on our list is the Men’s Jeater Hooded Outdoor Windbreaker/Rain Jacket. Jeater is an outdoor apparel brand that mainly focuses on jackets, and they really do have some great jackets for a great price.
This outdoors jacket is 100% polyester rain jacket, that comes in four distinct different color styles. This lightweight front zip jacket promises complete water proof and wind proof designs. It features 5 pockets, 2 side pockets along the hips, 1 outside chest pocket and 2 inside pockets for larger items. Another great function of this jacket is the ability to rollup into the size of a burrito. This makes it a great choice as a jacket to bring inside your pack to be prepared for any type of weather you might face on your hike.
Although this jacket is completely waterproof and windproof, it isn’t really designed to be worn in extreme weather. It is great for weather above 40 degrees, and at that temperature it can withstand complete downpours and heavy winds without an issue!
Overall this jacket by Jeater is an extremely value sensitive rain jacket which handles downpours and heavy winds extremely easily. If you are looking for a cool to warm weather jacket that can keep you out of the elements, then this is the jacket for you!
10. Marmot Minimalist Men’s Lightweight Rain Jacket
The final jacket on our list is the Men’s Marmot Minimalist Lightweight Outdoor/Rain Jacket! Marmot is another large outdoors apparel company that was started in 1974. Marmot’s focus is purely on their commitment to designing the highest quality clothing and equipment that they can.
This jacket is 100% polyester, and is really designed to provide absolute waterproofness along with a breathable design that will keep you comfortable. The Marmot Minimalist jacket features GORE-TEX and PACLITE technology, which is the key to providing waterproofing along with breathability and the ability to pack the jacket into a small bundle. The PitZip technology by Marmot is a nice change from some traditional rain jackets I’ve had. These zippers underneath your armpits allow you to control and regulate the jackets internal temperature. Along with this, this jacket features weatherproof-taped seams, which helps to keep wind and water leaks out of your sleeves, and helps to keep you dry. Another great feature of this jacket is the hood and the hood straps that come with it. The hood is big enough that it provides great protection from wind and rain, but it also features straps that allow you to take complete control of the shape and where your hood lays.
Overall this is a great jacket for hiking when you know you’re going to be faced with rain y and windy weather. This jacket is tried and true, and you can know for a fact that it will stand up to heavy rain.
Final Thoughts on Men’s Hiking Jackets
Hiking can be one of the most freeing and relaxing experiences any person can experience. It connects humans with nature, and it allows you to keep active. That being said, as we’ve mentioned being prepared when you go on a hike is extremely important. No matter if you are going on a day hike or if you are going for a few days, you need to have the right equipment and apparel to keep you safe from the elements.
Having the right type of jacket when hiking is one of the most important pieces of apparel that you can have when you go hiking. Having the right type of jacket when hiking can be the difference between staying dry and out of the wind, and facing hypothermia if you don’t have a waterproof jacket. Above we have mentioned 10 different men’s hiking jackets. Each one of these jackets are slightly different and can be used for different purposes. Some of these jackets are made simply for cool days and are more designed to be a windbreaker. On the other hand, some of these jackets are designed to go toe to toe with some of the most extreme weather on Earth, and are designed to keep you comfortable in subzero conditions.
Overall, when you are looking to purchase a jacket for a hiking, you really need to have a grasp on the needs of your hike. If you are looking for a jacket for the Pacific Northwest, then you will need a jacket that is extremely waterproof, while still having some level of temperature resistance to it. If you are looking for a lightweight jacket to wear on a mild temperature day hike, then you will want a jacket that has water and wind resistance and is breathable enough to keep you comfortable. In the end, you simply need to make sure that you are prepared with the jacket that is right for you and your needs!
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