When the weather turns chilly, don’t let it stop you from enjoying the best of what the world has to offer. Whether hiking through a frosty forest, windswept hillside, or braving it in the rain, as long as you have a decent winter hiking jacket, you’re good to go!
Autumn and winter can be some of the most beautiful seasons to explore the great outdoors. Here’s a guide to the best winter hiking jackets for men so you can enjoy these colder seasons at their fullest.
A note on mid-layers and outer-layers
When hiking, it is usually preferable to wear layers so you don’ get too hot or too cold. You start with a base layer (like a jumper over other clothing). Then you have a mid-layer for warmth, usually a fleece or down-filled jacket. The outer layer should be windproof and waterproof. This means that you can wear just some, or a combination of the layers to get the ideal comfort level for the environment.
This post shows winter jackets for men that are both warm and waterproof, removing the need for a mid-layer, unless you are in the Arctic!
How is waterproofness measured?
Each jacket has a waterproof rating. It is described in mm, such as 5000mm, 10,000mm, 20,000mm etc. This refers to the amount of water that the material is able to withstand over the course of a day, before it begins to soak through.
Anything above 5000mm is considered to be very waterproof, enough to get through rainy day hikes.
Waterproof Winter Hiking Jackets for Men
R RUNVEL Men’s Waterproof
The R Runvel waterproof hiking jacket offers plenty of warmth for many outdoor activities. Windproof and waterproof to a whopping 20,000mm, you will stay cosy and dry when hiking.
Take on the cloud covered mountain with confidence, stride out on a grey day, this winter hiking jacket is a top performer.
The outer material is durable and tear-resistant, so you can put it through its paces, hop over styles, through overgrown paths, without it being ripped.
The inner is a soft, thick fleece material with cotton padding, helping keep heat in.
An adjustable hood and drawstring hem helps you keep out those draughty gusts of wind, and it also has plenty of zipped pockets to stash your phone, compass, mini-first aid kit, snack, or anything else you like to take with your when you go hiking.
One possible negative with this winter hiking jacket is that the pocket on the chest is a mock pocket. Not really sure what the point of adding it is, perhaps for fashion! However you might be able to put an emergency pen in there, or hang something lightweight from the zip pull!
Overall, this is a snug winter hiking jacket for men that is great for protecting you from the elements. It’s also good value for money. Check the latest price.
Tacvasen Men’s Winter Hiking Jacket
The Tacvasen winter hiking jacket for men is a warm, windproof and waterproof garment that will keep you warm in cold weather.
Waterproof rating is 20,000mm, so if you decide to go walking for hours in the rain, you are sure to stay nice and dry!
The inner is lined with cosy fleece material, and the adjustable cuffs keep out the draught.
There’s plenty of pockets to store your phone, wallet, keys etc. comprising of two inner pockets, two side zipped pockets, and small chest pocket.
It also has a detachable hood. There is one possible negative though, and that is some users report that the hood is a little on the small side. This could be a problem when hiking in the rain, unless you have some other type of waterproof hat.
This jacket has 6 colour options, so you can choose to blend in with your surroundings if you want to get close to wildlife, or stand out and be seen.
Overall, this is a budget friendly winter hiking jacket that delivers plenty. Check the latest price.
Mountain Warehouse Bracken Extreme Mens 3 in 1 Waterproof Jacket
3 in 1 jackets consist of a detachable fleece inner, with a waterproof outer layer, giving you three options as to how to wear it. This means it is great for changeable weather conditions.
This Mountain Warehouse Bracken Extreme is a super warm and waterproof hiking jacket that will keep you warm and dry for hours, even in heavy rain. The taped seams and double storm flap stops wind and rain from getting in at the seams or zips.
Thermally tested to be comfortable even at temperatures as low as -20°C, and a 10,000mg waterproof rating, this hiking jacket is well up to the job. The IsoDry fabric also has a breathable membrane to allow perspiration out.
The hood, hem and cuffs are adjustable to keep you snug, and there are plenty of pockets to keep your things. It’s even headphone compatible!
With six colour options, you can find what suits you. Blend in or be bold!
Fully guaranteed for 3 years, you won’t get much better for scampering about the countryside that this jacket by Mountain Warehouse!
CAMEL CROWN Men’s Waterproof Hiking Jacket
Perhaps not a brand you are familiar with yet, but Camel Crown is becoming more known for quality sportswear.
The waterproof rating of this men’s hiking jacket is 10,000mm, so you will stay dry in heavy rain. It is also breathable, warm and windproof.
Lined with fleece and 180g of cotton padding, you will be able to face chilly hill walks, windy mountain tops, or frosty hiking paths!
The stand-up collar and detachable hood protect your neck from cold wind, and the cuffs have an elasticated sleeve with thumb holes, helping again to keep out wind and warm the hands. There is also a drawstring hem.
The material is scratch resistant, so it will stay looking good for a long time.
There are lots of pockets inside and out, all different sizes to fit your belongings, including one with a headphone port hole.
Did I mention that there are nine colour options to choose from? If all that isn’t enough – just look at the cool camel logo!
This is a superb quality waterproof hiking jacket for men with hundreds of great reviews.
If you like hiking, then you know that your experience often relies on how good your gear is, especially in cold or weather. Whether is hiking boots for wide feet, lightweight tents, or wood-burning camping stoves, having the right kit with you will make any hiking trip an epic adventure.