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Mountain + Peak + View

BEST WATERPROOF JACKETS: KEEP DRY, LOOK GREAT

Scrambling Stanage Edge, trail running in Snowdonia and backpacking from London to Benicàssim. These are just three ideas for summertime adventures, but what are yours? If you’re hiking here in the UK or trekking further afield in Europe and beyond, preparation for unpredictable weather is the key to a safe and successful trip.

 

Here are our new season waterproof jackets with some amazing destination recommendations for your next trip.


Ice Climbing

Climb + Mountain

Norway and North America are the best spots for high-level ice climbing this time of year. Just ask Tim Emmett, who in February 2016 scaled the 260ft Interstellar Spice in Canada’s Helmcken Falls, the very first WI 12-graded ice climb in the world (believe us, it’s an incredible, superhuman accomplishment). Closer to home, you can get a taste for ice climbing at Ice Factor in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.

GORE-TEX PRO

The Arc’teryx Beta LT Gore-Tex Pro (pictured below) is waterproof, windproof, breathable and durable for climbing and mountaineering in extreme environments. Gore-Tex Pro has a three-layer membrane, tested to provide complete protection from the outside elements while allowing sweat and vapour to escape. This keeps you cool when you’re working and dry when you’re resting. 

Scrambling

Two of Britain’s finest scrambles are undeniably the knife-edged Crib Goch in Snowdonia and Striding Edge in the Lake District, which leads up to Helvellyn. Even in the sunshine you’re exposed to the wind, so tread carefully and confidently, using walking boots with a sufficiently stiff sole and a jacket capable of keeping the cold at bay.

 

For more experienced mountaineers there are also the Black and Red Cuillin ridges on the Isle of Skye.

GORE-TEX C-KNIT BACKER

The Arc’teryx Zeta LT Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket (pictured) is constructed with more durable and therefore longer-lasting materials. C-Knit Technology offers enhanced softness and breathability without adding weight or compromising on durability and waterproof protection.

Waterproof Jacket + Hill

Hiking

The Lake District is always my first choice for multi-day adventures. There are 214 fells to choose from, and they’re so close together that it’s possible to tick off several in a single day.

 

If you’re looking for a classic Lakeland challenge, attempt the Bob Graham Round: a 24-hour, 42-fell feat which includes 66 miles of distance and 27,000ft of elevation. Or you could attempt to break Steve Birkinshaw’s record, in which he trailblazed all 214 Lake District fells in an impossible seven days, one hour and 25 minutes.

PERTEX SHIELD+

The Rab Men’s Spark Jacket (pictured) features new and improved waterproof Pertex Shield+ technology, which provides the same high levels of weather protection and breathability but at a significantly lighter weight.

 

The hydrophilic PU membrane is dynamically breathable, which means that the harder you hike, the faster it wicks away sweat.

 

 

Trail Running and Walking

From Dartmoor and the South Downs to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, Britain has an incredible selection of National Parks which offer lower-level walks which still have phenomenal views.

 

The concrete pillboxes which line the bridleways of Box Hill on the North Downs always draw me back to Surrey. En route, don’t forget to visit Denbies Wine Estate and enjoy a walk through their vineyards.

 

 GORE-TEX ACTIVE AND HYDROSHELL

If you’re trail running, Gore-Tex Active is water resistant and extremely breathable. For warm weather walking, Berghaus’s Hydroshell Light Hike Jacket (pictured) is odour resistant, completely waterproof and engineered to keep you dry and fresh.