Take your pick of the four seasons and you’ll find that each one comes with unexpected weather and changing temperatures. Ready to embark on an outdoor adventure? Fortunately, we are not made of sugar so a little rain and mud shouldn’t’ keep you from enjoying the outdoors, it only makes it more exciting! And with the right gear, you’re ready for anything.
Finding the perfect raincoat or choosing the right winter jacket aren’t always easy tasks but they aren’t impossible. For those spending a lot of time commuting, if you don’t already, you should have at least one GORE-TEX coat in your closet. This membrane is almost essential when it comes time to braving the elements, especially when Mother Nature is releasing her worst.
What is GORE-TEX?
GORE-TEX is an extremely porous membrane (9 billion pores per square inch, nothing less) and impressively waterproof. It is said to be “breathable” because it allows water vapour to escape without allowing the liquids to penetrate in the opposite direction. Particularly durable, this membrane is found in a host of technical clothing, including many models of waterproof coats.
Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket
A versatile coat by design, the Arc’teryx Beta AR is particularly popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Designed to be worn year-round, but especially effective during your winter alpine activities, this waterproof shell will keep you warm and dry even in the face of the worst weather mixes. Made completely waterproof thanks to its breathable GORE-TEX® membrane, it is also reinforced with more robust fabrics on high friction areas (on the shoulders or elbows for example). Like all the clothes offered by the Canadian brand Arc’teryx, Beta AR is an ingeniously crafted product with impressive technical details.
Norrøna lofoten GORE-TEX Insulated Jacket
A specialist in alpine expeditions of all kinds, the Norwegian brand Norrøna brings a new approach to outdoor innovation. The lofoten insulated jacket is a finely crafted classic whose design has been perfected over the years. It’s perfect for mountain outings off the beaten path when the sky is grey and temperatures are uncertain. Reinforced areas, harness compatible pockets, waterproof zippers, GORE-TEX taped seams, the lofoten GORE-TEX Insulated Jacket is a breathable, durable and waterproof garment that will surely not disappoint!
Black Diamond Liquid Point GTX Shell
Waterproof, lightweight and extremely compact, Black Diamond’s Liquid Point GTX shell is made for the mountain. Equipped with numerous pockets, sealed seams and a helmet-compatible hood, it is particularly practical and functional. Hiking, skiing or climbing, the Liquid Point GTX will suit all your alpine activities in a variety of weather conditions.
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
The Triolet Jacket from Patagonia is a shell that likes being in the rain. Lighter than most hard shells, it is a breathable and flexible jacket that will make it easy for you to practice your favourite outdoor activities, even when the rain is falling. The GORE-TEX 3L membrane on the Triolet jacket makes it waterproof, windproof and extremely breathable.
The North Face Apex Flex GTX 3.0 Jacket
Rain is not an excuse for staying locked inside! Get out and enjoy your favourite activities, even when the rains fall, wearing the Apex Flex GTX 3.0 Jacket. A favourite for those who have had the chance to put the jacket to the test, it is a light and comfortable coat which will keep you dry no matter how hard the rain falls.