How to choose a waterproof hiking jacket?

Choosing the right waterproof jacket isn't straightforward, so check out our tips for making the right choice! In the mountains, the weather changes quickly so you're advised to wear a waterproof jacket when hiking. Quechua offers a wide range of waterproof jackets, lightweight, warm, 3-in-1 jackets, and jackets with or without ventilation which offer different levels of waterproofing. Choosing the right jacket isn't a straightforward matter so check out our advice to help you make the right choice!

How to choose a waterproof hiking jacket?

There are 3 criteria that determine your choice of waterproof jacket: the level of waterproofing, the outside temperature and the intensity of your exercise.


Depending on the level of protection you need, you can choose between different levels of waterproofing. For each jacket, the level of waterproofing is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. These ratings are developed through technical lab tests; the higher the rating, the more waterproof the jacket. Find out how waterproofing levels are calculated in our article here.


Ratings of 2 and 3 indicate that the jacket can offer protection during a shower with 6-12 cm of rainfall in 1-2 hours


A rating of 4 indicates that the jacket can offer protection during a storm with 30 cm of rainfall in 3 hours.


A rating of 5 indicates that the jacket can offer protection during a thunderstorm, with 1.8 m of rainfall in 4 hours!


We offer 2 kinds of hiking jackets: lightweight jackets and warm jackets. Lightweight jackets are unlined or only have a lightweight lining and so are worn in warm weather, in mid-season or in winter over a warm layer such as a fleece or micro-padded jacket.

In cold weather, warm jackets have a warm lining, some of which are detachable, which are called "3-in-1" jackets. This means that, depending on the temperature, you can remove the inner layer (it's a fleece or a zipped down liner inside the jacket) depending on the temperature and transform it into a lightweight jacket.


Finally, the last criterion to consider is the intensity of your hike. The greater the intensity, the more you'll perspire, in which case you'll need a ventilated jacket. We talk about mechanical ventilation, when there's a ventilation zip. These are generally located under the arms, but some pockets also have mesh which helps perspiration wicking.

For even better ventilation, wear breathable clothing under your jacket and remember to keep your sleeve cuffs and jacket bottom open.