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

How to Choose a Waterproof Hiking Jacket

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!


Depending on the level of protection you need, you can choose between different levels of waterproofing. For each jacket, the level of waterproofing is graded on a scale of 1 to 5. These ratings are developed through technical lab tests; the higher the rating, the more waterproof the jacket.



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 thunderstorm with 30 cm of rainfall in 3 hours.



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

How to Choose a Waterproof Hiking Jacket


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

In cold weather, you should choose a warm jacket with a warm lining; some of these jackets have a detachable lining and are called "3-in-1" jackets. This means that, depending on the temperature, you can remove the inner layer (either a fleece or padded jacket zipped to inside of jacket) and convert it to a lightweight jacket.


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

For improved ventilation, wear breathable clothing under your jacket and remember to leave the cuffs and bottom of jacket unfastened.


If you plan to walk in the rain for a long time, wear a poncho over your jacket which will provide complete waterproofing and help protect your backpack!