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We've provided a comprehensive rundown on the key product principles to allow you to make an informed decision on what best suits your needs for commutes, country walks or big expeditions.


It's essential that you consider the type of activity you're going to get up to when you're choosing a jacket. We've split them into three categories to help you make an informed decision on what's right for you.


These will have minimal features and be insubstantial in regards to weight. Designed to be thrown on at a moment's notice, they should be worn during high-intensity activities when weight needs to be taken into consideration. A space-saver, many can pack themselves into a pocket to offer the perfect balance between weight and performance.


Although they may spend most of their time in your pack, they can comfortably cater with most types of precipitation, from relentless drizzle to summer downpours. Embellished with more fit adjustments and pockets, they're at the midpoint between weight and pack size, and come into their own when the forecast is uncertain.


Often including many more features to add to their comfort and habitability, as weight isn't the primary concern. Created to withstand the cold, wind, snow and rain, they usually contain a thick insulation to keep the body warm even when it's not in motion that protects from both wind and precipitation.


For when you know you'll be needing protection all day, they're made from durable, high breathable materials that thrive in the worst conditions. They include all the features required for intense activities such as mountaineering and climbing in snow or rain, as well as the zones where heavy wear is necessary.


The technology behind water protection is the formation of an impervious barrier to prevent precipitation from penetrating the surface. There are two basic methods to waterproofing a fabric – membranes and coatings. These are applied to the inside of the outer fabric to ensure you stay dry on your routes.

The typical test for waterproofing is to build up water pressure on the surface of the fabric and measure how much it can withstand before water passes through. A higher standard of waterproofing allows for more durability and therefore means the jacket stays waterproof for longer.

Water Resistance

The lowest level of water protection. If a garment resists water, the fabric acts as a barrier between you and a light shower, taking time for the water to pass through.

Water Repellent

Water can’t easily penetrate the material, and beads on the outside instead. However, if the skies open and release a lot of rain, water starts to seep in through the coating.


Even when pressured, it will be impervious to water. The amount of pressure that can be put on the garment before you get wet varies, as shown in the table below:

GORE-TEX products provide the best-in-class waterproof protection you can rely on. Whether you're dashing through downtown showers or staring into the face of a mountain storm, you get innovative waterproofness, windproofness, and excellent breathability.




0 - 1,500mm

Water resistant / Snowproof

Very light rain

1,500mm - 5,000mm


Light to average rain


Very Waterproof

Moderate to heavy rain


Highly Waterproof

Heavy rain


When referring to the breathability of jackets, it’s examining the extent to which the garment allows the moisture to escape. When wearing a ‘non-breathable’ garment, even partaking in light activity will result in you overheating quickly.

The body's response to exertion is to perspire, but because there’s nowhere for vapour to escape, the interior of the jacket becomes wet. Overheating is followed by a dramatic reduction in body temperature as the trapped moisture acts a thermal conductor - transferring your body heat nearly 25x faster than dry clothing would. This results in leaving you feeling uncomfortable and in extreme cases can lead to dehydration or the onset of hypothermia.

All breathable systems rely on a difference in humidity and pressure between the inside and the outside of the garment to work. This means that even the most breathable system won’t be as efficient when the outside atmosphere is wet.

Breathable Membranes

These consist of a very thin film, that contains microscopic pores that are large enough for body moisture to pass through, but small enough to keep water droplets out. A waterproof membrane is always, by definition, windproof.

At the heart of a GORE-TEX fabric is an extremely thin membrane that keeps out water but also allows sweat vapour to escape, so you stay drier and more comfortable even when you’re active. The microscopic pores on the membrane are 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet, meaning they can’t pass through. The pores are 700 times larger than a water vapour molecule which means perspiration passes right through. This is what makes the membrane breathable.


Windproofing is an important quality in the outdoors, particularly if you're at a height. Hill walking and climbing increases your exposure to winds much more than when you're walking in lower areas. Without any type of windproofing protection, cold vapours can reach you, causing nasty chills and discomfort.

Windproof garments typically also have water repellent properties and tend to be more breathable than the waterproof alternatives. This usually makes them ideal for the British climate, when it's regularly cold and drizzly but isn't constantly pouring with heavy rain.

Windproof coatings and membranes can be applied to a garment to achieve windproofing. Most waterproofs, thanks to their coating, are also windproof. However, a windproof garment doesn't automatically mean waterproof membranes are added to the inner of a garment to make them windproof.


A material that doesn't let the wind through. They're made windproof by weaving fabrics very tightly, so the gaps between the threads are too small for air to pass through at speed.


Trail Shoes

They are low-cut models with flexible midsoles that are excellent for day hikes. They can even be used as trail-running shoes on long-distance journeys.

Trail Hikers

These range from mid to hi-cut models are intended for day hikes or short backpacking trips with light loads. They flex easily but can lack support and durability for long journeys.

Hiking Boots

Created to carry heavier loads on multi-day trips that go deep into the topography. Most have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for outstanding support. Durable and supportive, they have stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear, and they’re suitable for both on or off-trail travel.

Hiking Boot Uppers

Full-grain leather: Offering excellent durability and abrasion resistance, full-grain leather can cope with tough weather conditions. Used in boots that are built for extended trips, with ample break in time needed.

Split-grain leather: Split-grain leather is usually paired with nylon to create a lightweight boot that offers excellent breathability. It "splits away" the rougher inner part of the cowhide from the smooth exterior leading to less resistance to water and abrasion.

Nubuck leather:Nubuck leather is full-grain leather that’s buffed to resemble suede. It is very durable and resists water and abrasion. It’s also flexible but needs time to break in before long hikes.

Synthetics:Polyester and nylon are common in modern boots. Lighter than leather, they break in quicker and dry faster.

Waterproof Membranes:Footwear billed as "waterproof" incorporate uppers constructed with waterproof membranes that keep feet dry in wet conditions.

Waterproof Membranes:Footwear billed as "waterproof" incorporate uppers constructed with waterproof membranes that keep feet dry in wet conditions.

Hiking Boot Outsoles

The midsole provides cushioning, protects feet from shock and determines a boot’s stiffness. Stiff boots are great for long hikes on rocky, uneven terrain, in which they supply better comfort and stability. The most common midsole materials are EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) and polyurethane.

EVA:Cushier, lighter and less expensive. Midsoles use varying densities of EVA to deliver firmer support where needed.

Polyurethane:Firmer and more durable, usually found in extended backpacking and mountaineering boots.

Hiking Boot Outsoles

Rubber is used on all hiking boot outsoles. Additives such as carbon can be added to boots in order to boost their hardness. Hard outsoles improve durability but can feel slick if go you off-trail.

Lug pattern:Lugs are traction-giving bumps on the outsole. Deeper, thicker lugs are used on mountaineering boots to improve grip. Widely spaced lugs provide traction and shed mud easily.

Heel brake:This is the clearly defined heel zone that’s distinct from the forefoot and arch. It reduces the chance of sliding during steep descents.

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Interest is calculated and compounded daily at a typical rate of 44.9% per annum for the delayed payment period and repayment period and is charged to your account at date of order as a lump sum.

Remember, avoid paying all interest by paying the cash price before the end of the delayed payment period. This can be done in one full payment or multiple partial payments.


What is Buy Now Pay Later?
Buy Now Pay Later is an interest bearing option that allows you to delay payments on your purchases for up to 12 months. The delayed payment period starts from the date of order (including pre-ordered items and those not ready for immediate dispatch).

You can choose:
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How interest is calculated?
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Interest is calculated and compounded daily at a typical rate of 44.9% per annum for the delayed payment period and repayment period and is charged to your account at date of order as a lump sum. This calculation factors in the planned payments that are requested during the repayment period. Your interest rate is personal to you and will be detailed in checkout.

How to avoid paying interest?
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Making partial payments may result in a portion of the lump sum of compound interest being refunded at the end of the delayed payment period.

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