Everyone has a favourite pursuit and a jacket is undoubtedly the most important part of gear kit for that pursuit. In order to protect themselves from the natural elements, climbers, bikers, hikers, skiers, mountaineers and snowboarders carry jackets with them. Previously, there was only one type that worked for every purpose. But now there are a variety of types available in stores.
Here is a list of the five most basic styled ones that offer you ample options to choose from. They are as follows –
The Shell Jacket
A shell type is the best for protection against snow, rain and wind. Versatility, weight savings, and simplicity are some of its basic features. These are packable, durable, highly breathable and quick-drying because of triple, double or single layer synthetic material that is used. They are lightweight in spite of its waterproof and windproof technologies.
The Soft-shell Jacket
A soft-shell one is the most versatile type of all jackets. This is very soft because of its flexible body material. It can be worn as a mid layer and an outer layer in severe and moderate weathers respectively. It is typically made up of nylon, elastane or stretch-woven polyester. A softshell jacket provides both warmth and protection from wet and windy weather. It is an exceptional choice for aerobic activities like climbing, skiing, biking, hiking and running because of its high level of breathability.
The Insulated Jacket
Insulated ones are mainly used to trap body heat. Lightweight insulated and insulated ski/snowboard jackets are the two primary types. It not only traps body heat but also has high water-resistant features that make it more protective than the other jackets. It is mainly used for cold weather sports like winter mountaineering, snowboarding, skiing and ice climbing.
The Fleece Jacket
A fleece is warm, soft and lightweight because of its mixed polyester and wool material. It can be best worn for cool-to-cold temperatures. It is used in any activity because it maintains the warmth and dries quickly if one gets wet. Fleeces are available in a variety of weights. Most warmth is provided by the heaviest weighing fleece.
The Casual Jacket
Casual ones are the most stylish jackets of all. Various materials are used in different types of such offerings that can range from lightweight synthetic to heavy-duty waterproof fabrics, heavy to mid-weight wool and leather. Blazers, bombers, pea coats, trench coats, military jackets, and down parkas are some of its various types.