There are three general considerations to take into account when shopping for a hiking jacket; breathability, comfort and waterproof.

The last one is particularly important if you live in a country where rain is a common occurrence.

Investing in a decent jacket can keep you warm and dry for years to come, alongside providing comfort for whatever weather you may be hiking in.

There are so many hiking jackets on the market that are designed for women, so it can often be hard to choose.

They also vary greatly in prices, however, remember that the cheaper ones often don’t have quality breathable systems built in, so you can be certain you will get hot and sweaty quite quickly, something that we all would want to avoid.

Think about where you may wear this jacket.

Is it as a top layer for casual use or are you heading out on a camping trip and expecting extreme conditions where extra consideration needs to be taken.

You may need to think about what colour to choose as it could be an important safety factor.

Next, take a look at the following different jackets to see which may suit you the best.

Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket

Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket
Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket pocket close up
Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket close up

This brilliant jacket uses Gore-Tex technology to ensure the best waterproofing possible, even in the heaviest of downpours.

The Gore-Tex keeps water out and the jacket is fitted with a highly breathable membrane so that the sweat is wicked away before you notice it, even for people taking on intense exercise.

This jacket is a top choice by many outdoor athletes including long distance hikers and mountain climbers.

The pockets are handy and are of good size so that items that need to be accessed quickly can be stored in there easily.

The fit would suit most women, however taller individuals may find that it cuts quite short on the torso.

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Regatta Ladies’ Blanchet Jacket

Regatta Ladies’ Blanchet Jacket

The Regatta Blanchet jacket employs Hydrafort polyester fabric to keep its owner dry.

Not only is it designed well to keep the wearer dry, it also has a lovely Thermo-Guard insulation to make sure it keeps you dry in colder weather.

Therefore, this jacket is a good choice for everyday wear and on those days where there is a chill in the air or the weather appears slightly undecided.

The hood can be adjusted at the hem to ensure a snug and wind proof fit but can also be packed away if the rain is absent.

Thanks to its thick inner padding, there is no need to layer up underneath this jacket and with regards to length and fit, it should sit just nicely in between the hips and the thighs giving it a little extra cover.

Craghoppers Women’s Compress Lite Packaway Jacket

Craghoppers Women’s Compress Lite Packaway Jacket

This is the perfect option for hikers that live, or are visiting, a location where they do not expect much rain, yet want to have that protection if the skies do open.

It is lightweight and can be conveniently compressed into its own bag without compromising the level of padding within the jacket upon removal.

There are two pockets that are lined with fleece like material, an added bonus when it comes to keeping your hands warm!

If space is limited, then this is the hiking jacket to opt for.

The North Face Women’s Inlux Insulated Jacket

The North Face Women%u2019s Inlux Insulated Jacket

The extremely attractive North Face Inlux brings style and practicality to the world of women’s hiking jackets.

It is created with a lightweight synthetic insulation and a breathable outer fabric technology known as DryVent to ensure that all rain stays out and the warmth of the body stays in.

There is a soft-fleece lining added to the collar and body to help retain body heat.

It is not so fitted as other women’s hiking jackets but has a more relaxed fit with a drop tail hem and a removable, fully adjustable hood also lined with the soft fleece like material.

Craghoppers Women’s Apex Waterproof Jacket

Craghoppers Women’s Apex Waterproof Jacket

The fit of this jacket is super feminine and would suit any shape and size woman.

The flattering jacket has three pockets each secured by a zip, one of which is an inner pocket which is extremely useful for carrying important hiking maps.

The DWR finish on the outside of the AquaDry Membrane jacket makes sure that water simply forms beads and rolls off, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable.

Mesh lined and consisting of an adjustable hem around both the waist and the hood works to maintain warmth in a breezy environment.

With a top-quality breathable system and lightweight material, this is a great option for hikers that are looking for a reliable and easy to transport top of the range jacket.

Sprayway Women’s Eos GORE-TEX Jacket

Sprayway Women%u2019s Eos GORE-TEX Jacket

Sprayway is a quality British brand that has been at the forefront of outdoor clothing since 1974.

This impressive jacket not only has one GORE-TEX layer, but two which shows the confidence that Sprayway has in this technology, creating a jacket that is fully waterproof and perfectly breathable that can be trusted in any environment.

The jacket can also pack into its own map pocket for ease of mobility and features a mesh and Taffeta combination lining and a two-way adjustable wire peaked hood.

Jack Wolfskin Women’s Troposphere Waterproof Jacket

Jack Wolfskin Women’s Troposphere Waterproof Jacket

A cleverly designed jacket consisting of an outer layer known as Texaprore O2+ which is ideal for individuals, like hikers, who are involved in more exertive outdoor activities.

This jacket has also been created with a cable duct for headphones, an often-overlooked feature on many other jackets.

With a mix of 70% hydrophobic duck down and 30% synthetic insulation the jacket remains lightweight yet has one of the best levels of warmth as well as waterproof and windproof protection.

Thanks to the Texaprore O2 technology, this jacket remains highly breathable in sun, rain, wind or snow, with convenient venting zips under the arms that can be opened when activity levels are high.

When combining comfort, function and looks, the above seven jackets are some of the best priced and best quality on the market.

For serious quality, expect to pay higher amounts, but do bear in mind that this jacket will be an investment that will serve you for many years ahead.

There is a great choice of styles and colours in this years list of the best winter jackets.

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