The weather is warm, but the air is humid. The wind is strong, yet inconsistent. It’s not always easy to know what to wear between seasons. To help you, we’ve put together a list of 10 criteria to consider when shopping for a mid-season jacket: the one that will make you happy to go out anytime the weather is unruly.
1. Water Resistance
What’s the first thing you should do when shopping for a mid-season jacket of ANY kind? Read the label. If your priority is staying dry, whether for work or the activities you do, make sure that the material has a waterproof membrane or contains Gore-Tex, a fan favourite for outdoor enthusiasts. It evaporates perspiration while prohibiting water penetration.Women’s rain jackets Men’s rain jackets
2. The wind factor
To avoid shivering when the wind starts blowing, a polyester fabric – recycled or not – is what you need. Look for a mid-season jacket that’s 100% wind-resistant, softshell, with a zipper that zips all the way up to the chin and includes storm flaps for extra protection.Women’s windbreakers Men’s windbreakers
3. The pockets
The number of pockets as well as their placement is another detail to consider. Certain models have pockets that are climbing-harness compatible, and others can morph into a stow-away bag. If your hands tend to get cold, hand warmer pockets could make your day. And if you’re someone whose phone battery seems to die in the cold every time you’re ready to take a picture, you might enjoy an inside pocket that will keep your phone warm.
4. The “adjustable” potential
The more active you are, the more you will need clothes that stay in place. Straps help attach your mid-season jacket to your sports pants, and drawstrings at the ankles, waist, neck, and wrists can help tighten or loosen certain parts of your outfit depending on the layers you’re wearing and the movements that you need to make.
5. The hood
If you’re looking for a mid-season insulated jacket to put on under outer layer, forget doubling up on hoods which will be more uncomfortable than anything else. But if, on the contrary, you’re looking for a jacket to ward off the wind and rain, choose a model with an adjustable hood with built-in visor. You can even choose a hood made for a helmet if you’re looking to bike or skateboard. And if you can’t decide, go for a jacket with a removable hood that you can store away if need be.
How intense will your physical exertion be when you wear your mid-season jacket? The person who will be going out running doesn’t need the same type of jacket as the person who will wear it to get to work and to run errands. We’ve already mentioned that certain materials like Gore-Tex breathe better than others. If you’re preparing for more intense physical activity and you’d like to avoid feeling humid and, subsequently, cold, avoid nylon, cotton, and Spandex. Choose a jacket with ventilation zippers under the arms. On the other hand, if you are looking for something warmer, a quilted nylon vest could be your perfect in-between on chillier days.
Several brands offer a lifetime guarantee on their products. Ask your Sales Consultant about whether or not the material of the jacket is durable or not. Note: a lifetime guarantee of a product is equivalent to the product’s expected lifetime. And your product will have a healthy life if maintained appropriately with the right cleaning products!
Although raincoats and softshell jackets aren’t normally meant to be layered, down-filled and other types of insulated jackets are designed to keep you warm when little physical exertion is required, or the air is particularly humid. For a hot chocolate break by the campfire or pause for a granola bar on a mountaintop, warmth is the goal here. To measure the duvet quality – whether synthetic or natural – you’ll see a number on the tag between 550 and 900. This indicates its volume and capacity to reshape after having been used or washed. The higher the number, the better the quality. If you are an animal advocate, check if the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) has been respected.
9. Density and weight
You want to bring your jacket along with you on an adventure? Make sure that your mid-season jacket is light and packable. Certain models even come with a carrying bag to maximize the space in your luggage.
10. The cut
Last but not least, consider the cut of the item. And we’re not just talking about style or fit. A longer cut is practical for sitting on cold surfaces, while a shorter cut is better for sports or a more active lifestyle. In the same way, a fitted style will be warmer, while a looser-fitting style can fit more layers underneath, depending on the activities you intend to undertake.Women’s mid-season jackets Men’s mid-season jackets