Rupert Parker continues his series on Jackets for anywhere. This time he tackles jackets that can shrink to fit carry on luggage.
In spite of their shrinking cabin baggage allowance, most airlines still allow you to carry a jacket, or at least let you wear it when you’re boarding. Of course you may have more than one, or you might be going from extremes of hot to cold, so you have to stash the jacket in your luggage. All these pack down small, are lightweight, yet rise to the challenges of all-weather travel.
Vaude Zebru UL 3L Jacket £310 198g
Really, I couldn’t believe how small this rolls up and how light it is. They say it’s completely waterproof and windproof and also highly breathable thanks to the Ceplex membrane. It’s a three layer alpine jacket with some stretchability and has two front pockets with ample space for gloves and maps.
There are adjustable cuffs, with Velcro tabs, and an adjustable hood plus a draw cord at the bottom. It’s the perfect jacket for carrying around and can withstand more than the occasional light shower. If you care about these things, then the fabric has been waterproofed in an environmentally-friendly way without PFCs.
DIDRIKSONS Robin Jacket £130 685g
Norwegian brand DIDRIKSONS is famous for quality and this shell jacket, with a mesh lining, is built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The trademarked STORMsystem means it’s 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable.
It’s also stylish so you won’t look like you’ve just come down from the mountains if you wear it around town. The jacket is fully adjustable at the cuffs, hem and it has a detachable hood. It also has an inner pocket and two outer zip pockets. To avoid zip burn, a felt guard under your chin offers extra comfort. The material has a PFC-free finish so it’s also eco-friendly.
Rohan Envoy Jacket £249 620g
When you need to be smart then this stylish charcoal Rohan Envoy jacket fits the bill. It’s a crease-resistant blend of natural wool and polyester which has been treated with a stain-repellent Teflon finish. It’s also stretchable, allowing freedom of movement, and fully washable and fast to dry. Inside are 2 zipped pockets for passport and wallet plus a buttoned phone pocket. A hidden, in-seam security pocket at the waist should protect you from even the most diligent mugger. Believe it or not, there’s also an anti-odour silver lining to help you stay fresh. You can also buy matching Envoy trousers so you have a smart suit for the most formal of occasions.
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As with most outdoor gear, you can often find these jackets at discounted prices on the internet. Just make sure you’ve checked them for size before buying online.