A jacket is one of the most important pieces of clothing to have in your outdoor wardrobe, it has to protect you from the elements but at the same time control perspiration build up and manage heat (either release excessive heat or to aid in maintaining it in your mid layers) to help keep you comfortable. A Vertical waterproof and windproof jacket should always be with you your walks, treks, alpine climbs and ski tours. Depending on the activity you will look for different features in a waterproof jacket For alpine climbing, mountaineering and ski touring you will most likely want a durable jacket, but still weight is a consideration. It must be able to withstand prolonged bad weather; not restrict movement, so stretch materials are a benefit; the hood should fit over a climbing or ski helmet; additional durability in high wear areas and possibly some extra pockets for additional storage on the move. For hiking and trekking you might want a lighter, more versatile jacket. You still need high level waterproof and breathable protection but you can save weight by not having as heavy materials, you will not expose the jacket to high levels of abrasion like a mountaineer would. Our MP+ membrane fabrics used in these types of jacket still offer good durability. But a lighter, more flexible jacket is of more benefit. Discover the full range of Vertical jackets to carry and wear on your journeys and travels in the outdoors.