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    How to choose a hiking jacket

    Hiking jackets keep you cozy as you traverse trails and brave the elements. These jackets are practical with wind proofing, layering compatibility and packability and come in sleek designs and vibrant colors.

    While all hiking jackets get the job done, there’s a few things to consider when picking the perfect jacket for your hike:

    • Weather conditions: Thinking about the weather conditions you might face and the temp range helps give you a base idea for your jacket

    • Layering compatibility: You want your jacket to fit properly, but you also want to ensure that you have enough room for some base layers or mid layers to adjust your warmth without making it a tight fit

    • Insulation level: You can always get warmer with layers, but choosing a good base insulation level is key to keeping comfortable; colder climates require more insulation, but if it’s milder a light shell jacket will do

    • Durability: Hiking jackets are tough to withstand rough terrain, but if you find yourself on more technical trails look out for reinforced fabrics on areas that see abrasion the most, like your elbows

    Beyond the basics, look out for pockets and storage, packability and waterproofing if needed, all things to make you comfier as you embark on your next adventure. Zip up your new hiking jacket from brands like MEC, The North Face, Patagonia and Arc’teryx and let the hiking begin.