Hardshell jackets feature a membrane layer. This membrane seals the jacket against external water and water, while allowing water vapour to pass to the outside. Gore-Tex revolutionised the entire outdoor world with this technology in the 1970s, but nowadays, many other manufacturers combine wind and weather protection with high breathability. The breathability and water column may vary slightly from one supplier to the next, however, what all hardshells have in common, is that the fabric permanently retains its performance. Finally, you’ll need to consider the quality of workmanship, individual wear-resistance requirements, weight and details such as pockets.
Hardshell jackets: waterproof, windproof and storm proof
Hardshell jackets are unrivalled in their ability to protect the body from the wind and the rain as well as other types of adverse environments and alpine conditions. These robust yet flexible jackets are highly windproof, waterproof, lightweight and durable, while still remaining breathable and well ventilated. Whether you plan to hit the slopes, hike through all four seasons, climb a mountain, or cycle through the rain, stay warm, dry and comfortable with the Addnature.co.uk range of hardshell jackets that are developed with men, women and children of all ages in mind.
Hardshell jackets with guaranteed full protection for you
The differences between softshell and hardshell jackets are that hardshell jackets are usually completely waterproof, windproof and storm proof. These versatile jackets are manufactured to act as an outer layer of protection and usually incorporate innovative technologies such as breathable mesh linings, hoods to keep the rain from your head and zippers that reduce stitching and seams to further increase water resistance. Hardshell jackets are often made using industry-leading fabrics such as water repellent Gore-Tex or eVent, which are breathable membranes that are engineered to keep the body dry yet cool during sports and movement, while during rest time, these same technologies offer warmth and comfort. Hardshell jackets work well on their own during warmer parts of the year and can be reinforced by layering up with other textiles such as wool, fleece and polyester fabrics in colder months and wintery conditions.
Hardshell jackets provide outerwear for all seasons
If you enjoy outdoor sports and leisure activities in extreme conditions but you don’t yet own a hardshell jacket, browse the Addnature.co.uk website’s portfolio where you can choose the hardshell jacket that is best suited to your needs. A range of leading brands, including Patagonia, The North Face and Haglöfs, offer jackets that are designed to be light and thin yet robust and durable enough to resist tough wind, heavy rain and other demanding environments.
One key factor of our hardshell jackets is that they are engineered to remain breathable, letting air in while transporting moisture out. This ideal quality provides perfect ventilation during different outdoor activities. Each jacket additionally has its own unique and stylish design and models come in a range of colours to suit all tastes. Colourful, classic, high-quality and technically superior jackets are presented side by side on the Addnature.co.uk website, where you’ll also find jackets that feature a range of technical details, including hoods, laminated pockets, adjustable waistcoats, tapered seams and ventilated zippers. Jackets are straight cut for maximised freedom of movement and come in a choice of different thicknesses according to whether you plan to use the jacket for everyday use, or instead for activities that take place in more challenging environments.
Hardshell jackets are also made from quick dry materials that are both slim and lightweight, meaning they can be packed down and carried around easily when required, making them ideal for transportation during hiking, excursions and other travels.