Women's Outdoor Jackets for Mountain Sports

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A sudden chill on a summer hike, frigid temperatures on snowy mountain top, a tropical storm: Salewa’s Women's Outdoor Jackets keep you pushing on, no matter the weather. Our activity-specific jackets are tailored with free motion patterning to ensure ideal flexibility and movement whether you are delicately rock climbing or quickly trekking up a steep path. Tailor your look to your adventure - hardshell jackets offer optimal protection and greater durability, while softshell fabrics are more lightweight and offer added freedom of movement. For prime protection on a wet, cold climb, we recommend our mountain climbing jackets with GORE-TEX® for their outstanding waterproofing and windproofing properties. You’re fully prepared for adventures in warmer climates temperatures our water-repellent, flexible and breathable softshell. Combine style and performance by completing your outfit with matching softshell or hardshell Women's trousers from our selection of Women's Outdoor Bottoms.

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What types of outdoor jackets are there?

There are hundreds of outdoor jackets to choose from but the best place to start is by thinking about what activities you want it for.

  • Mountaineering – waterproof, windproof hardshell jacket that can be worn over the top of insulation layers but make sure the fit isn’t too loose so it gets in the way.
  • Speed hiking – Moving fast & light, you’ll want a lightweight packable jacket built for weather resistance, comfort, and maximum breathability.
  • Trekking – Waterproof, lightweight, breathable and comfortable, with good freedom of movement for mountains and trails.
  • Alpine life – Here, it’s more about warmth, comfort and breathability. Light weight is a bonus but not necessarily essential and the styling depends on what you like.
  • Ski Touring – Ski gear needs to be rugged and durable yet lightweight, as well as weatherproof. Consider ski-specific features like a helmet-compatible hood, ski pass pocket etc.
  • Climbing – Full freedom of movement for high reaches and lightweight – with light weather protection too.

How to choose a women’s outdoor jacket?

Once you’ve considered the activity it’s for, the next thing to consider is the season you intend to use it in and the weather you expect.

  • Rainy
    Will it be very wet? Or can you get away with a light, packable rain jacket instead of a full-bore waterproof hardshell?
  • Cold
    Here, it’s about insulation. Choose between naturally lightweight down or wool or synthetic fill. And a fleece jacket makes for a good extra layer of insulation. And don’t forget gilets – they’re a great option to retain core body warmth and take up less space in your pack.
  • Warmer
    In warmer temperatures you can go for a more lightweight shell, or maybe a breathable softshell.

Is there a difference between men’s and women’s outdoor jackets?

Women’s bodies have a different shape to men’s and therefore jackets for women need to meet different requirements. The right fit is important, not just for the way it looks, but also for the functional performance of a jacket. Women’s outdoor jackets are shaped differently around the hips, waist and chest for a better fit. When it comes to insulation jackets, women tend to feel the cold more than men, and so there is often additional fill in a women’s jacket.

SALEWA® women’s jackets are known for their outstanding anatomical fit and ergonomic design. They are designed with a specific activity in mind and using free motion patterning and bodymapped insulation where appropriate – so they move with you and provide targeted warmth where it's needed.

What’s the best fabric for an outdoor jacket?

  • Hardshell jackets with a waterproof membrane offer the best weather protection. These come in 2-layer, 2.5-layer and 3-layer constructions depending on the level of exposure you will encounter and for durability.
  • Softshell jackets are ideal for high-intensity activities where breathability is needed and where weather conditions are more likely to be good.
  • Insulation jackets can be made using natural down feathers, which has the highest warmth-to-weight ratio, but loses some of its performance when wet. So for damper conditions, synthetic insulation is better.

Wool/synthetic blends work well when wet and are moisture resistant and highly breathable.

How should my outdoor jacket fit?

When trying on an outdoor jacket, try to plan what other layers you are likely to wear for the activity you have in mind. If you want to add layers to a ski mountaineering jacket, for example, then make sure the fit is slightly more generous. For a climbing jacket, a more streamlined fit is better for your performance on rock and is also lighter weight. The length of a jacket (short, regular, longer cut) will dictate the level of protection it offers but a longer jacket will also increase the weight and bulk.

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