When it's time to find the perfect new jacket for you and your
lifestyle, browsing through everything up there can probably get a bit
overwhelming! We'll admit that we're proud of our extended variety of
jackets and outerwear, but at the same time, we understand that with all
that choice comes some confusion.
So before you look through every jacket up there, try to answer the following
questions. They'll help you narrow your decision and maybe give you a
better idea of exactly what type of jacket you're looking for:
What type of activity do you
plan on using this jacket for?
Jackets come in all
shapes, sizes, materials, insulations, and features. Some are designed
for active hikers and climbers, with pit-zips, storm hoods, and
laminated fabrics, while others, like jackets from the North Face, are built to keep you warm on cold days
around town, with comfortable insulation, stylish colors, and flattering
designs. When you know, or have an idea, of how you'll be using your
jacket, you'll have a better idea of what to look for, and what to skip
How many years do you plan
on using this jacket?
Depending on the
material, construction, and use, some jackets can last a long time
without constant maintenance, while others need thorough care to keep
up. You should look for a jacket that fits your needs and your
inclination to clean things.
What types of environments and weather conditions
should your jacket function in?
What kind of weather
do you expect to wear this jacket in? After all, some jackets are built
for rain, others snow, and still others, mild fall days. It would be
strange to wear a thin, seam-sealed rain jack and hood on a chilly day
in town, while it would be crazy not to wear one when you head outside
to fix gutters in a hurricane. Know your conditions, and you'll have a
good idea of what kind of jacket you're looking for.
What features are important
What are you
looking for in a jacket? Should it have a storm hood? Should it keep
snow out when you're boarding? Should it breathe and wick moisture, to
keep you cool and dry when you're hiking trails? Should it have a great
look and interesting colors to impress the neighbors? Jackets these days
have all kinds of cool features. Find the ones that suit your needs and
wants, and you'll have a jacket you'll never want to be without.