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 outerwear and jackets for men, 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 over.
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 to you?
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.