<h2>What Makes a Great Waterproof Hiking Jacket?</h2>\r\n<h3>Waterproof Rating</h3>\r\nFirst things first, your waterproof gots to be waterproof! But it has to be able to breathe too, or you may as well wear a garbage bag and save a heap of cash.\r\n\r\nGORE-TEX is the most well known waterproof breathable fabric, but many other technologies are competitive including FUTURELIGHT, eVent, PERTEX and H2No. (They love their capitals, but that's the last time we'll use them in this article.) Waterproof jackets need to breathe (allow water vapour to escape) while keeping liquid water at bay, and this can get pretty complicated. Essentially you want to look for a hydrostatic head rating of greater than 10,000mm and a breathability rating of more than 10,000 g/m².\r\n\r\n<a href="https://www.paddypallin.com.au/blog/all-about-waterproof-fabrics/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This article</a> has everything you need to know if you're keen to nerd out, but nothing compares to speaking to an expert in-store. We've picked out some of our favourite below as well.