Would welcome some suggestions on a good jacket that will cover most weather conditions, quality comes first over price as i wont this jacket to last me for a couple of years of travelling round the world. wont be doing major hikes or heading to the south pole, but something that is light and will keep the rain out and the warmth in, would be great if it had a zip in fleece type thing too.
Im currently based in South Korea but come from the UK, so any shops in the Seoul area or in England to check would be great or companies that dont charge millions for delivery would be good to.
Many thanks for any advice in advance
I brought two decent Lowe Alpine Gortex jackets along with me on my RTW. One was extremely light, so suitable for very wet conditions where you didnt want the weight or heat of a heavier jacket.
Then I brought one which was suitable for much colder climates. It was also quite lightweight, easy to pack, but with another layer just underneath it was perfect for winter conditions or nights at high altitude.
It was handy to have one of each, but unless you are really going to be somewhere cold I say just go for something as light as possible that is waterproof. You can always wear extra layers if you do find you need them.
You could also check for military second hand shops.the military stuff is very good quality and made to use in all weather conditions.
As layers is the best way to dress, your jacket (for portability) needs to be waterproof , windproof and breathable more than it needs to be rated for the cold.
There are so many good brands to choose from. Read all label carefully, make sure they say waterproof , the better brands give a rating for water. Make sure seams are taped and better brands have zipper under arms for added breathability.
If Gortex is mentioned anywhere expect to pay more, much more.
If jacket is not urgent keep looking until you get a bargain. It will come.
I agree that layers are the way to go. If you want to try it, I found a really good deal on a goretex Paclite rain shell at my local Bass Pro shop. It has a hood and was only $79. It doesn't advertise anything on the outside, it just says goretex paclite on the left cuff. Unless you're only going on the one trip, I think the shell with layers will be more versatile.