Made from a hardcore polyurethane-coated material, the Fisherman is windproof and waterproof – the outer features tech that actively repels water, encouraging moisture to bounce off on impact. Though a lack of padding gives the jacket a sleek, fitted look, this also makes it best suited to wet, windy days, rather than bitterly cold ones. So on its own a good jacket for the beginning or end of winter but if you want to rock it during really cold days, pair it with the Vans vest.
The stripy cuffs and hem on this jacket give it a preppy vibe, while the two-way zip closure system, under-arm ventilation, big hood and zip-off waist gaiter make it feel a bit snowboardy too. While it's certainly warm enough for all but the deepest, darkest days of UK winter (thanks to it's water-resistant nylon twill outer and lots of padding), it's not great for vigorous physical activity if you're rocking serious heavage as it's a bit tight across the chest.
When you're running around town on mild winter days, the Bridger vest is a great over-the-hoodie option. Its thick padding is made from 80% down and 20% feathers, so has no problems keeping your core toasty. If your midsection is warm, hot blood gets pumped from it to your extremities keeping them comfortable too. And for really cold days this vest works well as an extra layer over a thick jacket, thanks to its loose fit and inoffensive colour scheme.
Regatta All Elements 3-in-1
This versatile 3-in-1 jacket is perfect for whatever weather winter throws at you. The outer layer is waterproof, windproof and warm – perfect for mild, wet days. Add the optional inner layer and it can withstand howling blizzards. With 40 years’ experience making outdoor clothing, it’s no surprise this 3-in-1 from Regatta is so practical. The real shock for a brand typically associated with middle-aged hikers is that it looks street-style fresh!
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Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.