May brought with it some very strange weather this past week, making some of us bring out the raincoats that we thought weren’t needed any longer. Summer seems to be taking its time, so we thought it would be a good idea for us to take a look at some more jackets together.
In today’s selection of 8 jackets, we have picked some great options for you that are good alternatives to some of Fjällräven’s best jackets.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Fjällräven is a Swedish company which sells outdoor gear and apparel. It’s one of the most featured brands in our selections because of how well-designed their jackets are.
However, it still remains a pricey brand, with barely any jacket cheaper than $100, which is not a price many people can easily shell out. Because of that, we picked some jackets that offer almost similar performance but at a lower price.
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Wantdo Men’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket
Let’s firstly start with the options by Wantdo, the first one being Mountain, which is a ski jacket for men. It is made of 100% Polyester for the outer shell and inner lining, but it is padded with cotton.
The polyester fabric is made of 2400 polyester fiber, which is great at retaining heat, managing to provide warmth for longer. The outer shell is waterproof, with a water column rating of 10.000mm and has also been treated with DWR coating for added protection against rain and snow.
This is a well-insulated jacket in design also, with adjustable sleeve cuffs and wrist gaiters, a windproof snowskirt, internal drawcord at the hem and a high collar that comes with a removable hood.
There are numerous pockets on this jacket, 3 of which are on the outside and 2 on the inside. It comes in 6 color options: Black, Sky blue, Coffee, Red, Grass green and Khaki.
Wantdo Men’s Cotton Stand Collar Lightweight Jacket
Also a men’s jacket, this stylish design is made of 100% Cotton and it’s lined with 100% Polyester. It is a windbreaker jacket, great for dry, windy days. There is a medium-height stand-up collar, which has a decorative zipper but no hood.
There are two side pockets and one zipper pocket on the right side of the chest, as well as decorative snap fasteners on the shoulders. It has a covered zipper and the design is made for casual wear as it is a very modern jacket. There are 2 color options: Khaki and Black.
Wantdo Women’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket
This next jacket is the women’s version of Mountain, which we looked at before. It is quite similar in design to the men’s jacket, made of 2400 polyester fibre fabric and with a waterproof and windproof outer shell.
The inner polyester lining is similar to teddy fur, very soft and fuzzy for added warmth and comfort. This jacket adjusts at the hem and comes with numerous outer and inner pockets. There is a high collar and a detachable and adjustable hood.
This is a great jacket for snow sports especially as it is breathable, well-insulated and very warm. It comes in the colors: Black, Purple, Red, Rose red, Blue, Yellow.
Wantdo Women’s Raincoat for Outdoor Sports
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The fourth and last Wantdo jacket is a raincoat for women. It is made of durable Polyester fabric, which is fully waterproof and windproof. It comes with a water-resistant and covered quality SBS zipper, for easy access when wearing gloves.
The hood is attached and the collar quite high to better protect against rain. There are two side pockets on the outside and one inner pocket, which are oversized with plenty of storage space.
This jacket is packable, too, so you can take it anywhere with you. The color selection includes: blue, black and green.
Geographical Norway Richier Royaute Men’s Softshell Jacket
Next we will look at two men’s jackets by Geographical Norway. The first one is Richier Royaute, a softshell that is made of 96% Polyester and 4% Elastane. This is a very high-function jacket, suitable for a variety of outdoor sports because the design easily adapts to movement.
It is a slim fit, with a detachable hood and a water and wind repellent shell. There are two side pockets and one slanted chest pocket, all with zippers. To keep you safe in bad weather and low lighting, the jacket comes with reflective strips.
The main color options include: Black, Kiwi, Red, Blue and Gray.
Geographical Norway Vantaa Men’s Softshell Outdoor Jacket
Secondly it’s Vantaa, also a softshell jacket. It comes with a 96% Polyester and 4% Spandex shell, which provides comfort and ease when moving. The hood is removable and adjustable with drawstrings and there are three outer pockets on the jacket.
The fabric is part of the Turbo Dry Technology series, meaning that this is a highly breathable jacket, which dries quickly when wet. It has a water column of 3.000mm, so it is quite water-resistant.
There is only the color Black to choose from, which comes with a Neon green inner lining and reflective strips on the sleeves, shoulders and back.
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Diamond Candy Men’s Hooded Waterproof Jacket
Another men’s jacket, this one is by Diamond Candy. This jacket is quite an interesting design as it is a mix between a softshell and a rain coat. It is quite lightweight and comes with an attached hood and a high collar.
The sleeve cuffs are also adjustable and the main zipper is covered for better protection. It is made of 100% Nylon and comes with Omni-Tech technology that makes the jacket waterproof, wear-proof and highly breathable.
As such, this is a jacket that works well for a variety of outdoor sports including skiing, hiking, running or snowboarding.
Charles River Apparel Women’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket
We will be ending this selection with a women’s jacket by Charles River Apparel, their New Englander design. This rain jacket comes in a minimal design, with an attached hood and two hidden side pockets.
The sleeve cuffs are adjustable and the fabric is 100% Polyurethane. It is lined with mesh fabric on the inside, which helps with breathability and it is decorated with reflective striping on both sides for added protection.
This is a fully waterproof and windproof jacket, as well as super lightweight so it is a great layer for when the weather is unstable. There are 10+ colors to choose from, including: Violet, Periwinkle, Coral, Pink, Wave and Red.