As a country where you can get all four seasons in a day, and on some of the walks I’ve done in the past often in the space of a couple of hours, a waterproof is a necessity, but what to think about when choosing one? If you are more likely to be wearing it rather than carrying it then weight and packability are less important and comfort, protection from the elements and durability come to the fore. So what do you look for?


1. Fabric. In most cases they will feature a Gore-Tex or waterproof/breathable layer or membrane, trapped between a face and inner lining – these are known as 3-layer fabrics. There are some 2-layer which normally have a separate inner lining. Taped seams should also be considered.-


2. Fit. Should always be roomy enough for you to move freely, and should fit over the top of your insulation layers, but not too baggy as could feel like a wing suit on a windy day


3. Main Zip – This needs to be either completely waterproof or protected by a storm flap (an internal or external layer of fabric). External storm flaps should fasten securely with Velcro or pop-studs.


4. Hood – Check that this covers your whole head, and that it is easy to adjust for a snug fir. A wired or stiffened peak can also be useful, especially if you wear glasses like me.


5. Pockets – Check that the main pockets are high enough to be accessible when the waist belt on your pack is fastened. A pocket big enough for a folded map, or a guidebook, is particularly useful, as is a zipped one inside for valuables.


As always personal choice is the most important, so check out what’s available on the website