The biggest advantages of outdoor jackets
It's raining. Your outdoor jacket keeps you dry. The temperatures sink. Your outdoor jacket keeps you warm. The wind freshens up. Your outdoor jacket prevents it from working its way down to your bare skin. Your premium equipment reacts appropriately to every situation that nature confronts you with - and thanks to its breathability prevents you from sweating too much. In order to be able to react quickly to recurring changes in the weather, you should therefore have the right premium outdoor jacket for the season on every mountain tour.
What types of outdoor jackets are there?
This one outdoor jacket for all situations. Unfortunately it does not really exist. Many variants, including the top selection in our outdoor shop, are based on the same basic design. But some models protect you more intensively against water, others against cold. Still others convince by increased breathability:
- Hardshell jackets offer you intensive protection against moisture and wind. Thanks to high-tech membranes, they are robust, especially waterproof and windproof, and at the same time offer a certain degree of breathability.
- Softshell jackets: Soft and comfortable to wear thanks to a little stretch material. Softshell jackets can be easily detached from the comfort box. They also keep you warm, offer reliable moisture transport away from the body and are water and wind resistant, but not as tight as hardshell jackets
- Down jackets: Intense warmth here, light weight there. When it's cold, down brings out its qualities to the full. At the same time they clump together when damp - even from the body - and then lose their insulating power.
- Thanks to their breathability and low moisture absorption, fleece jackets often serve as an effectively warming layer. Especially since the weight is low and the drying time is short. There are also more elastic models made of stretch fleece.
- Parkas: From Alaska and Siberia to the US Army and outdoor jackets. Its long cut gives the parka its characteristic look. It also has a warming lining and a hood. Since it has long since found its place on the street, you can wear it with a clear conscience on the way to the restaurant or bar in the evening.
- Double jackets: Everything you need. Double jackets usually consist of a warming jacket and an outer jacket that protects you from the elements. The former is often made of synthetic fibre or fleece. You can separate the two from each other by zipper.
- Windbreaker: Lighter, easy to pack, but less robust and insulating. Windbreakers are useful if you need a little more warmth spontaneously on the bike or if you want to protect yourself quickly from a shower without carrying too much luggage. At the same time they are much less robust, insulating and waterproof than hardshell.
Outdoor jackets: What are the best known materials?
Wetness and cold. Two of the biggest challenges for outdoor jackets - and there is a suitable material for each:
- Gore-Tex is already a synonym for protection against wind, wetness and cold. The membrane effectively keeps rain and draughts out, yet remains breathable and prevents a sweat-inducing air pocket from forming under your outdoor jacket.
- Futurelight: Micro becomes nano. For Futurelight, The North Face has made its fibres even finer. This, in turn, makes it possible to create tiny openings that improve breathability and at the same time make it extremely waterproof. The material is also stretchy and robust.
- Proof: Haglöfs focuses on sustainability plus excellent function. The fabrics are made from either recycled or bluesign-certified fibres. At the same time, Proof promises a density up to a water column of 20,000 mm, plus effective breathability.
- ThermoBall: Feathers become small balls. They are made of synthetic fibre and can be packed up very small. Above all, they provide a high thermal output thanks to an air cushion that is warmed by the body and held together by the balls. At the same time, the balls do not stick together, which means that ThermoBall retains its insulating and warming properties even when damp.
- Merino: The wool of the Merino sheep combines optimal function with high wearing comfort. It insulates, ensures an effective exchange of moisture and at the same time remains warm even when it is damp. In addition, merino wool counteracts odour.
- Primaloft: Countless synthetic fibres welded together form the basis, thanks to which Primaloft provides intensive warmth on the one hand and has an incredibly small packing size on the other. Above all, the material insulates effectively even when it gets wet.
- Climaheat: adidas contrasts wet, cold and windy conditions with its premium technology Climaheat. The necessary insulation is provided by hollow fibres, which also ensure reliable moisture transport away from the body.
What characteristics does an outdoor jacket have?
The hood? You can take it off when in doubt. The function? Determine your outdoor needs? For additional air supply? Are there ventilation slits. Outdoor jackets can be adapted to your preferred conditions:
- Long sleeves: Intensive protection for torso and extremities. Outdoor jackets are therefore never made without sleeves or short sleeves and therefore also warm your arms.
- The pockets: Sometimes you want to carry your smartphone, GPS, maybe the map directly on your body, sometimes you just need protection for your hands from the elements. Outdoor jackets are therefore available with and without pockets. In our outdoor shop you will also find models with Napoleon pockets, the intervention at chest height. You can close them all with zippers, often waterproof.
- Collar, zipper and hood: Continuous or only up to the chest. Outdoor jackets always have a zipper that is sealed against water penetration. Some models you open completely, others you slip over your head. A more or less high collar is also part of the basic equipment. With the latter you protect yourself optimally against wind and cold. Especially if the outdoor jacket also has a hood that covers the neck. With some variants you can quickly remove or re-attach it with snap fasteners or zipper.
- Breathability: A certain exchange of air always takes place. Your outdoor jacket thus prevents a sweaty air congestion inside. Some models, such as the softshell jackets, are more breathable than others (e.g. hardshell).
- Moisture transport is especially important in nature. This means that no layer of sweat forms on the skin, which cools the upper body as soon as the wind freshens up a little. Softshell jackets in particular therefore effectively transport moisture to the outside. Merino wool is considered particularly suitable if you are looking for moisture transport combined with effective thermal insulation.
- Thermo insulates and conducts. Your outdoor jacket keeps you warm, wicks moisture away from the body and effectively prevents you from cooling down. So even in cold weather you are always comfortably warm, while at the same time you do not sweat too much.
- Reflectors: After work the light conditions are not always the best. Of course you still want to get on your bike. There are jackets with reflectors that increase visibility at dusk or in the dark.
- Water- & windproof means that the outdoor jacket does not allow moisture or icy blasts of air to penetrate inside. To ensure breathability, DWR impregnations prevent the highly functional membranes from absorbing too much water and then not allowing air exchange or moisture to penetrate the upper layer of the jacket.
- Ventilation slits: Sometimes you just need a little more fresh air than the material lets through. For those moments, some outdoor jackets offer ventilation slits (e.g. under the arms), which you can open with a zipper.
- With a drawstring waistband you can close the bottom of the jacket to prevent (too much) cold air from entering.
How should an outdoor jacket fit?
How exactly you wear your outdoor jacket depends on the type. As it is more elastic, you choose the softshell version, for example, a little tighter, while the robust hardshell material requires a wider cut. Basically, for outdoor adventures it is worth wearing several layers instead of focusing on a very thick jacket. This way you can react quickly to temperature changes. Always make sure that your jacket gives you enough room to move.
The best outdoor jacket for every season
Every season demands certain functions from an outdoor jacket. As already mentioned above, an outdoor jacket should not be missing on any mountain tour, as you have to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing weather at any time. In our outdoor online shop you will find the best jacket for every season and every outdoor tour:
Outdoor jackets for the winter
Primarily you want to keep yourself warm. That's why you rely on insulating and heat-storing materials that protect you from moisture and are also hard-wearing.
Outdoor jackets for the summer
To avoid unnecessary sweating, your outdoor jacket for the summer is breathable and transports moisture well to the outside. Also a small pack size and protection against rain showers is recommended.
Outdoor jackets for the transition period
Warm, cold. Cold, warm. You can't rely on temperatures during the transition and therefore you rely on the onion look on the one hand, and on the other hand on insulating outdoor jackets that are at the same time as breathable as possible. The protection against water and wind should also be right.
How (often) do you wash outdoor jackets?
As synthetic fibres absorb odours, you should wash your outdoor jacket regularly. Especially as this also maintains its functionality, as small dirt particles could otherwise bind water and thus reduce its density. When washing, pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions on the label. Basically, you should use at least one liquid detergent, maybe even a special functional detergent, and the corresponding program of your washing machine and keep the spin cycle low. As they damage the functional fibres, do not use fabric softener or washing powder.
Outdoor jackets at Keller Sports
Function. Breathability. Protection against the elements. Keller Sports offers the right support for your outdoor trips - outdoor jackets online - here the soft shell from The North Face, there water-repellent hard shells from Fjällräven or Haglöfs, and down jackets from Mammut. Relax and order your favourite outdoor jacket for men or women from the best brands in the industry online. For example, adidas Terrex, Dynafit, Patagonia, Peak Performance, PYUA, Salomon and Schöffel are also part of our range - and in our Outdoor Sale you will regularly find tempting outdoor jacket offers.