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Best Women's 3 In 1 Hiking & Outdoors Jackets 2021

Adaptability to the changing elements when hiking sets the best women's 3 in 1 jacket apart from the rest. They're a valuable part of any winter wardrobe and a good investment. Especially if you spend a fair amount of time outdoors, walking, hiking or other activities. This type of hiking gear is the swiss army knife of apparel, in that it does a bit of everything. Technology is changing, and in 2021, we have seen some great additions being launched.

The links on our product descriptions will take you to Amazon. However, we would highly recommend visiting other retailers, such as Blacks, Millets, All Outdoor, Wiggle, Ellis Brigham and Snow & Rock. Those retailers have a great range of Women's 3 in 1 Jacket; at great prices too. If you use any of our links and make a purchase, we may earn a small commission. Doing does not affect the price you pay; however, it does help to support our site.

About Women's 3 In 1 Jackets

A Women's 3 in 1 jacket typically consists of a waterproof and breathable outer jacket, called a shell, and a warm, fleece-style jacket inside. They can be worn independently or zipped together, giving three possible configurations. Just perfect for changeable British weather. If you are looking for a versatile bit of kit, then a women's 3 in 1 jacket fits the bill.


Waterproof Outer Layer/Shell


The outer layer of a 3-in-1 jacket is waterproof, made from breathable synthetic material such as Gore-Tex. The shell is your first layer of defence against the elements. The treated outer layer is also water repellent finish, which will allow rain or water to roll off the surface.


The outer layer of a women's 3 in 1 jacket can be worn on its own in mild or wet weather when you need protection against the elements. Waterproofing comes from a waterproof coating over the jacket or with a membrane.


Membranes are far more durable, breathable and will often give superior protection compared with just a coating. Coatings are cheaper but lose their waterproof properties quicker and will need to be re-treated more often.


Producers of waterproof membranes tend to give the technology a specific name. You've probably heard of GORE-TEX, the market leader and used by most top brands. Companies also have in-house waterproof technology; these include eVentPolartec NeoshellDryVentPertex ShieldAquaDry (Craghoppers), and Futurelight (The North Face).


Insulated Mid Layer Of The Jacket


The inner jacket is the insulating layer of your 3-in-1 jacket. The inner layer is constructed using warm material such as fleece or a synthetic, polyester filling. The mid-layer can be worn alone when you want to stay warm outdoors. Sometimes, the inner layer of a 3-in-1 jacket is a fleece. This outdoor gear provides more flexibility and versatility than a stand-alone fleece, but a fleece is lighter and warmer.


Softshell layers can also be used in 3-1 gear; are designed with more dynamic outdoor activities. While the softshell is not as warm as a fleece, offer more freedom of movement and better wind protection.


Wearing All 3 Layers


When the weather gets terrible on your next outdoor excursion, you can wear both the fleece and the outer layer together for the ultimate level of protection. The inner and outer shells can be zipped together; however, they might be connected using buttons or hooks.

There are quite a lot of choices to pick from across different brands, technology and price points. It is a wise idea to understand more about the jackets before you making your purchase. The key selling point of these jackets is the versatility and are a great compromise. Some more experienced walkers and hikers prefer to layer independently though with a separate women's waterproof jacket and insulated jacket underneath. If a 3 in 1 is right for you, take a look at the range of women's 3 in 1's we have listed on our website.

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