We have a wide range of Women's Waterproof hardshells to suit every need here at The Epicentre. Whether you're after a light and packable jacket "just in case" or a fully featured Mountain Waterproof to see you up the hardest routes in the worst conditions, there's something for you. With waterproof jackets and trousers from Mountain Equipment, Arc'teryx, Patagonia and Sherpa, among others, there is a style, colour and fit to suit you and your needs.
There are several types of Gore-Tex, starting with common or garden Gore-Tex Classic which is a 3-layer construction of tough outer fabric, a porous membrane that allows vapour out but not water in and a soft backing fabric to protect the inside and give added comfort next to the skin and over layers.
Gore-Tex Active - Just as waterproof as any other Gore-Tex fabric but with a redesigned construction that provides fantastic breathability in a lightweight, low-bulk package. Ideal for high-octane activities such as running and cycling or for those that otherwise get too warm in a shell. Not quite as durable as regular or Pro Gore-Tex but a great lightweight option.
Gore-Tex Pro - Robust, breathable and light; the top end of the Gore scale. This is the best option for 4-season, heavy use. Against rain, sleet, hail, snow, rock and ice: the ultimate foul weather protection. This is by no means a budget option but for reliable protection, Pro is the way to go.
Paclite - Many people's first introduction to Gore-Tex and as the name suggests, it's light and packable. A good option if you're after a shell that spends as much time in your pack as on your back. Not quite as breathable or durable as some other options but still highly protective and with the same Gore-Tex Guarantee.
Himaltec - Sherpa's own membrane, just like Gore-Tex, it relies on a 3-layer system for comfort and protection. It is a durable, windproof, waterproof and lightweight membrane, ideal for hiking and trekking in the mountains. Slightly less breathable than Gore-tex Pro or Active but still a great option for the worst conditions.
Drilite - Mountain Equipment's own lightweight membrane is used in their fast and lightweight ranges. Ideal for stuffing in a pack in case of summer squalls or as a back up on commited alpine routes. Wear it on long trail runs in changeable conditions or as a windproof on blustery summits. Not as breathable, durable or tactile as some of the heavier alternatives but still very protective.
H2No - Not so much a membrane as a rating given by Patagonia to all its shells, defining it as truly waterproof. Normally only seen on garments using their own membrane (as their Gore-Tex shells are a waterproof as a given).
Pertex Shield+ - Part of the Pertex family, this is a lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric, most often found in running and cycling jackets, or any other fast and light range. Like Drilite, it is not quite as breathable or durable as some heavier alternatives but fantastically packable and light.
As ever, there is a lot of variety between brands and their ranges when it comes to fit, check out our Size guide for information regarding fit and sizing, plus more details within each product.
To get the most out of your waterproofs, check out our Care Guide for washing instructions.
If you have any questions regarding fit, care or returns; don't hesitate to contact us.