Waterproof hillwalking jacket

Chris Townsend picks the Fortitude hillwalking waterproof jacket

By Kenny Stocker

Discover the Alpkit Fortitude, a budget-friendly waterproof jacket with unique features for enhanced protection. Find out why it's a top pick for outdoor enthusiasts seeking reliable performance.

Chris Townsend of TGO magazine has included our Fortitude hillwalking jacket in his pick of best waterproofs for 2024.

A reliable waterproof jacket is a crucial piece of gear for the outdoors.

The Fortitude was a waterproof jacket chosen as bringing exceptional value and functionality at its price point. Weighing 515 grams, it’s designed to offer superior protection without the bulk. What set the Fortitude apart was its longer-than-average length, providing extended coverage against the elements. This feature, combined with its adjustable waist and hem, allows for a customisable fit that can accommodate varying layers and conditions.

Constructed from a durable, waterproof, and breathable 3-layer fabric, the Fortitude boasts a sustainable approach with its recycled polyester outer layer. The jacket’s core is made of a polyester membrane, while the interior benefits from a bi-component polyester/nylon wicking inner layer, ensuring comfort and dryness in wet conditions.

Chris highlights practical features that make the Fortitude a great waterproof for hillwalkers. The adjustable hood, equipped with a wired peak stands up against bad weather, three strategically placed pockets: two side ones positioned to be accessible above a pack’s hip belt and one map-sized chest pocket for essential items. Protective flaps cover all pocket zips as well as the front zip, enhancing the jacket’s overall weather resistance.

Selected by outdoor expert Chris Townsend, the Fortitude is included in the shortlist of waterproof jackets for 2024 for its blend of innovative features, environmental consideration, and practical design, making it an ideal choice for hikers, backpackers, and outdoor enthusiasts seeking dependable weather protection without breaking the bank.

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