Mountaineering jackets – how do you go about choosing the right outerwear for mountaineering? Like mountaineering gloves, there’s no such thing as one perfect jacket. You always need to layer jackets when climbing at altitude.
Typically there are four layers to mountaineering jackets:
- Soft shell jacket
- Medium insulation jacket (essential)
- Hard shell jacket (essential)
- Mountaineering parka jacket
Choosing the right mountaineering jacket for you depends on where you will be climbing, the time of year and how much you want to spend. Needless to say, the best mountaineering equipment isn’t the cheapest on the market.
Here’s a quick rundown of the basic mountaineering jacket layers you should think about when buying for the first time.