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Hardshell Jacket Buying Guide – How to choose the Best Hardshell Jacket?

Hardshell Jacket Buying Guide – How to choose the Best Hardshell Jacket?

Choosing the ideal hardshell jacket can make or break your next outdoor adventure. At Cortazu, we understand the importance of staying dry, warm, and comfortable in any conditions you might face. In this buying guide, we'll walk you through the important factors to consider when selecting the best hardshell jacket for your personal requirements..

What is a Hardshell?

First things first, let's define the hardshell jacket. A hardshell jacket, designed as the outermost protective layer, shields you from rain, wind, and snow. It's the outermost layer and your protection against rain, wind, and snow. But not all outer shell jackets are the same. There are key features to consider when making your choice.

The Options for a Hardshell Jacket 

When it comes to choosing the right shell jacket, there are three critical aspects to consider: the number of layers, waterproofness, and breathability. These factors will determine your jacket's durability, weather protection, and comfort during activities.

The Number of Layers 

One key factor to keep in mind is the number of layers these jackets come in. They typically come in two-layer, two-and-a-half-layer, or three-layer configurations. Generally, the more layers a jacket has, the better it performs in terms of durability and versatility. If you're looking for top-notch performance, our recommendation is to go for a 3-layer jacket, as they tend to be the sturdiest.


Let's talk waterproofing, a must-have for your hardshell jacket. The waterproof rating, usually in millimeters (mm), tells you how well it can handle rain. A 10,000 mm rating is good for light rain, 15,000 mm for moderate rain, and 20,000 mm and above for heavy downpours. Taped seams and waterproof zippers add further weather protection.


Ensuring moisture and sweat can escape is vital for your comfort. Look at the breathability rating, which is usually measured in grams per square meter (g/m²) over a 24-hour period. As a reference, a good breathability level, let's say around 20,000 g/m², means your jacket will keep you cool and dry during intense activities.

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Hiking 

When choosing a hardshell for hiking, it's essential to select a jacket designed specifically for the unique demands of hiking. A hiking hardshell has to find a delicate balance between protection and mobility. It should be lightweight to facilitate freedom of motion and provide excellent breathability and waterproofing—essential for enduring a range of weather conditions on hikes. Specifically designed to meet these unique hiking needs, Cortazu's All Weather Hard Shell boasts a lightweight 3-layer construction that excels in both breathability and waterproofing. Our waterproof hardshell jackets ensure hikers stay safe and comfortable—whether they're navigating challenging uphill climbs or unexpected downpours. Look through our hiking collection of hardshell jackets for men and hard shell jackets for women to find the ideal fit for your hiking trips.

The Best Hardshell Jacket for Skiing and Snowboarding 

For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, a hardshell jacket is like a second skin on the slopes. Your mountain shell jacket should keep you dry in heavy snowfall and provide the freedom of movement necessary for carving down the mountains. Cortazu offers a range of insulated hardshell jackets designed specifically for skiing and snowboarding in extreme conditions. These jackets seamlessly blend style and function, making them the ideal choice for conquering the peaks and shredding the powder. Explore our extensive range of mountain hardshell jackets at Cortazu. For guidance on assembling your ideal ski wardrobe visit our skiing activities page.

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