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Top 10 Windbreaker Jackets For Women

The Travel-Friendly Jacket That’s Ready For All of Life’s Adventures

The Travel-Friendly Jacket That’s Ready For All of Life’s Adventures

The right windbreaker can make or break your outdoor experience. Because who wants to be miserable in the wind or rain when you don't have to be? If you need something hardcore (if you're hiking or camping, for example), it is important to find one that is lightweight, easily packable, and truly wind-resistant—and if it is water-resistant, even better! If you want to buy a windbreaker for a more casual occasion like the occasional drizzle or beach trip, style and breathability may be higher priorities for you. Either way, we have you 100% covered. We have used our foolproof algorithm to round up the 10 best windbreaker jackets for women, whether you are a true outdoorswoman or just a gal looking for something cute to keep nature away. Swipe through our Top 10 list for tributes to retro style, ultralight and packable jackets, colorful patterns, and so much more! Opening image: alpinesportsonline.com

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July 27, 2018

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The Rankings


Levi's Retro Hooded Track Jacket

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A retro design, complete with the old school Levi's logo

WHERE TO WEAR: Who says a windbreaker is just for windy/rainy days? Pull this gem out whenever the weather turns slightly cool.


Patagonia Mountain View Windbreaker Jacket

Our Score

USERS SAID: "It is water resistant (in fact, bounces water OFF of me and onto other people!), has an incognito hood that you can pull out when it starts to drizzle, and the fit is great/very flattering."

ABOUT THE BRAND: Patagonia is a B Corp committed to doing everything they can to help the environment.


Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Long

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A flattering, water-resistant jacket that can be easily stuffed into a bag

HELPFUL TIP: Water-resistant does NOT mean waterproof—meaning this will carry you through a drizzle, but not a monsoon.


Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Our Score

USERS SAID: "It is the perfect weight and keeps me dry in the rain. It is not bulky, even wearing it over a lightweight sweatshirt."

LOVED FOR: This jacket is totally adjustable, from the hem to the wrists to the hood.


The North Face Flyweight Hoodie

Our Score

LOVED FOR: With a high collar, hood, and elastic cuffs, this jacket is made to protect you from the wind at less than 4 CFM (0 CFM is 100% windproof).

HELPFUL TIP: This jacket comes in a multitude of fun colors and patterns.


Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Our Score

BEST FOR: A truly waterproof jacket that is easily packable

HELPFUL TIP: As you size up, there will be a one inch different in the length of the jacket and sleeves, and a two inch difference in the width.


Columbia Flash Forward Windbreaker

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Perfect for travel to rainy area. Water and wind proof, added just enough insulation when temperatures dipped. Very portable, fit in my purse days (with a rubber band) and used to 'pack' smaller items in my carry-on."

HELPFUL TIP: This jacket comes in eight different color combinations, including an on-trend colorblocking pattern. 


The North Face Pitaya 2 Hoodie

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This jacket's WindWall® wind-resistant fleece works to greatly reduce external air permeability (aka wind).

ABOUT THE BRAND: The North Face brand was named after the coldest, most difficult side of a mountain.


The North Face Fanorak

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I legit love this jacket. It’s so lightweight and breathable!! I get so many compliments on the color and style."

BEST FOR: The gal who wants both style and practicality


Columbia Switchback II Jacket

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I've been so impressed by Columbia's activewear, especially anything built for a wet environment... I wanted a lightweight, thin jacket for a warm, rainforest environment that wouldn't take up too much space in my suitcase. This jacket hit all of my marks."

HELPFUL TIP: This jacket comes in 21 unique and colorful hues.

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