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Choosing the right winter jacket is often tricky. More than often a jacket is either too fashionable and leaves you quivering in the cold, or the opposite; you are warm, but left with zero fashion cred. You want functional fashion when it comes to your winter jacket. It is time to prioritise warmth over trends! Here is everything you need to know.

Insulation

Nothing beats a great puffer jacket, and in the dead of winter, they are everywhere you look. But finding the right one (because of the overwhelming amount of choice) can be difficult. Usually, you are faced between 2 options (both with their pros and cons): down vs synthetic. Down jackets, typically sourced from geese, are warmer and prized for being lightweight and easy to compress. On the downside, it loses its insulating capabilities when it gets wet. Synthetic polyester insulation is popular for its overall performance and friendly price tag. It is quick drying and insulates even when wet. So, important to consider your surroundings and winter weather conditions when purchasing. Recently, brands like Hi-Tec, have started introducing an eco-friendlier option. The fill is recycled performance fibre made from ocean-bound plastic bottles; like the Hi-Tec Lady Flen II (R1299, also available in a darker subdued colour, Anthracite Periscope Microchip) and Hi-Tec Lady Neva II (R999, available in Mesa Rose and Black). Their new puffer ranges welcome winter with a snug and comfy fit, never compromising on style, warmth, and comfort.

The Hi-Tec Lady Flen II Poppy Red
The Hi-Tec Lady Flen II Poppy Red
The Hi-Tec Lady Neva II Windsor Wine
The Hi-Tec Lady Neva II Windsor Wine

Looking for a more refined urban look? Hi-Tec will also launch a water-repellent puffer coat in May 2020, the Lady Gala.

The Lady Gala Puffer Coat, arriving May 2020
The Lady Gala Puffer Coat, arriving May 2020

The Outer Shell

Faced with a variety of materials; your focus (again) should be on the elements you face during winter. If you need to keep dry and retain heat, opt in for a waterproof (or water-resistant) jacket. Look out for technologies that provide a garment with these capabilities, such as Hi-Tec Tecproof, which is a waterproof (or repellent) coating on the fabric. Such as the new Hi-Tec Lady Nimba Softshell Coat (R1299, in Black) with a fleece inner and shell that’s water repellent enough to protect you from a light downpour. The Nimba coat has a beautiful shape and comfy fit. Wear it for a classic, minimalist look.

The Lady Nimba Soft Shell Coat
The Lady Nimba Soft Shell Coat

*Good to know: a jacket can be treated with a waterproof coating and have a waterproof membrane but not be fully waterproof. For a jacket to be 100% waterproof it will also need to have taped seams. This means all the seams of the jacket seal tight to help protect against water.

The Hi-Tec Lady Desna, arriving May 2020, is fully waterproof with taped seams, while offering ventilation and breath-ability. The beauty of this garment; you can layer it with a lightweight fleece to trap good air for insulation but also breathe and move moisture.

The Lady Desna Rain Jacket - arriving May 2020
The Lady Desna Rain Jacket - arriving May 2020

The 3-in-1

The best thing about all 3-in-1 jackets is that you get three jackets for the price of one. It is one jacket for all the elements, to wear three ways: as a single fleece, an outer rain shell or as a warmer winter jacket with both fleece inner and waterproof outer. The Hi-Tec Lady APEX 3-in-1 (R1999, Windsor Wine Microchip) not only has a great shape, fit and colour but includes loads of other technical functionalities that are imperative to protect you against all elements: a 3000mm waterproof rating, 3000g breathability rating, taped seems, fixed and removable hood and 240g removable fleece). A true unmatched value for your money. It is the perfect investment in your wardrobe; get that hiking chic look that protects you against bone-chilling winds and downpour. A true unmatched value for your money.

The Lady APEX 3-in-1 Jacket
The Lady APEX 3-in-1 Jacket

Want a versatile outdoor coat for city living? The new Hi-Tec Lady Lizzy 3-in-1, features an improved fit with shaping toggles on the inside, and all the technical features of the APEX. Another functionable fashionable investment option for your winter wardrobe.

Now you know what to look for in the prefect winter jacket.
Also read: https://www.hi-tec.co.za/blogpages/different-type-of-fleece

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