Shell jacket guide

Stay dry and comfortable all day – regardless of the weather.

A shell jacket or rain jacket makes up the outer, protective layer in a layering system and is an essential piece of workwear for those who spend time outside in all types of weather. Fristads offers a wide range of shell jackets and rain jackets for men and women, including high visibility, flame and rain certified models. We divide them into three different categories, depending on features, material and technical complexity of the garment. In our guide for shell jackets and rain jackets, you can compare features like breathability, waterproofness and number of pockets in a handy table format. Combine with matching shell trousers for complete protection against rain and wind.

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Shell jacket guide

Stay dry and comfortable all day – regardless of the weather.

A shell jacket or rain jacket makes up the outer, protective layer in a layering system and is an essential piece of workwear for those who spend time outside in all types of weather. Fristads offers a wide range of shell jackets and rain jackets for men and women, including high visibility, flame and rain certified models. We divide them into three different categories, depending on features, material and technical complexity of the garment. In our guide for shell jackets and rain jackets, you can compare features like breathability, waterproofness and number of pockets in a handy table format. Combine with matching shell trousers for complete protection against rain and wind.

Ultimate

Our Ultimate shell jackets were designed for use in challenging conditions all year round. The range includes several GORE-TEX  jackets with superior functionality and advanced membranes that let out excess moisture while protecting you against the weather all day, even in heavy rain. GORE-TEX  was the first waterproof, windproof and breathable material on the market, and in terms of technical prowess, it still leads the pack among shell jackets. The Ultimate range also includes a lightweight, windproof and water repellent high-visibility jacket in a sporty design.

            
High vis shell jacket class 3 4091 LPR                                                                  

GORE-TEX shell jacket 4864 GXP                                                            


Waterproofness                                                         
Water-repellent
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
5000 g/m2/24h
RET < 2,5
RET < 6
Pockets
Chest pocket with vertical zip /
2 front pockets with zip
Chest pocket with zip / Inside map pocket /
2 front pockets with zip
Chest pocket with water repellent zip / Map pocket with inside
mobile phone pocket/ 2 front pockets with flap and
water repellent zip / Inside pocket with zip
Special feature
Lightweight / Packable
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate / Lightweight
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate
Colours                                 
  /  ♦   /
  /  ♦   /
Matching trousers


Women’s model




Ultimate 1 - tablet





Waterproofness         
Water-repellent
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
5000 g/m2/24h
RET < 2,5
RET < 6
Pockets
Chest pocket with vertical zip /
2 front pockets with zip
Chest pocket with zip / Inside map pocket /
2 front pockets with zip
Chest pocket with water repellent zip / Map pocket with inside
mobile phone pocket/ ​​​​​​​2 front pockets with flap and
​​​​​​​water repellent zip / Inside pocket with zip
Special feature
Lightweight / Packable
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate / Lightweight
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate
Colours                                   
/
  /  ♦   /
Matching trousers


Women’s model




Ultimate 1 - mobile


Waterproofness
Water-repellent
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Waterpillar > 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
5000 g/m2/24h
RET < 2,5
RET < 6
Pockets
Chest pocket with vertical zip /
2 front pockets with zipt
Chest pocket with zip / Inside map pocket /
2 front pockets with zip
Chest pocket with water repellent zip / Map pocket with inside
mobile phone pocket/ 2 front pockets with flap and
​​​​​​​water repellent zip / Inside pocket with zip
Special feature
Lightweight /  Packable
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate /  Lightweight
2-layer GORE-TEX laminate
Colours           
/
  /  ♦   /
Matching trousers


Women’s model




Dynamic

In our Dynamic range, you will find waterproof shell jackets made of Airtech®, our own windproof and breathable material, keeping you comfortable even during intense physical activity. These highly functional jackets are certified for rain and designed for year-round use. Some are also certified for cold and high visibility. The Dynamic range includes the environmentally declared Fristads Green shell jacket, which is made of recycled polyester and has been analysed from a life cycle perspective.





Waterproofness                                   
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
RET <12
RET <12
RET <12
Pockets
Chest pocket with zip / Map pocket with
inside mobile phone pocket /
2 front pockets with zip / 2 inside pockets
2 chest pockets with zip / ID-card pocket /
Map pocket with inside mobile phone pocket /
2 fleece-lined front pockets with zip /
2 inside pockets with zip
Chest pocket with zip /
2 front pockets with zip
Special feature
Airtech®
Airtech®
Sustainable, with EPD
Colours                                   
/ /
  /  ♦   / /
Matching trousers

Women’s model



Dynamic  - tablet





Waterproofness ​​​​​​​
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
RET <12
RET <12
RET <12
Pockets
Chest pocket with zip / Map pocket with inside mobile phone pocket /
2 front pockets with zip / 2 inside pockets
2 chest pockets with zip / ID-card pocket /
Map pocket with inside mobile phone pocket /
2 fleece-lined front pockets with zip /
​​​​​​​2 inside pockets with zip
Chest pocket with zip /
2 front pockets with zip
Special feature​​​​​​​
Airtech®
Airtech®
Sustainable, with EPD
Colours                                       
/ /
  /  ♦   / /
Matching trousers

Women’s model



Dynamic - mobile





Waterproofness
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Waterpillar 10.000 mm
Windproof
Breathability
RET <12
RET <12
RET <12
Pockets
Chest pocket with zip / Map pocket with inside mobile phone pocket /
2 front pockets with zip / 2 inside pockets
2 chest pockets with zip / ID-card pocket /
Map pocket with inside mobile phone pocket /
2 fleece-lined front pockets with zip /
2 inside pockets with zip
Chest pocket with zip /
2 front pockets with zip
Special feature
Airtech®
Airtech®
Sustainable, with EPD
Colours                                   
/ /
  /  ♦   / /
Matching trousers

Women’s model



Original

Our affordable and durable Original shell jackets and rain jackets are waterproof and windproof to keep you dry and comfortable in very wet weather. The rain jackets in this range are made of a smooth, polyurethane-coated stretch material with welded seams and ventilation for increased comfort. The Original range also includes breathable men’s shell jackets and women’s shell jackets, including jackets in our own technical Airtech® material.





Waterproofness                                                         
100%
100%
Waterpillar 5.000 mm
Windproof


Breathability
Ventilated yoke at front and back
Ventilated yoke at front and back
3000 g/m2/24h
Pockets
2 front pockets, right with mobile pocket
Concealed ID-card pocket / 2 front pockets /
Inside pocket / Mobile phone pocket
2 front pockets with zip / Inside pocket with zip/
Inside mesh pocket
Special feature
Stretch material
Stretch material
Lightweight
Colours                                 
/ /
♦ / /
♦ / /
Matching trousers
Women’s model




Orginal  - tablet





Waterproofness         
100%
100%
Waterpillar 5.000 mm
Windproof


Breathability
Ventilated yoke at front and back
Ventilated yoke at front and back
3000 g/m2/24h
Pockets
2 front pockets, right with mobile pocket
Concealed ID-card pocket / 2 front pockets / Inside pocket / Mobile phone pocket
2 front pockets with zip / Inside pocket with zip/ Inside mesh pocket
Special feature
Stretch material
Stretch material
Lightweight
Colours                                   
/ /
♦ / /
♦ / /
Matching trousers
Women’s model




Orginal - mobile


Waterproofness
100%
100%
Waterpillar 5.000 mm
Windproof


Breathability
Ventilated yoke at front and back
Ventilated yoke at front and back
3000 g/m2/24h
Pockets
2 front pockets, right with mobile pocket
Concealed ID-card pocket / 2 front pockets / Inside pocket / Mobile phone pocket
2 front pockets with zip / Inside pocket with zip/ Inside mesh pocket
Special feature
Stretch material
Stretch material
Lightweight
Colours           
/ /
♦ / /
♦ / /
Matching trousers
Women’s model




A wind- and waterproof functional jacket​​​​​​​

A shell jacket holds several features, but most importantly it is a wind- and waterproof functional jacket, made of a breathable material. A shell jacket can be both lined and unlined. Unlined shell jackets can be used year-round applying the 3-layer principle and can therefor work as a spring, winter and rain garment all-in-one. If you spend a lot of time outside you may also want to combine your shell jacket with a pair of shell trousers.

You can identify a shell jacket on its taped seams and the fact that the product description often includes a value for the water pillar and a value for breathability, or so called RET. In our guide below you can learn more about which functions to look for before choosing which shell jacket to buy.

A wind- and waterproof functional jacket​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A shell jacket holds several features, but most importantly it is a wind- and waterproof functional jacket, made of a breathable material. A shell jacket can be both lined and unlined. Unlined shell jackets can be used year-round applying the 3-layer principle and can therefor work as a spring, winter and rain garment all-in-one. If you spend a lot of time outside you may also want to combine your shell jacket with a pair of shell trousers.

You can identify a shell jacket on its taped seams and the fact that the product description includes a value for the water pillar and a value for breathability, or so called RET. In our guide below you can learn more about which functions to look for before choosing which shell jacket to buy.

Green Shell Jacket
140,00 GBP
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How to choose a shell jacket

A shell jacket is a functional garment that is suitable for a variety of outdoor activities and can be used as the outer layer in a 3-layer system. Unlike a softshell jacket, which is usually made of a flexible, woven material, a proper shell jacket has a stiffer wind and waterproof membrane. The outer layer of the jacket is usually treated with a durable water repellent to prevent the moisture from penetrating the fabric. A waterproof shell jacket also has taped or sealed seams and the product description often includes a value for the water pillar and a value for breathability, or so called RET. Find out more about these key concepts in our guide below before you decide on a shell jacket.

How to choose a shell jacket

A shell jacket is a functional garment that is suitable for a variety of outdoor activities and can be used as the outer layer in a 3-layer system. Unlike a soft shell jacket, which is usually made of a flexible, woven material, a proper shell jacket has a stiffer wind and waterproof membrane. The outer layer of the jacket is usually treated with a durable water repellent to prevent the moisture from penetrating the fabric. A waterproof shell jacket also has taped or sealed seams and the product description often includes a value for the water pillar and a value for breathability, or so called RET. Find out more about these key concepts in our guide below before you decide on a shell jacket.

Water pillar

Water pillar is a measurement that describes how waterproof a fabric is by measuring how much water it can handle in a water entry pressure test. In this test, water is applied to the fabric and the pressure gradually increased, until the fabric is penetrated in three places. Certified Fristads shell jackets and rain jackets can take a water pillar of at least 10,000 mm, which is equivalent to being exposed to heavy rain or snow for a long time. Gore-Tex garments have reached water pillar ratings as high as 28,000 mm in Gore’s own rain room tests, making them waterproof even in extreme conditions.

Breathability

A shell jacket not only protects you from wind, rain and snow – it also allows moisture to pass, which is essential to your comfort during physical work. Breathability is measured in grams of water passing through 1m2 of fabric from the inside to the outside in 24 hours (g/m2/24 h) and is expressed as a so called RET value. The lower the RET value, the better breathability during intense activity. As a general rule, a RET value below 20 stands for good breathability. Some materials, like the polyurethane-coated polyester that is common in rain jackets, are not breathable at all. In that case, the garment is usually equipped with ventilation to allow excess heat to escape.

Material

Besides water pillar and breathability, it is important to consider the performance of the material when it comes to durability, weight, flexibility, impact on the environment and so on. Most Fristads shell jackets are made of either GORE-TEX, which is well known for its highly waterproof and breathable properties, or AIRTECH®, which is a technically advanced material with the same functions that we have developed ourselves. Both materials are very durable and lightweight. For a smaller environmental footprint, we also offer a shell jacket in recycled polyester.
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Water pillar

Water pillar is a measurement that describes how waterproof a fabric is by measuring how much water it can handle in a water entry pressure test. In this test, water is applied to the fabric and the pressure gradually increased, until the fabric is penetrated in three places. Certified Fristads shell jackets and rain jackets can take a water pillar of at least 10,000 mm, which is equivalent to being exposed to heavy rain or snow for a long time. Gore-Tex garments have reached water pillar ratings as high as 28,000 mm in Gore’s own rain room tests, making them waterproof even in extreme conditions.

Breathability

A shell jacket not only protects you from wind, rain and snow – it also allows moisture to pass, which is essential to your comfort during physical work. Breathability is measured in grams of water passing through 1m2 of fabric from the inside to the outside in 24 hours (g/m2/24 h) and is expressed as a so called RET value. The lower the RET value, the better breathability during intense activity. As a general rule, a RET value below 20 stands for good breathability. Some materials, like the polyurethane-coated polyester that is common in rain jackets, are not breathable at all. In that case, the garment is usually equipped with ventilation to allow excess heat to escape.

Material

Besides water pillar and breathability, it is important to consider the performance of the material when it comes to durability, weight, flexibility, impact on the environment and so on. Most Fristads shell jackets are made of either GORE-TEX, which is well known for its highly waterproof and breathable properties, or AIRTECH®, which is a technically advanced material with the same functions that we have developed ourselves. Both materials are very durable and lightweight. For a smaller environmental footprint, we also offer a shell jacket in recycled polyester.
for you.

A jacket designed for an active life

Many of our shell jackets can be used both at work and on the trail, but if you are looking for a jacket especially designed for outdoor recreation, look no further than our Zinc shell jacket. Zinc is a waterproof and windproof jacket made of recycled materials. A jacket that allows you to explore the outdoors while treading lightly on the planet.
Zinc shell jacket is designed to be worn as the third, outer layer when you need extra protection against the weather. Combine it with our lightweight, quilted Oxygen PrimaLoft® jacket for soft and warm comfort year-round or wear it with a hoodie or sweatshirt on warmer days.

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