Seven super-light, windproof jackets to keep you dry in Hong Kong’s summer rain

Whether you’re on the streets or a hiking trail, these ultra-thin, easy-to-pack jackets will protect you against downpours

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 May, 2016, 12:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 May, 2016, 12:30pm

Ronhill Trail Quantum Jacket

Designed for runners, so boasting excellent breathability, this water-repellent shell (HK$890, Escapade Sports, 19 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay, tel: 2891 1855) is super-light despite its comfortable, micro-fleece-lined collar. Also includes a front zip security pocket containing a loop for attaching keys.

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The North Face Cyclone Hoodie

Great in strong winds, but also offering protection against brief showers, this good-value coat (HK$550, The North Face Store, K11 Hong Kong, Tsim Shai Tsui, tel: 2147 0800) cut for women has a high

neckline, snug hood, and zipped hand pocket (one of which it stuffs into for easy packing).

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Helly Hansen Odin Enroute minimalist jacket

Perfect for a hike in light rain, this ultralight shell (HK$1,740, Helly Hansen, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2320 9009) is breathable as well as being waterproof and windproof. With elastic cuffs that cover hands, the Odin Enroute packs into a chest pocket.

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Mammut MTR 201 Micro Jacket

Super-strong and superlight, this micro-layer (HK$1,980, Mammut, 74 Hollywood Rd, tel: 2857 9293) has underarm ventilation, reflective logos for safety in low light, and also packs into its own zipped chest pocket.

Patagonia Houdini

This women’s storm shell (HK$890, Patagonia, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0677) is unbeatable for breathability, making it excellent for a hike in wet conditions. The hood stays on in high winds, while the ultra-thin fabric packs neatly into a chest pocket; the resulting palm-sized package can even be hooked onto a belt loop.

Victorinox Clipper V

Slightly more heavy-duty than some, but with pockets for your hands and an unusual interior security pocket, this packable jacket (HK$2,000, Victorinox, Hong Kong International Airport, tel: 2769 1382) has underarm ventilation.

New Balance Lite Portable Jacket

Packing into a zipped chest pocket and with a hood that stows in the collar, this micro-layer (HK$449, New Balance, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2202) has elastic cuffs and perforations on the back to let air in.