WORDS BY KATIE HILL
Forget taking these technical jackets on a proper trek, this is what you should be wearing on your commute. Harsh winters and constant rain can cause issues for the style conscious but really there’s no excuse when all the big brands are taking technical outerwear very seriously. Think cagoules and windbreakers that combine style with high-performance. Here’s our top 5.
Philipp Plein Technical Jacket
Philipp Plein might be known for its extravagant catwalk shows and rock’n’roll motifs but there’s something very alluring about this relatively simple black technical jacket. Metallic details and a barcode graphic keep the look ultra-modern whilst the lack of colour and traditional shape mean it’ll forever be a classic.
Marcelo Burlon County of Milan Technical Jacket
Retro streetwear is always a safe bet and Marcelo Burlon County of Milan masters it. This grey and lavender sports jacket is brought to life by luminous pink accents and graphics but it’s the 90s vibes that we’re really crushing on.
Burton AK Technical Jacket
Now, this is where we get technical. Burton AK is a brand partnership between Burton and GORE-TEX® Fabrics; can you think of a better-qualified duo? Founded by Jake Burton in the 70s, this label is attributed with the rise in fame of snowboarding as a professional sport and today it’s still easy to tell why. This camo jacket will work just as well on the slopes as it will the streets.
Stone Island Technical Jacket
In Stone Island we trust. This cult-status label combines function and fashion with every single item and this metallic zip-up is no different. Ryan Gosling in Drive meets Ryan Gosling in First man with a tarnished silver high-tech fabric, stiff collar and black cuffs (and of course the iconic compass badge).
Aztech Mountain Technical Jacket
Founded in Aspen and routed in the world of skiing, Aztech Mountain knows how to dress for unpredictable weather. This foldable hooded jacket is as practical as it gets. A super simple design and modern take on camouflage make this an obvious choice for the urban explorer. Who doesn’t need a posh pac a mac anyway?