Before doing anything else, you will need to determine your chest size. It is recommended to check through a few recognised outdoor magazines for reviews and articles about the product. This will help you find the recommended manufacturers and models of windbreakers. Do not forget to read the reviews about a particular product that interests you. If possible, speak to one of the customer services employees at the manufacturer’s office. Check if the product has been reviewed in magazines or on a website.
If you cannot find reviews of a particular product it is advised to find another windbreaker that best suits your needs. It is recommended to opt for a windbreaker which is without waterproofing. When backpacking or hiking, rain fall is highly unlikely. Furthermore, waterproof material is generally more expensive and heavier when compared to other types of windbreaker materials.
Always look for simplicity. Do not fall for fancy designs. It is recommended to purchase zippers that can be zipped or unzipped with ease. Avoid complex adjustments and fastener closures. The windbreaker can become heavier if there are more features on it and therefore there will be more chances of tear and unwanted vents.
Purchase a windbreaker that offers long sleeves to be pulled over your hands in extreme weather conditions. Make sure the windbreaker also has fabric fastener cuffs so you do not have to purchases gloves separately.
A good windbreaker should also have an adjustable hood. Again the hood should not be too fancy and it must be designed for the purpose of protecting you from wind. Try the windbreaker in the store before making the payment.