I'm relatively new to outdoors wear and was wondering if anyone had any advice on a lightweight outer layer/weatherproof jacket for my specific needs. I'd be layering it over a base layer, mid layer, and down jacket in order to stay comfortable/dry/wind free in chilly climates down to, at the very coldest, 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
It would mostly be used for:
- Walking around cities for long periods in varied weather
- Occasional hikes
- Frequent travel in unpredictable climates (mostly urban, but occasional trail use)
This would be my primary outerwear piece and would be wearing it daily, so if it's necessary, I'd be willing to consider paying more for a quality piece, but am not sure if it's worth the investment given my relatively mild requirements. The idea would be to enable me to be be outside as much as possible, regardless of weather conditions.
What sorts of features do you think would be essential for a jacket like this? For example, would it be best to spring for a 3 layer jacket? Or is a 2 layer budget option enough?