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I am grateful that we no longer need to cover ourselves in foul sealskin every time I put on a raincoat. Today's rain jackets are more comfortable and watertight than ever thanks to developments in weatherproof materials and clothing design. However, it can be challenging to sort through many styles, technologies, and waterproof ratings based on the region and your degree of exercise. I put about 10 to 12 rain jackets through a wet winter in the Pacific Northwest each year. I hike, cycle, run, and walk my dog. When the weather is bad, I will occasionally stand in the shower while wearing my clothing.
Run in the raincoat
Portland has experienced an exceptionally wet spring this year. In fact, April was the wettest on record for the city, and softshell rain jackets with fewer features haven't kept up. I've been reaching for Patagonia's Houdini lightweight windbreaker for the past few months. It's quite straightforward. The hood fits my relatively large head, and it has a sleek fit that doesn't rattle when you swing your arms back and forth. It fits into my little Nathan running vest or a backpack while travelling and features a single chest pocket for keys or a snack that also serves as a stuff sack. It weighs only 3.7 ounces.
Rain gear for cyclists
Even though I spend a lot of time in the rain, I never get as wet as I do when I bike my two kids to and from school. A light, highly visible jacket that can stretch as you move and let heat out is probably better for you if you're a serious rider who trains for hours with a Peloton. But if you ride your bike to work every day, you probably want a less technical jacket. An independent business with headquarters in Rhode Island, Cleverhood is known for their biker-friendly Rain Cape. My favourite, though, is the anorak. It's also quite generously cut, like the cape, so you can wear a little down jacket and a flannel shirt underneath.
hiking rain jacket
I truly didn't think Eddie Bauer's First Ascent line would be successful. Not because of its specifications—it is a typical, high-end, three-layer jacket with waterproof zips, StormRepel Super DWR, Eddie Bauer's longest-lasting DWR, and seams that are sealed. With backpacking and climbing in mind—sports where it's crucial to stay dry and where you may be exposed to the elements for extended periods of time—Eddie Bauer created the First Ascent range.
At this price, it's difficult to find a rain jacket with as many wonderful features as the Rainier. It contains venting pit zips and is constructed of recyclable nylon, for instance. Additionally, it is seam-taped, with a weatherproof centre zip, and a packable, adjustable hood. The Rainier jacket is an excellent option for travelling and casual day hikes.
Recognizing Rain Jacket Technology
The majority of technical waterproof jackets fall within the two- or three-layer category. These layers typically include an interior protective liner underneath a face cloth that has been treated with a waterproofing compound like durable water repellent and is a thin mesh for releasing water vapour. In general, you want to search for layers that have been laminated together rather than just treated with a waterproofing compound for improved longevity. Amber Williams, a lecturer and educator in consumer science at Utah State University, offers that guidance.
Groundbreaker rain jacket for men
Groundbreaker Rain Jacket 2.0 from REI Co-op, which drops at the hip, offers dependable waterproof/breathable protection for considerably less than $100. With shoulder seams that have been positioned front to prevent abrasion with backpack straps, the poly outer layer is critically seam-sealed to keep you dry and comfortable. The jacket includes a poly mesh inner that helps it to breathe, and it has been coated with DWR to repel moisture. A drawcord hem, partially elastic cuffs, and a drawcord hood ensure a secure fit, and the shell is made of bluesign-certified materials, a lovely touch in terms of green design.
Men's Calcite Jacket by Patagonia
When rain is added to a day's heat and humidity, Patagonia's Calcite Jacket is the ideal choice. With its textured backer and under-the-arm zippers, the recycled poly Gore-Tex Paclite Plus fabric is one of the most breathable alternatives available and makes it simple to release internal heat without running the risk of getting wet. If the temperature drops, a dual-adjust drawcord at the hem can keep the weather out, and hook-and-loop closures at the cuff make it simple to alter on the move. All of the pockets have coated, waterproof zippers to keep your things dry, including two hand warmer pockets and an exterior chest pocket on the left.
Jacket for rain by Marmot
The Marmot Minimalist is a men's rain jacket with an outstanding waterproof system that also functions as a windbreaker. Additionally, you can count on finding breathability in this windbreaker jacket. The eventual saturation in strong or torrential rains must be balanced with that breathability. However, the Marmot rain jacket strikes a sweet spot for many types of outdoor sports and activities, from hiking and mountain climbing to jogging and bicycling.