When it comes to raincoats, there’s so much more to consider than “Will it keep me dry?” Whether rain, drizzle or fog’s in the forecast, whether you live in Seattle or LA, or even a scientist studying the PH of rainwater in mountain streams, there’s a rain jacket out there to fit your specific needs.
Will I Stay Dry?
As stated literally in the previous paragraph, keeping dry is a raincoat’s basic functionality. Brand new rain jackets shed water like a dream, but tend to lose those abilities the more they’re used and washed. Most rain jackets have maintenance instructions attached to the tag to ensure you get the most use from it.
Will I Look Good?
These days, functionality and fashion go hand in hand. Our advice? Decide what kind of rain jacket you need and go from there. Different cuts and styles of rain jackets are bound to fit your specific needs so you can stay dry and look fly at the same time.
What’s the Difference Between Waterproof and Water Resistant?
Though similar, the difference between these features is tantamount to what you’ll be using your jacket for.
Water Resistant. Think of a water-resistant jacket as the shields of the USS Enterprise in “Star Trek”. They keep the raindrops at bay for a time, but lose their ability the longer they’re exposed. Water resistant jackets are best used in situations with minimal precipitation and are great for mild to strenuous activity, as long as they are breathable.
Waterproof. If a waterproof rain jacket was a club, then its laminate coating would be like the bouncer, tossing underage raindrops away from the door. Whether you need a breathable option for strenuous activity or a fully-coated choice for perennial downpours, a fully waterproof jacket is recommended for heavier and reoccurring rainfall.
Can I Afford It?
The price of rain jackets is as varied as the styles available. Determine your budget after you figure out what type of jacket you need but before you go shopping. If browsing online, most websites have filters in order to only view jackets in your price range.