Traveling during the rainy season can be quite difficult, especially without the right equipment. One such essential traveling accessory is a rain jacket. Wearing a rain jacket keeps you warm and cozy while taking away the worry of being wet from the rain water. However, choosing the right rain jacket can be a tough task due to the enormous variety available. There are numerous factors that go into the perfect rain jacket. These include fabric, comfort, style, waterproofing, and portability among other things. This guide will teach you how to pick the best rain jacket for your next journey.
There are several features of a rain jacket that make it comfortable. The quality of the material, size, zippers, and ventilation features all come into account when we talk about the comfort of a rain jacket. In general, you need to look for a rain jacket that has a breathable, lightweight material. In addition to this, the rain jacket should have other features for allowing heat to escape as well. Mesh lining and zippers are examples of features in rain jackets that provide ventilation for maintaining a healthy body temperature.
Apart from the ventilation and breathability, the size and fitting of the rain jacket play a key role in comfort as well. For men, the shoulder and bust measurements should be taken into account before selecting a rain jacket. The best rain jackets have articulated tailoring that prevents the jacket from lifting when an individual raises one’s arms or bends down.
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One of the most important features of a rain jacket is waterproofing. The purpose of a rain jacket is to prevent water from reaching your body and clothes. Making a fabric waterproof might seem like an easy job but in reality, it is quite difficult to do so. This is because rain jackets do not have to be just waterproof, they need to be breathable as well. A waterproof rain jacket that is not breathable can trap body heat inside and hence make the wearer sweat (that defeats the purpose of waterproofing the rain jacket). To counter this, rain jackets are now made of special fabrics that are not only waterproof but are breathable as well. The two main kinds of breathable waterproof fabrics are laminated and coated fabrics.
- Laminated fabrics: These fabrics are made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). They are more durable and breathable than coated fabrics but they are much more expensive as well. The waterproofing is much better too because it does not allow water to seep in, even under heavy rain. Rain jackets made of laminated fabrics are recommended for backpackers, serious mountain climbers, and paddlers.
- Coated fabrics: These fabrics are less breathable and are more vulnerable to abrasions than laminated fabrics. Coated fabrics are ultralight that makes them highly portable. They are also much more affordable than rain jackets made up of laminated fabrics. These rain jackets are well suited for light activity such as day hikes or daily use around town.
Other than the fabrics already mentioned, there is also a market for water-resistant and breathable soft-shell rain jackets that are inexpensive, portable, and breathable. However, because they are only water resistant, they cannot withstand heavy rainfall.
While there are a number of different styles of rain jackets, they are generally categorized into three main categories: ponchos, anoraks, and activewear. From the designer activewear jackets to the durable ponchos, the design that you choose for your rain jacket depends entirely on what your priorities are.
Generally reputed as being the cheapest type of rain jackets, ponchos are the best for hot semitropical climates because they feature a design that keeps you cool and dry. They are ideal for locations where a rain jacket with sleeves would be too hot but a lightweight rain jacket would not withstand the heavy rainfall. Ponchos are mostly made up of heavy-duty plastics such as PVC but there is also a variety of poncho that is made with special woven materials such as Paratex. Moving on to the design, ponchos have covered pockets, taped seams, thumb loops, and adjustable hoods. They are also highly breathable and reach as far as the knees of the wearer for maximum dryness.
Anoraks can be thought of as pull-over jackets with a hood that are suitable for cold climates. Of all the styles of rain jackets, anoraks are the most insulated and are padded for preventing the cold air from entering the rain jacket. Anoraks are aimed to be warm and waterproof to keep you dry and cozy during the cold winters.
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These rain jackets are made with the most advanced technologies that make them more durable and breathable than all other types of rain jackets. Activewear rain jackets are generally well suited for applications such as hiking, climbing, and outdoor sports. Moreover, they also feature an aesthetic design that makes them appropriate for casual use as well. Activewear is an all-purpose style of rain jackets that can withstand heavy rainfall and even offer you warmth on cool days. However, they are not as resistant to cold weather as anoraks.
Weight and Portability:
The weight is an important specification to consider when you are looking to buy the best rain jacket. If you are looking to wear the rain jacket for casual use such as a stroll around the market then you should look for a lightweight rain jacket. On the other hand, if you are looking for a rain jacket for strenuous activity such as hiking or climbing then you should focus more on durability (even if it adds half a pound to the rain jacket’s weight).
Talking about portability, it is essential that your rain jacket is foldable (or packable) into a small size so that you can carry it around easily. The weight also plays a key role in portability because it is a measure of how heavy your bag pack will be after you add in the rain jacket.
- Top 15 Best Rain Jackets In 2019 for Comparison
- 1. Columbia Men’s Watertight II:
- 2. The North Face’s Resolve Jacket
- 3. Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake:
- 4. Paradox Men’s Waterproof Breathable Rain Jacket:
- 5. Helly Hansen Workwear Men’s Mandal Rain Jacket:
- 6. Gioberti Men’s Waterproof Front Zip Hooded Rain Jacket:
- 7. Carhartt Men’s Rockford Rain Defender Jacket:
- 8. Diamond Candy Men’s Outdoor Raincoat:
- 9. Frogg Toggs Men’s Ultra Lite Rain Jacket:
- 10. Charles River Apparel’s New Englander Men’s Rain Jacket:
- 11. Marmot Minimalist Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket
- 12. SWISSWELL Rain Coat for Men Waterproof Hooded Rainwear
- 13. Baleaf Unisex Packable Outdoor Waterproof Rain Jacket
- 14. 4ucycling Raincoat Easy Carry Rain Coat Jacket Poncho
- 15. Portwest Mens Classic Rain Jacket
To help you better understand the various aspects that make up a good rain jacket, we have reviewed some of the best rain jackets available in the market today.
1. Columbia Men’s Watertight II:
This fashionable rain jacket by Columbia is one of the most versatile rain jackets that you can get your hands on aside from their best hiking boots. The design is minimalistic and features a drawstring adjustable hood with a front zipper for improved insulation during rainfall. The durable fabric combined with the appealing design make this the best rain jacket in our review list.
The Watertight II by Columbia has a shell made from nylon that keeps the wearer cozy and comfortable at all time. The polyester mesh lining keeps you ventilated at all times, preventing you from sweating during the hot day. The zipper closure makes it convenient to open or close the jacket’s front as needed. Coming on to the size of the rain jacket, it is available in a range of different fittings from extra small (XS) to extra-extra-large (XXL). These range of sizes ensure that you fit into the jacket easily, no matter what your body dimensions may be. All in all, the rain jacket offers great comfort for the wearer, even under direct sunlight.
This rain jacket features the Omni-Tech Waterproof Breathable technology that is a modified version of the laminate fabric that is commonly used in rain jackets. This technology makes the rain jacket waterproof without you having to deal with suffocation or sweat. The fabric is tough and durable that makes it perfect for resisting abrasions and heavy rainfall. To conclude, the Watertight II offers great protection against water without compromising on the breathability or portability of the rain jacket.
An activewear rain jacket that maintains a balance between functionality and design. When talking about appearance, the rain jacket features a clean and simple design available in 16 beautiful colors that can easily be worn for casual use. As for functionality, the rain jacket is highly durable and can easily cope up with challenging tasks such as hiking and climbing. Whether you are looking for the casual stroll around town or an adventure to the top of the mountains, the Columbia Watertight II is the perfect rain jacket for you.
Weight and Portability:
The Omni-Tech fabrication makes this rain jacket lightweight and portable. With the weight of only 1 pound, this rain jacket is feasible for daily outdoor activities as well as casual use. The rain jacket can be packed into a cantaloupe form for easy carriage.
2. The North Face’s Resolve Jacket
Made with high-quality nylon, this rain jacket by The North Face Men’s offers breathability and waterproofing with a seam-sealed design. The rain jacket features a spectacular design that stands apart from all the rest. The nylon mesh lining allows good ventilation of body heat and keeps you cool during the hot summers. The stylish design accompanied by the durable and breathable HyVent technology makes this a formidable choice for a rain jacket. The rain jacket is recommended for individuals that are looking for a stylish rain jacket to wear for outdoor sports or hiking.
This rain jacket is not just about style and design, it offers a comfortable and relaxing experience for the wearer as well. The material used for both the shell and the mesh lining is nylon that fits well on your body and keeps you comfy at all times. The center front zip and adjustable hood make it easy for you to alter the rain jacket according to your requirements. Coming on to the size, you can choose from small (S) to extra-extra-extra-large (XXXL), according to your body’s specifications.
This rain jacket by The North Face makes use of the HyVent technology for making the rain jacket waterproof and breathable. HyVent is based on the use of laminate fabric that has a protective PU layer over the microporous coating. The technology makes the rain jacket highly durable even under rugged use and provides ideal ventilation for keeping heat away from the body. The velcro closure and seam sealed design prevent water from seeping into the rain jacket. To summarize, the rain jacket provides you optimum protection against the rain with a durable and breathable fabric that performs well (even under heavy rainfall).
The rain jacket features the activewear style that makes it convenient for both casual and professional use. The flap that covers the front zipper further adds to the appearance of the rain jacket. The adjustable hood on the rain jacket stows inside the collar making this a jacket and coat in one. This rain jacket is available in a vast variety of colors (33 of them in total) that are suitable for the requirements of different individuals. All in all, this rain jacket is an all-round performer that fares well in design, durability, breathability, and comfort. It is recommended for individuals that want to look good as they take on the challenges of daily life.
Weight and Portability:
The Resolve Jacket weighs only a pound and can be easily folded into a 5” x 5” x 2” size for portability. The rain jacket is extremely lightweight and easy to carry due to its nylon shell and ergonomic design.
3. Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake:
An economical rain jacket for individuals that are on a restricted budget. Glennaker Lake is a water-resistant rain jacket that offers good protection against light to mild rainfall but is not recommended for use against torrential rainfall. The hide-away hood and zipper pockets make the rain jacket convenient for everyday use. On the downside, the water-resistant fabric is not as durable or breathable as most of its competition.
This nylon rain jacket is an everyday favorite because of its classic-fit lightweight design that keeps you protected from light rain and warmth. The zipper front and the hide-away hood can be easily adjusted to suit your requirements (for instance, you might want to keep the zipper open when indoors and closed when you are outdoors). There is also an option for adjustable cuffs so that you can loosen them as needed. The Glennaker Lake is a comfy and cozy rain jacket that offers ample protection against the environment.
Unlike most of its counterparts, this rain jacket by Columbia is not waterproof. Instead, it makes use of a water-resistant fabric that only repels water (and dries up quickly). Moreover, this fabric (even though it is part of the Omni-Shield technology by Columbia), is not as durable and breathable as competition. This is why the Glennaker Lake is well suited for individuals that are looking for a casual and lightweight rain jacket to protect themselves against the semi-arid climate (mild temperature and light rainfall).
This is yet another activewear rain jacket that is more focused on design than on functionality. The zipper pockets on the sides of the rain jacket make them convenient for storage while the hide-away hood adds to the overall appeal of the jacket. Talking about the dimensions, the rain jacket is available in a range of sizes from extra small (XS) to extra extra-large (XXL). The design form is inspired by the classic mountaineering outfits and is perfect for everyday casual use.
Weight and Portability:
Due to the water-resistant fabric, this rain jacket is ultra-lightweight at only 12.8 ounces (0.8 pounds)! When worn, the rain jacket feels incredibly light and convenient. The flexible design also allows you to pack the rain jacket into a small hand-held pouch for high portability and easy carriage.
4. Paradox Men’s Waterproof Breathable Rain Jacket:
This is another economical option for a stylish and durable rain jacket for your next trip. Made up of nylon and polyester, the rain jacket is incredibly lightweight and flexible that makes it suitable for traveling. The waterproof and windproof fabric on the rain jacket keeps you dry and comfortable even under heavy rainfall. However, there are no pockets or mesh lining on the rain jacket that significantly reduces its functionality.
This nylon and polyester rain jacket is based on a 2.5 layer system that provides a comfortable experience for the wearer without compromising on the waterproofing of the rain jacket. The rain jacket has been made with 80% nylon (for the shell) and 20% polyester (for the insulation and lining). The velcro cuffs with the adjustable drawstring hood make it a fitting choice for individuals that are looking for a comfortable and fashionable jacket. The lack of mesh lining on the rain jacket is a disadvantage though because it prevents body heat from leaving the body and hence raising your body temperature and causing you to sweat. While the rain jacket will perform well under mild to cool weather, it is not suitable for use in hot climates.
The high-performance layered protective fabric used on this robust rain jacket offers enhanced durability and breathability. The water repellent finish on the rain jacket ensures that rain water dries up almost immediately from the surface. This layered approach to waterproofing keeps you protected against the wind and rainfall. The rain jacket is also rated UPF 50 that keeps your body protected from direct sunlight. However, there is no mesh lining on the rain jacket leading to poor ventilation of body heat. For optimum waterproofing, a rain jacket needs to keep the body protected from both external sources (rainfall) and internal sources (sweat).
If you are looking for modern activewear rain jacket that incorporates all of the elegant little style features then this rain jacket is the right choice for you. The flap on the front zipper and a stylish front pocket are small innovations that have been made to the traditional activewear design. Apart from this, the drawstring hood and velcro cuffs also add a touch of finesse to the rain jacket. You have a variety of three colors available (heather blue, cobalt blue, and black) for this Paradox rain jacket.
Weight and Portability:
The flexible and compressible design of this rain jacket allow it to be folded into a small and convenient size for increased portability. The weight of the rain jacket is less than a pound that makes it an apt choice for your travel gear.
5. Helly Hansen Workwear Men’s Mandal Rain Jacket:
This rain jacket by Helly Hansen Workwear has been designed for activity at workplaces. Best suited for construction sites and open-air activity, the rain jacket has everything you need for your day at work. This rain jacket has been made to be ultra-lightweight and resistant to abrasions. However, the rain jacket is not as attractive in appearance as most other options in this list. It is recommended for individuals that are looking for a comfortable and highly durable rain jacket for enduring harsh weather and rigorous activity.
Helly Hansen Workwear specializes in making comfortable and durable rain jackets for men. The material used for the rain jacket is polyester that makes it lightweight and flexible for convenience at the workplace. The classic-fit design ensures that the rain jacket sits well on your body. Adjustable snap cuffs and seamless shoulders allow you to freely move your arms and shoulders without having to lift the rain jacket itself.
Unlike most others, this rain jacket makes use of a PVC-coated fabric for preventing the water from reaching your body. This fabric is based on water repellent technology that can easily withstand torrential rainfall. A layer has also been added to offer protection from mildew. Sadly though, the PVC-coated fabric is not as breathable as laminated fabrics that is one of the main downsides of this rain jacket. Another problem is that there are no mesh linings or ventilation openings for allowing body heat to escape. If you are involved in strenuous activity while wearing this rain jacket, you are likely to sweat excessively because of the lack of sufficient ventilation.
Based on the classical poncho, this rain jacket has been designed to be flexible enough for free movement of the arms and shoulders. There are two flap pockets in the front that offer ample storage for keeping tools and other accessories. However, it is worth mentioning here that there is no front zipper on the rain jacket (a snapper is used instead).
Weight and Portability:
One of the standout features of this rain jacket is its extremely light weight that makes it a fitting choice for regular use. The flexibility of the jacket also allows it to be packed into a small pouch or bag pack for easy carriage.
6. Gioberti Men’s Waterproof Front Zip Hooded Rain Jacket:
A modern and fashionable version of the traditional poncho design that all of us are familiar with. This rain jacket by Gioberti provides you ideal protection and features for an incredible price. It is waterproof, durable, and breathable so that you can enjoy your outdoor activities without a single worry. The rain jacket has been designed for providing optimum levels of comfort to the wearer with excellent ventilation features for keeping you cool and cozy at all times. The sleek design and enhanced durability of the rain jacket make it suitable for casual use and for strenuous activities such as hiking and climbing as well.
Made up entirely of polyester, this lightweight rain jacket has been designed to be comfortable for the wearer as they take on the challenges of everyday life. The front zipper and adjustable hood make it easy to calibrate the rain jacket according to your exact requirements. The meshed lining on the inside of the rain jacket provides ideal ventilation by allowing excess heat and vapor to escape. The rain jacket gives you complete freedom to carry out your daily activities without having to worry about it getting off. You can easily take care of all your outdoor tasks during a rainy day with the help of this Gioberti rain jacket.
Gioberti makes use of a laminate fabric technology to make this rain jacket waterproof, durable and breathable. The fully sealed seams on the outside of the rain jacket prevent rain from entering it from any angle. The fabric keeps away the moisture from rainfall and ensures that you remain dry during the rainy seasons. A velcro seal flap has also been placed on the front zipper for preventing raindrops from seeping into the rain jacket.
This rain jacket revamps the traditional poncho design and turns it into something more modern and fashionable. The design of the rain jacket is eye-catching that makes it appropriate for casual use as well. The range of colors available for the rain jacket have a matte touch to them that further adds to the looks of the rain jacket.
Weight and Portability:
The rain jacket is advertised to be incredibly light, weighing “next to nothing” and it holds true to this claim. This polyester rain jacket is indeed very lightweight and feels amazing on the body when worn. The flexible plastic material also allows the rain jacket to be folded just like a regular shirt for portability.
7. Carhartt Men’s Rockford Rain Defender Jacket:
Carhartt’s Rockford rain jackets are well known for their remarkable durability and stylish design. Made entirely with nylon oxford, the Rain Defender Jacket provides protection against rainfall, mist, and even snow to make sure that you stay comfortable and dry at all times. The rain jacket has been carefully designed to allow you to freely move your arms and shoulders without having to worry about the jacket losing its shape. This rain jacket is recommended for individuals that are looking to spend long periods of time outdoors (such as construction workers and athletes).
The Rockford Rain Defender Jacket is advertised as a rain jacket that keeps you dry and on the job longer. This rain jacket has been tailor made for comfort to allow workers (and professionals alike) to freely carry out their outdoor activities while keeping themselves protected against the rain as well. The snap-adjustable cuffs and draw-cord adjustable make it easier to fit the jacket to your size. The comfortable fit ensures that you feel safe and sheltered when you are wearing the rain jacket. For ventilation purposes, the rain jacket has a polyester mesh lining that allows body heat to escape easily into the atmosphere.
The Rain Defender Jackets by Carhartt make use of their own technology for providing resistance and protection against rainfall. The rain jacket is layered with a water-repellent coating that beads up moisture and allows it to trickle off the jacket. While this waterproofing fabric technology is breathable and incredibly durable, it does not offer the same level of resistance of torrential rainfall as laminated fabrics do.
This rain jacket brings innovation to the table with a fashionable mix between the poncho style and the activewear style. Featuring a zip-front closure and two stylish snap-flap front pockets, the rain jacket has an attractive design that is available in six vivid colors. The taffeta lining on the sleeves further adds to the overall appearance of the rain jacket. For convenient, there is a media port with the front chest pockets (for convenient use of earphones) and the two lower welted pockets (on the front) provide room for storing the travel essentials.
Weight and Portability:
The ultra-lightweight design is perhaps the most notable feature of the Rockford Rain Defender Jacket. Weighing less than only a pound (16 ounces), this rain jacket feels light as a breeze when worn and yet manages to keep the wearer dry and cozy. The nylon oxford material allows easy folding of the rain jacket that makes it easy to carry around (when you are expecting rain later in the day). However, it does not fold down to a pouch-size and instead takes up a more cantaloupe form (which means that it is not as portable as some other rain jackets in the list).
8. Diamond Candy Men’s Outdoor Raincoat:
A trendy rain jacket that has been styled to look exactly like a sports upper. This rain jacket by Diamond Candy features the advanced Omni-Tech fabric for providing breathable waterproofing with a seam sealed design for ensuring total dryness. The design of the rain jacket is casual but it looks eye-catching and appealing. It is recommended for hiking trips, mountaineering, camping, and outdoor activities such as sports.
Sportswear is generally much more comfortable than other types of clothing. This is because athletes want themselves to be as light and flexible as possible for improving their performance. This rain jacket idolizes this and offers you the comfort and coziness of a sports upper without compromising on the functionality. Adjustable hand cuffs, removable hood, and a snapper hem makes it easy to make alterations to the rain jacket’s original size. Everything is much more convenient and easier with this wonderful rain jacket by Diamond Candy.
The Omni-Tech fabric that has been used for making this rain jacket waterproof is a renowned technology that is based on laminated fabrics. The technology offers enhanced protection against torrential rainfall with improved durability and breathability. The fully seam sealed design ensures that no moisture escapes through the surface of the rain jacket. All in all, the Diamond Candy makes use of the reliable Omni-Tech technology to provide you a breathable and durable waterproof rain jacket.
The sporty and modern design featured in this rain jacket is an innovation of the activewear style. The snapper on the hem hides away the zip and gives the rain jacket a minimalistic and appealing look. The front-zipper chest pocket accompanies the two side pockets on the rain jacket to provide you with sufficient storage. Overall, this rain jacket stands apart from the rest because of its intuitive design that is suitable for both casual and professional use.
Weight and Portability:
The flexible fabric used in the manufacturing of this rain jacket allows it to be easily folded into a cantaloupe form. You can easily fold and pack this rain jacket with your travel gear for keeping yourself protected from the rainfall. However, on the downside, the rain jacket is not as light as most of its competitors. It weighs approximately 1.8 pounds in total that is rather high for a rain jacket.
9. Frogg Toggs Men’s Ultra Lite Rain Jacket:
Convenient, lightweight, and ultraportable is how we would describe this economical rain jacket by Frogg Toggs. Made of 100% polypropylene, this rain jacket has a design that is dedicated to protecting you from heavy rainfall. If you are looking for an inexpensive rain jacket that keeps you dry and cozy without much of a fuss about anything else, then this is the right choice for you.
This is a rain jacket that has been designed for keeping you comfortable and protected. The incredibly lightweight polypropylene material feels like a flimsy layer of clothing and yet still manages to provide excellent protection against the rainfall. There is an adjustable drawstring hood equipped with the rain jacket that you can tighten to prevent water from trickling down your neck. However, there are no adjustable cuffs or front zippers on this rain jacket.
Featuring a patented bi-laminate fabric, this rain jacket offers waterproofing that is not only breathable but highly durable as well. The non-woven construction ensures that there is sufficient ventilation for body heat to escape from the jacket, this makes sure that you have a sweat-free, breathable experience when you are wearing the rain jacket. The seams on the rain jacket are welded together to make sure that water cannot sneak through inside.
Based on the poncho style for rain jackets, the Frogg Toggs Ultra Lite Rain Jacket is not one that you would applaud for its appearance. While it offers brilliant functionality, it features a minimal design with a simple adjustable drawstring hood. Apart from this, there is nothing much to say about the design because there are no pockets, zippers, and other design elements on the rain jacket. In terms of style, it is perfect for individuals that love simplicity.
Weight and Portability:
One of the best features of this rain jacket is its ultralight weight of only 0.65 pounds. The rain jacket is easily packable and can be folded down to pocket-size storage. This makes it convenient to carry around the rain jacket even if you are a little low on space in your bag pack.
10. Charles River Apparel’s New Englander Men’s Rain Jacket:
This New Englander rain jacket has been made exclusively by the renowned Charles River Apparel for enhanced protection. The rain jacket has everything that you need for your day out. From comfort to breathability, this New Englander Rain Jacket has everything that you need to keep yourself protected from bad weather. Also ensure that you have the best hiking boots to go with it.
This rain jacket has been made with the durable and lightweight polyurethane material that is known for its high resistance to heat. The rain jacket features a comfortable design with a two-way front zipper that makes it convenient to adjust the hem. The zipper side pockets provide you with space for storing your essentials as you travel and the mesh lining allows air circulation that keeps your body cool and sweat free.
Charles River Apparel uses its own waterproofing technology to keep this rain jacket dry and cozy at all times. The technology is based on the use of laminate fabric to make sure that the wearer has a comfortable and breathable experience with the rain jacket. The heat-sealed seams prevents moisture and heat from entering the rain jacket that keeps you dry and cool even in the summers. The mesh lining and nylon lining (on the sleeves) ensure good ventilation of body heat to make sure that you stay sweat-free the entire time.
A fashionable poncho is how we would describe the design on this New Englander’s Rain Jacket. Made with the organic polyurethane, this rain jacket has a fine finish to it that takes away the plastic feeling from the appearance. The stripe accent on the front and back of the rain jacket adds to the attractiveness of the jacket. The rain jacket is available in six vivid color schemes ranging from black with gray stripes to taupe with navy stripes. Every design element on the rain jacket blends in perfectly with each other to provide you with a rain jacket that is convenient and stylish.
Weight and Portability:
The polyurethane material used for making this rain jacket is a lightweight and flexible that makes the rain jacket convenient for traveling. Weighing as little as 1 pound, this rain jacket can easily be folded and packed into your bag pack for easy carriage.
Rain jackets are a necessity for the rainy seasons, especially when you are looking to travel. There are numerous factors that make a good rain jacket and these include its comfort, style, portability, and water-resistance. We have listed some of the top rain jackets available in the market today so that you know exactly what to buy for the next time you go out during a rainy day.
11. Marmot Minimalist Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket
The best part about Marmot as a manufacturer is the fact that it combines high end technology and supports it through its design. With each intuitive product, it supports outdoor activities no matter what the conditions and its minimalist lightweight waterproof rain jacket is a testament to that.
It is made from 100% polyester. Its PitZips helps regulate the temperature within the garment as it increases airflow and as a result improves comfort. Furthermore, the drawstring hem creates a better fit, and its zippered hand pockets prevent water from accidentally seeping into its coat. It also has zippered underarm vents which also aid moderation of body temperature and release any moisture that may be built up and also increases air flow. Through its construction, the user’s arms are also able to maintain full mobility due to its built in Angel Wing Movement. The PitZips are easy to unzip but difficult to zip up so require a little more flexibility.
This jacket can survive the test of time and all sorts of weather conditions which include wind, water and hail. The jacket is breathable and also easy to pack. It has optimal waterproofing especially because it is built with GORE-TEX alongside Paclite Technology. What this does is reduces moisture and helps control temperature to ensure that weight is kept at a bare minimum. Its seam tapped as well to prevent exposure to leaks. Its attached hood also provides better facial coverage and even its chest pocket is equipped with a water resistant zipper. It also comes with a microporous GORE-TEX membrane which protects the use from any external wind and water and the Paclite layet is responsible for protecting the garments interior and replaces the bulky liner.
The GORE-TEX membrane is as effective as it is because of its hydrophobic qualities i.e. it contains 9 billion plus pores per square which helps reduce the moisture and also reduces the overall weight. Its storm flap can be used to protect the front zipper.
The jacket is lightweight enough to be used for a number of occasions such as hiking, backpacking, cycling and others where ease of user is number one priority. The design stays true to its name, is minimal with a clean design and a perfect fit.
Weight and Portability
It weighs 4.6 ounces, making it very easy to carry.
12. SWISSWELL Rain Coat for Men Waterproof Hooded Rainwear
SWISSWELL is a brand that is committed to creating rainwear that is light and waterproof. Its main product lines cater to men’s rain suits, children rain suits, men rain coats, rain pants, rain shoe covers, and many more. The company’s objective is to create great products that enhance your life and make life easier. All their products ensure that no matter what item is bought, it ensures that the user is dry no matter what. It works well for indoor use, as well as for outdoor exercises such as running, riding, camping, backpacking, cycling, mountain climbing, picnic, hiking, fishing, jogging, traveling, walking or any other purposes. Our choice for today is the hooded rainwear.
Its shell is 100% polyester and is made with PU coating, mesh fabric and taffeta. Its mesh lining is breathable because of which it makes your skin feel comfortable. It also has a soft layer of mesh which feels plush against the user’s skin.
Its waterproofing index is 3000 WVP which makes it impermeable to moisture. Its 3000 waterproof rainwear has been developed with the latest waterproof technology that takes away its moisture and ensures that the users are left dry no matter what the weather is. Its water resistance is further enhanced with its heat sales seams. The WP zip on its front and side entry pockets makes it easy to stash away items such as IDs and credit cards as well. It can be packed, folded and then used and stored easily.
This classic design protects the user from water and wind due to its seam taped, front zipped exterior and its unlined pullover which comes with an attached hood. It has Velcro sealed cuffs which make for convenient wear, avoids abrasions and cute and tears and has reflective markings on its chest which help keep it water resistant.
Weight and Portability
It is light in its construction, aerated to perfection and is engineer to protect the interior effectively from any kind of moisture; the PU exterior wicks and polyester construction makes sure that it is ideal for outdoor use throughout the year. It is easy to pack into any kind of bags e.g. backpacks, handbags, suitcases etc. It is designed such that it occupies very little space and can be packed into its pocket. It can also be folded up into a simple square in case it takes up too much space.
13. Baleaf Unisex Packable Outdoor Waterproof Rain Jacket
Baleaf is a company that is known for creating jackets that are not only top notch quality but also its affordability.
It is made from 100% nylon. This nylon is made from highly durable material and polyester construction makes it easy to wear. While it protects against wind and rain, it is not well ventilated which is why it traps body heat which can make its use a little uncomfortable; the raincoat is better suited for colder climates.
It comprises of water proof material that provides excellent resistance to water. Its cuff ensures that the clothes remain dry at all times. On the flipside, the raincoat might not to be ideal for situations where there is heavy rain.
The rain coat has a funnel hood with an adjustable drawstring that provides extra coverage during bad weather as well as elastic cuffs in order to keep the clothes dry. Its back pocket can also be used for storage, and its reflective logos make it a funky addition to your wardrobe not to mention it ensure your safety for the night, especially when riding a bike. It is ideal no matter what the season and can be used for day use as well as for outdoor sports. The plus side is its unisex and is designed to look good on both men and women yet at the same time keeps its users dry and protected. The back pocket is easy to access and the elastic string is of excellent quality. It is aesthetically appealing and can look especially great with a long sleeves shirt and a thin hoodie. The jacket is better suited for smaller people, and can be snug on people with a relatively bigger built.
Weight and Portability
It is made of lightweight nylon and the poncho/raincoat is designed with a back pocket that makes it small enough to be portable and can easily be kept in the bag in case it gets caught in the rain. In fact its function is similar to that of a hand bag, travelling bag or a suitcase. The jackets weight can be contributed to its polyester construction, a material that is easy to carry around. It is incredibly easy to pack into a pocket system.
14. 4ucycling Raincoat Easy Carry Rain Coat Jacket Poncho
4ucycling is a manufacturing company that has been around since 2002 and its main job has been selling cycling clothing and has expended a lot of effort and energy into building high quality cycling clothes for customers who spend time cycling. They also provide other bike parts and accessories for customers. Customer satisfaction remains the primary objective and it operates its business mainly through online sources such as eBay and Amazon.
It is made from synthetically assembled fabric and is ideal for all types of seasons, especially for outdoor use. It is easy to carry, pack as well as carry and is designed for maximum protection and durability. Its hooded design and drawstrings create extra comfort, making it a good buy that can be used for walking or cycling during the rain.
The nylon fabric offers 100% resistance to water. The nylon is engineered to perfection and keeps most of the moisture away from the interior, in an efficient and effective manner. This makes it perfect for cycling as well as for outdoor exercise no matter what the season. The nylon helps keep the user dry without letting them overheat and is a good addition for exercising outdoors or even riding a bike. It is made in a way that it doesn’t occupy much space and can be folded smoothly and simply into the front pocket, adding to its charm as it is excellent for traveling. If you do not want to follow that, you can instead fold the raincoat in to a neat square to ensure that it doesn’t take up too much space. No matter what shape the raincoat assumes, no amount of packing and unpacking impacts the shape and keeps it wrinkle free.
Its hooded design creates optimum protection against rain and its drawstrings are ideal for extra comfort. Its construction is with high industrial strength nylon and its adjustable hem makes it easy to change your look depending on the weather. It is also longer than its older versions therefor more suitable for protection against heavy rain. It’s available in different sizes, where the longer sizes are better suited for buyers because it can cover more. The longer sleeves can be dealt with as they are rubber band-cuff. It also has a pocket that it uses for storing, and to top it off it is reasonably priced. It is easy to move in and functions better than most other rain ponchos.
The rain cost is long lasting and its stitching is phenomenal, making sure that it can be used for a long time to come, without much wear and tear. This is a perfect alternative for people who are looking for a raincoat that is premium and manufactured by a reliable company yet at the same time want more affordable rates. This waterproofed, nylon based jacket is a welcome addition to any home, no matter what the weather.
This rain coat/ poncho is great for emergency situations. It is excellent to keep in the car, so that you can pull it out whenever you need it. On the outside, it looks like a zippered pouch with a coat inside. The pouch is a part of the coat and it just needs to be put on. It is army green in color which could work well for camouflaging too, depending on where it is to be used.
Weight and Portability
The raincoat is ultra-light and designed to suit different people’s comfort. It is convenient to pack and carry around. Its size makes it ideal for most suitcase sizes. Its dimensions are Chest (perimeter) 53.2″, Length 49.21″ (Back Length 32.28″+Hat Length 16.93″).
The coat is light weight as it is aerated extensively, which makes it great for using outdoors throughout the year.
15. Portwest Mens Classic Rain Jacket
Portwest is a company known for its heritage, quality and service manufacturing for workwear. It meets international standards of quality and its designs are distinct and durable.
It is made from nylon. The rain coat has a back vent that increases its ventilation.
The fabric is 100% PVC coated nylon to protect the user from water.
It has two hip pockets with flaps as well as a zip fastening with an inner storm flap. Its drawstring hood and hem is great to protect the user from the cold. The elasticated storm cuffs can also be sealed shut in order to prevent moisture from entering the body.
Weight and Portability
The jackets fabric weighs 150 grams and comes with taped seams. Its size is Chest to Fit S – 36/38”, M – 40/41”, L – 42/44”, XL – 46/48”, XXL – 50/52”. Although this is the size communicated, the actual size can also be slightly larger as it is designed to be worn over many layers.
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