Rising temperatures mean spending as much time as possible outside, but as always, no spring season is complete without its fair share of rainy days! We aren't going to let a little rain stop us from having fun outside, so having the right raincoat is key. We carry a wide variety of rain jackets, and it can be daunting to decide which one is right for you. With a wide range of prices, technology, and features, we've broken it down by what you'll be doing the most in the rain, and which raincoats will compliment your wet weather activities.
A super light jacket that you can carry with you anywhere is key; if the skies stay clear, it's not weighing you down, but it's right there when the rain starts falling. At only 6.6 ounces, the Houdini from Patagonia ($99) is coated to be highly water-resistant and folds up into it's own pocket with a gear loop, so you can hang it in an easy-to-reach place.
When you have to walk the dog in a downpour or run errands on a super wet day, it's important to have a highly waterproof layer that is up for any conditions you might encounter. The Precip from Marmot ($99) is an excellent do-all jacket, with a storm flap over the zipper and armpit zips to give you extra ventilation. A lighter, more durable option is the Fuse Form Dot Matrix ($179.95) from the North Face, which uses a new way of fusing different fabrics without seams to make them even more water-tight.
Keeping it Classy
Maintaining a professional look with a raincoat on can be tough, so we recommend opting for a jacket that has a longer length, to appear more clean-cut and offer additional protection. The Codetta Coat from Arc'teryx ($299) has an above-average center back length of 32 inches and comes in neutral colors.
When you are heading out on a long-term camping trip or backpacking adventure, you'll need a coat that is not only highly waterproof but offers above-average ease of motion. The Beta LT from Arc'teryx ($499) is a Goretex Pro shell so breathable that you don't even need pit zips, and articulated elbows keep the fabric from bunching up.
Every kid needs a good, protective rain coat so they can continue enjoying their time outside all throughout the rainy season. The Resolve Reflective from North Face ($58.95), the Precip from Marmot ($65) and the Torrent Shell from Patagonia ($99) all come in boys' and girls' colors, with sizes from XS to XL, and include reflective features for added safety.