As the saying goes; there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad wardrobe choices. If you are travelling abroad this summer, to one of the more inclement areas of the world, packing the right weather gear will make a huge difference to your adventures and sight-seeing possibilities. While some types of women’s rainjackets only protect you from light rain and a bit of a coastal bluster, other designs come with higher-tech features and great aesthetic direction which will be your one stop jacket to pack for any whether – raining or not. Features include cinched hoods that won’t fly off in the wind, covered pockets to keep your belongings dry, adjustable draw cords, and packable designs for simple storage and transportation. Innovations in fabric technology also mean that feminine shapes and soft fabrics create great looking jackets which are suitable even for a reservation at the smartest of restaurants.
Look no further for the round-up of what to look for in a performance jacket and some of our favorite pieces.
Things to consider before purchasing a Women’s Rain Jackets
Think about breathability
Whatever the weather, whether it’s a November downpour or a summer drizzle, high levels of activity or warm rainy days can create a lot of moisture inside your jacket. Qualities which use rubber for waterproofing, or wax coatings can stop moisture vapour moving through to the outside of your jacket so running around the city jumping off trains planes trams and buses can create a bit of a sweaty affair. To be on the safe side, search for women’s rainjackets which use breathable fabrics. Innovations in fabric technologies mean that waterproof fabrics now use micro porous barriers which guard again water molecules penetrating your jacket at the same time as allowing your body to breathe.
Consider how you intend to use it
Specifications for a rain jacket used on a hike or for a city break can differ. Consider exactly what you need your jacket to do taking into account features like hidden pockets so you can go outside without any bag, hoods are an essential for any weatherproof jacket but make sure you get one which secures tightly and allows 360 vision. If you want to take your raincoat on the road, it must have a packable design, be lightweight and preferably doesn’t crease when packed away for long lengths of time.
Consider the style
We hate to say it but you could be wearing your jacket for a few days on the trot if you’re unlucky enough to get a bad spell of down pours. Consider the range of raincoats which assimilate with your sense of style. Raincoats are starting to adapt some of the patterns we see on runways and celebrity style blogs, so gone are the days of practical anoraks and shells that only serve to protect you from the weather. Waterproof outerwear has modernised in the last 10 years and styles and colours which suit multiple outdoor and indoor activities are at your fingertips.
Some of our favourites:
Best packable feature:
The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket rain jacket is made for so much more than just torrential downpours alone. It has pit zips for quick ventilation when you need it most and a microfleece-lined neck for frigid conditions. It has an adjustable hood, a garage collar, and a visor to further shield you from the rain. It is constructed of recycled ripstop nylon to be as gentle on your body as it is on the earth. It packs into its own left pocket for convenience.
Best stylishly Waterproof:
The protected species collection deliver the best waterproof women’s jacket for travel due to their ability to adapt to pretty much every activity you are likely to get stuck into when you’re away and being crease resistant, smart and lightweight they’re highly packable and versatile pieces to throw into your luggage. : Protected Species waterproof trench, is one of the pieces in the range which is subtly oversized and combines high-performance weatherproofing technology with the iconic classic trench’s timeless beauty. The 3-way adjustable hood may be totally removed to provide smartness or protection to suit both day time activities and evenings out. It is trimmed to calf length for additional leg coverage, has a laser-cut and heat welded features and delivers fully waterproof, windproof, breathable technology in a four way comfort stretch fabric.
The North Face Resolve 2 rain jacket gets you covered (quite literally) no matter what the day’s forecast holds, even a downpour. It has a storm flap to cover the front zip, a drop hood that tucks into its own collar, a totally waterproof shell, a polyester mesh lining to ward off moisture, a secret zipper closing for more security for your possessions, and a cinch cord at the hem to allow you to adjust the fit.
The PreCip Lightweight rain jacket from Marmot is a popular choice for rainy days among backpackers and casual hikers alike. In addition to keeping you completely dry, it has microporous technology for ventilation during intense exercise. It boasts Velcro cuffs to keep moisture out, ventilation at the armpits for all-day comfort, and a detachable hood to reduce bulk when not in use.
Best price point:
The Columbia Women’s Switchback III is a good choice if you are on a tight budget because it offers unmatched value for the money. It has strong features similar to the other rain jackets and is a good option if you think you need to pack a waterproof jacket just for the off chance of rain
These are our picks for the best waterproof women’s jackets available in the US either in store or online. Consider your likely activities for your trip away, check the forecast for your time away, and don’t let anything get in your way of getting out into the great outdoors…as we say there’s no such things as bad weather!