Made for the rain
The latest in high-tech raingear for all your soggy outdoor adventures
Not only is today’s outerwear light, tough, waterproof and breathable, it continues to incorporate ever more useful design elements made with outdoorsfolk in mind.
RIVER SALT JACKET
$419, Patagonia, www.patagonia.com
Key features: Rugged four-layer shell, made with polyester microfibre H2No wader fabric; two front fly-box pockets; waterproof, corrosion-resistant zipper; watertight cuffs.
The promise: “For the most challenging conditions.”
WOMEN’S STRETCH RAIN JACKET
$99.99, Cabela’s Canada, www.cabelas.ca
Key features: Lightweight, comfortable polyester; constructed with Cabela’s 4Most waterproofing technology; fully taped seams; comes in jet black and hot magenta (pictured).
The promise: “Lock out moisture, no matter how hard it pours.”
OUTDRY EX FEATHERWEIGHT SHELL
$279.99, Columbia Sportswear, www.columbiasportswear.ca
Key features: Made with Columbia’s OutDry Extreme fabric; outer waterproof layer with soft, wicking fabric inside; seam-sealed; chest and underarm venting.
The promise: “Lightweight protection from the elements.”
PILOT II PRYM1 SERIES JACKET
US$179.99, Frogg Toggs, www.froggtoggs.com
Key features: DriPore Gen 2 waterproof fabric; adjustable neoprene cuffs; vented removable hood; multiple pockets; pairs with the Pilot II Bib (US$159.99).
The promise: “100 per cent seam-sealed and waterproof.”
200 MPH GORE-TEX RAIN PARKA
US$329.99, Bass Pro Shops, www.basspro.com
Key features: Ultra-tough nylon; soft collar lining; elastic hook-and-loop cuffs; multiple pockets with waterproof zips; pairs with 200 MPH Bibs (US$299.99).
The promise: “The toughest raingear ever made.”
$325, Helly Hansen, www.hellyhansen.com
Key features: Developed for speed on the water, with a snug fit and spray-protection collar; articulated sleeves; sealing cuffs; reflective patches; adjustable high-vis hood.
The promise: “Ideal for powerboats.”
KRYPTEK ALL WEATHER JACKET
US$157.50, Huk, www.hukgear.com
Key features: Quick-drying, high-stretch, single-layer shell; strategic venting; removable visor-bill hood; neoprene storm cuffs; pairs with All Weather Bib (US$157.50).
The promise: “Built to keep Mother Nature at bay.”
G3 GUIDE TACTICAL JACKET
US$499.95, Simms Fishing, www.simmsfishing.com
Key features: Three-layer Gore-Tex wading-length jacket; adjustable, tuck‐away hood; seven storage and two hand-warmer pockets; fly patch; D‐ring and two integrated tool retractors.
The promise: “Protect yourself like a pro.”
To get the best value from your raingear, choose apparel that best suits your outdoor activities, and always buy the best you can afford.
Decide if you need a light coat (and pants or bibs) to toss in a backpack just in case of rain, all-day protection from the foulest weather or something in between. Longer coats offer more protection, while shorter hem lengths are best for wading, bending and pairing with rainpants.
When buying a shell, make sure it will fit over any base and mid-layers you may wear. Also ensure that your range of movement is not restricted, so that you can comfortably cast, kneel, hike and so on.