Our Favorite Rain Jackets

Take refuge from the rain with these jackets.

Take refuge from the rain with these jackets. (Pixabay/)

Ever wonder how people kept dry in the days before the invention of the rain jacket? Prior to the early 1800s, clothing had to be slathered with oil to make it waterproof. Yuck. So imagine the glee in 1832 when a Scottish chemist named Charles Macintosh patented a material he called “Indian rubber cloth.”. Macintosh’s “cloth” was a combination of several natural fibers along with leather and paper that proved to be water-resistant and thus began the era of raincoats and rain jackets. Today’s rain jackets have benefited from continued evolution in technology – and a large infusion of fashion. Here are five rain jackets that will have you hoping for cloudier days.

This number features an abrasion resistant chin guard, zippered side pockets along with elastic cuffs and hem.

This number features an abrasion resistant chin guard, zippered side pockets along with elastic cuffs and hem. (Columbia/)

Columbia’s watertight rain jacket is made with a nylon shell for maximum protection, making it durable enough to go from a light drizzle to a Florida storm. The two zipper pockets are perfect for storing your wallet or keys. We love the elastic hem that keeps water out. Plus, it just looks and feels snappy.

With more than 20 colors to choose from, there is an option for every outfit.

With more than 20 colors to choose from, there is an option for every outfit. (Columbia/)

Stay dry and stay fashionable in one of Columbia’s rain jackets. Not only is the Arcadia Ii completely waterproof thanks to a nylon shell, it’s also breathable to prevent overheating. The adjustable storm hood is great for keeping your hair dry.We love the classic fitting and lightweight material that doesn’t weigh you down.

This coat is available in more than 30 different colors.

This coat is available in more than 30 different colors. (The North Face/)

North Face has been manufacturing high quality outwear since 1966. The Resolve waterproof jacket is one of their best designs yet. We love that the ripstop DryVent fabric, which features a water repellent finish, keeps you dry even in the biggest downpours. Safely store your phone or wallet in the jacket’s front zippered pockets.

This loose-fitting coat is designed to keep you dry from head to toe.

This loose-fitting coat is designed to keep you dry from head to toe. (SaphiRose/)

SaphiRose’s poncho is a great alternative for people who do not want a traditional rain jacket. This lightweight, polyester poncho provides head to toe protection from rain. We love the different colors and patterns which can add a bit of flair to a rainy day.

This coat can be converted into a fleece coat when needed.

This coat can be converted into a fleece coat when needed. (MGEOY/)

Kids grow up fast so their rain jacket needs are different than adults. This model from Mgeoy keeps that rule in mind by offering options. For example, the hood is removable, and the jacket can be easily converted from a raincoat to a fleece jacket as seasons change. Safety is also a concern, so the jacket’s zippered pockets are lined with reflective accents to provide visibility at night. Still it looks cool enough so that kids will still be excited to wear it – there are 10 colors and patterns to choose from to match your little one’s style.

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