Guide to Rain Jackets

Rain Jacket : What is it?

Rain Jackets

Rain jackets are great for hiking, fishing, climbing, and other outdoor activities. They are normally made of lightweight, breathable fabrics like nylon which are coated with a waterproof material.

Rain jackets come with hoods, wrist cuffs, and chin guards for better wind and rain protection. They are made usually of tightly knit fabrics that (a) prevent water from coming in, yet (b) allow a substantial amount of air to get in for ventilation.

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Types of Rain Jackets

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Kinds of Rain Jackets include the following:

Parka rain jackets

Parka rain jackets are usually made of durable, waterproof materials like Tafetta shells and an inner soft shell lining. They are long and extend down to the knees and are loose enough to allow freer movements. They may have two jacket shells which can be used separately depending on the weather.

Parkas may have a detachable hood large enough to fit over a climbing helmet, like the one used in ice hiking. Parka rain jackets may also come with inner mesh pockets for storing small hiking paraphernalia.

Wading jackets

Wading jackets are commonly made of lightweight nylon microfiber and a waterproof inner lining. The outer fabric is coated with a water repellent material that keeps you dry during sudden rainfall.  They extend down to the waist, making them ideal for crossing in waist-deep waters.

Wading jackets may have fly pockets and inner pockets for storing hiking paraphernalia.
They may have full-length zippers, hem snaps, and wrist cuffs for better heat absorption.
Some wading jackets have D-rings for attaching fishing floatants and nets.

All-weather rain jackets

All-weather rain jackets are usually made of lightweight 50-denier nylon fabric. Thin nylon threads make them very breathable and ideal to use during warm conditions. Some have rolling hoods for rain protection.

All-weather rain jackets may also have chin guards that protect the face from gusts of wind, and elastic wrist cuffs that trap in body heat.


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Choosing Rain Jackets (Buying tips)

Fit: Choose rain jackets that are loose enough to allow you to move freely. Avoid rain jackets that are too snug as these might trap in too much body heat and promote injury.

Materials: Choose rain jackets that are made of lightweight and breathable materials. Avoid rubber or plastic rain jackets as these are not breathable. They trap in body heat and perspiration and are very uncomfortable to wear. Consider rain jackets that are not too bulky so you can easily pack them in your day pack or backpack.


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