View Full Version : Favorite Rain Gear (Jackets)

Mar. 14, 2012, 03:56 PM
I am looking for a lightweight rain jacket to wear when working at the barn and when riding...I have Columbia, EMS, and LL Bean ones right now, and when it is raining hard, I get soaked all the way through. I have a couple pair of rain pants that don't do that...but can't find jackets by the same manufacturers.

I've been looking online at camping gear stores and the like, but I can't really tell just by descriptions/reviews if these jackets are REALLY waterproof. I'm not talking working/riding in a lovely irish mist. I'm talking about bringing in 10 horses in a downpour...or getting caught in a thunderstorm on a trail ride. Pretty is as pretty does - my number one priority is truly waterproof.


Mar. 14, 2012, 04:13 PM
I have one like this:


I bought it many years ago, and it's maintained its waterproof integrity. I like that I can zip in a warmer liner, when I need it.

Mar. 14, 2012, 04:45 PM
If you don't mind paying a pretty penny here are my recommendations. There are some even higher end jackets... but unless you are a serious mountaineer, you won't want to pay for those. I work for an outdoor gear shop. Feel free to ask questions.

Go for a waterproof breathable jacket. There are various levels of waterproofness, based on the pounds per square inch of force a fabric will let through. So just because a jacket claims to be waterproof, it doesn't necessarily mean it is waterproof under certain circumstances. Makes sense, right? :)

My favorite brands are as follows:

Arc Teryx (http://www.arcteryx.com/?EN)
Mountain Hardwear (http://www.mountainhardwear.com/)
Marmot (http://marmot.com/)
Patagonia (http://www.patagonia.com/us/home)

The REI brand jackets are also very good. Just don't go for the Ultralight... it's geared more towards that summer misting shower.

Mar. 14, 2012, 06:22 PM
We live in northwest Oregon, where the rainy season lasts from October til July. You'd think I'd know the best rain gear, but really I just get soaked. In town, few Oregonians actually own umbrellas -- it's easier just to rust and mold.

Mar. 14, 2012, 06:43 PM
I hate to admit it, but I still rely on my old Australian outback long coat - how old does that make me. Truth is, I'm more of a fair weather rider these days.
But it is long and wraps around my thighs, even if it is a bit stiff.

Watermark Farm
Mar. 14, 2012, 08:03 PM
Kerritt's Coach's Coat. It's long and is keeps you dry in all weather. It's made for riding. You can find it on Tack of the Day on sale once in a while.

I rode all over southwest England in the pouring rain for hours on end in an Australian Outback coat. If they are kept waterproofed, they really do keep you "Drizabone." If I buy another, I'll get one with a liner.

Mar. 14, 2012, 10:19 PM
We get those cheap but good hunting department rain jackets at Walmart.
They work fine, even give them away when someone gets caught here in that strange thing called rain or snow.;)

Mar. 15, 2012, 01:11 AM
I swear by the Ornella Prosperi rain jacket and pants. Very lightweight, never got wet even in almost zero visibility rain. If the weather is cool enough, Barbour, Mascot, or Australian oiled jackets

Go Fish
Mar. 15, 2012, 02:21 PM
GorTex. Not cheap, though.

Mar. 15, 2012, 02:27 PM
How about Grundens http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SiteSearchView?PopularCat=No&Ne=69&beginIndex=0&langId=-1&storeId=11151&page=CategoryDisplayLevel1&N=377+710+2050001+4294962093&Ns=Most+Popular%7C0&catalogId=10001&omniTag=Brand%3AGRUNDENS&viewTaskName=SiteSearchView&cid=sc_google&creative=10064880844&adpos=1t3&gclid=CI-FgO216a4CFdFa7AodJiwNkA ?

Or Dutch Harbor Gear, it used to be cheaper.

Mar. 15, 2012, 03:34 PM
I will be watching this thread. I have read countless reviews before purchasing waterproof rain jackets from LLB Bean, REI, and FroggToggs.

One is not waterproof. Two make me sweat: like an allergic reaction where the material touches my bare skin. The most recent one I can survive without dripping sweat but but if it is warm out, I will get slick with sweat.

All were advertised as waterproof andbreathable. They make them for horses. Why can't they make them for humans?

Dad Said Not To
Mar. 15, 2012, 11:06 PM
BF got me a Ground rain jacket a few years ago. It's completely waterproof and as breathable as anything that's waterproof CAN be. I don't wear it if the temps are above 45-50F, as then I just get soaked with sweat. It's only waist-length, so when I wear it during the occasional winter rain, the bottom of my down vest gets soaked.

If you want something that's REALLY waterproof, don't even look at jackets that don't have taped or sealed seams. Gore-Tex is good, but it's no longer the be-all and end-all in waterproof, breathable outerwear; there are other waterproof/breathable membranes now that perform just as well. A good place to start is http://www.sierratradingpost.com/womens-rain-jackets~d~599/ --read the reviews and/or Google for more reviews on jackets that you're interested in.

Mar. 16, 2012, 11:28 AM
Barbour - mine is in it's 3rd decade.