Style Guide: 9 Pieces of Rain Gear for Spring Showers

Stay dry, look good

Apr 18, 2016
Outside Magazine
Style Guide: 9 Pieces of Rain Gear for Spring Showers

Time to up your rain boot game.    Photo: Jakob Schiller

This April, we ditched the yellow slicker and cheap drugstore umbrella. Here are our top nine upgrades for the spring’s best wet-weather kit. 

Xtratuf x Filson Legacy Boot ($140)

Seamless construction makes these boots (pictured at top) totally waterproof—perfect for puddle hopping on the way to or from work. There’s also extra arch support, so they’re actually comfortable to walk in, plus a slip-resistant sole.

Davek Duet Umbrella ($150)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

The Duet’s 55-inch diameter provides enough coverage for you and a friend. The fiberglass-reinforced ribs are totally bomber. Windstorms be damned.

Helly Hansen Ask Canvas Duffel Coat ($650)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

The cord-and-toggle front buttons give this jacket an old-school Nordic sailing look. Modern technical fabrics—seam-taped laminated canvas and a waterproof-breathable membrane—ensure it won’t wet out.

Brooks Rivington Rucksack ($340)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

Simple canvas straps and a clutter-free exterior make this bag sleek and subtle. A water-resistant cotton outer fabric keeps the rain at bay. Inside, the bag is cavernous—big enough to swallow everything you need for the day (laptop, lunch, extra layers, running shoes) and then some.

Mophie Juice Pack H2Pro Phone Case ($130)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

It’s hard to check Insta when it’s raining. But fear not. The H2Pro exceeds the U.S. military’s requirement for water protection while also doubling your phone’s power supply.

Nikwax Tech Wash ($10)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

All rain jackets lose their ability to repel water over time. Keep the H20 beading off with this application, which revitalizes your jacket’s DWR in the washing machine.

Grundéns Sandhamm 21 Hat ($60)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

This classic hat design has been around forever. The short front brim doesn’t block your vision, extra protection out back keeps water from running into your shirt, and a chin strap keeps the hat on your head during a gale. A flannel lining adds a bit of extra warmth. 

Sealskinz Thick Mid-Length Socks ($60)

  Photo: Jakob Schiller

If you don’t have rain boots, you need these socks. A merino liner keeps your feet warm, while a waterproof-breathable membrane keeps the water out if it soaks through your shoes. They’re a little burlier than you might be used to, but still plenty comfy.

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