Be that as it may, I tend to think that Marmot's PreCip ($99 for a jacket; www.marmot.com) or something like it, such as Marmot's Oracle ($150, it adds stretch panels that may be useful) or REI's Ultra Light ($125, adds pit zips; www.rei.com) will work just fine. They all use similar materials for their waterproofing. Gore-Tex is typically too expensive for just one trip, although L.L. Bean's Stowaway is a fine Gore-Tex buy at $145 (www.llbean.com).
You might also opt for one of several non-breathable jackets out there. These are completely waterproof, but of course don't breathe especially well. Or at all, for that matterthey're completely polyurethane-coated and utterly impervious to moisture. For extended periods, sitting in the rain in a canoe, they might be preferable to any of the "waterproof-breathable" alternatives. Helly Hansen's Impertech rainwear is a great buy, at $70 for a parka (www.hellyhansen.com).
These all come with hoods, but generally a good rain hat is more comfortable. For years the best rain hat on the planet has been Outdoor Research's estimable Seattle Sombrero. $56, and worth every penny (www.outdoorresearch.com).
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.