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Sat Jun 4, 2022, 06:39 PM

A good raincoat?

I need some advice. I just got back from a tour to the Adriatic including Croatia and Slovenia. It rained a couple days and my new Lands End "raincoat" was worthless. Wet hair, and wet arms! It was sold as good for light showers. No!
Looking online I see some but several revues say they do not keep out rain. Even some ponchoes.
Does anyone know of a good womens raincoat with hood that actually keeps you dry?
Appreciate any suggestions.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 06:41 PM

1. You might want to self delete this and post it in another of DU's forums

Like the Lounge or Recreation/Outdoor Life

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 06:59 PM

2. Find out what raincoat Columbo wore, it lasted 30 years with no signs of wear.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:03 PM

3. What is this "rain" of which you speak?

from SoCal

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:05 PM

4. Try looking

At men's raingear in smaller sizes. Sadly, men's clothing is still more durable and rugged and better value for money.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:15 PM

5. I bought one of those yellow ones like the fisherman

on frozen seafood. It was the best $10 purchase I ever made back in 1985. I still have it and it is in the same condition. It has a hood, super long, protected pockets and flaps so it can withstand a hurricane and big and loose enough so you can carry stuff under it (like a books or a small dog). I got it in Berkeley. I just
Google them and they still sell them for under $30. Great deal!!!


https://www.amazon.com/Lightweight-Raincoats-Waterproof-Windbreaker-XX-Large/dp/B08CCL9PR1/ref=asc_df_B08CCL9PR1/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=463350533210&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13531155655987572573&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031328&hvtargid=pla-1148020141392&psc=1

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:16 PM

6. Go to an REI or outdoor sports store. N/t

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:39 PM

7. There are some good motorcycle jackets that are waterproof.

I've got a jacket and pants from Aerostich, and I've ridden through heavy rains and stayed completely dry. Expensive, but it works.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 07:41 PM

8. Helly-Hansen

Their "Moss" coat and jacket will keep you dry. However, they're made of polyurethane, so they can get a bit hot, and you could wind up sweating. It's basically the same coat they make for Norwegian fishermen. They make other models with more breathable fabrics, but you might not stay as dry. You might also look into coats made with GoreTex, such as Columbia, Mountain Hardware, REI... They're pricey, and not totally waterproof, but they're breathable, and will keep you reasonably dry.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 08:10 PM

9. I've had a number of...

Name brand rain coats and the best one I have is from Sierra Designs and I bought it in 1990 or 1991. But I have to restore the waterproof coating every year or two now. And that is easy, I buy a can of camp dry and spray the garment with that and it takes care of it. I use it on my tents, hiking boots, backpack, etc.. For a seven dollar can of stuff I sure save a lot by keeping the stuff I already have.

There are a number of brands, the ones I know about are Camp Dry and Knickwax, you can find it at most hardware or sporting goods stores.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Sat Jun 4, 2022, 11:31 PM

10. My London Fog has been terrific for many years.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Mon Jun 6, 2022, 08:38 AM

11. Thanks for the great suggestions!

I'll be looking into these.

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Mon Jun 6, 2022, 08:54 AM

12. Boating foul weather gear is usually quite good.

I can't give direct recommendations because I'm a guy and the jacket and overpants I have are over 20 years old. Still work fine, though.

Do a search on:
foul weather gear women sailing

and you'll turn up plenty of options. You'll probably need to sort some by the weight you're looking for (i.e., for warm weather vs chilly vs cold weather). My stuff's brand is Helly Hansen, but it's not the only good one out there.

Plenty of color options; They're not all "Gorton's fisherman yellow."

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Response to Beatlelvr (Original post)

Mon Jun 6, 2022, 08:59 AM

13. I would advise against the more expensive garments targeting outdoorsman

For the most part, the fabrics used in those raincoats are designed to be both breathable and waterproof - which is something difficult to perfect. Also, weight is a major consideration. Eventually, all of those garments will soak through. Iíve yet to find one that doesnít.

A cheaper coat wonít have the breathable lightweight materials, but it will more likely than not be waterproof. If youíre not trying to tackle the Appalachian Trail or do some serious hiking, weight really doesnít matter.

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