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Top 10 Waterproof Jackets that will leave you with nothing but a thirst for rain.
With spring season in full bloom that can only mean one thing–we are at the mercy of April showers. Although that is the unfortunate truth, it doesn't mean you have to look like an extra from Singing in the Rain or John Cusack in one of his countless rain scenes. With men's fashion moving towards the technical and functional side of the spectrum, rain slickers have never looked this good. And with so many options, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. So to help you narrow your decision process, we compiled our list of the best jackets to get you through those unwanted downpours.
You can reactiviate a jacket’s waterproof ability by tossing it in the dryer on low heat for about 10 minutes.
MEC Aquanator Jacket
If Mountain Equipment Co-op's sole mission is to create quality products at great values, then it's safe to say they hit the mark with this Aquanator Jacket. Far from an eye-sore, this item will protect you from the rain, without making it rain (did I just say that?). Priced at a measly $87 dollars (yes, you read that right) this hooded ripstop jacket is made of 100% 50-denier nylon and is coated with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) to help ensure your protection from the wettest conditions spring may throw your way.
Available at MEC
for $87 USD
Patagonia Super Cell Jacket
Picture this: While out on a weekend getaway to the woods, the once sunny sky suddenly disappears and a torrential downpour ensues. What was a pleasant hike out on the trail is now a potential bee-line to homebase. Luckily, packed away in your bag is this Patagonia Super Cell Jacket. Made with the Gore-Tex Pac-Lite membrane, this lightweight/breathable jacket is perfect for those unexpected changes in the weather. It's also worth noting that this jacket, stylistically, will beat out 8/10 jackets you'd see during your usual city stroll. Well done, Patagonia, well done.
Available at MEC
for $275 USD
Norse Projects x Elka Sporty Jacket
Elka, a Danish rainwear specialist, took their know-how of keeping you dry and collaborated with Norse Projects to create a product that does so without sacrificing style. Boasting heat pressed seams, this jacket is made with a PVC outer and is constructed with a detachable elasticated hoody. Protective and light enough for the spring season, this item won't leave you with a gaping hole in your wallet, and it's the perfect addition to your seasonal rotation.
Available at Norse Store
for $261 USD
Fred Perry Bonded Raincoat
April showers often brings about a somber feeling, but who knew a fine piece like this could make spring feel so fresh and so clean. What is essentially an updated version of a bonded raincoat, has now become a go-to staple for the daily commute to your day job or a night out on the town with the lady friend. With its minimal aesthetic and porcelain colourway, this coat teamed up with your best splash-proof boots will leave you walking away a winner.
Available at End Clothing
for $445 USD
NSW 3L Chambray Laser Windrunner
Nike and their Nike Sportswear (NSW) arm stay true to the sportswear ethos with their Laser Windrunner. As always, the crew sure knows how to keep you looking good. NSW further proves why Chambray was all the rage a few seasons back, only this time, Nike has decided to treat it with a DWR coating to stop the water from penetrating into your clothes. Waterproof Chambray? Who does that?
Available at End Clothing
for $370 USD
Arc’teryx Veilance Deploy Jacket
Leave it up to the team behind Arc'teryx Veilance to combine the essence of technical outerwear and clean design. Packed with all the details one would expect from the Vancouver-based company, this beautiful Deploy Windstopper Jacket is sure to grab the attention of surrounding onlookers. With an asymmetrical zipper, friction-lock buckle/webbing system, and a kick-ass colour palette to boot, it's quite evident that this shell is head and shoulders above the crowd.
Available at Haven Shop
for $650 USD
Stone Island Shadow Project Trench
We know the thought of throwing down $1200 for a jacket is a tough pill to swallow, but this is Stone Island we're talking about. When it comes to outerwear, the Italian brand is the epitome of quality and craftsmanship, and upon closer inspection we're pretty sure you'll agree. What is essentially a modern (and much more technical) spin to the classic trench coat, this version is as functional as it gets. With its double-layered design, it hides all the compartments and features the jacket has to offer. Made with a detachable drawstring hoodie, this Gore-Tex Paclite trench coat is guaranteed to keep you protected in the heaviest of rain showers, not to mention catching a few double takes along the way.
Available at Stone Island
for $1210 USD
Outlier Storm King Parka
If rain jackets can look this good, then by all means, bring on the rain. Technically this jacket is not waterproof. But it's pretty darn close. It is made of Supermarine® Cotton–a "smart" fabric, which was first utilized by the British Army back in WWII. When exposed to water, the Egyptian cotton swells up and seals, preventing that "clammy feeling" your average rain coat would generally leave you with. With an updated cut for improved mobility, this jacket nails it from all angles: functionality, price, and look. What more could you ask for?
Available at Outlier
for $475 USD
Mackintosh Clisham Jacket
Although this jacket will have you digging deep in your pockets, it's quality purchases such as this that will stand the test of time. You wouldn't think a coat that looks this good was made to withstand rainy conditions, but this fully seam-sealed, rubberised-cotton jacket begs to differ. Styled with a corduroy-collar and detachable hoodie, this waterproof handmade mac is a timeless piece, guaranteed to outlast the changing trends in men's fashion.
Available at End Clothing
for $1255 USD
Arc'teryx Veilance HS17 Partition Jacket
Truthfully speaking, there are a lot of waterproof jackets that generally come with all the functionalities you could expect for rainy weather, but they usually come at a (sartorial) cost. Hardly do we come across a piece that can get us through a storm without looking like we're ready for an outdoor hike.
The good folks at Arc'teryx Veilance have heard our cries for a jacket that's just as stylish as it is reliable. The Partition Jacket is it. If there is a list of staples every man should have in his closet, a stylish black coat should definitely be a part of the pecking order. Simple, waterproof, breathable, all black... game over.
Available at Mr. Porter
for $695 USD
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