I want the #1 packable raincoat - or, failing that, one that works.
July 25, 2010 10:30 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for the best packable raincoat/jacket/poncho out there.
posted by Metroid Baby to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I walk a lot, and almost never drive, and don't always check the weather. I used to carry a small umbrella in my bag, but even small umbrellas can get a little bulky and heavy after carrying them for a while. I'd much rather have a good lightweight raincoat that I can fold up and stuff in there.
A couple months ago, I found a lightweight waterproof raincoat on the clearance rack at Old Navy - it was exactly what I was looking for, and for $15. It hung out in my bag for a while, and soon enough I found myself getting off the train in a sudden downpour, so while all the other commuters were hanging out inside waiting for the rain to subside, I pulled on my new coat and thought, ha ha, suckers.
Turns out the sucker was me: after two blocks, it was pretty obvious that this magical raincoat was not waterproof after all.
So now I'm suspicious of all packable raincoats, and I don't want to get burned (or soaked) again. I still want a coat I can stuff in my bag, but I want to be sure it works before I buy.
My ideal raincoat is: super lightweight, comfortable, cute (I'm thinking in a sporty sense rather than a Burberry sense), not a tarp or a trashbag like those drugstore ponchos. Preferred but negotiable: a full-zip style, under $50, available locally in Boston/Cambridge. Non-negotiable: must actually keep me dry.
I can find raincoats online that might be okay, but I want one I'll love. If you have a supergreat coat and you've just been waiting for an opportunity to sing its praises, I want to hear from you.