Hey there campers and welcome to my post where I will share my three best rain gear options for men to stay dry in this year. We all know that whether you are camping or fishing, a reliable rain jacket can keep you dry in even the most torrential downpours.
And as always there are a great number of variations in the types you can buy meaning that influences such as the type of material used, breathability, packability, fabric layer and weight etc. can have a bearing on your choices. So to give you a hand I have had a look around and come up with 3 options to assist you in your purchasing endeavours. Let’s check them out below…
My three recommended rain gear options for men
I will review these in more detail below but if you just want to get moving without all the carry-on, my recommended products are listed here for your convenience:
What is rain gear for men?
When it comes to camping or fishing, we all understand that the weather can change unexpectedly. Hence, a good rain jacket offers protection on various fronts, such as rain and wind protection or for simply keeping yourself dry.
For these rain jackets to become waterproof, the manufacturers utilize laminate or coating constructions for their products. The durable water repellent (DWR) rating is another essential aspect to gauge how well a product keeps water from penetrating the jacket.
In general however, the difference between a rain jacket and camping jacket is that they tend to not be as heavy and are simply provided for protection rather than warmth.
What is the difference between men’s and women’s rain jackets
What should you be looking for?
Below are some of the main factors you should take into account as you shop for a good men’s rain jacket:
- Fabric layers
- Durable Water Repellent rating
A combination of fabric layers is required to create a waterproof rain jacket that keeps moisture out while escaping sweat and hot air. This feature is typically seen as 2, 2.5 or 3 layers in every performance-oriented rain jacket on the market.
- 2-layer jackets: These are fundamental ones and usually require a mesh liner to protect the jacket’s inner coating (which is why it is called a 2-layer jacket). They’re not very breathable, and the mesh adds bulk, so 2-layer jackets are best a good choice for casual wear.
- 2.5-layer jackets: This design’s first layer is a waterproof/breathable coating on the underside of the outer shell fabric. It is followed by a thin protective veneer (the half layer) to protect the first coating. A 2.5-layer jacket is usually more breathable than its 2-layer or 3-layer counterparts, but it is also more economical. Some ultralight jackets may also have a 2.5-layer construction because no inner fabric is placed.
- 3-layer jackets: An actual three-layer construction consists of three separate pieces of fabric, with the existing waterproof and breathable membrane in the middle and a more substantial material on the inside. A considerable downside of this design is that it adds a little more bulk than a comparable 2.5 layer. However, 3-layer jackets have improved durability, moisture-wicking, and a next-to-skin feel. It is worth noting that almost all premium performance jackets have a three-layer construction.
Durable water repellent (DWR) rating
Aside from the waterproof membrane, another substantial component of a rain jacket’s protection is its durable water repellent finish (commonly referred to as DWR). Most rain jackets have this coating applied to the outside to prevent moisture from absorbing the face fabric by beading up the droplets.
DWR finishes deposit microscopic, tightly packed vertical “spikes” on a jacket’s outer surface. This dense, spiky finish leaves no room for water to spread, forcing it to condense into round droplets that bead up and slide off the fabric.
The total weight of your rain jacket should play a significant role in your purchasing decision for uses such as backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, or whenever you have to lug around your gear. Even if the weather appears to be clear, it is a good idea to bring a rain jacket, especially when venturing into remote areas.
An ultralight jacket that takes up little space in your backpack is all you need to provide emergency protection in milder weather. If the forecast calls for continuous rain and you will be wearing your jacket for most of your trip, a light-mid weight jacket may be worth the extra weight for a little more assurance.
There are two ways to assess and measure the packability of a jacket. To begin, some jackets can be stuffed into their own pockets. Simply turn the pocket inside out, push the jacket inside, and zip it closed. Another way to look at packable rain shells is to see how compact they are.
In that regard, despite the lack of a stuff pocket, particular lightweight rain suits would still be considered relatively “packable.” To protect the thinner fabric in your pack, simply roll it up into its own hood.
Breathability is a desirable feature in a waterproof rain jacket as it allows sweat and other moisture to exit the jacket without allowing outside water to enter. Almost all of the fabrics used in today’s models are somewhat breathable with the possible exception of ultralight jackets which tend to be ne layer only.
The addition of pit zips improves a jacket’s ability to keep you cool as well.
Other potential additions include:
- Hood – As you look for a rain jacket, hood size is an essential factor to consider. Look for a rain jacket with a helmet-compatible hood if you intend to climb in it. These can be worn over the top of most climbing helmets to provide additional weather protection. However, it’s best to avoid this feature for everyday hiking and backpacking because the large hood could affect the product’s packability.
- Pit zip – These are ventilation zippers available on many camping jackets, including outdoor rain coats. They are usually found right at or near the armpit, giving their alliterative name. Pit zips supplement the breathable fabric in your existing jacket and keep it from becoming overwhelmed when you start to sweat.
- Pockets – The placement of pockets on rain jackets are either inside or outside of the product. Others have no pockets at all. If you find it necessary to keep your small personal items close to you, then purchase rain jackets with pockets.
- Waist adjustments – Waist adjusters are handy to achieve the best seal when the rain pours. A waist adjustment system usually comes with a cord and a toggle. Ultralights will have a one sided cinch whilst heavier rain jackets have locks on each side for a more even fit.
- Pants – Yep, some kits come with a rain pants to keep the bottom half dry too.
My three recommendations broken down
So based on the information above and my own experience, I recommend the following options:
1. FROGG TOGGS Men’s Rain Suit
My first rain gear option has or you got you covered from top to bottom. It is consists of a rain jacket and pants that are waterproof and breathable. All-day comfort is achieved because of the product’s innovative fabric. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Frogg Toggs
- Material: 100% Polypropylene
- Weight: 3 pounds
- Dimension: 11 x 8 x 2 inches (Jacket)
- Waterproofing: Waterproof DRIPORE GEN 2 middle layer
- Elastic cuffs
- Snap-down storm flap
- Adjustable elastic waist for the pants
Why have I chosen it?
The rain jacket’s design is effective in terms of water protection and along with the pants are adjustable to ensure no liquid gets in when there is a heavy downpour. The raglan sleeves give you impressive freedom of movement and the jacket is available ion a number of colours too.
2. Columbia Men’s Watertight Jacket
My next recommended rain jacket fits well, looks good, has good mobility and most importantly, keeps you dry. It is light enough for longer treks and backpacking excursions, but it is at its best in cool weather. Thanks to two-layer fabric technology and a mesh liner, it’s comfortable and waterproof. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Columbia
- Material: Shell: 100% Nylon; Lining: 100% Polyester
- Weight: 0.75 pounds
- Dimension: 1.5 x 15.75 x 12.28 inches
- Waterproofing: Omni-shield waterproofing
- Side pockets
- Abrasion resistant chin guard
- Elastic cuffs and hem.
Why have I chosen it?
Columbia’s Omni-Tech waterproof breathable two-layer laminate will help you stay dry and the mesh liner will keep you comfortable during low-energy and cool-weather activities. It comes with integrated zipper pull tabs attached with small strings to help you do things comfortably, especially as you wear gloves. Furthermore, the simple cord that secures the hood and waist hem tightens or loosens with one hand. A great option for those who like to get out and about whilst camping.
3. The North Face Men’s Waterproof Jacket
This last product comes from a well-known and respected brand and can be used for any outdoor activity you can think of. The waterproofing quality of Resolve effectively keeps water out due to its DWR beading and the hood is tight enough around the face with a single elastic perimeter cord to keep rain from blowing in. See its specifications below:
- Brand: The North Face
- Material: 100% nylon ripstop DryVent fabric
- Weight: 1 pound
- Dimension: 25 x 17 x 3 inches
- Waterproofing: DryVent fabric with DWR technology
- Stow-away hood
- Side pockets
- Hook-and-loop closure storm flap
Why have I chosen this?
The jacket is made from a 70D nylon ripstop face fabric that is very tough and durable to handle anything you need to do when out and about. Its hood rolls and stores into the fully fleece-lined collar for ease of transport too so if you really want to stay dry and comfortable then this jacket will serve you well.
And there they are, my three best rain gear options for men to stay dry in this year. I would be pleased to know how this article helped you, and as usual, let me know of your experiences with them.
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time