Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Men’s Rain Jacket

Few things feel worse than coming out of the rain feeling like a wet dog.

Man in rain jacket staring out at lake
A reliable rain jacket will be waterproof, breathable, and comfortable.Pexels/Gabriela Palai

Even if you don’t live in a place where rain is common, there has been a time in your life where you wished you had a rain jacket. You likely ended up getting stuck in the rain, and spent some time feeling soggy and cold. Learn from past mistakes and get a men’s rain jacket that will help you if you find yourself stuck in a rainstorm again. Imagine coming in from a storm not feeling heavy and wet, and instead feeling warm and dry? Sounds nice, doesn’t it? So, the next time you head to the store for your new rain jacket, take this list with you. That way, you can get the men’s rain jacket that will keep you dry and warm, no matter how many cats and dogs it’s raining outside.

Waterproof vs. Water-resistant

Wantdo Men's Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket
These two words sound like they’d mean the same thing, but they definitely do not.Wantdo

Without getting too technical, the difference between waterproof and water-resistant comes down to something called column pressure. The higher the column pressure (measured in mm), the more waterproof the jacket. Something labeled “waterproof” will have a column pressure of about 15,000-20,000 mm or above. Anything lower than 15,000 mm is water-resistant. This means that some water may get through your water-resistant jacket, but a waterproof jacket will keep you as dry as the desert.

Breathability

Columbia Men's Watertight Ii Waterproof, Breathable Rain Jacket
A breathability allows moisture to escape from the inside to prevent condensation buildup.Columbia

As mentioned above, the higher the column pressure in your men’s rain jacket, the more waterproof it is. However, that also means the lower the breathability. This means you’re going to feel sticky and not as comfortable as you would in something with a lower column pressure. It’s a trade-off, but there are jackets in the middle which offer a solid level of waterproof abilities and still manage to be breathable.

Sealed Seams

The North Face Men’s Venture 2 DWR Rain Jacket
The better sealed, the better your men’s rain jacket will function.The North Face

In addition to all the above things, the sealant on your men’s rain jacket also plays a role in how well it works. Some rain jackets are only sealed in key places to cut back on costs, but this comes at the cost of your dryness and breathability. It’s best to opt for a rain jacket that is more tightly sealed for the best answer to your rain problems.

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