How to Choose a Rain Suit & Raincoat – Enjoy Monsoon with Perfect Rainwear

Monsoons are perfect weather if you are a person who only stays indoors. Bur rains could spoil your mood and ruin that perfect outfit or the trip if you do not carry a good raincoat when heading out. A perfect raincoat is a must for all people. Not only do raincoats known as a rain jacket and rain jackets keep your clothes dry, but they also help you make the most of your outdoor trip. But how will you know which rain suit is ideal for your needs?

Well, here is a quick guide on how to choose a good raincoat and enjoy the monsoons hassle-free:

What is a Raincoat & Rain Suits?

A raincoat, also known as a rain jacket or rain suit, is a piece of clothing that protects you from rain. Typically made of two or more materials, such as cotton, wool, nylon, polyester, rayon and vinyl, a raincoat is completely waterproof. A rain suit usually has multiple layers of fabric that make it even more failproof against the rain. Hence, a rain jacket is both waterproof and water-resistant.

Raincoats fit up to your waist and have long sleeves. Usually, rain jackets have openings in the front with zips or buttons. They have comfortable collars, long pockets and a hood attached by strings. In comparison to a windcheater, a raincoat is slightly heavier and is less breathable, but it is comfortable.

Rainwear is usually expensive than windcheaters but offers more effective protection against then rain as compared to a windcheater. Rain suits can be worn when heading out during the rain, during bad weather conditions or for adventure activities, like fishing.

Different types of rainwear offer a varied level of protection against the weather.

Waterproof vs water-resistant

A waterproof raincoat is a type of rainwear that keeps the rain from getting through the jacket onto your skin. It also moves sweat back through to the external world. A waterproof rain jacket protects you from perspiration and precipitation. Waterproof raincoats are made of special technology and are tested in laboratories to ensure the fabric can hold a large column of water and does not leak through it. Water-resistant raincoats offer lower protection against the water as compared to waterproof raincoats. These raincoats can only withstand low rainfall or drizzle. • Windproof vs wind-resistant

Windproof raincoats are rain jackets that exceed the threshold of 60+ mph. Usually, a waterproof raincoat is also considered a windproof raincoat. This is because the barriers that work effectively to block water also work well against the wind. Wind-resistant rainwear is an ultra-light jacket, which usually folds and fits into an average-sized pocket. This light garment only offers slight protection against the wind and water and do not function well in case of a full-fledged storm. Raincoat Layers

All types of waterproof raincoats are made of three layers.

2-layer construction: In this layer, a membrane or laminate is applied to the outer fabric of the rain jacket. The interior of the fabric is left untouched. In some cases, a semi-loose, hanging layer is attached to add some weight to the rain jacket.

2.5-layer construction: The external shell in this layer is similar to that of a 2-layer construction, but it has a thin polyurethane laminate or coasting on the inside of the raincoat fabric. The laminate protects the layer from dust, sweat, oil, etc., allowing easy breathability. This layer is considered a half layer because it only offers breathability and no protection.

3-layer construction: This the highest quality of layering in waterproof raincoats. This involves a laminated external DWR fabric as the first layer, which is then combined with a breathable and waterproof raincoat membrane in the second layer protected by a polyurethane (PU) film or lining. The third layer acts as a shield and keeps away sweat, oil, dust, etc., from clogging the pores of the membrane that can restrict breathability. In good rainwear, such as raincoats, ponchos, rain pants and rain suits, the third layer effectively inhibits the middle layer from touching your skin.

Breathability

The breathability of the raincoat is the one thing you must check when buying a rain jacket. Breathability is the effectiveness and comfort with which the underneath warmth evaporates to the outside. The objective is to take a rain jacket that is comfortable and allows for easy breathability, and not gets you all sweaty while wearing it.

A high level of breathability means you will not feel any humidity but might require a few layers to keep yourself warm. Low breathability means the rain suit will sustain warmth and might leave you feeling more humid.

Other Features

Hood size: The hood of the rain jacket must be nice and fit your head without falling off upon movement.

Pockets: You need pockets in your raincoat to keep your belonging safe. Check if the rain jacket has at least a zipper or an additional flap with closures. Inside pockets are an add-on.

Zipped or buttoned: Do check if the rain suit you choose has zips or buttons and if both go up to your chin. Ideally, buy a raincoat that has straps to prevent the water from entering through the opening.

Length: Choose a raincoat that is longer at the back and mid-sized in the front so that it fits perfectly and does not restrict movement.

• Raincoat Size: The right raincoat size is a game-changer. The sleeves should be the right length, and the fit should be comfortable, leaving some room for additional layers to be worn for warmth. See if you can comfortably move your hands and your wrists are not too exposed.

Choose Rainwear from Wildcraft

Wildcraft offers a wide and versatile range of rainwear for men and rainwear for women. The designs have been precisely created to suit the modern-day needs with a three-layer structure to offer failproof protection. Raincoats for men and all rainwear for women, including raincoats, ponchos, have been tested for easy breathability and waterproof protection. All rainwear options have functional pockets, hoods, top-up zippers and perfect length.

When choosing your raincoat, be careful of these parameters, and you will never be disappointed in your choice. With the right rainwear, you can make the most of the rainy weather any day.

Conclusion

Life should not come to a standstill because of some rain. A raincoat is a must have during monsoons. So, make sure to invest in good rainwear based on your requirements and taste.