The dangers of climate change get scarier by the day. Even Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech at the Oscars doesn’t seem to have changed that and now he’s left to console himself by texting J-Lo. A new report warned that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting much more rapidly than previously assumed and could cause massive flooding in coastal cities by the end of the century. But, for now at least, there are still some reliable patterns in the weather. And one of those is April showers.
April means a few things. Bad April Fool’s Day pranks (with some notable exceptions), the start of major league baseball, and rain. And no one really cares about the resulting May flowers when they’re getting drenched. To help you stay dry, we found 7 great rain jackets for active guys that provide all the room and flexibility you need, whether you choose to sing in the rain or run the hell away from it.
This jacket is so light and packs down so small, there is really no reason for it never to be in your bag or on your person. The ripstop nylon is water- and abrasion-resistant and the hood adjust with a single pull so you don’t find yourself fumbling with it in the rain. The whole thing stuffs into the chest pocket and has a built-in loop so you can attach it to your bag with a carabiner.
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR PLASMONIC
With the contrasting color on the chest pocket, the Plasmonic pulls off the tricky task of both performing and looking great. The 2.5-layer shell wicks moisture away from your body while also preventing moisture from getting in. It’s lightweight enough that you barely notice it, but tough enough that you feel confident in any terrain.
A great take on the traditional yellow slicker, the Rebound is made from 100% recycled polyester that stretches four ways so you never feel constricted. It has plenty of pockets to stash all your stuff, including an internal media pocket with a headphone port so you can listen to your music without worrying that your phone is getting soaked.
THE NORTH FACE FUSEFORM CESIUM ANORAK
The anorak style of jacket is making a well-deserved comeback. Not only does the pullover create a sharp-looking silhouette, it also means less areas where water can get in. This North Face anorak has a minimalist design that is built to stand up to the demands of rock climbers so it’s more than ready for your daily commute.
UNDER ARMOUR HURAKAN PACLITE
Constructed from Gore-Tex, it doesn’t get more waterproof than this jacket. Even the zippers keep water from getting in. But it’s incredibly breathable so it won’t get all swampy inside. The Moonraker is cut a little baggier so you can wear a sweatshirt or sweater underneath it and still be able to move comfortably.
First introduced in 1978, the Windrunner was one of Nike’s first big apparel hits. Not much has changed in the ensuing 30 years because it hasn’t needed to. The design is timeless and works as great on a spring run as it does when you’re heading out for a drink after work.
FJALLRAVEN HIGH COAST
The organic cotton used on this jacket gives it a great feel. Of course, since it’s cotton it isn’t ideal for heavy downpours, but it’s more than adequate for a light rain and you can treat it with wax to increase the protection. It also dries quickly if it does get really wet.