About Rain Jackets At The North Face
Whether you're exploring on a scenic trail or navigating a busy city sidewalk, when the forecast calls for rain, you'll want to have a good rain jacket with you. But what should you look for in a men's raincoat?
That depends on how you plan to wear it. For maximum versatility, a softshell jacket with water-resistance or waterproofing is best. Many softshells are lightweight and packable jackets, making them an excellent choice for thru-hiking and serious backpacking trips. Looking for something to wear on your commute to work? A rain parka or trench coat coordinate well with businesswear. If you plan to engage in something that requires more movement like trail running or mountain biking, jackets like our Apex Flex line are designed to allow for increased range of motion.
Are rain jackets completely waterproof?
Once you've decided on a style, it's important to consider the level of waterproofing in a raincoat. Many men's rain jackets have a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, but water-resistant is not the same as waterproof. Water resistant raincoats can handle light rain, but if the precipitation continues, grows stronger, or starts falling sideways, they aren't as effective at keeping moisture out. Waterproof jackets, on the other hand, are designed with features that help keep as much moisture out as possible including taped seams and pit zips.
All of our men's rain jackets at The North Face list whether they have DWR coating, are waterproof, and are breathable in the product features. For maximum breathability, look for jackets made from FUTURELIGHT material or Gore-Tex.
Can a windbreaker be used as a raincoat?
While windbreakers are a tempting choice for a lightweight rain jacket or rain shell, they tend to be designed to be more windproof than water-resistant. While some may help keep moisture out, they are not intended to keep you dry in a serious downpour.
How do I find men's rain jackets near me?
Be sure to use our store locator to shop for raincoats at a The North Face store near you.