With a variety of women's raincoats available at The North Face, you may be wondering what you should look for? Well, that depends on how you plan to wear your rain jacket. For general outdoor use, a softshell jacket is a versatile choice. Our Antora jackets are a versatile waterproof option. Some, like our Alta Vista, are water-resistant and lightweight and easily packable into a daypack or backpacking pack for multi-day hikes. If you're planning something more active, look for jackets that offer more stretch like our Apex Flex line which are designed for increased range of motion. For the daily commute, consider a longer style like a rain parka or trench coat that offers more coverage over businesswear.
Waterproof vs. Water Resistant
A term that's often used with raincoats is DWR which stands for durable water-repellent coating. While a coating offers some protection, there is a big difference between water-resistant and waterproof. Water resistant rain jackets can handle light precipitation, but not serious downpours. Truly waterproof jackets, on the other hand, come with features designed to help keep moisture out including taped seams and coated zippers.
When choosing a waterproof jacket, be sure to consider breathability as well. Some materials are not very breathable which can lead to sweat building up and overheating. Materials like Gore-Tex and The North Face's FUTURELIGHT are designed to allow sweat to escape without letting rain in.
Bonus! Many waterproof and even water resistant rain jackets are also windproof. However, don't make the mistake of relying on a windbreaker in rainy downpours. They are not typically designed to handle heavy rain.
Why are raincoats yellow?
Yellow raincoats originated in the fishing industry and were preferred due to their high visibility. If a yellow jacket isn't your style, however, you'll find women's rain jackets in a variety of colors from bright red to deep black at The North Face.
Women's Raincoats Near You
Be sure to use our store locator to shop for rainwear at a The North Face store near you.