Help Desk: Summer Raincoat

Raincoat, $34.99

The Stir reader Jenna has a question:


I need a light-weight, stylish, and affordable rain jacket. With a hood. Why do some rain jackets come without a hood? And why are some not waterproof? And why are the ones with hoods and waterproofing plain old ugly?

I need this for work (newspaper photographer regularly caught in summer rainstorms). I have something for fall/spring that is lined but, sadly, the lining doesn't come out. I was just as wet from the sweat the other day when I got caught in a rainstorm at a baseball game.

For most of us, it rains in the summer just as much as it does in the winter -- so why is it so hard to find a cute, lightweight raincoat?

Luckily, I've come up with a few options, like this Merona Rain Jacket (Target, $34.99), which, according to reviews, you should order one size up if you're going to get it. But if you're really serious about staying cool and dry ...






Raincoat, $99
... then I would recommend something like this Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket (REI, $99), which has gotten dozens of rave reviews from happy customers, has breathable, rain-resistant material, and comes in lots of different colors.


Rai, $39.99
My favorite raincoat for the price has to be this Whirlwind Rain Jacket (Lands' End, $39.99 on sale!). It comes in several different colors, but I particularly like the khaki because it gives it a cargo feel, which is so hot this season, and perfect for the seasoned newspaper photographer.


Raincoat, $59.95Or how about this Trail Model Rain Jacket (L.L. Bean, $59.95), which also comes in several cute colors?

I know these aren't the chicest raincoats you've ever seen, but this is what you get if you really do want to stay cool and dry. If it makes you feel any better, I have a heavier-weight Lands' End raincoat and despite my misgivings about it, I actually love the way it looks when I wear it. It's so well-made -- choose a quality brand like the ones pictured above and I think you'll be pleased with what you get.

What about you, readers? Do you have any summer raincoat ideas for Jenna?

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