Girls, we recognise that rain wear and trendy just don't seem like two words that fit together. However, we are confident that we can calm your fears with our Find Your Feet Rain Wear Race collection. We have hunted high and low for the best brands, basing our judgements on the following criteria:
Comfort & Fit
Mandatory Gear Requirements
Right now, we love the Salomon Bonatti Jacket. The feminine cut, soft fabric and deep purple hue makes it a waterproof jacket that is easy to look hot in whilst you wander the streets of Paris in jeans & boots on a wet, windy day.
For wilder missions when you need to feel tougher than the elements, we love The North Face Storm Stow Jacket and Patagonia Alpine Houdini Jacket. And for looking the scariest on the start line as the heaven's rain down upon us, we love the Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket. Fears aside, we are sure that our line up of trail running waterproof jackets will have your toes tingling and heart strings begging for a little rain on the trails.
What is a race appropriate rain jacket?
Many trail running and ultra running races require athletes to have a seam-sealed, hooded and breathable rain jacket. What does this mean? This means that the jacket has to have a permanently attached hood, that the jacket allows some airflow when you are sweating in it, and that all the seams in the garment have been taped over (a clear strip of tape to help weld the seams closed).
How to choose a rain jacket?
All of our jackets are suitable for racing and meeting the mandatory gear requirements. When choosing your rain jacket, it is essential to keep in mind a number of factors:
The size of the rain jacket - it is imperative to be comfortable in your rain jacket even with many layers underneath. If it is cold and wet on rain day, you need at least a thermal and perhaps a heavier insulation layer underneath your rain jacket. Make sure you can freely move your arms and upper body in the rain jacket.
The weight & bulk of the rain jacket - how much mandatory gear do you need to be able to carry in your vest pack? Many people choose the smallest & lightest rain jacket possible.
The durability of the rain jacket - where will you be using your rain jacket? Some races and training runs are tougher on clothing and equipment than others. For example, in Tasmania we need our rain jackets to be tough and durable in scrubbier conditions.
Other uses - will you be exploring overseas or using your jacket to ride to work? If you plan on using your rain jacket a lot then consider how it looks and again, the durability of the rain jacket. If you plan to use it lots, then select a more durable rain jacket. If not, then perhaps the lighter the better?
Use our comparison chart to help you select your Rain Jacket:
We believe that the following jackets are the best on the market and will all suit racing conditions. We have roughly ranked them by weight - lightest to heaviest. At the bottom of the list are our rainwear pants suitable for racing conditions, also ranked by weight.