I don’t know if you’ve noticed this before, but it rains in Vancouver. A lot. And I’m not talking about the occasional shower or some inconvenient drizzle. I’m talking proper rain, giant globules of water pounding down from above and soaking everything in sight.
Now I’m not complaining, I’m one of those people that loves our city’s wet weather. But the persistent precipitation does tend to pose a few challenges when it comes to deciding what to wear.
Remaining stylish and splash-proof is no easy feat, so for those of you looking for a little sartorial guidance ahead of storm season, here’s our guide to some of the best waterproof wearables for men.
Blowout buy: Men’s Original Rubberized Hunting Coat
You’ve worn the wellingtons, now you can wear the jacket too. It’s part of Hunter’s new Original Core Concept line, which offers a range of weatherproof wearables. With its iconic cut and rubber touch coating, we particularly like this hunting coat in olive green. Fully waterproof with a mesh lining for extra comfort, the coat is fully windproof too, and features welded seams, a back storm flap, and double entry pockets.
Where to buy: hunterboots.com
Classical style: Topman Stone Double-Breasted Trenchcoat
Just because you want to stay waterproof doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. This double breasted trench from Topman is perfect for sartorially conscious guys who want their waterproofs to look on point. Mid length and slim-fitting this classically cut coat comes with all of the details you’d want in a good trench, including a fold-over collar, storm flap, belt and those all important epaulettes. Combine it with a satchel and a wood-handled umbrella and you’ve got the perfect waterproof work combo.
Where to buy: thebay.com/topman
Practical and smart: MEC Metamore 3-in-1
The jacket for all occasions, this 3-in-1 from MEC has a waterproof-breathable shell with a zip-in insulating inner layer. The result is an outerwear system that does the job in pretty much any weather, and a separate inner layer that can be worn when the elements are a little more gentle.
Where to buy: mec.ca
On trend: Frank + Oak SC Triple Torrent Fishtail Raincoat
They say the devil is in the details, and if that’s true then this slick looking fishtail coat from Frank + Oak is beelzebub incarnate. Made from a lightweight and breathable three-layer fabric, it’s got a longer fishtail cut for added protection whilst maintaining maximum mobility. Other details include an inside document pouch, tech pocket, thumbhole cuffs, and aqua cards to keep moisture out.
Where to buy: frankandoak.com
Local favourite: Baro Drywear’s The Dean
Vancouver-based outerwear company Baro Drywear boasts a fall range of waterproof jackets with classic street style that, most importantly, won’t break the bank. This stylish weatherproof bomber is a case in point. The Dean will not only stand up to the elements (it boasts a 10,000 mm waterproof / 10,000 g breathability rating), but will look good while doing it.
Where to buy: barodrywear.com
On a budget: H&M Coat with concealed hood
For those on a budget, this H&M number is great for staying dry in a shower. The concealed hood is perfect for shoulder season, giving you the option to shelter from those sudden showers.
Where to buy: hm.com