Umbrellas are easy to hate. For caving in at the first threatening gust of wind, for holding their spikey arms at eye level, for taking up more than their share of sidewalk space. Rain jackets, on the other hand, do the same job of warding off precipitation without such a fuss. What’s more, their hands-free method of keeping dry makes them better for things like hiking, riding bikes and working outdoors. One of our favorites for all of these things, Patagonia’s Stretch Rainshadow Jacket, is currently 25 percent off at Backcountry.
The two-and-a-half layer rain jacket is more breathable than other similar coats, which helps in these early days of fall when the temperature hasn’t fully dropped. Plus, when it does get hot, there are underarm vents to help shed heat. The Rainshadow is also great because, as its full name implies, its nylon material is stretchy instead of stiff, which makes it great for activity (we even take it backcountry skiing). And on top of that, it’s exceptionally light, so you can shove it into your bag without a thought, even if the chance of rain is only 10 percent.
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