For most, how long you're ready to train in the rain — and how motivated you are to dart in a shower — depends on how well your jacket works against the elements. Photo: Adam Arcadia's zipper does not have a cover for additional sealing, but we did not allow water to leak into the coat during the tests. The Girl On The Go has simple lines and a slightly sipped waist that flattered on any tester body shape, and most of our testers agreed that the fit was the size (our petite tester found it a little too tight). Although the Helly Hansen wasn't as big as our other picks, it had more sizes and was more breathable than other similar trendy coats. With men's rain gear and men's rainsuits tailored to the situation, you can always count on Frogg Toggs® to have the right waterproof rain gear for your application. A bowl provides a thin, water-repellent layer between you and the elements, but also allows water to be occasionally soaked during prolonged use in the rain. A fully waterproof jacket, on the other hand, uses material and techniques that make it much more resistant to moisture even during long runs and heavy downpours. This Gore-Tex'd Pick remains lightweight and extremely breathable and features an integrated hood with an elastic visor to muscle through the toughest wind and heavy rains. I know a lot about testing fabrics after my years here at Wirecutter, so I left the cozy comfort of my usual bed test to venture into the cold, wet world of raincoats. Photo: Sarah Kobos1 from 4Hunter is an iconic British brand, and if someone knows how to make everyday rainwear that is functional, comfortable and stylish, then it's the British. Born in the Rockies, First Lite's mission is to create simple, proven, versatile equipment that provides comfort and performance in any situation while working to promote the pursuit of ethical hunting and land management. Photo: Adam Reeve1 by 2The Arcadia is the only women's coat we recommend with Velcro handcuffs that we prefer to snap (even if snapshots can last longer) because Velcro gives you more control over the fit. There is a ventilation flap in the back, but the testers did not notice any difference in breathability with the flap open or closed (this was also true for the Hunter, another coat with a back flap). I built on the extensive knowledge and research of senior employee Eve O'Neill for our backcountry rainjacket guide and on the research of employee Anna Perling (she wrote our rainpants guide). Why it's great: All the hip-length men's raincoats we tried were waterproof enough and had sleek, simple designs — one tester called this category “well-made, regular raincoats.” The Eddie Bauer Men's Rain Wrap Packable Jacket performed well in the rain, but lost points to the Columbia because it was cheaper and came in fewer sizes. As it is cotton, the fabric itself feels more superior than the fabric of the Columbia and Helly Hansen coats, it is softer and does not have the shine of a synthetic fabric. Unless you bounce on your motorcycle with a waterproof textile suit, you will need some motorcycle rain gear to protect your body from the elements. The jackets had to keep our testers dry during their normal routine dryness, but we didn't expect them to withstand the same conditions we would have if they were hiking or camping during a squall. Bean it Simon mentioned that everyday raincoats are often longer than outdoor focused coats (the length helps to protect the clothes underneath) and are available in more “city-friendly” colors. There are some nice details that make this jacket even more adorable: elastic cuffs keep water away, and thumb loops help the sleeves stay in place and blend seamlessly with gloves on crisp, early morning runs. Front handbags and a chest pocket with audio port make this ultra-functional rain cover ideal for travel and daily wear even when you're not running. Our Vertice Rain Gear material is optimized to be lightweight without compromising durability, and is one of the lightest options for waterproof hyperature-active rain gear. We observed this with a magnifying glass — the fur had small fibers.