Five raincoats for men to try this spring

    This April in Chicago has been the wettest since 1961 and the 17th rainiest since records have been kept. Earlier this week, we looked at a few ways for guys to keep their feet dry during April’s rainy weather. Now let’s take a look at a few rain coats that will keep you simultaneously dry and stylish:

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    Burton Terrapin Jacket, $99.95
    The Vermont snowboard company Burton specializes in various forms of outerwear, including rain jackets. This coat features a slimmer fit, with DRYRIDE Durashell™ 2-Layer Coated Dobby Ripstop Fabric. Whatever that means, it keeps you dry. Complete with zippered hand warmer pockets and soft taffeta lining inside for extra wick protection, the new Spring/Summer collection features new colors and the same price, but no taffeta lining.

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    Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket, $99
    This is one of the lightest rain jackets on the market. It can conveniently roll up into one if its own pockets, and comes with a roll-up hood as well. If convenience is calling your name, this jacket is the way to go. Another plus: the DriClime Lined Chin Guard to protect your face from that pesky zipper. It is also available in a “tall” model, for taller guys, but you’ll have to fork over a little extra at a price of $109. Available at REI.

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    The North Face Venture Rain Jacket, $99
    The women’s version of this raincoat won the Backpacker Magazine 2011 Editors Choice Green Award. So what exactly does that mean? Well, since Backpacker Magazine is the resource for gear reviews, outdoor skills information and advice, and destinations for backpacking, camping, etc., it is a pretty reliable fountain of advice. The Venture Rain jacket is made of HyVent® DT EC, a new material from natural castor oil from beans. It is another eco-friendly jacket that reduced its use of synthetic materials by 50% compared to other waterproof materials. Available at REI.

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    Land’s End StormRaker Shell Jacket, $29.99
    This is one of the most basic and well-priced rain jackets offered. It is a nylon jacket with 6 pockets, an adjustable snap-off hoodie, and mesh lining. Designed for lighter rain, it functions as a versatile windbreaker as well. In addition, it has “bi-swing” shoulders for added movement and adjustable cuffs that help seal out the cold. Plus, it comes in a number of different colors including copper, desert khaki, brilliant blue, light emerald, and true navy. At a price of $29.99, it is sure to bode well with the most economic-minded among us.

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    Tretorn Metro Raincoat, $225
    Yeah, we know: $225 for a rain coat? But if you are looking for a really fashionable rain coat that is also heavy-duty, and you have some extra cash to spend, then this may be worth the splurge. The Metro is a peacoat, designed for heavy rain. It has a fleece collar, a media pocket on the arm as well as four other pockets complete with magnetic pocket closures. So if you want to spend a bit more money to keep dry, look toward the Metro.


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