Become a Wet-Weather Warrior with This Essential Rain Gear

When the weather is the worst, treat yourself to the best.

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Forsake

There is no weather worse than 40 and raining. It's bitterly cold, and if it precipitates, you’re going to get wet or covered in a wintery mix rather than good dry snow. The damp has a way of working up your cuffs and into your soul. Overall, it's terrible.

So when I'm adventuring to my office—rather than the top of a mountain—this is what I wear.

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Forsake Phil Mid Boots
Forsake
$139.95

Sneaker boots are having a year, and they should be waterproof, like these guys from Forsake. I stepped off a curb while checking my phone right into a two-inch-deep puddle and was totally dry.

Duer Stay Dry 2.0 Denim Slim
Deur
$139.00

When you wear most jeans, if the cotton gets wet, it's going to stay wet. You’ll be sitting at your desk, feeling damp, or standing below the hand dryer in the bathroom hoping for a steam burn. But not with Duer. A paraffin wax coating means they’ll shed the rain, oil, and dirt too. 

Plus, they have Duer’s performance fabric, which means they stretch. So go ahead and squat all the way down to pick up that heavy box, you’re crotch won’t blow out. Everybody wins.

Cotopaxi Libre Sweater
Cotopaxi
$140.00

Cotopaxi sweaters look great. The colors are fun, the designs are eye catching, and the knit patterns change to work with each part of your upper body. Venting in the back, durability in the elbows. 

Plus, this is llama cashmere we are talking about. It's soft as all get out and will resist picking up odors, which means it doesn’t need to be washed as often. Which is good because my only qualm is that when you do wash this, it smells like wet llama. Luckily, that smell eventually fades.

Skida Nordic Hat
Skida
$30.00

Keep that head warm with this lightweight hat that has a bunch of fun designs to choose from. It's made in Vermont, and it was originally designed for Nordic skiing, so yeah, it can handle your brisk morning commute.

Showers Pass Crosspoint WP Knit Gloves
Showers Pass
$45.00

Knit gloves are great because they are light and small, perfect for leaving in the pocket of a coat and forgetting about until you need them. These knit gloves specifically are great because they are waterproof. Yep, waterproof. 

Ol' Faithful Midweight Pullover
Give'r
$110.00

This is my go-to if I’m not going directly to work. Or maybe I am just headed downtown straight out of bed. This pull over feels like the velour interior of a Chevy Corsica is hugging you, and that’s a great thing.  

Honestly, most of the time I opt to not wear a shirt underneath, it just feels great, and it's perfect for nasty days. Thumbholes keep it down over your wrists, but the lack of hand pockets means if your hands are going to get cold, you’ll need another layer on top.

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Light Cushion
Darn Tough
$19.95

I’ll say it until the day I die, get yourself a pair of merino wool socks. Darn Tough has killer patterns, a soft touch, and all the benefits of the magical fabric that is wool: keeps you warm when wet, keeps the funk from setting in, and top-notch moisture and temperature control. Get 'em.

Lululemon Cold City Parka
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lululemon

$598

This is the best designed jacket I've ever worn. It’s waterproof, so great for the rain, but also packed with 700-fill goose down. You put it on, and it has this weight like your favorite comforter in February. Cuffs at the wrists, near the neck, and around the waist act as a barrier to rain, snow, and wind.

I absolutely love this jacket, it’s not what you want to wear to change the oil, but for any cold-weather urban adventure, it's perfect.

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