Durable 10000-15000 mm rain jacket

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1. Posted by -Adrian- (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Greetings wanderer!

I am interested in buying a rain jacket that is good quality (durable, that can last at least three-five years before starting to break) and that has a 10000-15000 mm rainproof rating. What brand(s) do you recommend to buy and what brand(s) do you recommend to stay away from? Do/did you have a rain jacket made by the brand(s) you recommended to buy or stay away from? If so, what is your personal experience with it?

I thank you in advance for your time and attention.

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

A hint first: It might help to mention in which part of the world you are planning to do your shopping, as not everything will be equally available all around the globe.

Myself, I own a Maier Sports jacket that I adore. I use it as everyday winter coat because it is so warm and comfortable and withstands any weather. I don't remember when I bought it but certainly more than 3 years ago. It's a German brand, by the way.

3. Posted by -Adrian- (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Kathrin, thank You. I would prefer to shop in Europe - for example Germany is good to me :)

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Then look for this brand; it should be widely available.

5. Posted by -Adrian- (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

In January or February I will come to Germany again and I will ask in outdoor shops about Maier Sports.

6. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Don't rule out sport shops in general, you may be lucky. That's where I got mine.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Depending on where you are wearing this jacket - warm climates or cold -

In warmer climates I wear a raincoat from LL Bean - their stuff is very durable. But of course it is in the US. If it is colder, you might get something like a Gill Sailing Jacket. There is also a brand called Helly Hensen. They are both available from Amazon.

8. Posted by -Adrian- (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

@ Rosalie: Under the rain jacket, in colder temperatures I would put a softshell.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Yes of course. The sailing jackets are meant for a more active use.

The Helly Hensen are waterproof, windproof, and breathable with a fleece-lined collar and handwarmer pockets. They don't have a hood. It is for "moderate conditions" and in more extreme conditions you wear a shell over it, such as the L.L. Bean raincoat

The Gill jackets have a lined high-visibility hood and internal seals on the wrists, designed specifically to keep you warm and dry in the worst conditions. Gill has produced a jacket that’s absolutely waterproof, windproof, and breathable.

You probably don't need that degree of protection. I just thought I would mention it.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3039 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Guess I have been buying jackets wrong for around 35 + years.

I go to a store and find something in my size that says waterproof. Sometimes with a zip out liner. If in cold weather I can wear a sweater or warm vest. No big deal.

I had to look up what 10000-15000 mm meant. Below is a copy from a Duck Duck Go search:

Understanding Waterproof Ratings and Breathability

Different garments vary in waterproof ratings, and the most widely used test for this is the Static-column testing. A 1-inch-diameter tube stands vertically over a piece of material. The tube is filled with water, and the water's height in millimeters when leakage begins becomes the waterproof rating. A piece of fabric that can withstand 20,000mm of water pressure will have a rating of 20,000mm or 20K. These waterproof ratings correspond with specific conditions that the fabric can withstand.

For me, off the rack London Fog has worked okay for years and years. After cleaning sometimes I have applied some waterproofing spray made for fabrics. One London Frog jacket I bought in a thrift shop is over 20 years old. (Think it was probably 3 US dollars.)

For my zipper jackets there must be an inside pocket. Length of jacket and number of outside pockets up to you.

Good luck.