Best Lightweight Rain Jackets 2020
Ah yes, good Old Blighty in the summertime, you can’t beat it…except when it rains. A lot. The reality is (whether we want to admit it or not) is we’ve got some of the most unpredictable weather going, and therefore everyone should have a decent waterproof jacket ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
But forget your old dusty mac that’s too heavy for our needs. We need something lightweight, breathable, and modern looking to keep you cool and dry at the same time. Luckily, here at Stuarts London, we know a thing or two about what to look for in a good Spring/Summer rain jacket so let’s take a look at some of our favorites right now.
If convenience and ease of use are what you’re looking for then PackMack® has got you covered. This fold away jacket amazingly folds away into a tiny bag and is light as a feather, with a breathability rating of 4,000mm, so no chance of overheating if you get caught in any sudden summer downpours. And don’t let its lightweight construction fool you – with a water-resistance of 15,000m – this is a serious bit of kit, guaranteed to keep you bone dry. Plus the modern quarter-zip with front storage pocket gives this jacket a modern silhouette not often found on pack-away jackets.
Scandanavian perspiration experts Rains set out to design cutting-edge rainwear that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in a raincoat. Made from their Ultralightweight breathable PU fabric this jacket is designed for those who remain active and on the go whatever the weather. Waterproof to 4000mm and windproof to 0.02cmm air permeability – this jacket isn’t messing about. And it’s super modern look makes it all the more appealing.
Designed by leading Japanese fabric maker ‘Komastu Seiren’, this jacket from Gramicci comes in unique nylon that is not only lightweight but ultra-durable making it highly resistant to rips when tearing about outside. The fabric also has a lovely matte look which is slightly crinkled to give texture to the jacket. It also comes with its own packable pocket ready for next use.
French nautical extraordinaire Armor Luxe has been producing French Nautical clothing for more than 80 years. This Fisherman’s Smock really demonstrates that rich knowledge. Crafted from 100% water-repellent cotton canvas in a modern take on the classic nautical garment. Leather style zip pulls and metal snap buttons give this jacket a solid feel despite being very lightweight.
A favorite of outdoorsy types and city-dwellers alike. Italian designed Napapijri‘s rainforest jacket is instantly recognisable with its unique silhouette and flag motif on the chest. This is the summer version which is lighter, more breathable but with all our favorite features of the original Rainforest Jacket. More pocket storage than you’ll ever need and a high vent neck to keep you insulated from the wind are just some of the few awesome features of this jacket.
CP Company is known for research and developments of different fabrics – often trying to replicate military-grade technology – so needless to say these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to well-performing jackets. This jacket comes in a summer weight, made from their Pro-Tek nylon which is highly water-resistant and breathable. A no-nonsense, slip-it-on and go jacket that looks the business.
Paul Smith is well known for their ability to take something classic and re-invent it in a way that is so quintessentially British and stylish. This 100% nylon jacket is no different – drawing on military inspiration – this ‘heatmap’ print fabric is truly unique. With all the storage pockets you could need and a brimmed hood its got everything you need for a lightweight rain jacket.
I know they’ve already been featured on the list but this Rains Ultralight Parka was too good to not include. When the weather is truly abysmal and you have no way of avoiding it – sometimes you need to bring out the big guns. This full-length parka style rainjacket is that jacket. It will keep you dry in even the most persistent of downpours.
See our full range of jackets below.