Waterproof Rain Jackets – Elegant rainwear at the regatta
I recently visited Switzerland and watched the last and 32nd Armada Cup. You know, the rowing regatta with the 300 skiffs. It is an enthralling thing and an organized chaos, when you see how each Skiff fights for its place at the pontoon after the race.
What always catches the eye when you look at the supporters: Why do we supporters on the pontoon and the regatta place dress so little elegantly? What is the different between the regatta place and the public space of a pedestrian zone? OK, we are not in the shopping mile. Nevertheless, there is a good compromise, for example on rainproof and waterproof jackets. There is elegant rainwear to wear at the regatta. To look good on the regatta place is possible!
There are really good rain jackets and raincoats. They look great and usually they have a good quality. Have a look at our raincoats in our shop!
What matters, when it is about waterproof rain jackets?
A waterproof rain jacket should keep, above all, the rainwater out. Different words are being used. “Water repellent” means that you stay halfway dry in the jacket during a short rain shower. A “waterproof” jacket, on the other hand, will not let any water drops through, even after a long rain shower. The measure of all things here is the water column.
There is no “European waterproof”!
Waterproof does not equal “waterproof”.
This term is regulated very differently worldwide. In Europe, this regulates the DIN EN 343 for protective clothing against rain. It divides substances into different classes. In Germany, substances are referred to as “waterproof” from 1500 mm on the water column. In the strict Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology in St.Gallen even considers fabrics as waterproof only from 4000 mm.
Waterproof rain jackets made of PU (polyurethane)
Rain jackets are usually coated to seal the inner layer. So no rain comes through. One of the biggest advantages of PU is the long-term and permanent tightness. Not forever – but we are talking about years.
Form or Function? Both are possible
Weight as a disadvantage:
The PU coating has a certain weight. Polyurethane-coated textile fabrics are usually slightly heavier. But let’s look at that in comparison: Often our jacket has a fur, a lining; 300 grams do not make much of a difference.
Other plus points:
• many additional protection features
• decent level of ruggedness.
• PU is elastic and kink resistant
What does that mean for your rain jacket?
Take a look at these waterproof raincoats and waterproof rain jackets. And consider if you do not want to buy one. They do not cost the world. You can wear them at every regatta, you look good in them and when you get back home – the jacket stays waterproof even when it flies into a corner and stays there – unused – for months.
And if you choose a jacket, remember:
• It should be longer in the back
• There should be material high up in the neck area
• It should be elastic and sturdy at the same time
• It should have a fleece lining.
• Ventilation and climate management
Further rain protection in our shop: e.g Dryfashion Aqua Top for Men: Splash Water Firm Rowing Shirts
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