Performance raingear is a varied marketplace with choices everywhere to fit your wants and needs. There is plenty to consider before going out on your next adventure. Whether it is rain coats or waders, hats or boots, Gander Mountain offers myriad options and styles to meet your needs for inclement weather.
Waterproof or water-resistant?
For the active outdoorsman like backpackers and trail runners, breathable waterproof raingear is optimal. These versatile products allow for protection against constant precipitation while still allowing perspiration to escape.
Rainwear that provides this type of performance typically comes from laminates. This style allows for sophisticated looks like Gander Mountain's Guide Series TecH20 and Columbia's Omni-Dry technology as well as heavy-duty work or hunting apparel like Frogg Toggs's DriPore or Carhartt's Storm Defender outerwear.
Waterproof rainwear can also be treated with a polyurethane coating to prevent wetness; an example of this includes The North Face's HyVent system. Brands design Coated Outerwear for the less active person who is just out for a walk, hiking in the summer or traveling.
Soft shell or hybrid raingear offer waterproof technology that breaths, but also has added stretch to give some flexibility for outdoor activities.
Non-breathable, waterproof outerwear—think ponchos— is also a good option for anglers or wildlife viewers, but heat and sweat do not get it out, making it not a viable option for active types.
For lighter precipitation or more highly aerobic activities like cycling or jogging, water-resistant raingear is a great choice. Water-resistant gear delays water penetration but does not prevent it. This type of apparel is usually treated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating and also fight against wind.
Water-resistant raingear is sometimes lighter than waterproof shells and often less expensive making it a beautiful choice for the everyday user. Under Armour’s DWR coating is a great example of water-resistant outerwear because it allows for easy movement for activities and also has UA’s signature moisture transport system.
Soft-shell jackets in this category are highly breathable and malleable but are not as insulated as waterproof gear.
Hats: Jackets can only cover so much when it comes to outdoor activities. Brands also offer hats that are waterproof and breathable or water-resistant. They also offer moisture-management sweatbands like Columbia’s Omni-Wick, brims and chin straps; it all depends on how much coverage you need.
Boots: While the path can vary, wet, muddy conditions are the same. Whether it is the soggy stroll with the dog in the morning or treading through the marsh to get to those ducks, almost everyone needs to rely on waterproof boots. Waders or calf- and knee-length work boots are usually made of rubber to keep your lower body dry.
Waterproof jackets protect against wear and tear by having an inner layer for protection. These designs can be a 2-layer, 3-layer or combo 2.5 layer constructions to meet your needs.
2-layer designs are basic apparel that have a base coating or membrane (first layer) and a loose liner—typically mesh—on the interior of the jacket (second layer). 2-layer jackets are the most common and affordable designs for outdoor activities.
2.5-layer jackets have an outer first layer, a polyurethane-based waterproof laminate or coating second layer and a protective sheen that isn't quite heavy enough to be its own layer, but still helps with breathability. These are the lightest garments perfect for travelers or those just going through day-to-day activities.
The most durable constructed jackets come in the form of 3-layer designs. There is no coating to these jackets, just full-on laminates that are waterproof and offer maximum breathability and very durable construction. Serious outdoor enthusiasts should consider 3-layer jackets as the way to go.
Outdoor weather can be a tricky thing to plan for. Climates can vary and there are always ways Mother Nature can surprise us. The best news is with a better understanding of how outdoor gear can differ, with Gander Mountain's wide-selection you can make the best-informed decision when making a purchase.
Whether it is The North Face, Columbia or Guide Series, there are several options to choose from for optimum protection.