Don't hide inside; take on the rainy season with waterproof gear, clothes and accessories.
For Pacific Northwesterners in winter, a simple raincoat is just not going to cut it. For more protection, here are some waterproof clothes and accessories, so you can make sure you’ve got all of your bases covered — literally — this season.
Whether you’re camping or commuting, the Filson Dry Day Backpack ($125 at Filson, Sodo) is practically kryptonite to rain. The bag’s roll top and vinyl-coated fabric will keep everything safe from the elements no matter how bad it gets out there.
If you’re brave enough to commute on two wheels, the Ortlieb Accessory Pack ($75 at REI) helps keep necessities like your phone and wallet accessible and dry. Added bonus: The bag has an adjustable strap that makes it easy to carry as a shoulder bag or hip pouch.
A leader in waterproof chic, L.L.Bean does it again with the go-anywhere Nor’easter Tote ($70–$79 at llbean.com) The tote has a detachable shoulder strap and leather-detailed handle. The entire bag is waterproof, inside and out, so you can fearlessly carry your most beloved paperbacks without a second thought.
Little comes between Seattleites and their camping trips. That’s why you are going to want to bring the UCO Firefly 3-in-1 Waterproof Match Case ($20 at REI) on your next adventure. After all, there’s nothing worse than setting up camp, going to start a fire and finding that your matches are soaked. With a flashlight and bottle opener also part of the package, it’s a smart addition to your emergency kit, too. You have one of those, right?
For the intellectual set, the Rite in the Rain Spiral Notebook ($7 at riteintherain.com) is an asset during the rainy season. The Tacoma company’s innovative paper stands up to water and, with the correct writing implement (i.e. nothing that is water soluble), you don’t have to worry about your brilliant ideas getting washed away.
If your favorite rain jacket is losing its ability to repel water, give it a boost with Nikwax’s TX.Direct 2.0 Wash-In Water Repellent Treatment ($13 at REI), which can be hand-applied or used in a washing machine.
When playing or working outdoors, the E-Case eSeries 9 Case ($30 at cascadedesigns.com) has got your (and your phone’s) back. The case, from the local Cascade Designs family of companies, protects your phone even when completely submerged in water. A clear urethane window allows you to use the touchscreen, and a waterproof headphone jack lets you always have your tunes on hand.
Get rugged protection and some fun features with Snow Lizard’s SLXTREME Waterproof iPhone Case ($100–$150 at snowlizardproducts.com). Not only is it totally waterproof, it has integrated solar panels that can charge your phone on the go. Available for iPhones 5 and 6.
When you just can’t be without your tunes, take along the Ultimate Ears Roll 2 ($100 at ultimateears.com). The colorful Bluetooth speakers are waterproof up to 1 meter, so you don’t have to worry about protecting it during a spontaneous mid-bonfire downpour.
For personal use, the new Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones ($150 at bose.com) were designed to stand up to a rain-or-shine 10K, so they can surely handle your daily commute.
If you are going to be out and about this rainy season, absolutely no weather can stop you in the Filson Women’s Waxed Duster ($650 at Filson). The full-length coat is wax-treated, and has a removable flannel-lined hood and two hand-warmer pockets so you’ll be ready for any kind of rain, wind or sleet.
Just because it is waterproof doesn’t mean it has to look like a clunky rain boot. Case in point: the Kodiak Bethany Waterproof Moto Boot ($195 at Nordstrom), which has a chic design as well as a waterproof membrane and sealed seams. When it comes to weatherproof boots, with these, you can have it all.