Rain gear for women, men and kids from companies in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Share story

We’re in the thick of it now. The rain has arrived and won’t let up until, oh, July or so.

You can’t stop it, but you can be a lot more comfortable in it with some good gear. And, no, you don’t have to default to Gore-Tex (though it’s not the worst idea). Here are some picks for men, women and kids that look good while keeping off the wetness.


Portland-based Nau’s Quintessentshell Waterproof Trench Coat ($298 at nau.com) is not only a sleek, waterproof trench, but it’s also crafted from a new PVC-free material made from organic cotton and recycled polyester, with sealed seams, a removable hood and an adjustable waist for a perfect fit.

Get the look of a dry-weather coat in the Feller Modern Topper (available Oct. 31 for $470 at feller.clothing), from the Seattle line’s new Staywax collection — waxed cotton pieces that never need rewaxing. It’s fully lined in premium cotton and has large outer pockets, a removable hood and an inner phone pocket.

Get the vest-over-hoodie look in one waterproof piece with Outdoor Research’s Revy Hooded Jacket ($189 at outdoorresearch.com). The Seattle company paired an insulated body with treated cotton-poly arms for a piece that’s cool and practical.

Rains Backpack (left), $119; Hunter Refined High Gloss Quilted Rain Boot, $195
Rains Backpack (left), $119; Hunter Refined High Gloss Quilted Rain Boot, $195

Whether you’re always on the go or just run warm, even in winter, the Brooks Canopy Jacket ($120 at Brooks Trailhead, Wallingford, and brooksrunning.com) is a great option for a light, water-resistant piece. It has cool throwback styling, and packs down into its own pocket when the clouds clear.


Tired of padding your rain boots with thick socks to make them comfy? The new, locally designed Chooka Bainbridge Chelsea Rain Boot ($65 at nordstrom.com) has a soft faux-shearling lining and a cushy memory-foam insole.

The new Hunter Original Refined High Gloss Quilted Rain Boot ($195 at nordstrom.com) takes your stalwart Hunters up a style notch, with shiny diamond-quilted rubber in a slim silhouette.

For men, the classic Eddie Bauer Hunt Pac Boot (on sale for $98) is a handsome and capable update from the Seattle company’s archive. A waterproof rubber shell, waterproof full-grain leather upper and ThermaFill insulation make them an ally in rain, sleet or snow.

Clockwise from top left: See Kai Run Jack Boot, $75; Hunter Moustache Bubble Umbrella, $60;  Kavu Ropette, $55; Eddie Bauer Hunt Pac Boot, $98; Western Chief Batman Character Rain Coat, $50
Clockwise from top left: See Kai Run Jack Boot, $75; Hunter Moustache Bubble Umbrella, $60; Kavu Ropette, $55; Eddie Bauer Hunt Pac Boot, $98; Western Chief Batman Character Rain Coat, $50


On days when it’s really coming down — or when you just don’t want to don a hood — it’s perfectly reasonable to carry a compact umbrella. Make it super-easy on yourself with the ShedRain e-Motion Motorized Automatic Open & Close Compact Umbrella ($99 at shedrain.com). The Portland company’s newest umbrella is fully motorized for both opening and closing, and folds down to just 14 inches.

Or add a dose of color to the gray days with the Hunter Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella ($60 at hunterboots.com). It has a bubble shape for extra coverage, and it comes in seven colors so you can perfectly match your boots.

Not the umbrella type? Keep your belongings dry in a waterproof bag, such as the Rains Backpack ($119 at us.asos.com), with sleek Danish design, waterproof fabric and a lined interior laptop sleeve.

Or opt for a purse/messenger-bag hybrid with the Kavu Ropette ($55 at Kavu, Ballard, and kavu.com), an easy-to-carry, locally designed sling pack made from waterproof  polyurethane-coated cotton canvas, with a rope handle and faux-leather trim.


Get a rain boot and winter boot in one with the new See Kai Run Jack Boot ($75 at seekairun.com), an all-new waterproof and insulated boot with retro-cool styling. The local company included Thinsulate thermal lining for warmth, a rubber traction sole for grip and a faux-fur cuff for cozy comfort.

They can take on every puddle in the new Plae Thandi Waterproof Boots ($80 at plae.co), a tall but lightweight option that keeps water out and is easy to get into. Seven print and color combos are available, and the Velcro straps can be swapped out for a custom look.

If you struggle to get them to wear their raincoat, try a Western Chief Character Rain Coat ($38–$50 at shop.westernchief.com). The local company’s Batman, Hello Kitty, Lightning McQueen and Minnie Mouse options are all but guaranteed to have them hoping for a rainy day.

And if they’re into serious rainy-day fun, zip them into an Oaki Trail One Piece Rain Suit ($40 at oaki.com), a soft, full-coverage piece with adjustable cuffs at the ankles and wrist so they can slide, climb and splash outdoors throughout the rainy season.