As you might have guessed, water-resistant means a lower level of protection. The fabric of this kind can withstand a light drizzle but a long period in the elements will certainly leave you soaked. The water-resistant jacket will probably have coating of DWR (durable water repellent) which is not permanent and may need to be re-applied. If you don’t have to deal with a lot of rain, this might be your perfect raincoat.
Waterproof material, on the other hand, is made using special technology (such as Gore-tex or similar) and tested in laboratory using the hydrostatic head test which determines how tall a column of water (measured in mm) a fabric can hold before water starts to leek through it. Anything above 3,000 mm is considered waterproof and the number can go up to even 20,000 mm. “Ducktail Raincoats” fabric is tested to withhold 10,000 mm and thus is completely waterproof. However, a fabric above 10,000 mm gradually loses breathability which is also an important factor we will discuss next.
When hit by a storm you will probably run for a shelter and feeling like in your personal sauna is not an experience one appreciates. That is why breathability of material is another important factor to count on when choosing rainwear. It is measured by how well the warm weather evaporates from underneath the raincoat to the outside. We are proud to mention that all our designs are breathable and won’t get you all sweaty while wearing them.
Lower rating of breathability means the rain jacket will sustain warmth much better but may cause unpleasant feeling of humidity. Otherwise, higher rating of breathability indicates that you may need more layers underneath to keep you nice and warm.
This is when we come to the question what will you be using your perfect raincoat for. No one likes clothing to be one purpose only. Try to imagine under what circumstances will you reach for a raincoat. For example, if you lead a semi-active lifestyle, you might find yourself wearing a raincoat to office just in case the forecast is unforgiving or going for a light hike on a weekend. However, if you are more into fitness like climbing mountains, kayaking or similar, you will need some completely different raingear.
Try to meet at least several of your goals with one rain jacket to make the best out of your purchase. “Ducktail Raincoats” designs, though material is waterproof, are created with lighter activities in mind and may suite best for a person in the city who as well likes to spend time outdoors, do some hiking once in a while and overall enjoys life no matter the weather.