Gear review: Whitewater Packable Rainsuit

Whitewater’s packable rain jacket and pants combine convenience with comfort and breathability.

What is it?

Whitewater Packable Rainsuit

What sets it apart?

Moisture — be it a light mist, occasional sprinkles or brief showers — is a common consideration for outdoor recreation. Heavy downpours will make you appreciate a rugged set of foul-weather gear, but when the wet stuff is mild and/or infrequent, a lightweight, packable rain jacket and pants will serve you well. Whitewater’s packable jacket and pants also ensure comfort with a 100% polyester interlock fabric, a laminated interior lining and Durable Weather Repellant (DWR) treatment for an optimal balance of 10K water resistance and 10K breathability.

How do I use it?

Key features include fully taped seams, waterproof zippers, adjustable Velcro cuff closures at the wrists and ankles, two zippered side pockets for hand warming and gear storage, and a tailored fit for a stylish look with freedom of movement. The jacket features a zip-away adjustable hood and high storm collar, while the pants feature an elastic waistband with adjustable drawcord. Both fit conveniently inside labeled stuff bags (included) for easy storage and identification. They are available in men’s sizes small to 3X, in black or steel gray.

How much?

$79.99 (jacket); $69.99 (pants)

Angler’s insight:

While suspender-style bibs are nice for colder days and those when heavier or more frequent rain is expected, simple pull-on rain pants are super convenient for a couple of reasons. First, the day’s conditions may justify shorts at some point, but the chill of a morning boat ride could prove too much to handle without a temporary full-length covering. And then there’s the convenience of quickly putting on rain pants without having to remove your rain jacket. With bibs, slipping those suspenders over your shoulders requires jacket removal, so if you decide you need them after you’ve put on a full-size rain jacket, you’re out of luck. With lightweight pull-on pants, it’s a quick and easy addition.

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