5 rain ponchos that actually keep you dry & comfortable, according to reviewers
ByMargeaux Baulch Klein
It can be frustrating when an unpredictable forecast leaves you unprepared, which is why it's so useful to have quick weather protection on hand. Though they all generally look similar — hood, wide sleeves, open bottom — the best rain ponchos are waterproof, durable, and well-ventilated to keep you from overheating.
Though rain ponchos should inherently protect you from getting wet, they can vary in how waterproof they are. Some brands provide a waterproof rating, which tells you how much water pressure the fabric can withstand, measured in millimeters. It usually ranges from 800 to 10,000 millimeters. For backpacking, hiking, and other rugged adventures, you may prefer an option with a higher waterproof rating. But keep in mind you can still be kept perfectly dry with models at the lower end of the spectrum, too (for reference, the average umbrella is rated at about 420 millimeters).
You'll find most ponchos only come in one size, though the length and width will vary from brand to brand. There should be enough material to cover as much of your body as you prefer, however, the wider the poncho is, the more you'll be able to fit underneath (an important consideration if you'll be carrying a backpack or other gear).
Other features to look for in a poncho may include a drawstring hood to give your head maximum protection and a zipper closure to make it easier to get on and off. For colder days, there are even fleece-lined ponchos that resemble a warm, oversized blanket.
With these considerations in mind, read on for the best rain ponchos you can buy on Amazon.
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