Going for work on a rainy day certainly makes us look glum. I mean, who in the right mind would want to go when it is too cold, too wet and too hazy? However, the urgency of your job gives you no other option but to go. We’re sure there is an answer to that. And yes! You thought about it right: a simple rain suit. But is it really a simple rain suit?
Go over our top 10 best rain suits for work to find out.
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Top 10 Best Rain Suits for Work
Our “Top Pick” rain suit for work is represented by the Acme Projects brand, a breathable, perfectly waterproof wear for men and women.
One cannot fully appreciate the Acme Projects Rain Suit (Jacket + Pants) without beholding its design first. Tailored to fit all wearing occasions besides work, this best rain jacket merges well with body contour. Thus, it champions as one of the perfectly-made rain suits present in the industry today.
Adding up to its near-perfect design is the detachable hood in case it snatches on to something. When hung by the back, the hood only plainly accentuates so as not to cover the reflective logo located behind.
The logo is indeed beautifully crafted. But it certainly exists beyond an aesthetic purpose.
The bright, reflective logo protects the wearer during situations wherein one is forced to walk beside the road under a dark and rainy sky. The reflective logo is designed to light up at immediate contact with headlight from ongoing vehicles. In this case, the wearer gets benefited with decreased mortality on the road.
The Acme Projects Rain Suit’s design is not only elegant, but also functional. Even critics point out that not a single part of the suit’s design exists without purpose. From its YKK zipper, zipped hand pockets, drawcord system, down to its tricot chin protection gear, the product is indeed a most trusted rain suit for work.
Ultimately, its breathability and 100% waterproof sealant are guaranteed to keep you dry even under a downpour.
- All-occasion fit
- Merges well with body contour
- Easy wear
- Detachable hood as safety feature
- Functional design
- Reflective logo located at the back
- Can be too hot to wear under the sun
- Can be too stiff
- Limited sizing options
For a rain gear that earns our “Best value” nod, this latest product by the Coleman brand comes to no surprise.
The first thing that sweeps wearers off their feet with the Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit is its wearing comfort, nay pleasure. Peppered with nylon cool adjusts depending on the body’s temperature.
How cool is the auto-insulating feature?
The auto-insulating feature, embedded in the rain gear for construction worker’s fabric works both as a heater and cooler for the body. So when external temperature drops, it heats up (just right) the body inside the suit. However, when external temperature rises, it cools down the body.
Albeit fairly simple mechanism, the auto-insulating feature actually requires a difficult technology to perfect. And its key element? Yes, we mentioned it earlier: the nylon fabric.
As is claimed by its manufacturers, the Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit is indeed 100% waterproof. It slides water droplets off and guarantees a dry body from within through completely-sealed edges.
Putting on the suit proves easiest and fastest thanks to its snap-adjustable arm and leg cuffs.
Adjusting the hood is also fairly easy. All the wearer has to do is to pull the drawstring in to tighten, pull it out to loosen. For some reviewers though, the drawstring mechanism exposes the hood to possible suffocation-causing snags. God forbids it does not happen to anyone.
Rest assured as of this time, not a single casualty report has made it to our ears.
- Absolute wearing comfort
- 100% waterproof
- Snap-adjustable arm and leg cuffs
- Easy hood adjustment via drawstring mechanism
- Unisex design
- Heat-welded seams
- High-quality nylon fabric; auto-insulating feature
- Potentially dangerous drawstring mechanism
- Some shipping inconsistencies
- Tear-sensitive fabric
- Pants come apart at the crotch area
When it comes to versatility, nothing compares to our 3rd-ranking rain suit from the Columbia brand!
For a rain suit as light as the Columbia Men’s Roan Mountain Jacket, Waterproof, Hooded, chances are that you get wear safety in fashion. To say it simply the highly versatile design of the rain suit makes for either a lone wear or a top winter wardrobe layer.
Alongside this standout feature, the rain suit embodies other wearing advantages: adjustable sleeve cuffs, two sided pockets for small item keeping, and an overall packable design.
Outside its lack of breathability, the Columbia Men’s Roan Mountain Jacket, Waterproof, Hooded should deliver with a satisfying 9/10 rate. Even by its 100% nylon fabric alone, the product is bound to immediately satisfy.
Busy users are especially fond of the product.
Well, you won’t be compelled to manually remove or put on the lightweight packable rain jacket women’s and men’s favorite, because it doesn’t heat up that much. So whenever the wearer forgets to take it off, he/she will not have to be concerned over an excessively sweaty body.
So is there a “lack” in the product’s insulating aspect?
Well, we would not want to call it a ‘lack’, but rather a subjugation of unnecessary heat. Albeit such an aspect’s reassuring tone, some reviewers would still refer to it as a lack.
- Adjustable sleeve cuffs
- Handy feature
- 100% nylon fabric alone
- Does not excessively heat up underneath
- Easy-to-store design
- Two sided pockets for small item keeping
- Highly versatile design
- Lack of breathability
- Not entirely waterproof
- Easily-ripped nylon fabric quality
- Lack of insulating push
- Awkward sleeve length
- Goofy hood quality
- Limited sizing options
For a heavy-duty, dual-purpose, waterproof rain suit, this item by the RainRider brand remains unbeatable!
The first thing a wearer will notice with the Rain Suits for Men Women Waterproof Heavy Duty Raincoat is the intense durability of the fabric. Even so, it feels soft and breathable in the body. Tightly preventing rainwater from getting into your body, it manages to cool the body underneath. Facilitating a balanced insulation, this product reminds us so much of the Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit and its auto-insulating fiber.
Working both as rain and fishing gear, the Rain Suits for Men Women Waterproof Heavy Duty Raincoat proves to be a heavy action, heavy-duty gear. Meaning, it allows you to do several things like walking, golfing, and doing outside work in the rain. Thanks to its versatility, it is quickly put on and off without tearing.
The product’s other versatile features include a front zip storm flap, ventilating back cape, a stowable hood, side pockets, and back and underarm vents (also for ventilation).
Wearers might have to be careful in handling its zipper, though. The solid lining along the zipper lock frequently falls out of line and snags. Nevertheless, regular oil maintenance should keep the zipper lock lining in its place.
- Intensely durable fabric
- Soft & breathable design
- Dual-purpose action
- Balanced insulation
- Heavy-duty fabric
- Certified waterproof
- Other handy & versatile features
- Problematic zipper
- Hood tie frequently snags
- Takes time to fold; fabric can be too thick
- Does not fit tall bodies
- Pants can get too tight
- Limited sizing options
- Stuffy adjustment cords
When it comes to perfect adjustments, this 5th-ranking, “Premium Value” product by the Navis Marine gets the most love!
The “premium value” Navis Marine Offshore Sailing Jacket Bib Pants for Men Women Fishing Rain Suit exhibits the best adjusting techniques possible. Closely resembling the Rain Suits for Men Women Waterproof Heavy Duty Raincoat, it works as a dual-purpose sailing/rain-protecting suit.
A perfect suit for work, it retains heat, thanks to its 100% waterproof ability. With that being said, it yields to intense action like a flexible suit. Keeping up to game, it exhibits one of the best trouser designs ever introduced in the rain suit industry.
The Navis Marine Offshore Sailing Jacket Bib Pants for Men Women Fishing Rain Suit, being as pricey as it is, saves the wearer a great deal of money. How? Simply by being a long-lasting, heavy-duty rain suit.
Certainly, it proves to be a royalty when it comes to off-shore adjustments: adjustable tailor-fit waist, velcro-adjustable ankles, two thigh pockets with water-deflecting closures, adjustable shoulder strap, and an overall fit for all occasions.
What do all of these adjustment techniques have to do with convenience?
Obviously, these adjustment features guarantee a liberating working experience under heavy rain. As reviewers point out, the Navis Marine Offshore Sailing Jacket Bib Pants for Men Women Fishing Rain Suit makes you feel that it is absolutely fine to work on a rainy day.
On the other hand, its drawbacks include a smaller-than-expected size, a lack of breathability, a poor reflective plastic material, a loose-knit head wrap, and a difficult-to-store design.
- A dual-purpose sailing/rain-protecting suit
- Best adjusting techniques
- A perfect suit for work
- Heat-retention technology
- 100% waterproof
- Works as an action suit; highly flexible
- A smaller-than-expected size; some shipping problems
- Lack of breathability
- Loose-knit head wrap
- Difficult-to-store design
- Bad plastic smell
- Poor reflective plastic material
Appearing more as a trench coat, this 6th-ranking, high-quality item by the Custom Leathercraft is certainly beyond pretty with its heavyweight polyester backing.
A certified work gear, the CLC Custom Leathercraft Rain Wear is the kind of wear that you can always bring at work. Why? It does not necessarily heat up, it does not bug you with excessive attachments and it is a simple, yet elegant work gear.
A multifunctional wear cemented with heavyweight and strong polyester backing, it actually qualifies as a protective gear. Its thick fabric, merging nylon and soft fabric, makes it a dependable gear. Thus, it is definitely beyond the frames of a fashionable trench coat.
Other professional users/reviewers refer to the CLC Custom Leathercraft Rain Wear as a storm front coat. Its manufacturers claim it to. But what is breathtaking about it is that despite rigidly functioning as a front coat, it always manages to hit as an all-occasion fashionable wear. Perhaps it’s rear mesh vents and double-fly strap can take all the credit for its fashionable functionality (not the other way around).
The CLC Custom Leathercraft Rain Wear can be easily put on, but difficult to put off. Its drawstrings, which manufacturers claim to be efficient, turn out to be counter-productive.
Thus, we recommend manually adjusting/removing the hood, instead of accessing it through the drawstring. Fortunately, the wearer shall not have to entirely remove the hood because it is tightly supported by the polyester. Hurrah for the polyester backing!
- Does not necessarily heat up even at factory work
- Simple yet elegant work gear
- Trench-coat design & functionality
- Heavyweight polyester backing
- Works as a protective gear; thick fabric
- Breathable design
- Problematic drawstring due to
- Not 100% waterproof
- Difficult to remove from body
- Awkward waist placement
- Not really tight-fitting
- Limited sizing options
- Some shipping problems
- Loose hood hold
Boasting with a highly durable tricot fabric material, this 7th-ranking rain suit by the FWG brand truly deserves its place on our list; it surely does deserve your time and money too.
The Waterproof Rain Jacket Pants with Hood for Men Women Rain Suits is also multi-functional. Supporting active working scenarios, motion pressures, and even heat pressures, it wins as a protective jacket.
The product’s tricot fabric quality makes it one of the most durable and longest-lasting rain suits featured herein. More so, its fabric quality makes it a certified low-maintenance gear. Yes. A gear. The Waterproof Rain Jacket Pants with Hood for Men Women Rain Suits is more of a gear than a wear. But make no mistake about that: it is not uncomfortable.
In fact, it gives the most gentle, cool feeling underneath the body!
With a 0.45mm fabric thickness, the product should protect the wearer from both heat and cold with a 100% turnabout. The thickness also comes with another core purpose, that is, to reinforce its storm flap mechanism.
What is the storm flap mechanism? How important is it?
The storm flap enables the suit to work as an immediate inner or outer coat layer. Meaning, it allows the wearer to automatically adjust its wearing hold without it flapping annoyingly at the face.
Some problems reviewers point out of the product include an awkward collar hood placement, a very-short rise between crotch and belt, a tendency to get too tight when all buttoned up, and lousy pocket hold.
- Multifunctional design
- Tricot fabric quality/design
- Long-lasting & durable
- Low-maintenance gear
- Gentle & comfortable wear
- Effective storm flap mechanism
- Awkward collar hood placement
- Some shipping problems
- Tendency to get too tight when all buttoned up
- Lousy pocket hold
- Extremely short rise length between crotch and belt
Made more breathable through its sturdy mesh line of support, this 8th-ranking topnotch rain suit for work by the WindRider brand generates remarkable outdoor experiences.
Another multifunctional wear landing on our list, the WindRider Pro Foul Weather Gear – Rain Suit – Jacket + Bibs enables wearers to realize outdoor adventures with the least effort possible. Made for working during the rainy season, trekking forests during the summer, and protection at a factory work, it integrates the most number of supports possible.
All these advantages can be traced to the fact that the product in question is made more breathable by its manufacturers. The breathability allows for rigorous activities at all times. Nevertheless, it ensures to provide comfort and protection to the body.
As a result, the WindRider Pro Foul Weather Gear – Rain Suit – Jacket + Bibs reigns as a windproof, waterproof and a DWR.
What does DWR stand for?
DWR stands for Durable Water Repellent. This, among many other features, places the product high up the pedestal. But how does it work? Imagine being soaked in the middle of the ocean. Your body is likely to instantly succumb to hypothermia at this point. But with the gear on, your body gets saved from hypothermia with a 100% assurance.
But make no mistake about it: the product is light and so, you should not sink.
Known drawbacks of the WindRider Pro Foul Weather Gear – Rain Suit – Jacket + Bibs include poor bib placements, snag-prone zipper, awkward hood fit, limited sizing options, and a tendency for the head cloth material to constantly rub against the face.
- Best for outdoor activities
- Multifunctional capacity
- Made with several pockets for sure support
- Made more breathable
- Certified windproof, waterproof & DWR
- Lightweight & packable design
- Poor bib placements
- Awkward hood fit
- Tendency for the head cloth material to constantly rub against the face
- Limited sizing options
- Snag-prone zipper
This second to the last topnotch rain suit for work by RainRider brand shares immense traits with our previous 4th-ranker, yet it manages to make its own mark as another efficient rain suit.
The Rain Suit for Men Women Ultra-Lite Rain Gear Safety Jacket, like our previous model is made from intensely durable fabric. Including a 3-piece portable ripstop in its package, it secures a stable fit that does not wear out in the long run.
What does the ripstop do specifically?
It literally stops ripping, creasing and snags in the from the hem lining to the zipper.
It works perfectly just right for a front zipper, aided by a storm snap that responds to the slightest touch. While others consider this to be problematic especially in the context unwanted snaps, most appreciate this as a helpful component for working wearers.
Our recommendation: position the storm snap sideways to prevent it from being constantly touched.
Just like its previous model, the Rain Suit for Men Women Ultra-Lite Rain Gear Safety Jacket boasts of a PVC/nylon fabric quality that keeps the body dry. The nylon fabric is also responsible for making the rain suit packable, as well as easy to wear.
The product has much to improve on its actual pants size (smaller than projected size), wind-resistance, thin layer, lack of thigh room, awkward hood attachment, and a not-for-tall-body-fit.
- Intensely durable fabric
- A stable fit that does not wear out in the long run
- 3-piece portable ripstop
- PVC/nylon fabric quality
- Packable & easy to wear
- Has front zipper, pockets, storm snap & other handy features
- Smaller pants size than projected
- Weak wind-resistance
- Thin layer of fabric
- Lack of thigh room
- Awkward hood attachment
- Does not fit tall body
Dwelling in the 10th place does not necessarily mean last. In the case of this top rain suit for work by the Nelson-Rigg brand, it is all about consistency.
A certified rockstar in terms of resisting strong water surges, wind and storm, the Nelson-Rigg SR-6000-BLK-05-XX Stormrider Rain Suit combines a velcro storm flap and an inner collar for tight dryness. Even so, it makes sures there is enough ventilation underneath. With this feature, the wearer no longer had to be concerned about sweating.
If there is one thing the product is known for, that would be its excessive breathability. Albeit feeling free from the inside, the excessive feature however causes the suit to flap around when in motion.
For wearers who prefer a tighter and neater fit, the Nelson-Rigg SR-6000-BLK-05-XX Stormrider Rain Suit might not be for them!
For the most part, the product is 100% waterproof. Bearing special threads along its inner collar lining, it easily adjusts to various body masses. Note also that it can expand from a medium to large stretch.
This should please workers who prefer a more flexible, yet not too loose wear. And in the nature of waterproof materials, this special thread rarely fits. But in the case of this product, it is a win-win!
Utilizing also a solid PVC backing, the Nelson-Rigg SR-6000-BLK-05-XX Stormrider Rain Suit sets a wearing allowance from its hood to its backline.
- Strong water/wind-resistance capacity
- Combines a velcro storm flap & an inner collar for absolute dry
- Ventilated inner layer
- Excessively breathable
- 100% waterproof
- Special threading
- Solid PVC backing
- Excessive breathability causes the whole wear to flap around during strong winds
- Flappy fit
- Limited sizing options
- Breakable zipper
- Problematic hood adjustment mechanism
- Kousy pocket hold
Choosing the Best Rain Suit for Work: A Professional Buying Guide
One of the postmodern achievements we have had as humans is the creation of the rain suits with accurate waterproof capacity. And this no longer had to be manually fabricated using whale intestines, vinyl materials, literal rubber substances, resin wraps, etc.
With the help of today’s exquisite machines, the sheets used for rain suits undergo molecular levels of tightening in order to guarantee a 100% water-repellent action.
Imbibing the core physics of a rain suit: repel water droplets to release body vapor, manufacturers of today’s rain suits freely innovate with their works. Thus, manufacturers have now fully emerged as artists, and not just mere machines that mass produce suits.
Consequently, a more intuitive approach had since graced the rain suit industry in the turn of the century. As a result, we are now met with the likes of Acme Projects Rain Suit (Jacket + Pants), Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit, Navis Marine Offshore Sailing Jacket Bib Pants for Men Women Fishing Rain Suit, etc.
Most of these products, if not all, offer feats impossible to realize in the past. The emergence of the PVC/nylon fabric, nylon shell, auto-insulting features, polyester backing was little to mere fragments of imagination then.
We have truly come a long way in the rain suit business. Lucky for us, the best rain suits for work are all set in their places for our picking. Ironically the challenge now lies with having to choose the best ones from an ocean of mediocres.
Interested to invest in the rain suit products? Learn to be a wise buyer first through our professional buying guide.
- All-Occasion Fit
Look at the design. If it carries the natural swagger that you can use for all-around occasions, then it should qualify as a versatile fashion.
The aesthetics for selecting rain suits is unfortunately more ambiguous than you expect. Having to choose the suit’s fashion is solely dependent on your personal taste. And that is just how aesthetics works.
But you cannot say we did not tell you. For rain suits to appear and feel rigid is completely understandable given its work-oriente niche. However, that is not the only truth surrounding the niche.
In fact, the great products like say, the Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit maintains a certain “hipster” feel about it while also sufficing a work-based design.
- Easy Wear
For a work rain gear to work in the first place, it has to be an easy wear. An easy wear feature means it is swiftly put on and off.
The best rain suit for work takes the least time to slip in. You will surely be busy for the day’s work and the rain is just too heavy outside. And whenever you come home from work all drenched, you would not want the suit to dampen your living room, would you?
A responsible buyer checks the suit’s wearability first. It should be easy. You will only have to wear it to test it. There you go.
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Breathability is one of the major traits found in rain suits for work that constitutes the rain suit’s core purpose: to repel water and release body vapor out.
Breathability and/ventilation simply exists to keep you from sweating inside the suit. A rain suit’s breathability, in turn, is determined by the thickness of the fabric (usually of nylon quality) and the spread of membrane surface.
For an immediate guarantee, pick the product with PVC, nylon, nylon shell, or polyester backing.
- Waterproof/DWR Quality
If the product in question fails in this one most important feature, then it does not deserve to be called a rain suit. Ideally, all rain suits are waterproof. Waterproof capacity is measured by DWR.
The DWR (durable water repellent) refers to the coating applied to the sheen of the rain suit in sync with its specific water-repellant membrane type.
The coating eventually turns the membrane surface into a thousand-spike shield (only on a molecular level). With that capacity, the suit surface can now fully shed water off like clear-cut beads.
How to Re-Waterproof Your Rain Suit
The DWR coating on your rain suit, regardless of quality and command, is designed to be temporary. Some coatings last for a year; others last only for months. It then all boils down to your maintenance style.
The longest duration the coating can stay on your suit surface is one year. By all means, re-waterproofing the rain suit is imperative for its overall sustainability. So it should already not come as a surprise.
Here’s how you can best re-waterproof your rain suit:
- Determine if your suit needs re-waterproofing.
Whenever you check your suit, do not just look at it but also feel it with your fingers. Does its lining sag from the main membrane? Has it lost its tightness?
Now, try with a few drops of water. If sheds off water, then it should still be fine. However, if water droplets absorb into its surface, then it should signify the suit’s need for re-waterproofing.
- Rinse it.
Rinse the suit using detergent. You can either hand-wash or machine-wash it. What is important is that you rinse it with water and apply it with detergent afterwards.
- Re-wash it using a wash-in waterproofing formula.
Repeat the whole process but this time, apply it with a wash-in waterproofing formula. This should be the highlight of the procedure. So it can’t be missed.
Let the formula soak into the suit for 10 minutes. Once done, rinse thoroughly the suit to remove buildups.
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- Dry it.
For the best results, tumble dry the rain suit right after the final wash. Set the dryer to low heat, leaving it for 10 minutes max.
Once done, remove the rain suit from the dryer and hang it overnight.
- Check for rips and tears.
For the final phase, check the rain suit for rips and tears. If you see one or more, then treat it using a fabric patch formula.
Yes. You absolutely can. You can even machine-wash it. Just make sure not to expose it to extreme washing temperatures.
The sustainability of the DWR is highly dependent on its usage frequency. At average, a high-quality rain suit’s DWR can last for 2-3 months with constant weekly use; it can last for a year when only used once every two months.
The best means to maintain the waterproof capacity of your rain suit is to re-waterproof it.
The best fabric qualities that can make up rain suits include nylon, rayon, vinyl, cotton, polyester, and the Gore-Tex.
The rain suit innovations have really come a long way. Our review of the best rain suits for work traverse through the evolutions the perfect rain suit went through to finally deliver.
Our immense research about the best rain suits for work not only led us to the top three picks, but also revealed to us how important it is to wear a rain suit when going to work on a rainy day.
Our top three picks are: the Acme Projects Rain Suit (Jacket + Pants) as “Top Pick”, the Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit as “Best Value”, and the Navis Marine Offshore Sailing Jacket Bib Pants for Men Women Fishing Rain Suit as “Premium Value”.