Hot Showers: The Best in Spring Rainwear
In addition to May flowers, April showers bring the nightmarish task of trying to look your best while fending off torrential rains, wind and other elements that can make your best attempt at couture look like a drowned cat.
EDGE offers you our ultimate list of rainwear and accessories no matter what the occasion. So leave the galoshes at home and spruce up your closet with some fresh new designs that will brighten your wardrobe in spite of the cloudy days ahead that will eventually give way to a sun-filled summer.
No matter how well you’re dressed, a flimsy umbrella can downplay any sense of style. Fortunately, BLUNT Umbrellas offers a sleek and sexy style with an ingenious design that won’t have you floating towards the clouds like Mary Poppins.
Originally designed 13 years ago by structural engineer Greig Brebner, the collection (which arrived in the U.S. in 2011) utilizes an extra taut radial tensioning system that is aerodynamic and capable of withstanding wind speeds exceeding 70 mph.
The design redirects the force used to open the umbrella into the BLUNT’s unique double struts. These double struts transfer the user’s effort into specially designed floating ribs, which are telescopic and reach out like fingers stretching into a glove to extend the opening force into the patented BLUNT tips at the end of each rib. The tips then open like miniature umbrellas in their specially designed pockets, evenly distributing the tension right to the canopy’s edge.
Several styles and colors are available, priced from $49 - $89.
To find the nearest retailer, visit www.bluntusa.com
Hunter Rain Boots
Known for its famous green Welly, Hunter Boots have been part of classic rainwear since they were first produced in Scotland in 1856. Since then, the brand has evolved to include modern styles whether you’re mucking around in the backyard or sloshing through city streets.
For full protection consider the Neoprene Zip ($265), a high-performance boot that features a concealed zipper with full-length gusset and heel kick spur for easy removal. Urban dwellers may prefer The Chet ($125) - an updated ankle-high boot with side gore.
Allen Edmonds 3-Season Digital-Age Parka
For the urban warrior, there is nothing more frustrating that a drenched device. Allen Edmonds, has this coat custom engineered with pockets especially fitted for a cell phone, e-reader and iPod as well as a hidden hole through which to run your headphones.
Constructed of 60 percent cotton and 40 percent bonded nylon with storm lamination, the 33-inch length is perfect for business or casual attire and its waterproof exterior and zip-out lining makes it versatile as well. Originally founded as a shoe company by Elbert W. Allen in 1922, the company has maintained its Midwestern roots and continues to attract loyal customers.
Available in black. $375
REI Rangeclimber Cap
Whether you’re caught off-guard during a game of tennis or venturing on a hike with looming clouds in the distance, REI’s Rangeclimber Cap will protect you in style.
Featuring direct venting technology and eVent fabric, this cap will breathe during a tough workout and still repel rain with its 2.75-inch brim. As a special bonus, REI donates millions of dollars to conservation efforts as well as organizing dedicated teams for volunteer projects. REI has been listed in Fortune magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the rankings began in 1998.
One size fits most. Available in black. $34.50
Macy’s MicroCotton Bath Towel
Inevitably, you’ll find yourself drenched to the bone after dashing through an unexpected storm. And there’s nothing worse than drying off with a thin, synthetic fabric towel that just pushes the water around rather than absorbing it from your cold, wet body.
Given an ’A’ rating by Good Housekeeping (and they would know, right?), Macy’s MicroCotton Hotel Collection bath towels are made from 100 percent ringspun MicroCotton, which provides a soft touch and luxurious feel. Ribbed hem detail gives the towel an extra flourish, but you’ll just be happy to be warm and dry.
Towels are available in 29 colors so there’s no excuse for a mismatched bathroom.
Prices range from $10 - $50.
Tour Master Sentinel Rain Jacket
Are you a rebel without a cause? A road warrior? If your adrenaline skyrockets when skidding along wet pavement, be sure you are seen in a Tour Master Sentinel Rainsuit Jacket.
Outfitted with waterproof and breathable Rip Stop Nylon, 3M Scotchlite reflective piping and shock cord waist adjustment, this jacket is sized to be worn over motorcycle riding apparel, so consider ordering a size smaller than usual - that is, unless you’re actually going to be on a motorcycle.
In any case, you’ll be looking sporty sexy and as dry as an Arizona desert underneath.
Available in black, blue, red and yellow with black/silver trim. $94.99
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