Weather the Storm

Rain-ready trenches, ponchos and umbrellas

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Left to right:Belted Trenchcoat,
TravelRite Microfiber Jacket,
Unisex Waterproof Poncho,
Mini Pocket Umbrella.
At TravelAge West, our editors are constantly on the move and no matter where we’re headed, we need to be prepared if the weather takes a turn for the worse. So, we packed our bags with some travel-friendly rain gear to see which items were the most handy in a cloud burst.

1. Belted for Business
This business-meeting-ready belted trench allows professional travelers to go straight from the airport to the conference room. The thin coat, weighing only 28 ounces, keeps wearers dry without bulk. As a plus, the trench avoids wrinkling fairly well when unfurled after being stuffed in an overhead compartment for a plane journey. Made of densely woven polyester that looks and feels like gabardine, it’s seam-sealed to prevent leaks, and the long length offers superior coverage in nasty weather. Available in tan and black. $159.

2. Nice and Neutral
For those looking for a versatile and neutral alternative to bulky all-weather jackets, the TravelRite Microfiber Jacket is a lightweight and attractive option. The modifiable rainwear has adjustable cuffs, cinchable drawcords at the waist and a hood that rolls into the collar. Other appealing perks include inner and outer storage pockets and fully taped seams to keep out water. Be advised to order a size up; the jacket seemed to run small and a little extra space allows wearers to maintain breathability when layering for warmth. Available in three colors. $89.

3. Perfect Poncho
Unlike its unsightly disposable yellow counterparts, this Unisex Waterproof Poncho offers a bit more style with its obvious functionality. With one snap under each sleeve, the poncho is easy to remove, while still being long enough to keep rain off the wearer. A bungee cinch and a zipper at the neckline also make the poncho easy to get on and off, while preventing tightness around the neck when wearing the hood. One of the item’s most appreciated attributes is its breathability; making it a perfect take-along to the rainforest where damp heat makes rain gear unbearable. As a plus, the poncho packs tightly into its own pocket. Comes in four colors. $45.

4. Tiny ’Brelly
The purse-size Mini Pocket Umbrella will keep clients prepared for wet weather. At just 6½ inches long, folded, this collapsible umbrella can be tucked anywhere and can even be fastened to a belt. The umbrella is sturdy, lightweight, easy to open and provides users with a 38-inch arc. It’s so roomy it can shelter a family of three — huddled together. The umbrella also has a durable aluminum shaft and ribs and a comfortable rubberized handle. Includes carrying case. $19.85.