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We all know how suddenly summer storms can arrive. One minute the skies are sunny and in the blink of an eye the clouds come in and a squall sends everyone rushing for cover.
A reliable summer rain jacket is light and breathable enough to wear when it’s hot and muggy outside, but strong enough to keep you dry if a drizzle turns turns into a downpour before you can take cover inside.
The Insider Picks team recently got to try the Spiro Rain Jacket from Backcountry’s in-house label, Basin and Range.
We put the jacket to the test and came away impressed with it. You can read what we each have to say about the jacket below, and if you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, you can get one at Backcountry for 50% off right now.
The men’s Spiro Rain Jacket comes in three colours — camouflage, olive green, and black.
Breton Fischetti, senior director, commerce:
This is the first true rain jacket I’ve tried. I never saw the point in owning one, but after all the rain we’ve had the last few weeks, I get it. This jacket is light and packs up small, making it great for any kind of camping or outdoor activity. I wore this during several torrential downpours and it kept my top half totally dry. I wish I could say the same for my legs. It also kept me warm in that wet chill you feel when being outside in rain. I think this is a very effective rain jacket for $US65; anyone who isn’t sure whether or not they need one should give it a chance.
Malarie Gokey, guides editor:
I have a Columbia rain jacket that I used to wear, but it’s been hanging in my closet ever since I got my jacket from Basin and Range. While both jackets succeed at keeping me dry in NYC’s annoying misty rain and intense downpours, the Basin and Range rain jacket is much lighter and easier to carry. It’s small enough to roll up and stuff in my bag and light enough to make sure I don’t sweat on humid, rainy days. It also has nice tailoring, and mine has cute magenta accents that help balance out its stereotypical black colour.
Brandt Ranj, associate commerce editor:
I’ve traditionally used an umbrella to protect myself from the rain instead of using a jacket or poncho. But after a remarkable string of rainy days this April and May, I was glad to have Basin and Range’s jacket to test. The jacket looks and feels nice, but my favourite features were its light weight and lined pockets. I try to wear lighter clothes, and that’s especially true when I’m afraid they will get damp. I’ll still use an umbrella when it’s pouring out, but this jacket will be my new go-to for drizzly trips to the supermarket or corner store.
Tyler Lauletta, commerce reporter:
What makes the Basin and Range Spiro jacket so perfect for summer is how light and breathable it is. With strategically placed vents, the jacket allows air to flow through while still keeping you dry. It’s a great buy for anyone planning on spending time outside in the always-sporadic summer weather.
Buy Basin and Range’s Men’s Spiro Rain Jacket for $US58.48 [You save 50%]
Buy Basin and Range’s Women’s Spiro Rain Jacket for $US64.97 [You save 50%]
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