The ideal rain suit should have adequate insulation, waterproofing, and camouflage for hunting. This will ensure safety, performance, and endurance in the outdoor hunting environments. This article is to help guide you through your next rain suit purchase.
We’ll go over some important features to look out for and also compare a few of the hottest products on the market.
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Features to look out for
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of passing out in a sauna, the feeling of wearing a poorly ventilated rain suit would be nostalgic to you. A rain suit that is poorly ventilated may do its job at keeping you protected from outside moisture, but it doesn’t allow your sweat to escape either. The result of that might be less comfortable than having been soaked by the rain.
Poor ventilation in a rain suit usually comes from the manufacturer using a material that has a low breathability rating. But, no matter how breathable a jacket is, sweaty pits will be an issue. High quality manufacturers are aware of this and will usually include underarm ventilation zippers (a.k.a. pit zips) to combat this issue.
Although pit zips are a nice feature to have, they aren’t totally necessary in my experience. If you find a budget priced that you think is good overall, don’t let the lack of pit zips sway your decision too much.
It is always important to consider the adjustment features fitted to outdoor jackets and pants. Such features include adjustable hoods and collars, as well as wrist and waist straps. Adjustable storm flaps are an ideal addition for use in wet, windy, or in winter environments.
Adjustment features allow us to insulate ourselves from the cold outside, quieten our movement sounds, and make it easier to move around. Whether we admit it or not, some of us won’t stay the same pant/jacket size season after season. Adjustment features allow for this shared truth.
Pockets are a useful way to store personal items (keys, wallet, first-aid kit), or items to use on multiple occasions during an activity (whistles, map, compass, GPS, decoys and game calls, scent attractors and eliminators, sunscreen).
ADAFAZ Hunting Jacket & Pant
Specs and Features
- Rain-resistant outer core
- Fleeced interior
- Pockets: Two vertically zippered torso pockets are on the chest, both have an interior opening, as well as smaller, zippered pockets on the sleeves. It contains a double duck pocket on the backside. The pants host hook and loop cargo pockets and zippered hand pockets.
- Pit Zips: There are zippered underarm vents.
- Jacket Hood: The jacket hood can be easily rolled up with a drawstring to serve as a collar. It has a small visor to defend against the weather.
- Functional: The jacket is waterproof and warm. Customers also like the ability to use this jacket in both hot and cold conditions. When you are warm, the vents can be opened, allowing your body to breathe. The fleece on the interior keeps the user comfortable in spring, fall, or winter.
- Durable: This rain suit is made of excellent materials.
- Sizing: The fit of this rain suit seems to be a bit of a hit or a miss. Some customers reported that after purchasing they wished they bought a larger size.
This rain suit is my personal recommendation. It combines all the features you could possibly want in a rain suit and for a reasonable price.
TideWe Rain Suit
Specs and Features
- Breathable and waterproof: The pants and jacket are breathable and 100% waterproof. The vents in this rain suit allow moisture to be released but not to enter. The seams are sealed on the interior.
- Adjustability: The pants feature an adjustable waist function and there are Velcro straps fitted to the ankles of the pants for closing.
- High neck: The jacket features a high neck to prevent water from running off the hood onto the face and neck area and is fitted with a robust and waterproof plastic zipper that is double stitched.
- This rain suit doesn't stand out in terms of features, but it is decently priced.
- The crotch tends to rip when sitting or bending down. I suggest that you upsize when purchasing.
- There are no pockets on either the jacket or the pants.
I don’t recommend purchasing this product. Based on features and feedback from customers, you are better off buying a better a rain suit that would last and is more functional.
Frogg Toggs Men's All Sport Rain Suit
Specs and Features
- High quality: lightweight, breathable, non-woven, waterproof fabric.
- Adjustability: The jacket’s hood is both removal and adjustable and the pants feature adjustable waist and leg openings.
- Packability: Among the positive reviews, the most popular praise was for the lightweight and packability of the suit.
- Durable waterproofing: Even in heavy and consistent rain, the Frogg Toggs remains waterproof.
- Weak crotch: Customers say that the crouch has torn when bending or sitting down.
- Pockets: Neither the jacket nor the pants feature pockets which can be quite inconvenient.
There are a few flaws with this product. The rain suit lacks pockets in both the jacket and pants, and many customers report that the crotch rips easily. That being said, the rain suit is lightweight and packable. At this price point, I’d still recommend it.
COMPASS 360 Sport Tek 360 Non-Woven Rain Suit
Specs and Features
- Material: This rain suit is made of 100% synthetic polypropylene.
- Adjustability: The waist of both the jacket and the pants are both adjustable and the jacket has a 2 panel, adjustable hood.
- Fit: This suit is true to size and packs well.
- Storm flap: There is a 5-snap storm flap over the front chest zipper.
- Durable and reliable waterproofing
- Durability: Customers have repeatedly reported that the thin fabric of the COMPASS 360 Sport Tek 360 Non-Woven Rain tears easily. This suit is not recommended for use on more than one or two occasions.
- Loud: Customers have also reported that this suit is very noisy when moving, and is not suitable for hunting anything but ducks, or deer from a shooting stand.
When I buy any product I weigh my options and always try to get the best bang for my buck. Because of this, I consider the product’s durability to be very important. It is understandable for a light weight rain suit to wear out faster, but it concerns me that many hunters say it only lasts one or two seasons. That combined with the fact that the rain suit for me is enough for me to not recommend this product.