I’ve found that raincoats tend to be either water-resistant (therefore eventually succumbing to the elements)…or, if they’re really-for-real waterproof, the jacket is often a little stuffy, rubbery, stiff, or–at best–not that breathable. Truly waterproof raincoats haven’t been–to date–the the most comfortable thing to wear next to my skin.
So when Mike and I found ourselves back in Philly, in the midst of a 60-degree downpour, with our only belongings being those we had packed for Vermont four months before (long story, guys) the first thing we did was pick up some raincoats. Philadelphia spring is usually wet.
This North Face Rain Jacket Is A Rainy Day Must-Have
Imagine my surprise when I tried on this very comfortable (and chic) The North Face City Breeze II Parka. The color is gorgeous, the fit is surprisingly good and it’s impossibly lightweight. (It’s also made from recycled polyester and is completely, 100% waterproof and windproof with taped seams and everything.).
psst: if interested, use code THEMOMEDIT to take 15% off this jacket at Backcountry.
I love the longer, parka-length jacket. Instead of rivulets of water running down and soaking my bum, this parka really does keep my legs dry. The hood works great, the sleeves are nice and long (and can be cinched in,) and the collar is comfortable even when zipped.
I was initially drawn to this jacket because of the color. It’s a softer, more feminine version of army green…but isn’t quite a tricky pastel. This shade of green still functions as a neutral. The drape and fit (especially the back detail) are all really flattering.
The really shocking thing is the fabric. This parka is uber-lightweight feeling like nothing. The fabric is breathable, thin and drapey. I don’t hate how it feels on my skin! As I mentioned before, this fabric is also completely waterproof, windproof AND made from 100% recycled polyester.
I LOVE IT.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how the proportions of the longer parka work with my usual cropped jeans and sneakers. While I’ve found hip-length jackets to be a liiiiittle dowdy with mom jeans, the longer parka-length works great.
I’ll try to pull a video together with the various ways I’ve been wearing this parka. While it IS a very practical piece–and that was originally my main area of concern–I’ve been impressed by how the jacket manages to look cute with everything: mom jeans, skinny jeans, baggy jeans, dresses, shorts, etc.,.
I highly recommend. If you’re interested, don’t forget to take 15% off at Backcountry with code THEMOMEDIT.