Finding the right rain jacket can be a challenge. Do you go with the extreme athletic performance piece, or the one you can wear downtown when you’re headed out to meet friends for dinner?
Sure, either will work, but unless you’re a gear reviewer or someone with tons of closet space, one jacket should be enough.
Right now, when it’s gray and drizzly at home, I’m enjoying wearing the ExOfficio Emei Trench.
First things first—trenches are great at keeping more of you dry. Do you regularly wear weaterproof pants? Unless I’m out hiking in the rain or skiing, I don’t.
So, wearing a rain jacket that keeps my top dry and doesn’t even bother to protect the rest of me can be a soggy experience.
The Emei Trench covers to about mid-thigh, so while it can’t protect everything, it does take care of more than just above your waistline.
The trench is also fully seam-sealed and made from 100-percent polyester with 10,000 mm water repellency and 10,000 g/24h breathability. That not only helps keep rain out, but allows you to stay dry inside, too.
The trench drapes well and doesn’t lose its structure. The cut is more generous than traditional trench jackets, which is ideal for when you want to layer underneath, or for those with curves—as the jacket doesn’t hug too tightly.
For those who want a sleeker fit, consider trying a size down.
Aside from the two security zip hand pockets, there’s an interior four-pocket travel system, that includes a removable security zip pocket inside the organizer pocket.
The hood is well-sized, and also packs into the collar when you don’t want it around. Fuzzy lining in the exterior pockets and collar add cozy comfort.
If you want one rain jacket that covers nearly everything, this versatile trench is ideal.
The ExOfficio Emei Trench comes in black and slate colors, and lists for $200 on the ExOfficio site.