April showers bring May flowers … plus soggy shoes, wet hair, and dripping, broken umbrellas. If you’re looking to stay dry this rainy season, consider picking up some of this gear.
1. Bogs Auburn Boot
These are a rare find: Rain boots that are both functional and cute. Bogs gave us a pair to test out, and we’ve been tempted to wear them even when it isn’t raining. The Chelsea-style ankle-high boots have a slight heel and a zipper so you don’t have to awkwardly try to stuff your feet into them. They’re 100 percent waterproof, equipped with moisture wicking technology to keep feet dry (and stink-free!), and have a slip-resistant outsole. And thanks to gel cushioning in the footbed, they’re super comfortable. (The men’s version, available for $70, is also waterproof and is available in three colors.)
Buy it on Bogs for $120 or from one of the retailers below:
2. Levi’s Women’s Faux Leather Anorak Jacket
This hooded, rubber faux leather anorak jacket comes in 11 colors; it has zipper and button closure, plus adjustable cuffs, to keep the rain out. One reviewer described the coat as “practical yet stylish.” The best part? It’s machine washable.
Buy it on Amazon from $39 or at one of the retailers below:
3. Levi’s Men’s Rubberized Parka
Levi’s also makes a rubberized parka for men that comes in three colors.
Buy it on Amazon from $72.
4. Sharpty Inverted Umbrella
This highly rated umbrella opens in reverse—so when you close it, water stays firmly inside and doesn’t get all over you or the floor—and it's designed to withstand bursts of wind up to 60 mph. Made with carbon fiber and equipped with a C-shaped handle that makes holding and storage easy, it’s available in a staggering 26 patterns/colors, ranging from plain old black to the New York City skyline. And it’s big enough to fit two people underneath.
Buy it on Amazon starting at $16.
These polyester pouches—which accommodate umbrellas up to 12 inches long—are lined with microfiber so you can stash wet umbrellas in your bag or backpack without getting everything else wet.
Buy it on Amazon for $10 for two or at Walmart for $9.
6. Waterproof Elastic Gardening Headwear
Perhaps you hate when the wind blows your hood off, or maybe you want a moisture-free perimeter to keep the stuff in your hands dry. We’re not here to judge, merely to provide you with a product that could help solve your problems. This 36-inch-diameter hat has an adjustable headband and folds down to 10 inches for easy stowing. Its top layer is also reflective, which means you can wear it when you’re working in the sun, too.
Buy it on Amazon for $13.
7. Columbia Men’s Watertight Cap
If elaborate headwear isn’t your thing, this nylon hat—which comes in three colors—will also work.
Buy it on Amazon or at Columbia Sportswear for $25.
8. Lightspeed Outdoors Sport Shelter
If you find yourself at many of rain-or-shine events, considering picking up this pop-up shelter. At nearly 9 feet wide and almost 5 feet tall, it has enough space to fit four friends, and it’s equipped with sun protection and a PU coating, so it’s appropriate for both sun and rain. And it packs down small (49 inches by 5 inches) for easy storage.
Buy it on Amazon for $80.
9. Harry Potter Crests Color Changing Umbrella
This officially licensed Harry Potter umbrella features Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff house crests and changes color when wet. The company also sells a Marauder’s Map-themed umbrella as well as a Hogwarts-themed one and one decorated with magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter.
Buy it on Amazon or Walmart for $17.
10. CloudTen Helmet-Shaped Umbrella
In addition to looking a bit like Darth Vader’s helmet, this umbrella’s design makes it virtually impossible to blow inside out, even in the windiest weather. It’s also a good option for city dwellers—you’re less likely to take another pedestrian’s eyes out!
Buy it at Amazon for $23.
11. Mini Umbrella
There’s nothing worse than being caught in the rain without an umbrella—so pick up one of these ultra-small (just 6.6 inches) umbrellas and carry it with you at all times.
Buy it on Amazon for $15.
12. Alex Carseon Multi-Purpose Tray
Keep muddy boots and shoes contained with this polypropylene tray, which measures 30 inches long and 15 inches wide.
Buy it on Amazon for $17.
13. Osprey Ultralight Rain Cover
Available in three sizes, this cover wraps around packs and equipment to keep them dry. It's equipped with reflective elements (which is especially helpful if you're biking), a cinch attachment, a hipbelt, and harness attachments—plus, it packs down small, so you can easily fold it back into your bag when the rain clears up.
Buy it on Amazon from $30 or at one of the retailers below:
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