Finding the right rain jacket is all about knowing its intended use. We’d all like a waterproof jacket that’s lightweight and packable, and can also withstand punctures from thorns and brambles.
But it’s not that straightforward. Abrasion resistance adds weight, and insulated rain jackets are bulky. Increased breathability reduces waterproofness. In choosing a rain jacket, the best approach is to prioritize which performance factors are most important for its intended use.