10 Rainwear Essentials for Vancouver Weather in 2022

Rain jackets, waterproof hats, slip-proof shoes and more essentials for drizzly days.

Whether we dread or enjoy the cold drizzles, we have to live with them like they’re a nosy neighbour (The Watcher, anyone?). This rainy season, we’re prepared thanks to brands that constantly modify and update their rainwear essentials to suit the city’s dynamic weather. These rainwear picks are waterproof, fashionable and functional. Read on for rainproof classics and some surprising new material technology. (A waterproof toque? Now we’ve seen everything.)

Lululemon jacket
Waterproof Hiking Pullover | Lululemon

A Waterproof Pullover

This one is for the hikers who don’t want to bid adieu to the forests as November trudges in. Lululemon’s waterproof pullover is designed with seam-sealed fabric that will keep you dry as you make your way up Lynn Creek. So no excuses for cancelling due to bad weather. The price ranges between $228 and $248, based on design.

ON Shoes
The Couldwander Waterproof | On

Waterproof, Slip-Resistant Shoes

Another hiking essential to make sure you don’t fall on those slippery rocks. On’s waterproof shoes are multifunctional and light in weight so you can strut in any season. The shoes are $300 and comes in two colours.

alder raincoat
Rain or Shine Coat | alder

A Colourful Raincoat

This coat is one to bag before the rain pours over your plans. Alder’s rain or shine coat is not only 100-percent waterproof but also made with 100-percent recycled materials. It’s from a Canadian brand that produces comfort clothing while also keeping it sustainable. It costs $475, comes in four colours and ssizes XS to 6X.

cabela pants
Guidewear Women’s Pants | Cabela’s

Minimalist Rain Pants

Now these look cool (and often, rain pants to not look cool). Cabela’s rainwear pants are sleek, so they can be worn for both your commute and your workday. Covered leg zippers and adjustable cuffs complete these pants, which are currently on sale for $98.

davek umbrella
The Davek Mini | davek

A Teeny, Tiny Umbrella

I just had to include this one! I often skip carrying an umbrella because of of bulk. Davek’s mini umbrella is so tiny that it can literally fit in your palm. It has seven colourful options to choose from and costs $75.

outdoor research cap
Seattle Rain Cap | Outdoor Research

A Kayaking Cap for the Rain

If your rain jacket doesn’t come with a hood, you can always pair your look with a waterproof cap. This Tapenade rain cap by Outdoor Research is perfect for a kayaking and is fully seam-sealed to keep the water out. It’s the ball cap version of their Seattle Sombrero, and costs $55.

stutterheim bag
Rain Packer | Stutterheim

A Sleek, Water-Resistant Backpack

A bag that fits everything you need for a long journey? Stutterheim has it. Their rain packer is 87-percent PVC, keeping your bag completely water-resistant. It has high-durability, is meant for everyday use, and costs $180 (now on sale for $90).

rains cape
Black Cape | Rains

A Bold Rain Cape

For the rainy-day risk-taker: consider this awesome black cape, or a rain poncho, by Rains. It is waterproof, windproof, and the sleeves are optional. Being this warm (and cool) costs $150.

Sealskinz beanie
Cold Weather Beanie | Sealskinz

A Rainproof Beanie

Waterproof toques exist? We’re sold.  Sealskinz’s three-layered beanie is designed to keep your ears warm and dry when its windy or raining. It’s $54, and comes in four colour options.

Showers Pass Socks
Lightweight Waterproof Socks | Showers Pass

Waterproof Socks

Another modern, rainproof marvel: Showers Pass which has waterproof socks with three layers of protection. It comes in five colours (these grey ones cost $55).