Take a classic, update it with a new finish and extra protection against the elements and you have the Rains Fishtail Parka.
This one has been around a while, but some new colours have just landed. On the downside, the classic khaki green has now left the range, although there is some stock in the End Sale if you are on the small side. Perhaps you will find one if you hunt around elsewhere and hopefully, Rains will bring it back into the fold soon.
But as things stand, the range of sizes is in either the navy blue and the black, both of which are very appealing in light of the current weather. I get around with a Gore-Tex Beam Plus coat right now, but I am seriously thinking of upgrading to one of these in light of ongoing downpours. This is industrial-strength, but with a clean and stylish look too.
The coat itself hasn’t changed year on year outside of the colour. So you are looking at a design that takes its inspiration from the classic M-51 fishtail parka, but with a contemporary finish and that cleaner look I mentioned earlier.
When the rain does come down (and it will) this coat really comes into its own. It is secured with a weatherproof zip that’s topped with a press studded storm flap. On top of that, it also has robust welded seams and is finish with drawstrings to keep the hood and hemline tight.
You also get two front pockets, a back vent, elasticated cuffs and of course, the signature waterproof and windproof cloth for construction, which is a mix of polyurethane, and polyester.
Cheaper than you might think at £125, which only adds to the appeal.