September 18, 2015

My Favourite (quality, practical, functional) Rainwear

We live really close to our local primary and intermediate schools.  Close enough to walk, too close to drive.  Which is awesome - most of the time.  On the second day of my oldest daughter starting school back in May it rained on the way home from school.  Torrential, soaked to the bone, pouring rain!  It was at that moment that I realised that my Carhartt shell wasn't going to cut it and quality, practical, functional wet weather wear was going to be essential as I'll be walking that school route five days a week for the next 10 plus years.

After much research I came up with the following three pieces which have kept me warm and most importantly, dry, throughout the winter rain and spring showers.

Kathmandu Rain Jacket

There are plenty of rain jackets out there but few are particularly functional.  If I was going to only invest in only one item to keep me dry, it had to be a rain jacket that actually worked.  Kathmandu is the godfather of rain jackets.  They have a design suitable for every single outdoor occasion you can imagine.  Described as their "grab-and-go" jacket, I chose the Monrovia Jacket with ngx2.5 technology which in effect seals the fabric meaning the jacket is waterproof, windproof, breathable and lightweight.  It never occurred to me to look for a windproof jacket but it's a key feature I completely appreciate now.  It has been absolutely perfect!  Three other features that I've found really helpful are the longer length for better overall coverage, the velcro adjustable wrist cuffs and the generous size, zip up, waterproof front pockets.  They are in the perfect spot and are so easily accessible.  It also folds up really small so fits perfectly inside a small bag or underneath a push chair.  I loved this jacket so much that we ended up kitting out the whole family in them.  It really is the best feeling taking the families rain coats off knowing that we are all bone dry underneath.  The Monrovia Jacket retails for $349.98 but Kathmandu has incredible sales and this model is currently on special for $199.98.  Join the Kathmandu Summit Club and you'll receive a further discount and only pay $149.98.

Barbour Classic Gumboots from Wellies
It was a toss up between waterproof pants or gumboots for keeping my lower half dry.  I opted for the more stylish of the two options plus dry shoes and feet were high on my priority list so gumboots it was.  The generous length of my Kathmandu Monrovia rain jacket and the height of the gumboots would leave only a small area above my knees exposed and a good umbrella would take care of that.  I haven't regretted this decision for one moment.  These Barbour Gumboots from Wellies have come in use time and time again.  Favoured by the likes of Kate Middleton, these gumboots are not only practical but have become a style icon.  They are similar in style to the equally famous Hunter Gumboots but unlike Hunter Gumboots which are now made in China, Barbour Wellies are still hand crafted in Scotland where they have been made since 1894.  These timeless, classic design boots are made from pure natural rubber which is soft, malleable and lightweight making them fabulously comfortable and easy to wear.  I also recommend a nice snuggly pair of merino Lamington socks underneath them for extra comfort.  Barbour Wellingtons are available from  They are normally $195.00 but are currently on special for $150.00.

BLUNT Umbrellas
The final piece in my wet weather arsenal is a good umbrella.  However, BLUNT umbrellas aren't good, they are exceptional!  And they're taking the world by storm.  BLUNT umbrellas feature a high-tension canopy and Radial Tensioning System (RTS) that "redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout its entire canopy surface".  In other words, this umbrella is incredibly aerodynamic and is not going to embarrassingly blow inside out on you in front of a busy café on a windy and rainy day.  There are many different styles of BLUNT umbrellas including one with TILE location technology which links in to your iPhone or iPad so you'll never loose your umbrella again.  I opted for the original Classic design which provides good coverage coupled with performance and style.

So there you have it.  My favourite, quality, practical, function rainwear which has ensured that I have stayed waterproof and windproof on the many wet and windy walks to and from school this year.

BLUNT have generously given us one of their Classic umbrellas in mint green to give away to one lucky reader.  All you need to do to enter is head to our the Little Housewife Facebook page, find the original Favourite Rainwear post and complete both of the following two easy tasks:

COMMENT - Share with us your favourite rainwear item that keeps you dry during rainy school drop offs and pick ups.  It could be one of the ones we've listed that you'd like to try, or one you already own and use.  We'd love to hear about some new ones.  AND

TAG - Tag your friends who could do with some good rainwear recommendations or might also like to win a BLUNT umbrella

You don't have to share but we would absolutely love you if you did.

For an extra entry, leave a comment on our rainwear blog post about your favourite rainwear item that keeps you dry.

Entries close on Monday 28 September at 8.00pm.  Don't forget to "like" the Little Housewife Facebook page so you can see if you are the lucky winner.  Giveaway open to New Zealand addresses only.   This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Good luck lovelies xxx


  1. I've heard a lot about these umbrellas! they sound fantastic!!!!!

  2. Grear recommendations, i have yet to find the perfect item for wet Kindy drop offs. With limited funds I have to make do with my Farmers raincoat which is OK but has its issues, a good umbrella is my next wish, these look perfect as there are none of those pointy ends that seem really dangerous around little kids.

  3. So excited with the potential of winning a blunt umbrella. I've heard glowing reviews and was just telling my hubby how i wanted one for Christmas this year so i always have a good umbrella in the car.
    Hmmm best rainy day item... as i said on facebook definitely those horrific plastic ponchos. Definitely not a fashion statement but oh so handy when you need them. Always have one in my handbag.

  4. A good rain jacket with a hood is my essential to keep me dry, warm and sheltered from the wind :)

  5. I love my lightweight long rain jacket that I purchased from Farmers, it rolls up small and covers most of me!

  6. Unfortunately a dash to the car is my only option with a small baby in tow haha.

  7. Love the recommendations - my favourite item at the moment is the raincover for my buggy!!! Still looking for the perfect jacket - will go and look at Kathmandu - since I'm als a summit member!