The 20 Best Weatherproof Gear Essentials

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Although winter is currently reigning, unpredictable springtime weather is on the way. As a result, it’s always a smart move to keep some weatherized gear on hand to prevent any of your valuables from getting wrecked in the rain, sleet, or snow. It comes as no surprise that some of the most innovative brands across the world have figured out a way to make quintessential accessories built to withstand the great outdoors and its unforeseeable conditions.

While tents, boots, and other commonplace camping supplies are expected to provide full-on elemental protection, additional pieces of everyday gear warrant a similar treatment considering just how fragile they can be. As a result, the common outdoorsman is arguably in better hands than at any other point in history, because whether you’re in the market for some water-resistant running shorts or earbuds that can endure the worst-case scenario, there is no shortage of versatile, durable accessories to take out no matter what the forecast says. So, without further ado, here are the 20 best weatherproof gear essentials to keep on hand this year.

Field Notes Expedition Waterproof Notebooks 3-Pack

We all know how difficult it can be to journal your thoughts when the rain is pouring down. Luckily, the American-bred jotters over at Field Notes are on the same page, which is why they developed a waterproof and tearproof notebook. Composed of Yupo synthetic paper courtesy of Virginia, these are as versatile as any notebook you could ever consider buying. Seeing as each one has 48 pages, a trio of them is bound to come in handy.

Purchase: $15

GOREWEAR M GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Gloves

If you’re looking to add some additional visibility and flair to your outdoor getup, then you might as well keep warm and dry at the same time. More often than not, this is where GORE-TEX comes into play. Although it’s grown common to see the brand’s weatherized textiles appear on other brands’ garments, GOREWEAR continues to make immaculate use of its own proprietary tech, and that’s displayed with these 4-way stretch, windproof gloves composed of GORE-TEX INFINIUM fabrics, making them lightweight, breathable, and, obviously, waterproof.

Purchase: $45

Pelican Personal Utility Case

While a waterproof phone case fares just as well in unpredictable conditions, it’s hard to go wrong with a far more versatile piece of equipment from Pelican. The SoCal-bred manufacturers’ Personal Utility Case is built to take on anything and everything, all the while keeping your accessories safe, dry, and organized whether it’s a phone, pair of earbuds, or trio of earbuds. Its abrasion-proof shell boasts a rubberized protective bumper that ensures no dents will appear whatsoever. For assured security, the case is IP67-rated, deeming it capable of withstanding dust, dirt, and sand, while also resisting water.

Purchase: $48

Pioneer Carry Commuter Zip Wallet

This uber-durable pouch is another great choice that’s set to keep your gear safe. The Commuter Zip Wallet is a water-resistant piece that’s rounded out with a water-safe AquaGuard main zipper courtesy of YKK. Additionally, it offers a handy organizer thanks to its secret zipper and internal divider. Lastly, the main draw here is its strength, as it’s composed of Pioneer’s trademark 10XD material with a DWR finish, which the brand touts as ten times stronger than steel.

Purchase: $55

My Medic Stormproof First Aid Kit

When you find yourself out on the trails, very few things are as important as keeping safe, which is why a weatherproof first aid kit is a necessity for when the going gets rough. My Medic’s Stormproof collection of gear comes equipped with a variety of bandages and gauze pads, various over-the-counter medications, a thermal-insulated space blanket, and much more. While you may not need a mask on hand in the great outdoors, it’s always best to be prepared for when an emergency may show itself.

Purchase: $75

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Winter Shoes

It’s virtually impossible to go wrong with a pair of Converse, as the iconic sneaker is capable of going with any outfit you have in mind. Although that may be the case, the average pair of Chuck Taylors won’t necessarily bode well in extreme conditions, which is why the Nike subsidiary decided to weatherize the year-round staple. To provide warmth and durability, the iconic shoe’s upper has been bolstered with waterproof leather and is rounded out with a cozy fleece lining, transforming the timeless silhouette into an ultra-sturdy piece of wintertime wear.

Purchase: $110

VSSL Camp Supplies

VSSL is already a trustworthy brand when it comes to outdoor gear as it is, so it comes as no surprise that it has folks covered with anything they need to have in all conditions. Each supply’s respective case is composed of waterproof, indestructible military-grade aluminum and is built to endure whatever mother nature has to throw at it. The versatility doesn’t stop there, as there are well over 70 camp supplies to choose from here, consisting of a 4-hour candle, 5 waterproof fire starters, 10 waterproof matches, and 25 feet of marine-grade rope.

Purchase: $145

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX Running Shoes

Running in the rain may not be your favorite form of exercise, but sometimes you’ve got to get that workout in whether the weather cooperates or not. Therefore, who else to trust with a pair of performance-geared kicks than the innovative shoemakers over at Nike. The Swoosh’s GORE-TEX-coated Pegasus Trail 3s provide immaculate weather protection as a result of their revamped composition, providing the same responsive cushioning that the standard set of Pegasus Trail 3 shoes offer endurance athletes.

Purchase: $160

Sonos Roam Waterproof Speaker

With so many names to choose from in the audial market, it can be hard to narrow down which is the right speaker to purchase whether you’re looking to keep it in your home or take it out and about. To your benefit, though, there are only so many waterproof speakers available, so nailing down the best isn’t as hard as you might think. To no surprise, Sonos’ offering is as good as it gets, packed with 10 hours of playtime through seamless Bluetooth connectivity while boasting an IP67 dust and water resistance rating.

Purchase: $179

On Waterproof Running Shorts

On offers a wide array of running apparel, but very few of the Swiss brand’s offerings boast the capabilities of this waterproof piece. These sporty shorts are touched up with a 3-layer, waterproof laminate that is incredibly breathable and looks to remain dry at all costs. Additionally, they feature a back mesh insert for enhanced ventilation, guaranteeing things remain comfortable wherever you find yourself getting those miles in. Lastly, they are equipped with a pair of zippered pockets to keep your valuables secure when on the move.

Purchase: $180

Danner Jag Quilt Boot

While rugged sneakers and running shoes are essential to mention when it comes to traveling the outdoors, there is nothing more durable than a boot with Danner’s entirely waterproof barrier. Last year, the heritage brand revitalized its iconic Jag Quilt silhouette and bolstered it with PrimaLoft Gold insulation for optimized warmth and longevity. To keep things light and comfortable, the boots sit on an EVA midsole and feature a removable OrthoLite footbed, which boasts three layers of density to provide maxed-out cushioning and support.

Purchase: $180

Vollebak Indestructible Hat

Vollebak is adept at crafting eccentric gear with a utilitarian feel, and the Indestructible Hat is a perfect showcase of that. This piece of headwear is crafted from Dyneema Black, an incredibly durable material that is also used to make up the British brand’s matching jacket, meaning it would be easier to tell you what the hat isn’t capable of enduring rather than what it is. In Vollebak’s words, “it won’t survive bullets or the inside of a volcano,” but this is the right choice in pretty much all other extreme scenarios. Lastly, it is made to keep you warm thanks to a fuzzy fleece lining, serving as the ultimate juxtaposition to its bewilderingly strong composition.

Purchase: $245

Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

No matter where you find yourself, you can never go wrong with traveling even further with the help of a good story. As they often do in every instance, Amazon has got you covered here. The conglomerate’s Kindle Oasis features a 7” display, an ergonomic design, a bevy of customization options, and, most importantly, an IPX8 rating that ensures it is capable of withstanding up to an hour if immersed in over a meter of water.

Purchase: $250+

Haglofs L.I.M Pant

The Swedish band of outdoorsmen has been around for well over a century, so it comes as no surprise that they manage to craft an incredible pair of pants set to take on the winter. Haglofs’ L.I.M Pant is composed of the remarkably breathable, 2.5-layer GORE-TEX Paclite fabric. For added mobility and visibility, it features a pair of articulated knees for unrestricted movement and is embellished with reflective details. Lastly, seeing as this is a fully weatherproof pair of pants, even its side zippers are water-resistant, ensuring that your time on the slopes won’t harm your gear.

Purchase: $280

Patagonia Guidewater Backpack

If you’re searching for a backpack that can bear up against anything, look no further than Patagonia’s fully-submersible Guidewater backpack. Composed of fully-recycled nylon and accentuated with recycled polyester, the eco-conscious heritage label‘s backpack boasts a back panel and pair of shoulder straps that don’t absorb or retain water in the slightest. For added accessibility, the Guidewater is also equipped with an internal organizer pocket to separate your smaller items from all your big pieces of equipment. Available in a pair of colors, pack up to 29 liters of gear in either light blue or a brooding black.

Purchase: $299

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport Earphones

Wireless buds are similar to speakers from the aspect of just how many options there are to choose from — but when it comes down to it, there’s no question who the ideal manufacturer is. To the delight of audiophiles and athletes alike, the German masters of sound offer an immaculate waterproof pair of buds tailored toward exercising, although they are built to take on practically anything. Boasting up to a full day and then some in battery life, the long-lasting E8 Sport Earphones pack a punch through a pair of electrodynamic 5.7mm drivers, all the while being rated IP57 for dustproof and waterproof capabilities.

Purchase: $350

Snow Peak Stretch 2 Layer Warm Pullover

It seems as though everything Snow Peak does is guaranteed to take on nature, which has been exuded through both its catalog and mission statement. The Japanese heritage brand’s pullover is composed of fabrics courtesy of Climashield and Entrant, ensuring top-tier insulation and waterproofing thanks to these two prominent names. Aside from its weatherproof prowess, the incredibly cozy half-zip is rounded out with a collarless neck, drawcord, and a pair of pockets to secure your belongings.

Purchase: $480

Arc’Teryx Alpha SV Jacket

When it comes to outerwear, very few brands are as coveted as the Canada-bred Arc’Teryx, with the technical garment engineers‘ Alpha SV Jacket being a maxed-out display as to why that’s been the case for years now. It boasts an incredibly durable GORE-TEX shell that is intended to fight frigid conditions. Thanks to the abrasion-resistant jacket’s embedded RECCO reflector, emergencies are made relatively less threatening as a result of additional visibility. Rounding out this all-weather piece is a trio of Arc’Teryx’s patented WaterTight zippers, ensuring that even the littlest details that compose the Alpha SV are water-resistant.

Purchase: $799

Filson Workshop Leather Field Bag

Pieces that come from Filson Workshop revolve around a superior sense of craftsmanship, which is exactly what the subbrand pulled off with the Leather Field Bag, one of its original luggage accessories. This gorgeous piece is composed of a buttery smooth, 3.5-ounce vegetable-tanned leather that’s built to handle any weather, then rounded out with a Bridle leather handle and a pair of straps. For added convenience, it features a pair of frontal snap-flap pockets, as well as side and stow pockets to secure anything you’re taking out in the stormiest of forecasts.

Purchase: $995

The North Face Summit Advanced Mountain Kit

There are few outdoor necessities greater than the tent. Ergo, rounding this collection out with a tent that is built to withstand nearly anything only serves as right. Anything from The North Face is already trustworthy, deeming its Summit Advanced Mountain Kit an ideal choice in which to shelter during your next adventure. Making use of the heritage brand’s waterproof FUTURELIGHT tech, it is incredibly breathable but remains sturdy thanks to its remarkably lightweight carbon fiber poles. The AMK is capable of comfortably housing a pair of people.

Purchase: $1,200

Honorable Mention

Samsung The Terrace QLED Smart 4K TV

While it’s hard to consider a giant state-of-the-art TV as “gear,” we can’t just ignore the fact that a waterproof television even exists — not to mention a 4K option. Samsung’s The Terrace is a perfect choice for those who love watching their favorite team, movie, or show outside of their home’s four walls. Thanks to its astounding IP55 rating, this immaculately crisp TV is built to withstand water and dust, all the while providing a crystal-clear visual experience thanks to Samsung’s Quantum Dot tech.

Purchase: $5,000+

What’s The Difference: Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant

While you may assume they’re one and the same, the difference between waterproof and water-resistant items is bigger than many brands make it out to be. Luckily for you, we got down to the bottom of what separates the two in our handy guide.