Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the best lightweight jackets for your trip to Hawaii:
Water and windproof
As I’ve mentioned throughout this guide the weather in Hawaii can be unpredictable and downpours of heavy rain are very common, even though they don’t last that long.
With that in mind, you need to ensure that your rain jacket is not only lightweight but waterproof and breathable. If you get a good quality rain jacket they should be waterproof as standard, but double-check this.
Some are water-resistant and others only certain areas of the jacket are waterproof. If you’re hiking in Kauai then you’ll definitely need to make sure your rain jacket is waterproof.
Having a lightweight jacket is very important no matter what activity you’re doing in Hawaii. If there’s a heavy downpour of rain the last thing you want to be wearing is a heavy and bulky jacket.
All these jackets reviewed here are lightweight, breathable and will protect you from getting wet. Not only are they lightweight, but you’ll also have full movement in them too, especially when doing strenuous activities.
When the rain stops, you’ll more than likely want to take your rain jacket off and get down to a t-shirt. With that in mind, you want to get a jacket that can easily be folded down and stowed away in its pocket or in your backpack.
Getting a lightweight jacket that is lined with mesh will aid air-flow circulation making it breathable in the hot humid weather. There’s nothing worse than being hot and sweating in a sticky rain jacket.
Style and design
Colombia and North Face have a wide selection of colors and styles to meet most people’s taste. So, whatever your preference is there will be something to match your look. Not everyone wants the same run of the mill black rain jacket, so it’s great that these companies give you many different style choices to choose from.
Quality and materials
Ensure your rain jacket is made from high-quality materials such as rip-stop exterior and 100% nylon. By doing this, your coat will withstand the harshest conditions Hawaii can throw at you.
Value for money
This kind of relates to the quality and materials point above. Everyone wants a bargain, but don’t sacrifice the quality of the rain jacket for the sake of saving a few dollars.
As that old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’, however, that said, you can pick up some great deals. Just always check the specifications and read the reviews.