Perfect for My Needs

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Diane, aka the Explorer from Hilo, Hawaii on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I recently moved to the Island of Hawaii. Unfortunately, when the movers came, they packed my two rain jackets before I could grab them for my suitcase. They'll be in storage for 6 months before arriving.

I asked a colleague here where I could buy a raincoat. She said she didn't know; no one wears one here because it's warm rain and usually doesn't last for very long. That's not true on the Hilo side of the island, where the rainfall is around 130-160" a year. After two straight days of rain (albeit warm rain), I decide that I needed a rain jacket. Since I have the two high-end jackets in temporary storage, I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

I narrowed my choice to two rain jackets and settled on this one after reading all of the reviews on both. This jacket meets my needs for the following reasons:
1. It's very lightweight, so I can throw it into my backpack or purse without adding weight or bulk.

2. The seams are tight. It keeps the rain out. Also I used it to protect my car seat when I had to leave the public swimming pool in my wet bathing suit because I had forgotten my change of clothes.

3. It's in the high 70s/low 80s here, but the jacket is still comfortable. I haven't worn it to hike yet; just around town running errands.

4. The low price represents a good value.

5. The zippers work smoothly without snagging.

6. Velcro bands at the wrists allow for adjustment.

7. The good cinches up tightly, perfect to keep my hair dry when it's raining and windy.

8. It's attractive. I bought the Blie Radiance (an aquamarine) in Medium. I'm 5'5" and weigh 135. It fits perfectly (with a little wiggle room) over blouses and T-shirts. It would probably fit well over a light sweater as well. I opened the package at the UPS Store where we get our mail. All 3 of the women who worked there loved the color.

What would I change if I designed the coat?
1. It's packable inside one of the pockets. However, that pocket is mesh and I worry that the mesh might snag on something in my purse and tear. So I keep it in a plastic bag in my purse (for those surprise rain showers). I would make the pocket solid on the inside.
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