Dogs need to be walked, whatever the weather. And while we’d organised decent raincoats for them, I found myself inadequately dressed on our last rainy walk.
The problem, I realised, was that I had only jacket-length coats — and that was true of the last as many years as I can remember.
It was time to do something about it, and buy myself a full-length coat for the rain.
After drying off I started my Internet search.
Fashion has never been my thing, and I didn’t want a Driza-bone oilskin coat. We have Driza-Bone raincoats for the dogs and while they’re cute, I just don’t care for them very much.
I wanted a raincoat to keep me warm and dry, in wet and often windy conditions, and it needed to be about mid-calf length. Pockets are essential.
The short version of this part of the story is that New Zealand stores are hopeless at online stuff, and I couldn’t find a suitable raincoat. My searches on New Zealand stores would return
Your search for “raincoat” returned 0 results or a long list of jackets.
Then I thought:
The English are good at raincoats. I was recalling my childhood in London and wearing raincoats to school or on outings.
More searching eventually brought me to TargetDry and the Outback 2 full length Coat.
New Target Dry Country Coat Collection says, in part:
A classic country style, the Outback 2 coat is full length and provides the ultimate protection from the rain. Fully waterproof and windproof, this coat will withstand the worst Mother Nature has to offer, and with fitted leg straps at the bottom, you can be sure a windy day will be no problem.
The price was great, even including shipping to New Zealand, and the raincoat arrived before the latest set of storms that have brought plenty of rain.
The Outback 2 is warm and comfortable. It keeps me dry and it keeps the wind out. There’s a detachable hood and a two-way zipper that’s easy to close and to use. The snaps are firm, but I don’t worry I might rip the fabric when I open them. I haven’t tried those leg straps yet, but I’m sure they’ll be very useful once we next have gale force winds with rain — not uncommon in these parts.
The two pockets are easy to access and deep enough to be useful. I don’t worry that my phone might fall out.
The website doesn’t say what fabric is used in the coat, but the label reads:
Outer 100% polyester; lining 100% acrylic.
Since I’ve only worn jackets for decades now I find I love having extra warmth between hips and knees. I think this is about to be my new favourite winter coat.