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Best Jackets for a Rainy Spring

Person with hood up on jacket on foggy hike.

The Sea to Sky Corridor has a notoriously wet Spring, which is wonderful for the vegetation and warding off wildfires. However, it can be a deterrent, keeping you indoors when some of the most picturesque scenes will be of fog filled valleys from rainy mountain tops. Having the proper rain gear is the key to enjoying Sea to Sky year round. Shedding your shell and having a dry core after exposure to wet conditions makes the rain seemingly unnoticeable. We curated our top 5 list of rain jackets to help you have the best Sea to Sky Spring yet, no matter what your sweaty prerogative is.

High Sweat Adventures

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Hoody

If you’re the type who sees the description for the Squamish 50 and think, “oh hell yes”, we have the perfect jacket for you. The Norvan SL Hoody is one of the lightest shells ever made and never needs to be re-treated to stay waterproof.

It utilizes GORTEX with a watershed technology called SHAKEDRY, eliminating the need for a face fabric. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable, the perfect companion for long trail runs.


Most Durable

Arc’teryx Beta SV

Are you the ultimate jack of all trades? We have your jacket counterpart. The Arc’teryx Beta SV is your do-everything-shell for hiking, camping, and alpine adventures.

Its durable waterproof, windproof, and breathable N80p-X 3L GORE-TEX® Pro fabric is proven to withstand the most severe conditions. This makes it durable enough to withstand the friction of a heavy pack, all while being lightweight and waterproof in rainy conditions. From rainy strolls to week-long camping trips, this jacket does it all.


Highest Tech

Arc’teryx Alpha FL

The Arc’teryx Alpha FL is the benchmark jacket for summer alpine climbing. If you want the lightest, most technical, and still highly durable waterproof jacket, this is it.

Designed with alpine climbing in mind, the Alpha FL will be your new best friend when weather turns grim (outside of your trusty climbing partner). Custom Cohaesive™ hem adjustments serve as hem-locks to prevent slippage under a harness, keeping your mind on task, not on your jacket.


Point A to Point B

Black Diamond Stormline

Most of us have been there. You’ve just moved to the Sea to Sky and your previous “raincoat” just doesn’t cut it when it comes to Coastal Mountain rain.

We love the BD Stormline, as it won’t break the bank at $200, and it keeps you dry in the rainiest conditions. Ideal for walking to work in a downpour or hiking up The Chief in the rain. This will be your new favorite Wet Coast essential.


Bike Commuter

Black Diamond Distance

Need something that will cut the wind and shed the drizzle on your bike ride to work? The DB Distance Wind Shell is great when you’re working up a sweat on those misty, windy mornings.

Staying in line with your core values, the BD Distance has an environmentally friendly PFC-free water-repellant finish, Aquavent. This finish is permanently hyper-fused to the individual fabric fibers, so there’s no need to ever refresh the jacket with an additional spray or wash-in finish.


Ready to stay dry and make the most of the Coastal Mountain spring? Visit any of our locations in Whistler or Squamish to talk to an in store expert, or you can purchase through our online store.


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