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April showers bring May flowers but sometimes it brings more showers. It’s been a pretty wet and rainy Spring which was the perfect opportunity to review the November Rain poncho and determine if it was actually stylish enough for women to want to wear.
The first trick was figuring out the right time and place to truly test out the rain poncho. With a Spring time trip to Walt Disney World planned, I knew a rain poncho was a packing essential. We’re used to a beautifully sunny day being quickly eclipsed by a downpour. With the November Rain poncho coming in its own little pouch, it was easy to shove into my day pack for our long days at the park.
There’s was only one problem.
IT DIDN’T RAIN. Not even a little bit! While that is so not a problem for vacation weather, it is a problem when you want to test out your rain poncho.
Luckily, my next planned trip was to beautiful Portland, Maine where the weather forecast called for COLD and RAINY.
We definitely got the cold part of the trip and it did rain for one of the mornings I was there. And this weather gave me a chance to test out what I love so much about the November Rain poncho.
It’s actually a stylish rain poncho!
If you know me and you know my style, I’m a classic girl. I like solids and not prints. And I like neutrals that go with anything. So for me, I looked at either Night Storm (a charcoal with a gray lining) or Sandstorm (taupe with a gray lining) and ended up with charcoal.
I love it. It’s totally me. But if you want a splash of color or a fun print, there are plenty of those as well (see some examples below).
It’s not just a disposable trash bag.
You know you’ve been to theme parks and gotten caught in an unexpected downpour. And you bought one of those ridiculously overpriced garbage bags with a hood. You swore you would keep it in your car “just in case” you ever needed one again.
But let’s face it. That’s what you told yourself so you didn’t feel guilty spending the money for a moment of dryness. You’re totally going to throw that away because do grown women really wear ponchos over their heads?
In this case, yes. But you put your poncho on just like you would any other respectable rain jackets. With two arms and a zipper and snaps, if you so choose. Also, totally waterproof.
You really don’t need an umbrella.
Believe me when I say that it keeps you completely dry on the inside and you don’t feel like you’re trapped in a Ziploc bag. But the best part is the oversized hood that is big enough that it won’t flatten your hair and provides enough coverage so that your hair won’t get wet.
And if hair is the least of your concerns, it has drawstrings that allow you to tighten the hood around your face so that water has no chance of touching you.
It fits over your winter coat.
Rain and cold weather make for a miserable combination. That fluffy packable down coat is great for traveling and staying warm when you need it. But it is NOT waterproof.
The November Rain poncho is big enough to wear over your winter coat, if needed, and not make you look like a giant marshmallow.
You can actually repack it!
And finally, the real reason we hate rain ponchos is that they can never be conveniently used again. They always come in a nice pouch and once it’s been unfolded once and slipped over your head, it will never again fit back in that pouch.
With November Rain, I fully tested the foldability of their stylish rain poncho. I folded it at home. I folded it in the front seat of a minivan. I folded it in a hotel room. It can be done! And just in case you need some pointers, I made a quick video to show you how I fold my rain poncho and repack it.
Feel Good about your Rain Poncho
If you weren’t already convinced that November Rain has the most stylish rain poncho out there, you can feel good about your purchase too! November Rain makes a difference with your purchase by pledging a full 10% of revenue towards water projects to improve situations in developing countries.
Now, let the rain fall!