True story: You walk out on your lunch break, and it's freaking gorgeous outside. The most perfect day. You feel magnificent. You'll walk to lunch, you decide. You'll take a nice little stroll for a few minutes. Why not? You deserve it! Then everything goes to goddamn hell. Yep, rain.
They don't call them April showers for nothing. They're wonderful, and we need them, but don't you just hate how they spring up on you. Whether you're in your car or on the move in the city, you will be nailed by rain this month—unless you're from one of those freak place where it never rains in which case, SORRY! Here's how to survive.
Oh good: It's raining and you actually have your umbrella on you. Too bad your umbrella sucks. It inverts with the slightest gust of wind, and pokes out the eyes of fellow pedestrians. The Blunt Umbrella's rounded corners not only give it more support so it doesn't turn inside out, it also keeps you from impaling people while you're running down the street. $70
It's not the times when you're prepared that the rain sucks—it's when you weren't expecting it. The Davek Mini weighs under a pound and breaks down to just 7-inches in length. Keep this collapsable umbrella in your bag and never be left unprepared again. $50
Unfortunately, the rain jacket that turns into a full-body umbrella suit doesn't really exist, but you'll never regret spending $100 on a waterproof North Face shell. Sure, there's cheaper ponchos and plenty of expensive hardcore rain gear out there, but for the money you'll never regret one of these. In fact, they produce so many North Face shells that they're usually being blown-out somewhere. Suit up. $80-$110