When it rains, people are often divided when it comes to how they would like to be protected from the downpour. Some prefer rainwear or raincoats, while others go for umbrellas. But each item has its pros and cons. Depending on the type of rainfall you’re experiencing, you’ll need a raincoat more than an umbrella and vice versa. Here are the pros and cons of wearing a raincoat or using an umbrella:
Advantages of Raincoats, Disadvantages of Umbrellas
A raincoat is much better in keeping your whole body dry if the rainfall is too strong, but it should be the trench coat kind of raincoat; otherwise your legs will be wet. An umbrella can keep you dry if the rain is moderately strong. But if the droplets are becoming bigger, they will definitely hit your legs or even your torso. Wearing a raincoat when the downpour is strong will keep your legs and torso dry.
Also, when the downpour is strong, it gets harder to hold up an umbrella. Not only are you trying to avoid getting wet, but you’re also exerting extra effort to hold up your umbrella that is feeling heavier by the minute.
Another advantage of raincoats is when the wind is getting stronger. It’s hard to hold an umbrella upright when the wind is trying to blow it away. But if you are wearing a raincoat, you won’t have that problem.
Even if the wind starts to howl, it won’t be able to take your raincoat off. Think about it: How often do you see weather reporters using an umbrella while reporting a storm on live television? They always have their raincoats on because they’re more secure.
Advantages of Umbrellas, Disadvantages of Raincoats
If you’re for umbrellas, don’t worry because they have their advantages as well. With an umbrella, not only will you be able to stay dry, but you’ll also be able to keep your backpack safe from the rain.
A raincoat will cover your body, but it won’t be able to cover your backpack or handbag, unless you put it under your raincoat, which will make you look silly. Besides, raincoats are not that bulky, so your backpack or handbag won’t fit under it.
Another advantage of umbrellas is that they’re easier to store after you’ve come in from the rain. As soon as you enter your house or a building, all you have to do is to shake it a bit to get rid of the excess water—please do this before entering a building for etiquette’s sake). Fold it up again, and you’re ready to go. On the other hand, it will take some time and some maneuvering to take off your coat. After that, you still have to get rid of the excess water; otherwise, you’ll create a puddle in the lobby of your office building.
If the rain isn’t too strong, opt for an umbrella. But if the sky is exceptionally dark and the weatherman says that there will be strong wind, you should choose to wear a raincoat.