A raincoat or slicker is a waterproof or water-resistant coat worn to protect the body from rain. The term rain jacket is sometimes used to refer to raincoats that are waist length. A rain jacket may be combined with a pair of rain pants to make a rain suit; a rain suit may also be in one piece like a boilersuit.
Modern raincoats are often constructed from waterproof fabrics that are breathable, such as Gore-Tex or Tyvek and coated nylons. These fabrics allow water vapour to pass through, allowing the garment to 'breathe' so that the sweat of the wearer can escape. The amount of pouring rain a raincoat can handle is sometimes measured in the unit millimetres, water gauge.
The first modern waterproof raincoat was created following the patent by Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh in 1824 of new tarpaulin fabric, described by him as "India rubber cloth," and made by sandwiching a core of rubber softened by naphtha in two pieces of fabric.
- Anorak, derived from traditional Inuit designs
- Cagoule, also Cagoul, Kagoule, Kagool
- Driza-Bone, Australian oiled cotton
- Inverness cape
- Mackintosh, rubberised cloth
- Mino, traditional Japanese raincoat made out of straw
- Trench coat, derived from traditional raincoat
- Waxed jacket
- "Charles Macintosh: Chemist who invented the world-famous waterproof raincoat". The Independent. 30 December 2016.
- "History of the Raincoat". http://fashion-history.lovetoknow.com/clothing-types-styles/history-raincoat. 15 January 2017. Missing or empty
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