Rain ponchos

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more versatile piece of rain gear than a rain poncho. Hikers can easily wear it over a rucksack, or the front can be thrown over your arms and handlebar to protect even the legs when cycling. The open bottom makes rain ponchos very well ventilated and these are not sweat-sacks, especially during autumn and spring months.

Rain ponchos catch wind quite easily, so fastening the sides correctly is a valuable skill to learn. There are articulated and formed ponchos, but they lack a very important magic feature of army style variants: you can use a rain poncho as a tarp to provide shelter from the wind and rain.

Arms poking from the sides are exposed, so it's not indifferent what you have underneath, but all in all rain ponchos are an easy and functional choice for most wet situations.