On the Oregon coast we are not known for our sunny days. It rains the majority of the year. Oregonians are used to this. A tell tale sign of a tourist is someone with an umbrella. Rain gear most of the time consists of a hooded sweatshirt, which when going about one’s daily routine suffices just splendidly! Another staple of Oregon culture is our affection for outdoor activity. With beautiful natural playgrounds like The Gorge, Bend, Mt. Hood, and of course our Pacific Coast line it’s hard to let the constant threat of rain stop you from partaking in hiking, fishing, kayaking, and all the other things we Oregonians enjoy so much! I don’t know if you have ever gone hiking in a hooded sweatshirt, but I have and even I, a native Oregonian (webbed toes and all) have decided a rain coat is very much a necessity. When shopping for a rain coat I came across the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. It was suggested to me by many of my coworkers, and I see people wearing it everywhere. I was already interested because I know Patagonia is a very environmentally conscious company, so I went for it and bought a Torrentshell. I have never worn a jacket so much, I love it! It keeps me dry without being bulky and obtrusive, and it has a flattering cut. My favorite part is a built in pocket that you can shove the whole coat into and pack it easily (it’s the little things). So if you live in a rainy environment, and are too stubborn to let it keep you indoors I highly suggest you get a Torrentshell Jacket.