Unless you live in the desert, having some type of lightweight waterproof jacket in your closet is pretty much essential. Whether you are out on a hike or running errands around down, getting soaked in unexpected rain can wreak havoc on your day if you’re not prepared. We like Nau for both the company’s minimalist styling and environmental efforts, and they offer what looks to be a near-perfect waterproof pullover that’s useful for outdoor adventures and jaunts around the city. The Nau Wafer Pullover ($200) has a slim fit and is made from recycled knit fabric that provides four-way stretch and is treated with a DWR finish for water-repellency. Welded seams eliminate the need for stitching, which cuts down on unnecessary bulk. A helmet-sized hood allows for mobility and a small bill helps keep water off, while a zip hem closure and zip cuffs help keep the elements from creeping in. The angled half-zip adds some style while preventing chin-chafing when fully zipped, and a sleek, almost undetectable chest pocket is big enough to hold your phone or other essentials. The jacket is available in Fossil (above) and black and is made from recyclable post-consumer and post-industrial material. The company plans to create a recycling program for the product in the near future.
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