The problem with reviews of clothing is that if you are on the level where people want to read your site, you will end up getting too many products, and that means that you never get to truly test them out. And how could you say that something is the best rain jacket for 2019 based on 2 weeks of usage? That product could break on week 3. That’s we always do follow up reviews based on 3,6, and 12 months later. As if we are going to tell you that something costs more than an average, you want it to last.
That’s why for this Ministry of Supply Dry Days Mac review 1 year later, we took this jacket to 20+ countries. Whether it’s high humidity in Bangkok, the streets of Seoul, freezing Montreal with -14°C & 6.8°F, we tested this jacket in all possible conditions that you would potentially wear it so that you can know if it’s the best rain jacket for 2019, and most importantly it’s flaws.
Most Compact Rain Jacket of Its Size Ever Made
Do you live in a country where the weather changes a lot? We’ve been in plenty of those. It might be too warm to bring a jacket, but if you don’t bring it, you will regret it.
Most rain jackets of this size are just not going to fit anywhere smaller than a backpack. Not the case with the Dry Days Mac by Ministry of Supply.
Ministry of Supply is the only company we’ve ever tried that makes all of their product so travel-friendly. You can fit their products into a briefcase. And that’s great when you don’t want to have a backpack with you but also need a jacket, but it’s even greater for travel.
Everyone on our team travels with a carry-on as it’s just so much more cost effective. Especially in Europe where checked baggage often costs more than the ticket itself. Travel in the colder months especially, it’s a lot harder as warmer clothes take up space. If you travel with Ministry of Supply products, you will fit because they just make the most compact clothing ever. Even things like Polo’s that already pretty compact are more compact when they come from Ministry of Supply.
But while Ministry of Supply does an incredible job at making compact products, of course, some other companies also make certain products compact.
The thing about compactness though, it only works when there are no wrinkles. There’s nothing worse than taking out clothing when traveling and that clothing is full of wrinkles as most hotels and apartments have ironing tools that are not good enough. And sometimes you don’t have time to iron things. That’s where Ministry of Supply is really ahead. It makes products that don’t get wrinkles, and if they do, they disappear in a matter of minutes. And that even applies to their blazers.
Works Great in Winter
This is not a jacket for winter by itself. You will freeze guaranteed. But the great thing about the jacket is how it’s balanced between being of a bigger size to the point that you can layer up nicely while at the same time looking incredibly well without any layers. And that’s not something you see too often. It’s hard to get a jacket that is a balance of both.
We never really talked about this jacket as a jacket for winter much prior as we didn’t get to test it in much of a winter prior. That’s until we went to Montreal in Canada not that long ago.
With the right layers, this jacket does a great job but even more importantly, as it this, this jacket is great against the wind. Layers + protection from wind often works much better than just a warm jacket.
Oh, and speaking of Montreal, we already mentioned it, but it was -14°C & 6.8°F. That’s pretty cold if you ask us. A one year later review isn’t always just about what got damaged and didn’t. Sometimes it’s also about testing in a lot of different environments. And that’s what we did.
It’s great in warm temperatures, it’s great in somewhat cold temperatures, and great in winter if combined with layers, and perhaps that’s what the best rain jacket for 2019 needs, a jacket that works with everything if needed.
A Hidden Hood
I hate having a hood on display in most jackets because most jackets have hoods that don’t look right. They mostly take away from the image of a jacket. This hood? This is an honest review, and we don’t love the hood too much, but it’s there if you need it and not there when you don’t need it.
And it’s hidden in a very nice subtle way that blends in nicely with this Dry Days Mac jacket. And this blend is present on all the zips on this jacket. It’s a little detail, but it makes a lot of a difference in terms of how well this jacket looks.
But what’s wrong with the hood? Well, firstly, it doesn’t look great, but it overall just looks like Ministry of Supply was trying to save on material with it. It’s way too small. If you have somewhat of a big head or have long hair, it will be a struggle for you, and if not, it just destroys on the otherwise awesome design of the jacket.
We will say that when the hood is hidden, that hidden area does as a great travel pillow alternative for your neck.
Pockets That Should Be Called the Standard in 2019
I don’t get how companies can provide pockets that aren’t actual pockets but are just there for looks. I also don’t get how companies can provide pockets that are smaller than smartphones in 2018 and 2019. That’s just not good enough.
Ministry of Supply is a company with the most pockets we ever have seen on a jacket. Not 2, not 3, not even 4. We are talking 5 pockets of big sizes.
And whether it’s your passport with your passport cover or your big damn phone, this jacket will fit all, and most likely in one pocket.
The best rain jacket for 2019 isn’t just about rain protection that we didn’t talk about yet. It’s also about being useful. A product is meant to make your life better. Big pockets do as they allow you not to have to bring backpacks or what not in certain situations, and that’s a big factor of convenience.
There’s two on the left, and two on the right, stacked upon each other. They are also very convenient for travel when you are low on space. You can just stuff it with items. And like we already mentioned, the zips blend in nicely here too!
Great Against Rain
It only makes sense for the best rain jacket for 2019 post to be about a jacket that is great for rain, but this is the biggest difference between products that are a few weeks old versus a year old. Often, products stop being as great against water as initially.
This Ministry of Supply Dry Days Mac 1 year later is still great against rain.
But it does have a major flaw when it comes to rain protection. This jacket has a slanted design at the bottom, but it’s at an angle that the water drops down on your jeans from your jacket, and that’s a lot of water. Having a rain jacket is great, but if it makes your jeans wet, that’s a problem. Not that most of the other companies are saints at this either.
The Best Looking Rain Jacket for 2019?
There’s somewhat of mixed feedback on this jacket as far as the looks department is concerned. My girlfriend is not a big fan of how it looks for instance. Meanwhile, the first time I wore this jacket, I got people asking me on the street where I got it.
Whether it looks great or not, that’s up to you to decide, all that we can do is provide a bunch of pictures from different angles to help you decide.
One thing is for sure, while it’s not a formal jacket, it’s the only rain jacket of such factor that you would get away with formally if you have to wear it.
It just makes you feel ahead of everybody on the street when you wear it casually while not making you feel underdressed if worn with something more formal.
Oh, and if you are not a fan of the grey, there are a few color variations of it.
Flexibility Matters a Lot
This is one of those things you really need to use a jacket for a long time before you can talk about. We tested this jacket climbing, running, and bending in all kinds of conditions whether that’s bending our backs or our hands, and a year later, even with plenty of layers, this jacket did not rip.
And that speaks volumes about the Ministry of Supply as a company. When they say they engineer clothing, they actually do it. They make clothing that can be flexed in all kinds of ways and that tremendously adds to the comfort. And comfort matters if you are going to wear something a lot.
This is that part of the review where we tell you that all these features that we mentioned put this jacket ahead of just about all jackets we ever used, but this might not be the best rain jacket for everyone.
While this jacket is flexible, zips are a problem with it. Perhaps it was just an issue on our model, but from the very start, the main zipper had issues zipping up. The zipper kept getting stuck at the bottom. Eventually, when pulled, there was a major hole created that went all the way to one of the pockets.
We fixed it, and while we overall still believe this jacket is worth it even knowing that it ripped, we know that some people won’t get it because of that fact that there is a chance that a rip will happen. And when you are paying that much money for a jacket, a potential of a rip is not good enough. Luckily Ministry of Supply offer exchanges for the first 100 days.
The zip on the inside pocket also decided to fall off after getting stuck a lot more a few months after having this jacket.
Oh, and lastly, the part that you hang the jacket with, that ripped too.
We test products much harder than most people, but we never had a product rip on us. This one did. At the same time, all of these issues were fixable pretty easily, but you are paying a premium price so for something like this to happen, that’s not great. I can imagine a lot of people would be angry if they paid $375 and this happened to them. However, at the same time, I can say that no other Ministry of Supply product that we ever tested had any problems of such.
The Best Rain Jacket for 2019? Ministry of Supply Dry Days Mac Review 1 Year Later
Ministry of Supply is a company that looks at clothing from a perspective that isn’t just about fashion like most products. It makes clothing that makes your life better. And I haven’t seen a jacket that will make your life as much better as this one, but at the same time, while it’s great against all weather conditions and it can handle pretty much anything, it’s the simple things that led to problems with it.
Either way, with the problems, we would still call it the best rain jacket for 2019, if you can afford it. If not, then, it won’t be the best rain jacket for you.