Light Rain Shirt

Light Rain Shirt

The perfect rainy day shirt. Shelters you from the storm yet comfortable enough to wear when it's dry. Breathable, highly wind and water resistant and made of our Supermarine (160 Weight) Cotton.

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Our classic Pivot Sleeve design built into a button up shirt that's ready for a rainstorm. The secret to its performance is in the complex weave of tight and loose fibers that lock out moisture while staying breathable. The result is the best rainy day fabric around.

We got an Italian mill to create a yarn dyed version of Supermarine® Cotton weighing in at 160gsm. It's rugged enough to handle the rain but comfortable enough to wear day and night. Excellent as a layer that’s both highly windproof and breathable.

Supermarine® Cotton isn’t waterproof to government spec, but if you’re going to be out in only your shirt when a storm rolls through, this is the the one you want to be wearing. It’ll keep you dry, block the wind and breathe so you don’t get clammed up. We wear this shirt year round - from summer night showers to a game-changing, wind blocking layer during the cold months. Perhaps more importantly though this shirt looks and feels great. Single needle stitching, flat felled seams and custom Italian Mombasa buttons round it all out.
Fabric
Supermarine Logo
The secret to the future, they say, is hidden in the past. Supermarine® Cotton is a 21st century edit to a nearly forgotten World War II fabric. You can think of it as the pinnacle of cotton technology, extremely breathable, highly water resistant and completely windproof. 100% Cotton fibers woven together in a complex weave that swells up and seals when exposed to water. The result is a beautiful cloth that we think is the best rainy day fabric around.

For decades it's been obscured from the public, kept alive mainly by demand from a few Air Force units, Antarctic explorers and funnily enough, bird watchers; all who have different understandings of its unique properties. Supermarine® Cotton stays comfortable under pressure and there is none of that sweaty/clammy feeling you get with GoreTex and other synthetic "waterproof-breathable" fabrics. The dense weave combined with the premium fiber results in a fabric that is simultaneously tough and supple and it breaks in beautifully.

Historically this fabric is an updated version of a fabric the British invented in World War II to keep their pilots alive in the North Sea if they happened to get shot down. It was later used by the British Navy, in Antarctic exploration and by Edmond Hillary during the first ascent of Mount Everest. It was even used to make firehoses and eventually found its way into high-end hiking gear. Since it requires a very dense weave of the most expensive cotton fibers on the market, it never quite broke through into the mainstream and with the advent of GoreTex it faded from the general marketplace. Bird watchers still sought it out since it's significantly quieter than the loud synthetic fabrics that took over, while Antarctic teams prized it for its amazing windproof quality. The main customer of the past few decades however has been various Air Forces who understood just how superior a fabric it is, and are willing to pay for it.

We source this version of Supermarine® Cotton from Switzerland and it differs from the historical British version in two important ways, it is lighter and it is treated with a premium durable water resistance (DWR) that is not wax-based. The water resistance in the historical formulation comes from two factors, the denseness of the weave and the fact that cotton fibers swell up when exposed to moisture. Adding the DWR treatment into the mix results in a significantly superior rain repellant and breathable fabric that far outclasses both the synthetic "waterproof-breathable" fabrics of the world and the heavy, clammy Barbour-style waxed cotton. It looks better, wears better and is dramatically more comfortable.
Details
  • The Light Rain Shirt
  • 100% Cotton woven in Italy
  • 160gsm
  • Highly wind resistant
  • Highly water resistant and super breathable
  • DWR treated
  • Custom Italian Mombasa buttons
  • Hidden button down collar
  • Pivot Sleeve construction for freedom of movement
  • Single needle stitched with flat-felled seams throughout
  • Classic shirt look
  • Fits true to size
  • Dry clean only
  • Made in New York City
  • Sizing
    Fits true to size.

    Please refer to the table below for exact garment measurements.

    Garment Measurement Illustration
    Garment measurements in inches, measured flat
    Size XS S M L XL
    Shoulder 17 17.5 18 18.5 19
    Length high shoulder to bottom 29 29.5 30 30.5 31
    Sleeve length Center Back to Sleeve Opening 33.5 34 34.5 35 35.5
    Body Measurement Illustration
    Body measurements in inches
    Size XS S M L XL
    Neck 14.5 15 15.5 16 16.5
    Chest 34 36 38 40 42
    Colors
    Black

    Black