Best Places for Rain Gear In Orange County

November 17, 2015 5:00 AM

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Southern California residents are waiting in anticipation of the imminent El Nino weather pattern we hope to see this coming “winter” season. Retailers are stocking up on umbrellas, rain boots, ponchos and water-resistant accessories. For the trendy and cute of it all (think polka dots, floral and kitchy patterns on everything from hats to umbrellas and wellies), fashionistas are better off shopping at traditional fashion boutiques and department stores. For those who are cautious and like to be prepared, their best bet to find rain gear at outdoor specialty shops. Then there are the stores that carry waterproof gear such as sporting goods stores. Whatever your preference, is here are the best places to shop for rain gear in Orange County.
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(credit: The Gear Co-Op)

The Gear Co-op
3315 Hyland Ave., Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 749-9355

The Gear Co-op is dedicated to the best gear selection in the outdoor adventure industry. Men and women can find outerwear from top weather-proof brands such as Helly Hansen, Northface, Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear. Look for water and wind resistant jackets and shells such as Mountain Hardwear’s 15D face fabric and Patagonia Torrentshell’s DWR (durable water repellent) and breathable protection. In addition, The Gear Co-op has ponchos to weather the storm and keep you “bone dry,” waterproof iPhone cases and nylon water-resistant backpacks.

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(credit: Doughboys Surplus)

Doughboys Surplus
9826 E. Artesia Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 867-2063

In business since 1947, Doughboys is a family-run business offering camping gear, army gear, work clothes and uniforms and a complete line of seasonal/weather-related apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Boots are a good buy at Doughboys. Perfect to get through any size puddle and a slam dunk to keep those toes dry are the Tremor Durashocks Steel Toe Wellington boots, Wolverine DuraShocks (slip-resistant), and Stansport Knee High Boots. If you are seeking full body coverage, Doughboy sells a rain suit with a hood, which is made from a heavy duty vinyl and laminated to a textile backing. The only body parts exposed are your hands.

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Jax Bicycle Center
17593 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 996-9093

Jax Bicycle Center is a definite think out of the box option. Today’s modern rain gear is made of fabrics that allow skin to breathe without overheating. The bike riding retail category features a multitude of options that non-bikers can use in everyday life. Find waterproof outerwear including the Bontrager Rhythm Stormshell jacket, which is fully waterproof and easy to carry along when you are in and out of the rain, and the Race Face Nano jacket is made of rip-stop nylon and is treated with DWR for water and wind repellency.

Related: Best Mountain Biking Trails In Orange County

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2962 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 505-0205

For a great sporting good stores, REI is always a reliable pick. The Recreational Equipment,, which began in 1938, offers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. What does that mean? It means you get the best exchange policy offered, well, anywhere. With the rainy season just around the corner, REI offers a wide selection of jackets from such companies as Sierra Designs, The North Face and Patagonia to keep you dry during the wet season. It also provides footwear from Merrell, The North Face and Salomon, among others.

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Golfsmith LA
835 E. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 674-4970

Rain or shine, golfers are die-hard enthusiasts, which is why Golfsmith is another great shopping option. Shells, hoodies, jackets and rain proof pants for guys and gals are in surplus at Golfsmith. Manufacturers including Zero Restriction, Sunice, Maggie Lane, Foot Joy and Under Armour to name a few brands that create apparel with the ultimate technology for staying dry in even the heaviest of downpours. Top notch and thankfully durable umbrellas which cover you head to toe are also available at Golfsmith.

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The Outlets at Orange
20 City Blvd W.
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 456-9611

Shoeteria at The Outlets at Orange is a Southern California based shoe business that has been around since 1949, catering to shoppers looking for the best in quality and affordability. Known for its large selection of “work” shoes and fashion shoes, Shoeteria is prepared for shoppers looking to combat El Nino. Weatherproof boots available include different styles and colors from UGG Australia, made of water-resistant leather; Dr. Martens Industrial boots, which are slip and water resistant; and Timberland Premium boots that are the real deal – waterproof, rustproof hardware and rubber soles. Guys like Ralph Lauren boots that are duck-inspired, and chic women prefer Sperry Topsider Saltwater quilted boots that are totally waterproof.

Related: Best Shops For Women’s Fall Shoes In Orange County

Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at


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