Editor’s Picks: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

New Englander Rain Jacket from Charles River Apparel.

Heavy Weight 18mm PVC Poncho from Storm Duds.

The Cold Defying Waterproof Shoe from Hammacher Schlemmer.

As you may have noticed, it’s raining. It’s raining a lot. It’s raining forever. It’s raining so much it’s gone back in time and rained on times when it wasn’t raining, creating all kinds of rain-time paradoxes the likes of which we haven’t seen since Back to the Future. Which I’ve been watching a lot because I’ve been stuck inside. Because it’s raining, as you may have noticed.

Aside from inspiring some recursive, Escher-ian writing, the rain’s also led me to consider purchasing some products I haven’t had since I was 6: rain gear. And wouldn’t you know it? Promotional products suppliers just so happen to make plenty of imprinted waterproof apparel. Check out a few of the promotional rainwear pieces below, and then poke around our search engine for a while and see what else suppliers are offering. It’s raining, after all. You’re not going anywhere.

Much Better Than Old England
If there’s one thing New England knows, it’s having a loathed football team. But if there are two things New England knows, it’s that and rain. And on that, you can take their advice, and protect yourself with the New Englander Rain Jacket from Charles River Apparel. The lightweight and waterproof jacket has a hood, heat-sealed seams and plenty of pockets. Just don’t take their advice on the Pats.

And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself
Ponchos are an incredibly useful and easy-to-sell product for a wide variety of markets. Storm Duds’ Heavy Weight 18mm PVC Poncho is hand-stitched and welded for superior water protection. The adult-sized poncho has a hood, snap front closure and side snaps. The heavy weight makes it great for construction and other tough outdoor uses. Plus, “poncho” is really fun to say. Go ahead, you know you want to.

Walk This Way
Nothing, and I mean nothing, ruins my day more than wet socks. In terms of discomfort, they are on par with dental drilling or sticking your finger into a light socket. Thankfully, innovators Hammacher Schlemmer is on the case: presenting The Cold Defying Waterproof Shoe. The 100 percent water- and snow-proof shoes are made of a neoprene/rubber blend, and have been shown to retain heat in up to negative 20-degree temperatures. Bonus for me: rubber shoes will ground you to prevent electrical shocks. Now if Hammacher Schlemmer can invent shoes that make my dentist more gentle I’ll be all set.

Kyle A. Richardson is the editorial director of Promo Marketing. He joined the company in 2006 brings more than a decade of publishing, marketing and media experience to the magazine. If you see him, buy him a drink.

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