MCR Safety began manufacturing rain gear during the 1980s under the company name of River City. Founded in 1983, River City merged with two other companies, Memphis Gloves, and Crews Glasses, to create MCR Safety in 2004.
Memphis, a river city, is known for AutoZone, the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Elvis, FedEx, Rendezvous barbecue, The Cotton Museum, International Paper, the University of Memphis, Memphis Tigers basketball, Grizzlies basketball, and MCR Safety, which makes top-quality rain gear.
We're set apart from our competitors by having one of the broadest rain gear lines in the industrial market. We cater to wearers seeking high-end designs, mid-tier options, and competitively priced styles. In contrast, most industrial personal protective equipment (PPE) companies only stock one or two tiers, MCR Safety stocks all three!
MCR Safety's highest quality rain gear, the UT38JH rain jacket, breathes, flexes, and comes with enhanced zippers and sealing.
Our product line ranges from styles designed for chemical resistance to those offering warmth to high-visibility options. You'll find rain gear offered as single-use ponchos, high-end breathable jackets, and stretchable options that let you move freely so you can still get the job done. Most importantly, our rain gear is designed to keep you dry, allowing you to stay comfortable and protected out in the elements.
Nobody enjoys becoming drenched by rain, especially when it's cold outside. So let's get you out of the rain, or at least protected from it!
Commercial, Industrial, Safety, and Sports
MCR Safety caters primarily to those needing work rain gear; however, it doesn't mean that our products are not worn across all facets of everyday life. Rain gear is a type of protection everyone needs, whether you're headed out into nature camping, adventuring on the boat, or riding a motorcycle. Here are some more leisure activities people may need rain gear for:
- ATV Riding
Within a commercial and industrial work setting, anyone riding to work in the rain always needs protection. In addition, rain gear is often used by those employed in agriculture, airports, carpenters, commercial fishing, construction, EMS, forestry, food processing, logging, long-haul driving, mining, oil and gas, police, sailors, theme parks, and utilities. Rain gear for tree work is one area that relies heavily upon work rain gear, as it always involved unpredictable weather. Essentially, safety work rain gear is worn across numerous industries and occupations. And, as you learn in our Best Work Rain Gear Features article, those in southern states must always have their rain gear nearby.
And, MCR Safety rain gear offers enhanced protection from more than just rain. Those involved in chemical processing can use our rain gear to keep them protected from numerous industrial chemicals, too.
What is rainwear? The short answer is that it's a waterproof or water-resistant garment. A rain jacket or another piece of clothing is considered "waterproof" when its water resistance is high enough to repel a driving rain. While the exact testing standard and qualifications can be debated, waterproof gear keeps you dry even when it's pouring.
Within MCR Safety's product lineup, any product with a PVC coating will be waterproof. This might include a poncho, coat, or suit. However, items tested to ASTM F903 offer the most significant waterproof protection, as they're designed to hold up against specific chemicals as well and can protect wearers from liquid splash hazards.
The ASTM F903 test method assists users by providing insight into a garment's liquid penetration performance.
While waterproof rain gear can help protect from the elements, it can become hot or cumbersome to wear as it doesn't breathe all that well. On the other hand, water-resistant gear can cope with light rain over a brief time and provide some better breathability. Water-resistant gear can be overwhelmed in torrential or sustained heavy rain and winds. However, it would be best to balance the waterproof protection you need with the overall qualities, cost, and level of comfort you expect. This is why MCR Safety offers such a wide range of options: it all comes down to the different qualities offered in different garments.
You can find an in-depth look at all the rain gear qualities and features in our article titled The Best Work Rain Gear Features. There we examine all the specifics that set each garment apart within each of our categories.
This article highlights the different coatings available on our rainwear and then jumps directly into the specific rain gear categories. Read on to learn more!
Top Rated Materials and Polymers
A lot of rain gear looks similar, but not all are created equal. Rain gear can be made using various coatings and materials, allowing for different quality levels, features, and applications. It's important to know what to expect from each.
The most crucial part of any rain attire is knowing what coating has been used on the garment. Here is a breakdown of the different polymer coatings used in MCR Safety's rain gear.
You are probably familiar with PVC rainwear, even if you don't recognize it by name. PVC is often thought of as the classic fisherman's yellow rainwear. It's the most recognized polymer used for manufacturing rain gear. Since it's a robust and versatile polymer, it provides good overall waterproof performance. PVC often called "vinyl," affords less breathability, however. Most of our mid-tier options feature PVC.
PU, or polyurethane-coated rain gear, provides the wearer with a thinner, more stretchable material designed to be more lightweight and comfortable. Don't let the comfort fool you; it's still highly durable, and the majority of our high-end styles feature a PU coating.
It's also advantageous to wear because it doesn't look or feel like plastic.
Created by DuPont® scientists, the neoprene polymer is a synthetic rubber known for toughness, flexibility, and the ability to remain adaptable over a range of temperatures. Neoprene is resilient, offering better abrasion and puncture resistance than PVC, and, when combined with a nylon backing, it makes it one of MCR Safety's most durable rain protection offerings. The added abrasion-resistant qualities are excellent for holding up against the scuffs and scratches that can occur on any job site.
Most wet suits are made of neoprene, demonstrating how tough this polymer is for making rain gear. Our best chemical-resistant and durable option features a neoprene coating and is discussed more in our heavy-duty section.
A thermoplastic material that is widely used for temporary protection, specifically within our ponchos.
Regarding the thickness of our polymer coatings, the most common weight found across our rain gear lineup is .35mm. However, some poncho styles come in at .02mm, and some thicker styles reach .50 mm. Most of the finished coatings are eventually bound and laminated to a backing, which is a fabric that provides comfort and support. Knitted stretch polyester, polyester, and nylon are three of the most common backings.
MCR Safety's Rain Gear Categories
We want our users to be able to easily locate the different rain gear options we offer. Here is a list of MCR Safety's rainwear lineup:
- Warm Jackets - Insulated
- Packable Ponchos
- Flame-Resistant FR
Let's explore each of these.
The longer-length material found in this type of rain gear keeps workers dry without wearing a full rain suit. We carry a variety of coats in different materials, including neoprene, PU, and PVC.
Rider coats are a popular option in the oil and gas industry.
The most common style of raincoat is the 49" coat with a detachable hood. This garment length protects below the knee area and generally eliminates the need for protective pants. Other coats include offerings with an attached hood, no hood, or an extended 60" version.
Whenever you need additional protection over the legs, you'll choose a coat over the category we discuss next.
What is a rainwear jacket? Like the top-selling 200C shown above, rain jackets are intended to keep water off the wearer's top portion. Those that feature a full polymer coating on the outside are considered waterproof, whereas some are only water-resistant, like the insulated styles we discuss next.
MCR Safety's rain jackets are approximately 30" long and, on average, come to just below the waist. Many jacket styles are available, including detachable hoods or attached hoods, keeping your head protected from falling rain. A part number that ends in "J" reflects a detachable hood on our rain gear guide, and a "JH" reflects an attached hood.
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Warm Insulated Jackets
In the thick of winter, workers need a hi-vis bomber jacket to insulate them from the biting cold. But cold days can also bring wet conditions, so waterproof options are a must. As we highlight in our Winter Work Jackets article, tens of thousands of workers require this type of protection each winter.
We offer two different types of insulated jackets:
- Bomber – fits tightly at the waist and fastens with a zipper.
- Parka - a hip-length jacket, primarily made with heavy liners for cold weather
The above image shows four of our insulated jackets. The VT38JH is made with a permanent polyester quilted liner covered by a zip-out fleece liner that will keep you warm in cold weather temperatures as low as -27°F.
We now stock an orange insulated bomber jacket, too!
2-in-1 insulated jackets combine a rain jacket with a removable insulated shell, usually made of fleece or cotton. The outer layer of an insulated jacket is generally nylon or polyester, while the inner layer protects against water and provides comfort and warmth.
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A multi-piece rain suit usually consists of a waterproof jacket and a pair of pants. The jacket shields the upper frame, and the pants protect the lower part of the body.
Rain suits help keep clothing protected and can help you stay dry when working outside for extended periods. The Hydroblast series, shown above, provides Velcro closure points at the ankles, neck, and wrists, further ensuring the wearer stays dry.
Let's explore the main two configurations found in rain suits: the three-piece and the two-piece.
The most popular rainwear configuration is the three-piece suit consisting of a jacket, detachable hood, and bib overall or waist pants. As a rule of thumb, if the fourth digit of the style number is a "3," the garment is a three-piece suit. Examples include 2003 and 3003, shown below.
The Classic 2003 Series, shown above, is the most popular option across almost all industries. It combines PVC's strength and waterproof qualities with the durability of a polyester backing. It also doesn't hurt that it's offered at a mid-tier price point option.
This version of a rain suit has a jacket with a permanently attached hood and bib overall or waist pants. Generally, if the fourth digit in the style number is a "2," it is a two-piece suit. Examples include 3902 and 3882.
Most people see the color green, and they know that typically means it's a 3882 chemical-resistant suit.
Whenever you want complete protection from the rain, a suit's multiple pieces work together to keep your entire body protected.
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Bib pants, shown above, are the most popular form of rain pants. These styles feature more coverage above the waist, protecting the chest from liquids also. Suspenders are used to securely fasten the back to the front.
Elastic waist pants keep your legs protected and do not rely on suspenders for support. They also complement any safety vests worn by increasing the reflective material on one's body.
Most elastic rain pants are made from premium PU to stand up against the beating lower legs endure on most job sites.
Like the top-selling 040 shown above, ponchos are sleeveless garments with a slit or hole in the middle so that they can be slipped over the head. They often come in disposable forms, but those aren't recommended for extended or repeated wear.
MCR Safety's ponchos come in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty options.
Ponchos provide significant body coverage since they're essentially a sizeable layered garment with a lot of surface area. However, they're somewhat less effective and more challenging to use in windy conditions. Without arm fittings, ponchos can more easily be hurled around by the wind, exposing the body. Still, ponchos can make for compelling, waterproof armor that provides lots of coverage for the body in calmer conditions.
Ponchos are also quick and easy to put on and remove. Also, they're an excellent option for when you have to travel in and out during a rainstorm. Putting on a rain suit each time, by comparison, would take much too long!
FR Flame Resistant
Our lineup of FR rain gear is designed to keep you visible, protected, and dry.
MCR Safety's Hi-Vis FR garments include arc-rated bib pants, coats, jackets, and pants. And all of our garments meet the necessary FR standards: NFPA 2112, NPA 70E, ASTM 1930, ASTM F1506, and UL.
For those who don't need arc flash protection, we offer limited flammability styles that will not ignite around flames and are tested to ASTM D6413 to observe the reaction of the materials to an open flame. These materials may melt and burn when in contact with flames, but will self-extinguish within seconds once the flame source is removed.
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Within each category mentioned above, there are specific features that set each garment apart. We've created a separate article to explain these core features best: breathability, heavy-duty qualities, hi-vis, stretch and flexibility, and lightweight offerings.
What is the best rain gear for working outside?
- It depends. Those working in warmer weather should consider breathable options, those in winter conditions need to be insulated, and those needing long-term wear and tear should consider neoprene styles.
What brand makes the best rain gear?
- With 40 years of rain gear manufacturing experience, MCR Safety is one of the most well-known and trusted brands on the market. We're continuously adding new features and garment configurations, a sign of a thriving company dedicated to improving the user's experience.
Who sells rain gear?
- All of our products can be purchased via one of our industrial distribution partners. For immediate trials, visit our Buy and Try site.
Keeping Water at Bay When Outdoors and You Dry
When you need to keep water off your body, wearing rain gear is the only way to go. We hope we've accomplished what we set out to do: give you the information you need to be highly knowledgeable in this area.
As mentioned above, if you need more insight into the specific features that separate options within each category, we recommend visiting our article on Work Rain Gear Features. Simply click the icon below.
We welcome any comments, feedback, or suggestions for how we can best protect people at work.
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For over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it's on the shop floor, an oil rig, a construction site, or shooting outdoors, we are there to provide solutions to workplace (and recreational) hazards. It's all part of our commitment to protect people.
No matter your industry, we have the personal protective equipment you need.
Learn more about MCR Safety by checking out our most recent video. For more information, browse our website, request a catalog, find a distributor, or give us a call at 800-955-6887.