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everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...

1530 user comment(s) below:-

Comments by Jeff on 1st November 2017  

Hi Brian, Have you ever thought of opening a museum where you could exhibit your huge collection of macs ? I would be a regular visitor. Entry restricted to mackintoshed visitors only, of course.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 30th October 2017  

Kendal are certainly "in the news"! I have fond memories of our Birmingham Bull Ring branch, and I still have all those see-through jelly jackets. Some were made by Kendal themslves, whilst the rest were manufactured by Pakamac, albeit when fashioned in Taiwan.
Mention of Kendal makes me remember other retail outlets which I used regularly in the 1980s-Faiman, Richards, Etam, to name but a few. And then there was the late, great C & A, with their wonderful ranges at such reasonable prices. I bought my Adrina nylon mac from there, one of my most prized items. I could write a book about this pakamac alone-another "waterproof love story" yet to come. Watch this space!
And, yes, Gareth, I have retained all my items, which currently number 950+. The reason for this large tally is down to Susie Boult, of the former Plastique Unique. She maintains she had 1500 items, and if she can do it, so can I! Susie is one of my waterproof mentors, and her Galleries on the Plastique Unique website are an inspiration to us all. They are also proof that there are genuine female rainwear enthusiasts, they just need tracking down.

Comments by Chris on 27th October 2017  

Hi Jeff I did buy the macs from. KENDAL remeber my wife saying it was a good make and they felt quality and very exciting the plastic was a transparent and one had like a print on it if I remember correctly think the shop was called the Rubber Shop such a long time ago sadly regards

Comments by Jeff on 23rd October 2017  

If it's the same Kendal that had a shop in Pontypridd in the late 1970's then I certainly remember them and the lovely see-through plastic poncho that I bought there; I still have it today although it's gone yellowy.

Hi Chris, thanks for your comment on my macs. Any chance of some details of the plastic macs you bought ?

Comments by G on 23rd October 2017 

Hi Brian good to hear from you often think when passing Birmingham on the M6 of you and the wonderful collection of macs you have what is the count to date?

Comments by Brian Humphries on 22nd October 2017  

Gareth has mentioned Kendal. I once bought several see through plastic jelly jackets from them, in one go, and the girl asked me if I was going on a boating trip! We all have our own, unique waterproof experiences, our own waterproof Love Stories, to adapt those Tesco advertisements.

Comments by Chris on 22nd October 2017  

Hi G I bought a couple of Rainstar macs for my late wife they were fantastic macs also some transparent plastic macs my favourite yours sound great Jeff if you are reading this

Comments by G on 9th October 2017 

Hi does anybody remember the nylon macs made by Kendal then some time later the Rainstar nylon mac happy days

Comments by Jeff on 4th October 2017  

Hi G,
We stayed in a cottage close to Aberaeron and went into Aberaeron a couple of times and New Quay. Very enjoyable.

Comments by G on 2nd October 2017 

Hi Jeff sounds like you have had enjoyed a good break was it Aberaeron you went to in West Wales

Comments by Jeff on 24th September 2017  

Well, my see-through plastic mac certainly had some use over the past fortnight ! Wore it for most of the day on Sunday in Ambleside and Coniston and also a lot of the time on a Hebridean island, followed by a wet day in West Wales. Now looking forward to a couple of days in Blackpool to top it off.


Comments by G on 15th September 2017 

Hi Susan what a wonderful collection of macs you have I also love PVC macs and them black macs you have must be difficult for you to decide what mac to wear that's great

Comments by Susan on 14th September 2017

Having bought six nylon macs, one PVC Mack and eight plastic macs this year, an onlooker may well describe this period of time as period of almost a resurgence! OK, it's not the hay-day Pakamac years but with Amazon, eBay and the pvc-u-like offerings plus the Rainmac sale, I'm certainly celebrating.

This year, I discovered black EVA plastic macs. I'm hooked. OK, no lovely plastic aroma but the weight, sound, feel and look is fabulous.

Comments by Rob on 8th September 2017  

Hi Jeff. It is nice to hear about your holiday. Wherever you are going in the lake district and then Scotland I am sure you will have a nice time. I think you are right you might have a lot of rain especially on sunday but it sounds like you are prepared for it and so hopefully you can sill have a nice time even if it rains all the time! And if you like gardens there are some really lovely ones in Scotland.

Comments by Susan on 7th September 2017 

G. The macs I saw were hooded unisex ones

Comments by Jeff on 7th September 2017  

Hi Rob,

We are off to the Lake District on Saturday and then on to Scotland. According to the weather forecast I will be wearing my plastic mac most of the time.

Comments by Jeff on 7th September 2017  

Hi G, the sight of your teacher in her plastic mac obviously remains very clear in your mind as does my memory of my sister in her pale blue translucent plastic mac which had a matching belt and a matching concertina style rain bonnet with ties that were tied under the chin. Happy days.

Comments by G on 6th September 2017 

Hi Susan are the plastic macs you have seen in Edinburgh like the ones you wearing in your photo or are they them unisex ones regards G

Comments by Susan on 5th September 2017

If anyone is visiting Edinburgh, it's always a good idea to look in the tourist shops on the Royal Mile. I've seen plastic macs on sale there quite recently.

Those memories of Blackpool remind me of all the plastic macs in shops in Skegness. The Lake District was always goood for plastic macs. So was Aberdeen a long time ago.

Comments by Rob on 4th September 2017  

Hi Jeff my wife's mac is clear but as you said it is semi see through. If you are going to Wales, the lake district and then Scotland I think you are right you will probably need yours.

Comments by G on 4th September 2017 

Hi Jeff good to hear from you I have had a thing for macs since infant school a teacher came to school in a transparent one and I have been hooked ever since it takes a exceptional understanding women to accept it and they are very rare you are lucky

Comments by Jeff on 3rd September 2017  

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the reply. Your wife's plastic mac sounds nice; may I ask what colour it is ? My friend sent me a photo of the packaging of the macs he has ordered and, although they are unisex, it shows a photo of a lady wearing a clear see-through mac. It didn't occur to me that they may be black. We are off to Scotland with them soon so I should be able to let you know. My wife and I are also going to the Lake District and New Quay, west Wales over the next few weeks so I am expecting my plastic macs to get some use.

Yes, it's a shame that we don't see plastic macs for sale in the shops these days. I used to particularly enjoy being taken to Blackpool when I was young and most shops would stock them and many would hang them outside on display, flapping in the wind; a lovely sight.

MY wife never really liked plastic macs but tolerated them for my sake. Like most women, I suppose she feels comfortable wearing what other women are also wearing, not wanting to be classed as "odd".


Comments by Jeff on 3rd September 2017  

Hello G, I certainly consider myself extremely lucky that my wife tolerated macs for about 15 years or more, As you say, I did get accused of liking macs more than her. I accept that women are unable to understand how strong the attraction to macs can be. However, I had this fascination from a very early age and it has never left me.


Comments by Rob on 2nd September 2017  

Hi Jeff yes my wifes plastic mac is basically transparent but it doesn't look completely see through when its on so I think semi see through is a really good way of saying it thank you. My black Go mac is probably like your friends one. We are the same as you really we like them because it is easy to fold them up and just carry them and put them on when it starts to rain. It sounds like you have really needed yours on your holidays! I wonder why your wife doesn't like hers anymore. my wife wears hers a lot when it is raining and a lot of ladies ask her where she got it. It is a shame you cant buy them in the shops like you used to but perhaps you can still buy them in wales. Thank you for your nice comment it was nice to hear about your holidays perhaps you can write some more about them. We went on a railway when we were in Porthmadog two weeks ago and it really rained on us that day as well.

Comments by G on 1st September 2017 

Hi Jeff twelve years was a good run my wife got fed up of macs after only two years I separated now most women would say is it me or the mac do you want or complain they are hot and sweaty think you have been lucky Jeff

Comments by Jeff on 31st August 2017  

Hello G,

I confessed my liking for plastic macs to my wife early in our courtship and she had no problem with it. After about 12 years of marriage she became less tolerant. She would rather me not wear my see-through mac when we are out in the rain but I enjoy it so much.


Comments by G on 30th August 2017 

Hi Jeff good to hear from you passed your area today on my way to Swansea didn't see any one wearing a plastic mac sadly may I ask what does your wife make of your love of plastic macs?

Comments by Jeff on 29th August 2017  

Hi Susan, it was our first time in Northumberland. My wife and I stayed in Alnwick for a couple of days and did the touristy things such as Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and visited a couple of places along the coast like Alnmouth and Warkworth. We were really impressed with the area and intend to return soon.

I must be honest, I only wear my plastic mac when it's raining and just carry it if the rain stops.

I love your photos on Flickr and other sites such as pinterest and I have read your comments on Rainwear Central. I think it's very clever how you incorporate your photos into Pakamac adverts and magazine covers, you are obviously very good at Photo-shop. Well done. You may have seen some photos of my macs and other rainwear photos on Flickr, my user name is Taffmac.

Keep on enjoying wearing your macs,

Comments by Jeff on 29th August 2017  

Hello G, I live about 20 miles from Talgarth; I'm a "Valley boy". In fact, I drove through Talgarth yesterday on my way to Hay-on-Wye. It was very warm and sunny yesterday but I have worn my see-through plastic mac in Talgarth in the past when it has rained.

On a few of the occasions when I have worn my plastic mac on holidays my wife and I have been accompanied by two of our friends. Imagine my surprise when he texted me yesterday to say that he had ordered, and received, a couple of GO travel unisex plastic macs for him and his wife for a holiday in Scotland in a couple of weeks. So you see, it's up to us enthusiasts to wear our macs and encourage others to wear them too.

Regards, Jeff.

Comments by Susan on 28th August 2017

Thank you for the mention Jeff, in your post. What a pity I missed seeing you in your plastic mac, when you visited Northumberland. It could have been likely that you would have seen me in one of my macs, most likely a navy blue nylon mac (Rainstar or YB Wet, not Pakamac). Northumberland is a big county though. I go out wearing macs whether it's raining or not. How about you Jeff?

It's a real shame I don't have any macs from the Pakamac label in my collection. Nor am I likely to either, given the frenzy of bidding when one of a suitable size appears on eBay. I love it, though, that my image appears so many times in a Google image search for the word 'pakamac'. I've seen photos of Bev, G and of course Brian, before. Does anyone else have photos 'out there'?

Despite the lack of Pakamacs in my collection, I was surprised to see I still have a YB Wet nylon mac in it's bag and with tags attached. There's a photo on my Flickr pages.

Comments by G on 25th August 2017 

Hi Jeff you seem to get about a lot what I meant about people not wearing plastic macs was people in general don't or any other type of mac either unfortunately doubt if they will ever come back in fashion still live in hope are you near Talgarth and the black mountain good to hear from you

Comments by Jeff on 23rd August 2017  

G said that not many people wear plastic macs when it rains. True, but I am one of the few who do. I mainly wear
my see-through plastic mac or jacket when on holidays, Blackpool, Edinburgh, North Yorks Moors Railway, Derbyshire, Northumberland, Llangollen, Scilly Isles, Stratford-on Avon and many more places. Only a couple of weeks ago I could be seen walking in the rain near Abergavenny (not far from where I live) wearing my see-through plastic mac.

Rob described Beth's mac as "transparent but not completely, if that makes sense". Of course it makes sense, Rob. It could also be described as semi-see-through or translucent (a term used to describe plastic macs in the mail order catalogues of the 1950's).

I hope that Rob, G, Susan and others continue to leave comments on this site as I, for one, find them very interesting.

Thanks, Jeff

Comments by Rob on 17th August 2017  

Hi G we are going to Wales so if we have any rain this week I will definitely put another comment on here.

Comments by G on 16th August 2017 

Hi Rob yes please let's hear your comments plastic macs nylon macs pacamacs people comment on them all they are macs that's what is important

Comments by Rob on 15th August 2017  

Hello G Ok I really will if you are sure they are great. If you like to hear more about unfolding macs and putting them on when it starts to rain then I can write some more about this because it happens quite a lot especially in the summer with sun and then all the showers and also thunder storms! Rob

Comments by G on 15th August 2017 

Hello Rob good to hear from you thought we had lost you love that unfolding of a plastic mac and a new one out of the packet marvellous I don't live in Wales now but you are correct it does rain a lot there feel free to email me and please keep posting these great comments

Comments by Rob on 14th August 2017  

Hi G thank you for your nice comments it is nice that you enjoy ours. We havent got any pakamacs but as other people are posting other comments on here now I thought it would be OK especially when we read about the lady in Berwick because this happens to us a lot. When we were at logan gardens in Scotland a lady said she liked our macs and asked us where we got them and because Beths was brand new we could actually tell her. You asked if it is transparent well it is but not completly if that makes sense and you said you remember how ladies used to fold up their plastic macs and then when it started to rain they would unfold them and put them on well this is exactly what happened because it was still folded up in the packet it came in. Because they fold up so easily they are really good for days like this which is probably why other people ask us about them. It only rained a few days so I hope this is OK but I think we might be in for a lot more rain when we go to Wales because I think August is one of the wettest months. Hope that is OK. Robin

Comments by beverley mr on 14th August 2017 

Have clicked on alans e mail but nothing happens

Comments by Susan on 14th August 2017

I was wearing one of my Airforce Blue nylon Pakamac style macs on Friday when I was shopping in a Morrisons supermarket, where the checkout lady said how much she would like a mac like that. It made me think that if there were more ladies like that, traditional nylon macs would still be available.
We had only a shortish conversation about macs and that I was always in that branch wearing one of my many macs. Which is true because it rains regularly in Berwick and I always have a nylon mac on or sometimes a plastic mac.

Comments by Alan on 4th August 2017 

Whilst I do enjoy leaving comments on this site l find it difficult to have any direct conversation with anyone because of other comments about other things are entwined.
l would really like to chat in depth with any genuine plastic raincoat lover, so please feel free to email me if anyone feels the same as me. Alan

Comments by beverley mr on 28th July 2017 

What is it about a plastic mackintosh, like alan i was first drawn to plastic macs at about 11. loved to see the girls wearing their macs. longed for wet summer days so could see them. shame they are all but gone. What do i get out of wearing my mackintosh can't explain . Just know when i have got my plastic or nylon mackintosh on just do not want to take it off.

Comments by G on 27th July 2017

Hi Rob yes I do enjoy your comments and sure many others do as well it will be a rail shame if you stop other people leave comments that are not to your taste just read the ones that are really hope that you and Beth continue to comment it makes the site great

Comments by Rob on 23rd July 2017  

Hi G yes we think we have experienced our share of rainy days and it is nice that you enjoy hearing about them. But I also understand that it is perhaps not interesting for everyone and i really understand this. But thank you for your nice comments. Rob

Comments by G on 20th July 2017 

Hello Rob yes I would love to hear about your experiences in the rain I respect your views about this site I can't off hand think of another site feel free to contact me hope I don't lose your fantastic comments really enjoy reading them G

Comments by Rob on 19th July 2017  

Hi G we just found it by luck it was quite small so I don't think it would have a website or anything like that. Perhaps you can buy these macs from another online shop? Thank you for your nice comment and it is kind of you to say this but reading some of the other comments I think this site is perhaps really for pakamacs and we don't have any experiences like this. If you would like to hear about us in the rain perhaps there is a another site for this? Rob

Comments by G on 18th July 2017  

Hi Rob yes fantastic comments has the shop a web site not many shops sell plastic Mac's love to visit the shop did you find it by luck or do you know about it give my regards to Beth.

Comments by Stephen on 18th July 2017 

Hello Alan, I fully agree, and understand, everything you have said, for I too was in eactly the same situation, so wanting one of those soft smooth filmy grey Pakamacs, and like yourself, there were many around at that time. But more luckily, I actually persuaded my parents to get me one, and I just loved wearing it, thinking nothing of the jeers I sometimes got from other boys, calling me Pakamac. I still have some, and will never part with them, So please don't think you are alone in this, thare are others about who would truly like to see this site return to what it was initially entended to be. Thank you for reminding us all of that, Stephen.

Comments by Alan on 16th July 2017  

Just been reading some of the old comments left here on this Pakamac site. l along with several others are there making our comments when the site first became available in 2007 where have those ten years gone. The site was here for comments on the Original Pakamacs which were as most of you know Plastic. l was around 11 years old when l first got the chance to try one on. l was drawn to them and not really sure why, l was at school this particular wet day and Pakamacs were very very popular and the cloakroom was filled with them. L ask to leave the lesson for toilet.

making straight for the cloakroom l made sure no one was about and l slipped a pakamac of the hook and put it on me and fastened it up. The effect was unbelievable and at that age found it difficult to understand the feeling l got.

coming from a poor family l dare not ask for one so l waited and waited and noticed that someone had left a pakamac in the cloakroom and it had stayed there for weeks and weeks. l eventually decided that no one wanted or needed it so l took it home that afternoon.

l walked the back way home through the fields and by the allotments it was very secluded so out came this mac and l slipped lt on again and the effect was the same again.

The reason l write this is because 1200 or so comments no one has actually said what the real effect of wearing plastic pakamacs is, has you all guessed from my story my first sexual experience was induced by wearing a plastic pakamac.

l would love to hear others experiences in plastic pakamacs, after all that is what this site was all about.

Comments by Rob on 16th July 2017  

Hello G thank you you always make nice comments here. If you are sure then yes I will write as much as I can but I think it is not always very interesting to hear about other peoples holidays! We got the macs from a shop that sold lots of different things that were mostly low cost it was near Ayr. We have not really needed them since we got back from Scotland because it has been mostly sunny but that is only two weeks ago. Yes they are completely transparent and similar to the ones Beth has already. They are made by RAIN. On the packet it says ladies vinyl raincoat and says heavy waterproof vinyl and full size and folds compactly so I think this is exactly what you were saying a lot of ladies used to have. We are really pleased with them I hope this is OK I will write a bit more about the holiday and especially the wet days when we had to wear them if this is OK for you? Rob

Comments by G on 15th July 2017  

Hello Rob yes I would love to hear more about it have you had a opportunity to wear your Mac's since Scotland love to know were the shop is are your Mac's transparent great stuff Rob keep it coming please G