Three Ways To Stormproof Your Stuff

Jackets
After months of hard use, water-repellent coatings can wear off. You can revive them with treatments like Nikwax Fabric & Leather, Polar, or Softshell Proof. [From $5; nikwax-usa.com]

Cellphones
It won't replace a waterproof case, but send your phone to Liquipel and the California firm will nanocoat its internals, making it able to withstand dunks and soakings. [$60; liquipel.com]

Shoes
For leather shoes and boots, plenty of wax- and oil-based treatments perform well; for suede, we've had good results with the aerosol-based Tarrago Nano Protector[$17; epauletnewyork.com]