- Great Lakes
I'm just saying your experience of rain is pretty different from that of people in other places. Correct, a leather jacket is never a raincoat, but in many places you need to be ready for the possibility of unexpected rain (that's harder than anything in SoCal). The versatility is pretty crucial in most places.
And chrome tanned leather is inherently more water resistant.
Honestly, in my worst moments, I consider proposing a ban on anyone based in southern California from posting in "Outerwear" entirely... please all of you just stop lecturing the internet world about what "Good Leather Jackets" are when 99% of your life is 72°f with full sun! It's like the Forecaster from "Anchorman" giving parka advice.
I really had to laugh out loud at your last sentence. Purely out of curiosity, what do you have against umbrellas?
This has been discussed here before somewhere, but yeah like @Carlos840 said they are literally a potential blinding hazard for anyone of even moderately tall height. I'm no NBA player, just 187cm here, but lord do I hate umbrellas on city streets!