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A windbreaker is a thin outer coat designed to resist wind chill and light rain (in other words, a light, impermeable jacket). It is usually of light construction, characteristically made of some type of glossy synthetic material and often incorporating an elastic waistband and zipper. It sometimes includes a hood.

The term "windbreaker", used primarily in North America and Japan, is actually a genericized trademark. The term "windcheater" is used in the United Kingdom and certain Commonwealth countries. It also refers to any glossy synthetic material used to make clothing. Windbreaker tops are more commonly known as Cagoules in the United Kingdom.

The term "windbreaker pants" (also known as "windpants", "splash pants" or "overtrousers") describes pants made out of a glossy synthetic material with an elastic around the waist. They are usually light, worn without undergarments, and serve to shield the wearer from wind, and sometimes also mud and water, rather than to insulate. Windpants are almost always made out of polyester or nylon. They are also sometimes worn as an outside layer on top of other clothing, and often have zippers on each ankle so that they can be pulled over footwear. Some windpants have zippers that run the full length of the leg so the pants can be simply unzipped entirely.

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