Hard Shell Jackets

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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Hard Shell Jacket Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Minalist Jacket incorporates the latest Dry Q Elite fabric ,which keeps you dry inside. Asymmetric full length zipper and short expansion zipper keeps the chin protected from abrasion with enough room for a baklava. Best use for resort or back country skiing. Highly recommended. Overall fit is slightly snug in the shoulder and sleeve area. There is room, but if you need to add more than normal layering you should consider the next larger size. Pit zippers make the armpits a little tight if wearing… Full review

The North Face Fuse Uno Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars The North Face Fuseform Uno is a lightweight (12oz), 3-layer HyVent Alpha, alpine designed shell which boasts an industry changing innovation dubbed FuseForm. In brief, it allows for different weights of a material to be woven into a single fabric without the use of seams or stitching. This single piece is then folded, paper airplane style, into a jacket. The fit, and strategic added durability, in the upper torso, hood and shoulders are all major pros, while there are some omissions such as pit… Full review

The North Face Men's Mountain Guide Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars Would not buy a North Face jacket again following this experience. Bought this jacket from a North Face dealer online. Thought it was a great deal at the time: <300$. Would definitely not buy a North Face jacket again following this experience. North Face warranty is not what it used to be, and surprise surprise neither is the quality :( Much better quality available from Patagonia or Arc'teryx or at least comparable quality from less expensive brands. Full review

Sierra Designs Men's DriDown Rain Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars The Sierra Designs DriDown Rain Jacket is billed as "a single solution for wet, cold environments." It is a waterproof rain shell insulated with DriDown (proprietary treated down which according to Sierra Designs remains dry 10x longer than untreated). It is a very well constructed jacket which for the most part works as Sierra Designs advertises. As a hybrid garment it will have its detractors who prefer traditional layering, but there are enough positive features that most people would find this… Full review

The North Face Men's Venture Jacket

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Great rain jacket if you are not moving. 400-foot mountain bike climb in 4.5 miles had me soaking wet under this jacket (outside temp 38 degrees F), with fleece under that and a base layer under that. Head soaked as well. Lousy. Keep seeing very pos review of this technology. Guess I am missing what others are raving about. Good fit. Holds up to rain on 50°F summer rain. Poor wicking performance on 38°F winter day, no rain but cycling hard up incline. Full review

Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I own three of these TPC jackets. All different styles. All three have failed with the lining flaking off. These are not jackets to count on for long term use. I have a Gortex jacket that I bought 26 years ago. It has lived in my pack in Europe, South America, and Africa. Still my jacket of choice.  The TPC worked, but wetted out after a week on the trail. Lowe Alpine recoated the outside. Now the lining is flaking off, as are the linings of the other two I own. None of these has gotten a tenth… Full review

Marmot Alpinist Climbing Jacket III

rated 5 of 5 stars This jacket has to be the most durable jacket I have ever owned. Marmot keeps replacing any ripped or burnt panel. Sometimes I can forgo a light pack because of the pockets or take a smaller pack. The venting is great. I use the wide cuffs as wind scoops on sunny spring days to cool down. It's nice to know you can use a jacket and not have to baby it. Tear or melt a panel- Marmot fixes it for cheap. I just duct tape the ripped panel until I get back home- and on 2 weeks its back good as new. I just… Full review

L.L.Bean Traverse Alpine Anorak

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This jacket was bought to replace an old (and falling apart), no longer waterproof, off-brand anorak, which I loved for winter hiking and snowshoeing. I waited until this jacket went on sale at L.L. Bean, and was a bit dubious, due to the less than stellar reviews on the Bean site. But with free returns shipping, I thought it worth a try. It took two attempts to get the correct one, but now I think this jacket will suit me fine for my winter adventures. I like anoraks for winter use....my old one… Full review

Luke's Ultralite Silnylon Rain Shell

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a light, packable, and well made rain jacket that is excellent for wind protection and light rain. This is a well made silnylon rain jacket that packs very small. I am 5'8" and 170 lbs. A Large fits well allowing a light fleece as a base layer.   I purchased the jacket with the pit zips and adjustable cuffs (both worth the money IMHO). The hood has a good adjustment and fits well. I have used this jacket now for three seasons, in a variety of conditions including several driving rain storms. Full review

Top-Rated Hard Shell Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$419 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Super Pluma Jacket
$384 - $549
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket
$300 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Theta SV Jacket
$750
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$349 - $575
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$675
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$124 - $574
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$356 - $550
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia M10 Jacket
$265 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Victorio Jacket
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$140 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
$209 - $239
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Nano Jacket
$171 - $285
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$179 - $318
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$258 - $342
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka
$185 - $227
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Varius Guide Jacket
$109 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Arc'teryx Theta SL Jacket
$261
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$54 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$240 - $375
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket
$650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Equipment Changabang Jacket
$487
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Paladin Jacket
$165 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$30 - $60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$149 - $158
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$399 - $499
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$42 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$31 - $224
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Rubicon Jacket
$142 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta LT Hybrid Jacket
$375
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Trail Model Raincoat
$89 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$250 - $375
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Shift LT Hoody
$322 - $429
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$300 - $429
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Peak 2 Peak Jacket
$184
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket
$249 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
The North Face Kichatna Jacket
$599
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Typhoon Jacket
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Marmot Oracle Jacket
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Alpha LT Jacket
$434 - $459
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Cervino Jacket
$262
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket
$80 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$39 - $200
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$374 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$194 - $258
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket
$215 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$235 - $495
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Deep Ghyll Shell
$120
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