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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 view with left chin zipper open Showing internal hood pulls running outside into hood; also chamois lined chin flap. Adjusters are hidden in the hood at the top of the collar.  You adjust by pinching the adjuster… 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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Stansport Peva Poncho
Red Ledge Lightweight PVC Poncho
Liberty Mountain Vinyl Poncho
Red Ledge Vinyl Poncho
Marmot Rim Jacket
$16 - $34
Red Ledge Heavy Duty Reversible PVC Poncho
Red Ledge Rainstop Parka
Carhartt Force Equator Jacket
$20 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$21 - $399
The North Face Altimont Hoodie
$24 - $59
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Marmot Aegis Jacket
$24 - $130
Columbia Wet Reflect Jacket
$25 - $49
Columbia Switchback II Jacket
$27 - $29
The North Face Tailout Rain Jacket
$27 - $55
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (47)
Marmot PreCip Jacket
$27 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$28 - $39
EMS Stasher Poncho
Red Ledge Nylon Poncho
$30 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$30 - $60
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
Outdoor Products Poncho
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Rainy Day Poncho
Sierra Designs Storm Poncho
$30 - $40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$31 - $224
Columbia Auroras Wake II Rain Jacket
Columbia Adventure Seeker Long Jacket
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$34 - $59
Marmot Strato Jacket
$34 - $79
REI Cascade Rain Jacket
$35 MSRP
Columbia Tested Tough In Pink Rain Jacket
Equinox Terrapin Nylon Poncho
Marmot Southridge Jacket
$35 - $140
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Products Backpacker's Poncho
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
The North Face Zipline Rain Jacket
$36 - $54
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Jacket
$38 - $44
Columbia Tested Tough in Pink Jacket
The North Face Resolve Reflective Jacket
$39 - $65
The North Face Resolve Jacket
$39 - $90
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$39 - $200
Columbia Arcadia II Jacket
$40 - $69
L.L.Bean Discovery Rain Jacket
$40 - $69
Sierra Designs Hurricane Jacket
$40 - $89
Red Ledge Storm Backpacker Poncho
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$42 - $199
Burton Mountain 2L Parka
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Hurricane Parka
REI Salix Insulated Jacket
Woolrich Kristie Jacket
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$44 - $94
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