Hard Shell Jackets

Brands

Mountain Hardwear
Stoic
Outdoor Research
Sierra Designs
Luke's Ultralite
Rab
other
The North Face
Lowe Alpine
Marmot

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

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 Men's Exposure II Parka

rated 3 of 5 stars Great waterproofing and an overall good shell, but after less than six months one of the chest zippers ripped. Not something you expect when you pay $280 for a shell. REI took it back and gave me store credit, but by then the shell was out of stock. So, you either pay more for the Arc'teryx shell or buy a store brand. Disappointed in the quality overall. Poor workmanship. Expected more for the price.  Full review

Stoic Vaporshell 3L Anorak

rated 4 of 5 stars Great wp/b shell, usually at an affordable price Fit & Comfort: I purchased a medium, my typical size, which I found to be a bit on the slim side and a little shorter than I would have expected, the sleeves are more than adequate length for me. I've worn it comfortably in the rain and in windy weather. It is an effort to slip on due to the slim fit and half zipper. Unzipping the side zipper makes getting it on and off easier, though. Adjustability: There is a draw cord around the waist and in… Full review

Outdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Now my go-to trail running and tramping jacket. A great performer. This is a great jacket. I'm 6'3" and 110kgs (242 lbs). Naturally I wear the xl.  It is long enough in the arms and still allows some room in the body. The hood fits well and has a handy pull cord at the back to ensure a good fit. It's a functional garment. It has one not particularly useful pocket at the chest and another internal pocket which doubles as the stuff sack. It is designed to be minimalist and it works perfectly for… Full review

Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Simple, lightweight, packable, and good ventilation. I have yet to find any real negative to the Elite Cagoule (6.5 oz.). It is lightweight, without zippers or pockets. The unique design allows for excellent air flow through the torso, as well as the upper legs and crotch when paired with the Sierra Designs Elite Chaps. The Cagoule also gives you quick access to pants and shirt pockets. If you are looking for lightweight rain wear that works hard at keeping you dry inside and out, check the Cagoule… Full review

Columbia Men's Pour Osity Stretch Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Very light and breathable jacket. A fantastic alternative to a Gore jacket. This is a fantastic lightweight jacket. Quite durable feeling and the fit is excellent (6'2", 185lbs, Medium does it). Didn't even notice it was raining out today. It layers perfectly with TurboDown 650, and I'm excited to wear the combo next winter! Full review

Luke's Ultralite Silnylon Rain Shell

rated 4 of 5 stars A superb, truly waterproof and lightweight rain jacket. I had Luke add two hand pockets, adjustable wrist cuffs, and pit zips for venting and it still weighs only 5.1 ounces and stuffs into the stuff sack provided (or one of the pockets). I've owned a couple different silnylon rain jackets over the years, but they all had two weaknesses that caused me to not wear them very much: condensation (lack of venting) and no hand pockets. I didn't like sacrificing comfort and convenience for what I felt… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Ampato Jacket is a versatile hardshell using Mountain Hardwear's Dry.Q Elite technology. It's waterproof and durable and holds up well climbing and backpacking. Fabric: The Ampato jacket is a 2-layer shell using Mountain Hardwear's high end Dry.Q Elite technology. The fabric is waterproof and breathable and also durable. I've worn this pack while climbing a dihedral and there was no wear from putting my shoulder and back against the rock as I shimmied my way up the climb. One thing to note,… Full review

Columbia Men's Sleeker Rain Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight, breathable/waterproof jacket, durable enough for three-season use. Ideal for the budget conscious. Conditions: I received this jacket in late November 2014 and have worn it whenever reasonably possible: multiple light rain hikes with a pack; three ~2-mile hikes in heavy rain (one with day-pack, two without); a full day of consistent, moderate rain while hunting; and even in warm winter days (40+°F) with no rain but where a light jacket was needed to break small amounts of wind. My… Full review

Rab Muztag Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars In the spirit of full disclosure, (and to follow the Trailspace review rules!) it is important to note that I am an employee for the Rab brand. That being said, I am sincerely stoked on the Muztag Jacket! When I picked up the Rab Muztag Jacket I was looking to add a very lightweight, but truly protective shell to my arsenal. I had been working with an old eVent shell that didn’t fit quite right, and was debating between the Myriad NeoShell or the eVent Muztag, and I’m glad I landed on the Muztag. Full review

Top-Rated Hard Shell Jackets

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka reviewed May 16, 2015
$142 - $212
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Stoic Vaporshell 3L Anorak reviewed May 7, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket reviewed Apr 11, 2015
$111 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule Jacket reviewed Apr 2, 2015
$109
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Luke's Ultralite Silnylon Rain Shell reviewed Mar 15, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket reviewed Mar 12, 2015
$150 - $249
Rab Muztag Jacket reviewed Mar 6, 2015
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ECWCS Gen I Parka reviewed Feb 19, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket reviewed Jan 24, 2015
$200 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Fuse Uno Jacket reviewed Jan 21, 2015
$239 - $399
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (25)
The North Face Venture Jacket reviewed Dec 15, 2014
$54 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket reviewed Dec 13, 2014
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Marmot Alpinist Climbing Jacket III reviewed Dec 12, 2014
discontinued
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Traverse Alpine Anorak reviewed Nov 30, 2014
NEW!
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist Rain Jacket reviewed Nov 15, 2014
$220
available Spring 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wiggy's Cagoule reviewed Oct 25, 2014
$140 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Trail Model Raincoat reviewed Oct 17, 2014
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock reviewed Oct 4, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket reviewed Sep 9, 2014
$210 - $339
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight Jacket reviewed Sep 5, 2014
$50 - $75
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Hurricane HP Jacket reviewed Aug 25, 2014
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket reviewed Aug 20, 2014
$200 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Peak Oil Jacket reviewed Aug 20, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Verto Storm Jacket reviewed Aug 4, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Didriksons EVA Jacket reviewed Jun 13, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Runoff Jacket reviewed Jun 8, 2014
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Marmot Aegis Jacket reviewed May 22, 2014
$24 - $130
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Target Dry Mac in a Sac Classic Jacket reviewed Apr 20, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT Jacket reviewed Apr 11, 2014
$589 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Raintech Jacket Omni-Heat reviewed Mar 19, 2014
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hi-Tec Mystic Mountain Shell reviewed Mar 14, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket reviewed Feb 10, 2014
$235
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka reviewed Jan 30, 2014
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Highland Jacket reviewed Jan 9, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody reviewed Jan 8, 2014
$200 - $231
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gander Mountain Guide Series Thundercloud II Rain Jacket reviewed Jan 7, 2014
$50 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Zinger Jacket reviewed Dec 20, 2013
$75
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Telus Rain Jacket reviewed Dec 5, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket reviewed Nov 14, 2013
$40 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket reviewed Nov 9, 2013
$172 - $600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket reviewed Nov 7, 2013
$274 - $324
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Parka reviewed Oct 20, 2013
$120 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$150 - $215
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5-Layer Storm Jacket reviewed Oct 13, 2013
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Carillion Jacket reviewed Oct 8, 2013
$149 - $274
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Hyper Jacket reviewed Oct 5, 2013
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Theta SV Jacket reviewed Sep 21, 2013
$637 - $749
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Smock reviewed Sep 10, 2013
$100 - $198
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trangoworld Grid CN Jacket reviewed Sep 1, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket reviewed Jul 31, 2013
$80 - $179
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