Hard Shell Jackets

Brands

Mountain Hardwear
The North Face
Lowe Alpine
L.L.Bean
Luke's Ultralite
Helly Hansen
Wiggy's
Berghaus
Marmot
Fjallraven

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 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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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket reviewed Jan 24, 2015
$215 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Fuse Uno Jacket reviewed Jan 21, 2015
$299 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket reviewed Dec 13, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Traverse Alpine Anorak reviewed Nov 30, 2014
$70 - $74
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Luke's Ultralite Silnylon Rain Shell reviewed Nov 20, 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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock reviewed Oct 4, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (47)
Marmot PreCip Jacket reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$27 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket reviewed Sep 9, 2014
$249 - $289
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight Jacket reviewed Sep 5, 2014
$72 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket reviewed Aug 20, 2014
$325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Peak Oil Jacket reviewed Aug 20, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody reviewed Aug 14, 2014
$149 - $158
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Verto Storm Jacket reviewed Aug 4, 2014
$119 - $199
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 - $114
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Target Dry Mac in a Sac Classic Jacket reviewed Apr 20, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$35
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
$258 - $342
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
$217 - $231
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gander Mountain Guide Series Thundercloud II Rain Jacket reviewed Jan 7, 2014
$50 MSRP
 
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
$28
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket reviewed Nov 9, 2013
$259 - $600
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Parka reviewed Oct 20, 2013
$112 - $127
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$140 - $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
$750
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Smock reviewed Sep 10, 2013
$150 - $198
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trangoworld Grid CN Jacket reviewed Sep 1, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket reviewed Aug 1, 2013
$675
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket reviewed Jul 31, 2013
$80 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Super Venture Jacket reviewed Jul 31, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Transonic Jacket reviewed Jul 20, 2013
$190 - $208
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI OXT Airflyte Running Jacket reviewed Jul 18, 2013
$169 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
British DPM Desert Goretex Top and Bottom reviewed Jun 26, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Synergy LT Jacket reviewed Jun 18, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket reviewed Jun 14, 2013
$125 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket reviewed Jun 14, 2013
$39 - $200
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Products Backpacker's Poncho reviewed May 28, 2013
$35
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket reviewed May 26, 2013
$235 - $495
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