Hard Shell Jackets

Brands

Lowe Alpine
Marmot
L.L.Bean
Luke's Ultralite
Helly Hansen
Wiggy's
Berghaus
EMS
Fjallraven
Columbia

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
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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

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

Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist Rain Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For under 6 ounces, this rain shell makes a lightweight addition to a pack. Used as an emergency layer, it breathes as well as a waterproof jacket can and layers easily with a down jacket in the cooler months. This three-season minimalist jacket used for hiking or biking packs small, but the small size, light weight, and durability comes at a higher price than others, though will be enticing to UL backpackers. Preface: I was lucky enough to win this jacket in a Facebook contest back in August for… Full review

Wiggy's Cagoule

rated 4 of 5 stars I own two Wiggy's bags, a bivy sack, a rain jacket, and six ecotats made by Wiggy's. All are over built and what I would call BET YOUR LIFE GEAR. The temp ratings tend to be very conservative. The #10 YKK zippers are bulky but built to last. I would not hesitate to buy Wiggy's products or give them to loved ones; they are that good. Cagoule/ rain jacket: This item is extremely well made, the seams are fully taped, and the item is overbuilt. The Cagoule would be a world beater if it was a little… Full review

L.L.Bean Women's Trail Model Raincoat

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been using this raincoat for about a year and I highly recommend it. The best part about this raincoat is the hood, in my opinion. It has a velcro flap in the back that allows to adjust the depth of the hood. It has a two-way zipper, which is excellent for those days when I need to walk faster, and need as much freedom of movement as I can get. Overall this coat is boxy, and I recommend sizing down for a more form-fitting experience. I have long arms and this coat has sleeves long enough… Full review

Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I would not recommend this jacket because the lining has completely flaked off and looks like dandruff which gets on everything. The jacket was bought new and started flaking within one year of only wearing it a couple of times a month. The overall fit is good with convenient, adjustable cuffs and the zipper is of good quality. It is easy to wear layers under this jacket. The downside is that the entire inside lining is completely flaked away and looks like dandruff and gets over everything, making… Full review

Top-Rated Hard Shell Jackets

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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
$109 - $114
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 (2)
EMS Thunderhead Jacket reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$65 - $79
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: 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
$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
$110 - $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
$50
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Marmot Aegis Jacket reviewed May 22, 2014
$24
 
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
$41
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 - $489
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka reviewed Jan 30, 2014
$180
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 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gander Mountain Guide Series Thundercloud II Rain Jacket reviewed Jan 7, 2014
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket reviewed Nov 14, 2013
$34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket reviewed Nov 7, 2013
$259 - $318
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Parka reviewed Oct 20, 2013
$112 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$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
$179 - $274
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
$199
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 - $169
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
$204 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI OXT Airflyte Running Jacket reviewed Jul 18, 2013
$169 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon Jacket reviewed Jul 10, 2013
$140
 
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
$175 - $250
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
$495
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Cohesion Jacket reviewed May 24, 2013
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Genesis 3.0 Parka reviewed May 18, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket reviewed May 8, 2013
$259
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