Waterproof Jackets

Need a hard shell to keep out the rain or snow and keep you dry? See our top picks in waterproof shells and jackets below, thanks to hundreds of independent reviews and ratings by hikers, backpackers, alpinists, backcountry skiers, trail runners, and paddlers.

Brands

Mountain Hardwear
Patagonia
Arc'teryx
Marmot
Rab
Outdoor Research
Westcomb
The North Face
White Sierra
Exped

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 Waterproof Jacket Reviews

Berghaus Men's VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Preliminary review: Not as light as advertised. This is a preliminary review. I'll update it once I've gotten to use it a bit. In the meantime, I thought I'd comment on the weight issue first:  As someone who strives to save weight for backpacking, weight is a primary consideration when shopping for new backpacking gear. Berghaus states a claimed weight of 75g for a men's large on their website and on the product's tag. The men's large the I received weighs 95g without the stuff sack (5g). Irritating. Full review

Mammut Masao Jacket

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I bought this jacket to repair another jacket that failed. On this jacket the tapes completely detached at the hood and lapels area within the 2-year warranty period. Mammut refused to honour their warranty. Rubbish, save your money. Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Beta LT Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Ultra light, fairly tough, full coverage. I always snubbed my nose at new trends. So when Arc'teryx arrived on the scene I was floored by the price. When my OR shell gave out prematurely I wanted something with Gortex Pro and came across this shell at a price I could live with. After wearing it for a year as a summer rain coat and a winter protective shell it has held up very well. When you're doing everything from boony crashing to sliding down avalanche slopes, it's done everything that was expected. Full review

Rab Flashpoint Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Uber light rain shell that packs away to nothing with surprising performance. I love this jacket. I've used it for mostly backpacking trips, but it's started replacing a good many of my pieces that I use for other activities. When it comes to breathable jackets, I am highly suspicious. In my experience most jackets on the market are not breathable (free transfer of air) but simply transfer vapour efficiently. I soon realized my fancy Gore she'll spent its whole life at the bottom of the bag, as… Full review

Pacific Trail Men's Pac Tech Terrain Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Found one for $6 at a Village thrift in Chicago. Did not see the washing instructions. Looking for a 'brand new one'. It's worth it! I had an XL, which was excellent for wearing with sweats. The adjustable cuffs and other restrainers were good for maintaining ventilation during activity.  In my cool-down period, the cords helped to maintain warmth until I'm indoors. In the wet snows and rains in Chicago, the water resistance is great for those gale like winds that will blow circles around you. Full review

Helly Hansen Men's Loke Jacket

rated 1 of 5 stars Best used "in town," you know from the car to the front door of the grocery store and back to the car. Or some other non-critical, non-backcountry application. Fit and comfort: The cut is fine except for the hood. The hood is way too shallow front to back. Your face and head will get wet a lot. Or you will hike looking straight down only. Even more so if you have a ponytail/bun/lots-of-hair on your head. Sleeves are of appropriate length as is the body length. Adjustability: Fine and standard. Nothing… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Has survived five storms so far. Needed a new packable rain shell that could actually breathe while hiking. I had an old Sierra Designs packable rain shell before they added pit zips. It was like one of those sweat suits you wear to lose weight. Found this Marmot on sale and me and my girlfriend got them. We survived a whole night and next day of torrential downpour on a backpacking trip. I hiked for miles in the pouring rain in this thing and never felt too hot or sweaty. Kept me super dry. It… Full review

Sierra Designs Men's Hurricane Jacket

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The base of zipper split horizontally, clearly a manufacturer defect. No support from the manager/owner. The base of zipper split horizontally, clearly a manufacturer defect. I brought the jacket into Pacific Trekking and discussed with the manager/owner what could be done and he told me that I could send it to Sierra Designs at my cost. ???? Is that the customer service and backing the products you sell? You get better customer service/returns for defects when buying online, which is where my business… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, cost effective rain shell. I picked up the Marmot Precip because I needed a lightweight and packable waterproof shell that wouldn't break the bank. I use it for everything from around town when it's raining, summer backpack trips in the High Sierra and Cascades, AND climbing trips. I knew from previous reviews that the jacket was not the most breathable, however the pit zips allow me to regulate my temperature during exertion. If I pay attention to my level of exertion and open the… Full review

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$329 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$491 - $579
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$539 - $679
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$68 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$330 - $549
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia M10 Jacket
$227 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$211 - $294
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$172 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
$164
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Nano Jacket
$60 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$181 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka
$185 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Varius Guide Jacket
$90 - $148
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$54 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket
$486 - $518
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$24 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$82 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$500 - $519
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$120 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$112 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Rubicon Jacket
$142 - $231
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta LT Hybrid Jacket
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$311 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Troll Wall Jacket
$384 - $439
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Shift LT Hoody
$430
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$279 - $429
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket
$219
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$194 - $298
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Alpha LT Jacket
$499
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$127 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket
$119 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$80 - $499
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$100 - $200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$129 - $258
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$346
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Parka
$25 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$129 - $131
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$260 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$220 - $434
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Storm Shield Jacket
$79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Carillion Jacket
$149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$37 - $48
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
REI Kimtah Jacket
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$95 - $160
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