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
Cabela's
Arc'teryx
Marmot
Rab
Outdoor Research
White Sierra
Westcomb
Exped

User

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

Mountain Hardwear Men's Plasmic Ion Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight hard shell for wind and rain protection. Cost effective hard shell for rain and wind protection, lightweight 330 g. men's extra-large, pit zips, which are most certainly needed on any hard shell jacket, making for easy ventilating when heat starts to build up. Drawstring on hood and waist for when the cold winds pick up and you need to batten down the hatches. Two large hand warmer pockets. Full review

Showers Pass Syncline Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars A durable hardshell rain jacket for road or trail. Lightweight breathable fabric with cross core ventilation. The Showers Pass Syncline is a lightweight (12.3 oz for a medium) rain jacket that works well for a variety of outdoor activities. Comprised of their 2.5 layered Artex fabric, it pairs a durable waterproof layer and a waterproof breathable membrane that incorporates a state of the art printed interior face, hence the .5 layer. The printing is used to wick moisture from your skin while taking… Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Norvan Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight water tight/breathable jacket, which won't slow you down. Picked up this jacket on sale last summer, and have been waiting for some bad weather to really test it. That weather is here! The Norvan Jacket is listed by Arc'teryx as a "trim fit" piece. I have other trim fit pieces from their lines, which fit fine. But this one is pretty tight around the gut. So it is more trim than most. The average person might want to move up to the next size for a more relaxed fit. Because of the super… Full review

Columbia Men's EvaPOURation Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight rain jacket. Basic rain protection, but not so breathable and wicking as described by manufacturer. A lightweight rain jacket, also packable, you can just pull it out in your pack when downpour strikes. Its waterproof fabric will keep you dry but offers less breathability. Over time you will be soaked in sweat. You can wear a wicking shirt inside for comfort, wicking is not that good as advertised. I've been using it for almost 6 months and it's doing pretty well and beside as a raincoat… Full review

Patagonia Foamback Mountain Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This was a great jacket in its time, worked well as rain gear, and had one of the best designed hoods compared to the small number of jackets that were available. I purchased this jacket back around 1974 or '75 and it was my first real piece of outdoor rain gear that I used during my early years of climbing and hiking in Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and east side of the Sierras. When I first purchased this jacket my only other real outdoor specific jacket had been a Sierra Designs 60/40 parka that served… Full review

Haglofs LIM Ultimate Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really high quality and light running jacket. Can be used for other things, but it is sized in a way that may be uncomfortable to wear additional layers underneath. A very lightweight jacket that is waterproof. Comfortable, but as the other reviewer said the cut is a bit specific for running. Short, but would also be uncomfortable for additional layers underneath if going alpine climbing for instance.  The hood is adjustable with a drawcord on the back so it can be made snug. There are also thumb… Full review

Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great, very lightweight jacket and pants set that is perfect for a summer backpacking trip in the Sierras. Now days it is very common for someone to spend greater than $300, if not more, to buy a rain shell from one of the top brands like Arc'teryx, Patagonia, or Outdoor Research. The gear made by each of these manufactures is some of the best you can get and all will perform well, but they also may be overkill for a lot of areas where conditions are not that severe. I live in the Seattle… Full review

Cotopaxi Men's Tikal Active Shell

rated 4 of 5 stars The Tikal is a very lightweight waterproof shell. Packs down small for easy storage. Cotopaxi has come out with an interesting jacket in its Tikal Active Shell. This 2.5 layered waterproof jacket features four-way stretchable fabric along with fully taped seams and waterproof zippered openings. Adjustable sleeve cuffs, two hand pockets, and an adjustable visored hood finish off the details. Testing rain jackets in California is not always easy. While my East Coast friends have to deal with rain… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars Very poor quality. Single seam stitching, cheap materials, terrible zippers. Compared to the early '00s Precip, this recent incarnation is a cheap product that is essentially just a Walmart hack job. VERY disappointed Marmot has decided to curt corners and produce crap. Marmot has definitely taken a turn for the worse. I recently ordered the new Precip (2016) and when it arrived I was very disappointed, right out of the box. The stitching is sweatshop cheap single stitching and weak. The zippers… Full review

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
$192
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$359 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Parka
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$339 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$62 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$400 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia M10 Jacket
$227 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$295
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$161 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Nano Jacket
$60 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$200 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$49 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$262 - $375
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket
$649 - $725
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$119 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$25 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$500 - $519
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$33 - $200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$122 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Rubicon Jacket
$142 - $184
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$332 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$291 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Troll Wall Jacket
$275 - $356
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$259 - $429
user rating: 4 of 5 (27)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$575 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$209 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$80 - $525
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$119 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$94 - $200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$168 - $180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$330 - $550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$122 - $174
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$210 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$303
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket
$227 - $350
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket
$270 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Storm Shield Jacket
$79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$37 - $94
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini
$99 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
REI Kimtah Jacket
$123
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket
$125 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody
$290 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$88 - $112
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$159 - $400
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$35 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Rainwall Jacket
$65
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