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
Columbia

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

Columbia Watertight II Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars A great entry level, lightweight jacket perfect for warmer weather from Canadian spring to fall. The Columbia Watertight Jacket is a great entry level rain jacket. It's meant to keep you dry, and it does just that! It's very simple, with not many bells or whistles, but it fits true to size and looks pretty sharp. I find it to be very comfortable to wear with just a t shirt or long sleeve underneath, but if you are looking to wear a fleece or thicker shirt, I would recommend buying a size up.  The… Full review

Montane Spine Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Montane's Spine jacket is a Goretex shell that appears to be very well put together. It combines very light weight with essential functions—windproof, waterproof, cuff and hem adjustments, a good hood, and pit zips. The jacket has an athletic cut that limits weight and allows for limited layering underneath and only one small chest pocket. If you truly want fast and light, it's a great jacket. BASIC INFORMATION AND HISTORY A bit of history that may be of interest: this jacket is named after the… Full review

Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A fully waterproof, Goretex Pro shell with a great fit that will suit most leaner body types. Would recommend to anyone who wants a reliable waterproof for hiking, climbing, or just staying dry around town when it's really wet. I have had this jacket for a number of years now and it is by far the best waterproof I have owned. Here is my review which will hopefully help anyone in the market for a new waterproof have some food for thought :) Lets start with how waterproof it is...Very (not failed… Full review

Clothing Arts Cubed Travel Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Cubed Jacket is a great do-all jacket for adventure travel or just walking down the street. Super waterproof and breathable, it has enough room to pair it with a down sweater, vest, or a wool sweater. With 10 pockets, four of which have security clasps, there is a place to store just about anything. I received the Clothing Arts Cubed Travel Jacket for evaluation from the manufacturer in late September, just in time for what became a very wet fall and winter in Northern California. This sleek… Full review

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

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$389 - $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
$407 - $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
$384 - $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
$167 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$49 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$262
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$95 - $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)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$35 - $70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$124 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Rubicon Jacket
$142 - $143
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$235 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$272 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Troll Wall Jacket
$328
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$239 - $429
user rating: 4 of 5 (27)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$566 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$179 - $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 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket
$97
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$100 - $200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$381 - $599
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)
The North Face Venture Parka
$25 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$175
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Spine Jacket
$199 - $398
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$261 - $302
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket
$192 - $350
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket
$225 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Storm Shield Jacket
$55 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Carillion Jacket
$149
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)
GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5-Layer Storm Jacket
$67
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody
$290 - $319
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