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

Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit

rated 2 of 5 stars They work, but are often ill fitting with seams that leak ad are VERY easily torn. The pants are almost always too long and will need hemmed... which voids the "warranty" Tried these on an 11 day/10 night rugged trek in the Rockies.  If you are careful, these will work, but expect use of duct tape for repair.  We had rain for 9 of the 11 days.  These kept me dry in the first half of the trek, but had sprung seam leaks by the second from pulling on the fragile seams and material.  Duct tape fixed… Full review

Arc'teryx Theta SVX Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My first Arc'teryx hard-shell. The ultimate storm fortress! My first Arc'teryx waterproof shells. Bought last Autumn/Fall. 80D GoreTex Pro shell is durable & surprisingly resistant to abrasion & snagging for such a relatively lightweight material. Much in the same way Arcteryx's Apha SV is. Which provides near-peerless protection from the very worst the weather may bring...N.B. Providing one remembers to zip it up fully! Thankfully, when compared to the Arc'teryx Alpha SV's trimmer 'Alpine'… Full review

Mishmi Takin Garamba Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight hardshell jacket. Waterproofing works excellent while maintaining breathability. I've had the jacket for a little over a month now and it has served me very well. It's perfect for the Colorado climate on the edge of the mountains. I've used it hiking, camping, and for everyday use; keeping me dry during our short afternoon showers and warm with our cool mornings and evenings. My favorite things about the jacket are its fit and function, adjustability, and abrasion resistance. Fit… Full review

Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Poncho

rated 5 of 5 stars Replacing DriDucks poncho that I used on BWCA canoe trips about five times before one of the seams gave out. It had a few tatters from snags on the brush during portages, but was an excellent product. This item is essentially the same, so I expect it will work and last just as well. No pockets. Drawstring hood works well. Snaps on sides held up well. Full review

LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars No more wetting out. This jacket weighs about 7 ounces and comes with a brimmed hood, front zipper, and armpit zippers. Depending on color choice it is made from sil nylon or polyurethane treated sil nylon. There are elastics in the sleeves and a pull cord in the waist to help with a snug fit. Breathable rain gear sometimes wets out and doesn't always vent enough to keep the sweat from building up. This jacket gives up on breathability, other than the zippered armpits, and focuses on a very… Full review

Mountain Equipment Men's Aeon Jacket

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight packable rain jacket. Good for the occasional shower but not so good in prolonged rain because of limited breathability. The Mountain Equipment Aeon is a light rainjacket. It has an adjustable peaked hood, elevated side pockets, a small chest pocket, and underarm ventilation zips (pit zips). The hood is adjustable in the normal way with two pull cords in front and one at the back. The front cords come out below the collar so the wind can’t whip the ends into your face. The only downside… Full review

Showers Pass Syncline Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Keeps you dry! This jacket has great long sleeves that don't fall short when on the bike. The longer tail keep your backside free of muddy splashes. The pit zips are easily managed while riding with great zipper pulls. The jacket is designed to wear the hood under the helmet and that will take some getting used to. Kept me dry in light rain. Light and packable. Can't wait to put it to a tougher test! Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to test as a member of TheDyrt.com Ranger program. Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Sidewinder SV Jacket

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Would not recommend. Product failed and I had really poor customer service experiences with the Arc'teyrx. Disappointed with the performance. Went on a ski/snowboarding trip and the jacket failed at the left arm seam. This was an obvious failure of the arm stitching and I really expected more from this jacket which was marketed as being one of the most durable snow jackets. I didn't have any major falls beyond what is normal and the jacket was purchased less than a year ago and only used for 10-12… Full review

Sierra Designs Women's Elite Cagoule

rated 3 of 5 stars Sizing is all wrong. I ordered a medium, had to return it. Then a large, had to return that one. While my proportions are a little larger on top, I have never had to order an extra large before.   Anyway once I was done with the exchange hassle, I was beyond pleased:   The garment (sorry: cagoule is an idiotic term for this, it's a French word that means balaclava) is long, it hits down at mid thigh, which is great if you use it with the rain chaps that go with it. Water drips down well below… Full review

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
$137
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$299 - $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
$374 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$69 - $600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$345 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia M10 Jacket
$199 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$295
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$150 - $215
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$232 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$367
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$59 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$187 - $375
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$100 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$26 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$364 - $519
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$100 - $151
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$30 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$380 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$111 - $138
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Hyper Jacket
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$253 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Troll Wall Jacket
$283 - $384
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$199 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simms Acklins Jacket
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (27)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$437 - $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
$79 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$101 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$480 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$385 - $550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Theta SVX Jacket
$749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Parka
$18 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Spine Jacket
$399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$247 - $254
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket
$244
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket
$270 - $314
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Carillion Jacket
$149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$38 - $71
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini
$99 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$131 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody
$210 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$100 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$142 - $319
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$35 - $75
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