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
Outdoor Research
Westcomb
Rab
The North Face
White Sierra
Norrona

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

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

Outdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Great for drizzle and "just-in-case" protection. All-out, sustained downpour gear it is not. I used the Helium for a two-week series of outdoor excursions in Iceland. I decided on this shell for the trip because of its lightness and packability, and also because Iceland is known for wind and drizzle/ mist that tends to just keep everything moist. Well, unfortunately for me, this last summer was a particularly wet and cold summer, and there were weather advisories for all highland regions pretty… Full review

Pacific Trail Men's Pac Tech Terrain Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect jacket. Absolutely love this jacket, which has been downgraded to my neighborhood walking coat. I've bought many to replace it, but none have worked as well. Full review

L.L.Bean Men's Trail Model Raincoat

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Not so good. My wife and daughter and I have all owned this raincoat. All three of them have had problems with the breathable lining. It either flakes off or starts ripping and big chunks fall off. Not happy with them. L.L. Bean will of course replace them, but it's a pain to have to send them or take them back. Michael Wilson Otego, N.Y. Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Theta AR Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the best "all around" rain jacket money can buy. I've had mine for 15 years and put it through the wringer. Although I have other rain jackets for specific purposes, this is the one I grab 90% of the time. Recently, I had an experience with the folks at Arc'teryx that deserves to be told. I have four different Arc'teryx Gore-tex rain jackets: Theta AR, Theta SVX, Alpha SV, and Alpha AR. The Theta AR is the oldest. I've had it for about 15 years. It has always been my favorite. A year or… Full review

Solstice Microshed Parka

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Solstice ski jacket malfunction. I purchased a Solstice Microshed Parka from a shop in Breckenridge in 2009 and within a year a pit zip came apart. Tried for the next two years to get any response from Solstice both via phone calls, which I received the response that the message service was full and then via email of which I received no response.  So like other reviews, it is better to do business with Patagonia or North Face who stand behind their garments than one that appears to have no customer… Full review

Sierra Designs Men's Hurricane HP Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I use it all season. I bought this jacket mainly for a rain coat during the spring and summer months. It has quickly became a very versatile tool in my backpack as it is never left behind. I really enjoy wearing this as a primary jacket due to the fact of how nicely it blocks the wind and takes the chill off. If it gets too warm the pit zips do a nice job of shedding the heat, and the adjustable cuffs mean you can roll them up a ways on your arms. I have had zero issues with my zippers sticking… Full review

Berghaus VapourLight Hyper Smock

rated 5 of 5 stars Kept me completely dry on my through hike, ultra lightweight. Packs down into my palm. Full review

Patagonia Men's Leashless Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars The best hardshell I have owned for backpacking and climbing. While there is no such thing as a perfect blend between waterproof and breathable, this jacket comes pretty darn close. The Patagonia Leashless Jacket is designed primarily for hikers and climbers doing high output activities in the worst weather conditions. I have worn this jacket for a few seasons of use now in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The White Mountains are notorious for having… Full review

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket
$329 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$402 - $588
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$475 - $679
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$80 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$329 - $549
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia M10 Jacket
$265 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$161 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Specter LT Hoody
$209
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Nano Jacket
$74 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$190 - $278
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$294 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka
$142 - $226
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Varius Guide Jacket
$119 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$54 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$225 - $375
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Sidewinder SV Jacket
$454 - $583
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$30 - $41
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$82 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$349 - $519
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$40 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$109 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Rubicon Jacket
$142 - $216
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$195 - $324
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta LT Hybrid Jacket
$187 - $374
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$225 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Troll Wall Jacket
$384
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Shift LT Hoody
$430
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$239 - $429
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Eco-Trail Jacket
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
The North Face Kichatna Jacket
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$164 - $298
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Revel Jacket
$149 - $178
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$40 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$80 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$145 - $258
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$346 - $494
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
$109 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$227 - $324
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$212 - $424
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 - $94
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
REI Kimtah Jacket
$124 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Ampato Jacket
$140 - $186
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