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.

Brand

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

The North Face Venture 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This jacket is breathable, ventable and cut for a more relaxed fit making it the rain jacket for folks who hate rain gear. Waterproof ripstop fabric, huge pit zips and room for layers underneath without cramping your ability to move make this a great rain, snow and wind barrier while on the go. The North Face company may have traded in some of their old reputation for some coffee shop fashion popularity, but this jacket goes back to the days when their gear was mostly about function. Being primarily… Full review

Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This jacket has been used by me downhill skiing for the past 13 years. I retired it and brought back after both my North Face and Marmot jackets were ripped by trees.  Bombproof and versatile.  I keep looking for a new jacket but none has equivalent features and toughness. Full review

Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit

rated 1 of 5 stars EXTREMELY POOR QUALITY...especially in the pants. Please see my detailed review... I bought this set for my wife who works outdoors at an auto auction and she only wore them one day.  She said they were lightweight and kept her reasonably dry...but when taking the pants off later that evening, they split wide open at the seam in the seat.  I will never buy anything Frogg Toggs makes again and I highly recommend any potential buyers to look elsewhere for better quality rain suits. Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Nimbus Jacket

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The ALPS Mountaineering Nimbus is a rain jacket that I’ve found to be waterproof and also very breathable. It’s cut a little large for layering. Disclosure: I enrolled in the ALPS Mountaineering product review program, bought the jacket at MSRP, and received a 40% off MSRP rebate for my first review with a further 20% off MSRP for my second, for a total of 60% off MSRP. I bought my ALPS Mountaineering Nimbus Jacket a couple years ago mainly to wear while deicing aircraft. The price was right… Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Beta AR Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Has become my go-to shell on big executions. Though I have had this shell for a couple of years. I usually only pull it out when I need that piece of equipment that can do everything. (I have a number of shells including a Beta LT.) I find the outside material much coarser than the Beta Lt, also it has a longer length. Of course Gortex Pro does not breathe very well so you will really appreciate the pit zips. Which also means that it work great in the winter for warmth and venting. It also fits… Full review

Marmot Men's Minimalist Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I had just bought a new shell for work $$$$. When my company decide that they wanted the guides to have the same jacket, but weren't about to put out the $$$$. So I went with the Marmot Minimalist. I have had it over a year now. Let it be said that I don't give many reviews 5 stars unless they exceed my expectations. Due to the low $$$ this jacket does everything I need it to. I need a shell that would keep me dry in the summer alpine with pit zips and a high collar for the wind. I needed a shell… Full review

Barbour Border Wax Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Waxed cotton outerwear may now be considered old-fashioned, but there is a place for it in contemporary activities. That the brand is not listed on Trailspace indicates a missing spot in outdoor apparel. I am writing this only because the brand was not listed on Trailspace. Despite Barbour having nearly 1/4 billion dollars in annual sales it is relatively unknown in North America. This may be in part because their iconic product, waxed outerwear, has become eclipsed by Goretex and other modern breathable… Full review

Mishmi Takin Qaras Waterproof Soft Shell Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars An outer shell for the active kinds. Mishmi Takin were the outdoor gear partners for the 2016 LA ULTRA - THE HIGH ultra-marathon, and I was lucky to have a race branded yellow color Qaras. Temperatures in Ladakh can hit an extreme 40° degree C hot in day and drop to minus 10° C at night above 15,000 feet. For such extreme conditions, Qaras did pretty well. It is though OK for temps about minus 4-5° C. Up-till here as well, you need to layer up to protect yourself as breathable nature of the jacket… Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Alpha AR Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars The Alpha AR Jacket is a lightweight shield against the elements. High wind, heavy rain, and frozen precipitation just won’t penetrate this Gore-tex Pro shell jacket, which sports one of the best hoods on the market. Generous armpit openings are great for venting moisture on the hard uphill climbs. A relatively simple design and light but tough fabric keeps the weight to 14.5 ounces for a men’s XL. This gets my highest recommendation. Product Details Choosing a jacket from Arc’teryx’s dizzying… Full review

Top-Rated Waterproof Jackets

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$175
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$140 - $215
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
$561 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$345 - $575
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$293 - $478
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$191 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$259 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$101 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$49 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$243
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$100 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$500 - $519
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$90 - $145
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$35 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$403 - $475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$345 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Jacket
$99 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$279 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (27)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$531 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Typhoon Jacket
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$232 - $279
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Marmot Oracle Jacket
$129
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$194 - $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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$550 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$385 - $550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Parka
$11 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Spine Jacket
$292
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Procline Comp Jacket
$425
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$162 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket
$135 - $328
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Carillion Jacket
$149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$47 - $76
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Alpine Houdini
$100 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$69 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Westcomb Focus LT Hoody
$290
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$103 - $116
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$199 - $320
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$35 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Rainwall Jacket
$32
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion Jacket
$55 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$25 - $60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Tikal Active Shell
$150
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