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.
The best waterproof jackets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 23, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews
I have worn my Swazi anorak jacket in the wilds of western Tasmania and Alaska. It's supremely waterproof, tough, and versatile. Prior to my expedition around our earth I was seeking the best equipment possible. This means equipment that l was dependent on for my survival. So after much deliberation and testing I chose the Swazi kagoule because of its aforementioned qualities: Supreme durability, waterproof, warmth, and compact versatility. The multiple pockets and excellent zips. Specifically… Full review
Decent rain coat, vents well, windproof and lightweight. Got this a couple years ago to replace an old Woolrich rain jacket. It has been so much better in water repelling , but that's to be expected as the old coat was 25 years old. Advances in technology are a good reason to retire the ancient stuff. This jacket has an excellent hood, big waterproof pockets, velcro cuffs, and side vents as main features. It's stood up to some hard rains and even snow without me getting wet. I haven't used it hiking… Full review
Swazi is known worldwide for top quality hunting gear. The Kagoule is very versatile, hard wearing, breathable, and waterproof—a top jacket from New Zealand. I am amazed that there is no Swazi manufacturer listed in the options. In my world they are known worldwide as a premium brand of hunting, hiking, and outdoor apparel that will take on all conditions. Swazi make a number of models, including the Tahr, Wapiti, and Kagoule. I have worn them all over the years. They are made of three layers… Full review
The Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 is a superbly water-resistant, windproof, and breathable men's jacket that allows one to forget about the weather and focus on one's activities in the outdoors. Excellent features, a practical design, and a trim fit come at a high-end price that is ultimately reasonable given the jacket's superior performance. Excellent for a wide range of year-round outdoor activities such as hiking, mountaineering, trekking, or skiing. Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 The Odin 9 Worlds 2.0… Full review
A sturdy rain jacket that isn’t going to wear out anytime soon. The AllClima 3L Rain Jacket from FORLOH is not your run-of-the-mill jacket, instead, its durable fabrics breathe well and keep the rain away. Although geared toward hunters, solid color options (green, gray, and black) welcome non-hunters alike to enjoy the benefits of a solid rain jacket. Conditions: The FORLOH Men's AllClima 3L Rain Jacket was tested during the late autumn, winter, and early spring in the hardwood mountains and… Full review
The Alpha SV is a worthwhile shell jacket for bad weather and more than an average amount of wear and tear. The heavy duty Gore Tex Pro fabric and astute design keep out wet and wind as well as anything. Cut a little more roomy than some Arc'teryx shells for layering. High price, weight, and noisy fabric are its primary downsides. I wore this all winter and loved it. The Alpha SV Jacket is a heavyweight. Robust fabric will not only keep you dry and protected from the wind but will also absorb years… Full review
Light, breathable, and versatile, the Frogg Toggs UL2 Poncho provides the rain protection you need without busting the bank. After being pleased with FT's Waterproof Boonie Hat, I really wanted to try their poncho. I also wanted to know how it would stand up to the pricier options. At the same time I was testing this, I was also testing a $350 rain shell for the Review Corps. I wanted to know if a $12 poncho was even close in rain protection (If you don't want to read the rest of the review, it… Full review
10000 mm waterproof membrane; based on personal experience I recommend using it when not carrying a backpack or anything else on your back. First of all who I am and why this jacket: I like backpacking and I do this outdoor activity in all common weather conditions—because experience taught me to always include a rain jacket among the things to carry in my backpack I wanted a lightweight jacket to keep me as dry as possible during my hikes under the rain. Because it is relevant, I want to underline… Full review
The Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket is a workhorse! A shell designed for alpine conditions, I used it skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, and hiking. It's lightweight, so it won't weigh me or my pack down, but doesn't compromise on warmth. The jacket sheds snow and rain, and with features such as waterproof zippers, hip pocket draw cord adjustment, and two-way adjustment at the hood, it allows me to stay dry and retain body heat. It's also quite breathable, with two-way pit zips for dumping excess heat. Full review