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
Mountain Equipment
White Sierra
Westcomb
Columbia

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
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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

Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka

rated 5 of 5 stars Roll over Gore-Tex. Mountain Hardwear's DryQ Elite is by far the most breathable waterproof 3-layer fabric hands down. Fully lined and with room for my heaviest hooded down jacket under I can reach overhead with no ride up of the sleeves and the hem overlaps my pant's waistband. With arms at my side the hem in front breaks midway between crotch and waistband and the drop of the back is near 2" lower, so rain drips past. I wear size small in all MH apparel and bought the small Exposure. The designer's… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars For its money the best lightweight jacket I have had. Beat the OMM Kamleika one (3x the price) hands down. Just needs a better hood visor. So when I got my OMM Kamleika Jacket in 2013 I was really buzzing as it was seen as the ultra runner's dream. Turned out to be the worst thing I bought since breathable jackets were conceived. Its tiny pack space (one saving feature) was its undoing. It fell out of a side pouch one day. Aside from the ripoff price I did not miss it, especially when I found… Full review

Outdoor Products Backpacker's Poncho

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A functional multi-use piece of gear that I rarely leave home without—rain or shine. I've owned and used the Outdoor Products Backpackers Poncho for about 5 years. It is functional multi-use piece of gear that I rarely leave home without—rain or shine. Here is why... The poncho is one size fits all and easily fits me and my 6ft 175lb frame. The great feature is that it fits me even when I have my 44Liter backpack on. When it starts to rain, I just pull it out, toss if over my head and pull… Full review

Outdoor Products Backpacker's Poncho

rated 4 of 5 stars Seems like good construction. I was impressed when I first pulled it out of its pouch. I recommend it. Hey, it’s a poncho. No need for pictures. I wore it on an hour-long walk in light rain, no backpack. Worked very well. When walking into wind, it did tend to pull tight against my neck. Might not be a problem when wearing it with a pack. Has loops to use it as a tarp and comes with a small, ventilated carry pouch.   Very happy with it so far. Hope I don’t have to use it too often, and I would… Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 3.5 of 5 stars One of few brands that offer a tall size for rain gear! Overall it seems like it would be an OK jacket, but it's not a perfect fit for tall people with an athletic build. Primary reason for buying this was because it's one of few rain systems out there available in tall sizes. However, the fit of the jacket is the primary reason I'm returning it. What I didn't catch when I bought it is that it is a "regular fit". This means it's more form fitting than other rain gear that's typically relaxed fit. Full review

Marmot Men's PreCip Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars The PreCip Jacket is lightweight, moderately breathable, and effective at keeping me dry. It does everything it is suppose to do, and for its price point, it is a great value. I have been pleasantly surprised with the Marmot PreCip Jacket. For how inexpensive it was, I expected less quality. It does everything it claims it will—it keeps me dry, it is somewhat breathable with the pit-zips, and it is definitely lightweight. So far, it has remained durable for general hiking, camping, and short backpacking… Full review

Craghoppers Woodridge Cagoule

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A wind or rain jacket that will keep you dry in the toughest downpours. A large hood and no zippers keep the weather out. The Craghoppers Woodridge Cagoule is perfect for travel and a variety of outdoor activities. Basically, a cagoule is a lightweight type of anorak. That description fits this jacket perfectly. Constructed of a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) fabric comprised of a treated cotton outer layer laminated with a Polyamide inner layer, resulting in a breathable waterproof jacket. A… Full review

Marmot Men's Alpinist Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Back in 1988, I purchased my first Alpinist Jacket, a yellow and blue one. That jacket has lasted to this day. However, I was ready for a different color scheme and I was interested in Gortex Pro. I purchased an XL since I am 6'2" at 200lbs and the fit is perfect for me. I love all the pockets and the wire rimmed hood is great. Keep up the good work, Marmot! The Alpinist fits to size. However, if you are layering, which most of us will, go one size larger. The angel wing movement makes this jacket… Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Squamish Hoody

rated 5 of 5 stars A perfect wind jacket. Not sure why it took me so long to get one! Those who have read my reviews before know that I seem to have an obsession with finding the "perfect" jacket. In fact, I have probably reviewed more jackets here, than any other type of clothing. I've been wanting to try this jacket out for some time, and when my REI dividend showed up, and this jacket appeared on the REI outlet page, I took the bait. With wind shells, there tends to be a tradeoff between wind-resistance and breathability. 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
$150 - $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
$566 - $749
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$469 - $625
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$287 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Rab Flashpoint Jacket
$165 - $190
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$219 - $278
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Rab Latok Jacket
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$90 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell
$82 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$7 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$375
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Equipment Changabang Jacket
$349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$20 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Westcomb Apoc Jacket
$520
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$100 - $250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$42 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$225
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$144
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$411 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$64 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Jacket
$97 - $198
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$239 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (27)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$406 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Typhoon Jacket
$90
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
$200 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$420 - $525
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$95 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$289 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$404 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture Parka
$19 - $30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Spine Jacket
$237
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Procline Comp Jacket
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$175 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cerro Torre Jacket
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$95
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$109 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$69 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$199 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$50 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Rainwall Jacket
$50 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Nylon Tarp Poncho
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion Jacket
$50 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$40 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Tikal Active Shell
$150
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