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.

The best waterproof jackets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 19, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Pacific Trail Men's Pac Tech Terrain Jacket

Best outdoor jacket I have ever owned. I need another one! This jacket is very comfortable and can be adjusted to fit almost anyone. It has excellent water and wind resistance and in colder weather, I would layer it on top of anything else I was wearing and it would still fit great. It did an excellent job of blocking wind and moisture of almost any level, from severe rain and snow storms. It did a fantastic job of keeping in body heat, and was rugged enough to wear for nearly any outdoor event… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Lowe Alpine Triple Point Ceramic Jacket

Super quality, smart looking. I have owned this jacket for now...21 years!!!! It looks exactly like the day I got it for my birthday (I don’t). I’ve only used it for hiking and city walking so not heavily used, but still, the jacket is completely as new and I still love wearing it on a cold, windy, rainy day. It never lets my down. Damned thing that they don’t produce it any longer. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Pacific Trail Men's Pac Tech Terrain Jacket

The best rain jacket I've ever owned. Better than anything I can find nowadays. Like many other reviewers I've found that this is the best rain jacket I've ever owned. I bought it many years ago for around $70 which seemed expensive at the time... I'd pay double now without thinking twice if they made them again. Mine is no longer waterproof and the zipper broke.  :-(   Columbia Sportswear bought Pacific Trail and I've emailed them but don't hold out much hope. I just can't bring myself to buy… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Red Ledge Storm Backpacker Poncho

Functional and durable for hiking in the rain with a large pack. I think it beats a rain jacket and pants overall, in that it keeps the wearer dry down to the knee, AND keeps the pack dry, INCLUDING the shoulder straps, and isn't too "sweaty." Construction, Function, Fit, Comfort, and Adjustablity: This is a one-size garment. I am 5'8" and about 160 lbs. It fits me very nicely. A taller or stouter person would be less well-covered, and a shorter person might find it excessively long, especially… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Frogg Toggs DriDucks Trail-Pac Rain Suit

For the money this is the most durable rain suit out there. This coupled with being lightweight makes this a great combo for backcountry. So this is a lightweight waterproof, they have kept me dry on more then one hike, and extremely affordable rain suit. I finally retired my first one this fall, after six years of hard use. Paid $25 for the first one and the same for the second, and yes, that's a jacket and pants for the price. Lightweight material breathable and waterproof as advertised. These… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Men's StormLine Stretch Rain Shell

Overall, the BD StormLine is a great addition for casual wear or serious hiking. The fabric is lightweight, comfortable, wind and waterproof. The long pit zips allow for temperature regulation in addition to the semi-breathable fabric. Sleeve gussets allow for freedom of arm movement. A worthwhile piece of clothing to add to one's outdoor collection! The StormLine is carefully crafted in many points: lightweight, comfortable fabric that is seam-sealed; wind and waterproof, packable in its own right… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Men's Beta SL Jacket

IT IS NOT A RAIN JACKET, despite what the description implies. I like the design, the weight, the fit—all the things people mention. But this is a just a very expensive windbreaker that fails even a modest rain test. It soaks through in the back and sleeves. The worst part is that this was a replacement for the equivalent Alpha model, now discontinued, which had the same failure profile—completely leaky sleeves—not condensation, either. Bona fide cold rain water. So, two strikes for Arc'teryx,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Men's StormLine Stretch Rain Shell

A well-engineered rain jacket that kept me dry throughout a historically wet summer, autumn, and early winter while hiking and camping. While not super technical, this jacket would more than suffice for the average outdoor enthusiast. This jacket was tested in conjunction with the Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Pants, but was reviewed separately. Features:The Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell is a pretty straightforward rain jacket with two, ample-sized zippered hand pockets; long… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Men's Alpha FL Jacket

Bomber, very lightweight jacket that you can depend on. I have both the Alpha SV and Alpha FL shells and have used them in various activities for several years. Both are amazingly well made, keep you warm and dry, and give you the confidence that you'll be able to depend on them in the backcountry for many seasons. Pardon my review in terms of talking about both of these models, but to me they are like a set that I choose for different needs. I am of average height (5'10") and have a muscular build… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$80 - $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 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$785 - $799
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$405 - $625
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$432 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
$249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Rab Latok Jacket
$170 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
$40 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$59 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Karrimor Summit Jacket
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$21 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$81 - $250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$39 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$91 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$380 - $525
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$144 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$104
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$432 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$50 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket
$425
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Jacket
$99 - $128
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$500
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket
$223
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$262 - $525
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$79 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Hooded Down Down Insulated Jacket / Waterproof
$129 - $186
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$575
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$275
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Spine Jacket
$236
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$163
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rab Neo Guide Jacket
$257
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
$149 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$40 - $56
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell
$100 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$65 - $111
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$259 - $400
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$30 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Rainwall Jacket
$45 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Nylon Tarp Poncho
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Alpine Jacket
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Ion Jacket
$62
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$40 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Latok Alpine Jacket
$160 - $173
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Voss Jacket
$34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket
$340
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