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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 March 31, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$104 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$151 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Rainy River Parka with Gore-tex PacLite
$130 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$799
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$350 - $645
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$359 - $598
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gore H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket
$130 - $214
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Poncho
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Rab Latok GTX Jacket
$405
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$368
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$77 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$103 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$247 - $343
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$41 - $90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$368 - $420
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$217 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$449 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Hyper Jacket
$225
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$59 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket
$333 - $356
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Jacket
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Marmot Oracle Jacket
$225
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$80 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
$75 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket Snowsport Jacket / Waterproof
$385 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket
$249 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
$135 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$57
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket
$227 - $350
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$69 - $121
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket
$149 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell
$75 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$72
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
FORLOH AllClima 3L Rain Jacket with RECCO
$379
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$40 - $44
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ama Dablam Stretch Infusion Jacket
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Latok Alpine Jacket
$226 - $234
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket
$287
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia EvaPOURation Jacket
$50 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Exposure/2 Gore-Tex Paclite Plus Jacket
$165 - $300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (61)
Marmot PreCip Jacket
$30 - $59
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket
$199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
EMS Thunderhead Jacket
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Kento HS Hooded Jacket
$160 - $229
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket
$119 - $159
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Jacket
$55
Showers Pass Syncline Jacket
$135
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Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Jacket

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
FORLOH AllClima 3L Rain Jacket with RECCO

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Poncho

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Marmot PreCip Jacket

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket

Patagonia brought its Torrentshell rain jacket into the modern era with updated materials incorporating three-layer fabric that is partially made from recycled materials. Combines a truly waterproof surface with a comfortable lining, sandwiching a breathable membrane in between that keeps water out while breathing in a manner that can actually be felt.   Smiling and dry after a three-hour downpour. Patagonia has been using the Torrentshell name for some time now, but the Torrentshell 3L is definitely… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket

I agree with your review and a pity I didn´t read it before buying it. Great jacket but the loose sleeves are a huge flaw that leaves you exposed to water (HH answer is simply unacceptable). Good jacket with a big con. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket

Helly Hansen’s Odin 3D Air Shell raises the bar for competitors claiming their rain shells are both waterproof and breathable. Minimizing the feeling of plastic against your skin, the jacket is amazingly comfortable and decently lightweight. This jacket is truly the most breathable rain shell I have ever worn hiking and camping. A significant con is the inability to cinch up the sleeves at the wrist to keep water out though. When sitting down to write up my own review, I read a number of reviews… Full review