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 11, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Men's Microgravity Jacket

Exceptional active shell for those in alpine climates and those that use a helmet. I purchased the Microgravity direct from OR in the Lime color, which is a cool color. Overall I liked the fit and feel of the jacket and the Ascentshell material. For reference I am 5'7" 165 and ordered a Large for layering underneath, which fit slightly baggy as expected. A medium would have been more fitted but lacked the layering ability. I asked OR ahead of time about DWR treatments and was told the Ascentshell… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Men's Microgravity Jacket

The Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket attempts to bridge the gap between hard and soft shell, and I think it succeeds for the most part. Decently weatherproof and almost unbelievably breathable, it feels soft on the skin, doesn’t leave me clammy, stretches without constraining, and is silent compared to most other outer shells. It is definitely my favorite shell to date, but be warned if you stand around in the rain and don’t work it off, you will get damp. A few minor negatives...fiddly… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Kilpi Hastar

Breathability at a good price. Kilpi = Shield in Finish as it reflects the company's philosophy to protect the user from the elements and it's a pretty popular brand here due to its cheap price and good looking products. Hastar is the company's flagship hardshell due to its impressive numbers. It features detachable powder skirt, pit zips, Recco reflector, five waterproof external pockets with glove-friendly pulls, one internal, adjustable hood with semi stiff brim, and adjustable velcro cuffs. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gore Men's H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket

The H5 is a lightweight Gore-Tex Active shell jacked designed to breathe while you're out being active and to pack away in a tiny space while you aren't. This jacket is probably radder than you. Truly, you probably don't need a jacket this good. An end to the question, "Hmmm, should I pack a hard shell?" This review may contain satire. Literal people take precautions! Gore H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket Right up front I'm going to say this: Do whatever you have to so you can afford one of these… Full review

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

Best all-around jacket I’ve ever owned. Lived in Colorado Springs for six months in 2018, and was hiking the hills every weekend. This jacket was pretty much all I ever wore for every type weather I saw, only mixing up under layers to match the conditions, including the incline and on up to the peak at about 20 deg. The inside pocket is the largest I’ve come across and can easily hold a good size water bottle. My wife’s a teacher and some kid left this in the classroom at the end of the year. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gore Women's H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket

The Gore H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket is a lightweight, functional and very comfortable waterproof shell designed for "fast hiking." It served perfectly as my one and only windbreaker/rain jacket for five months on the trail, through a variety of harsh conditions. I wore it primarily for warmth but also to keep dry during many prolonged rainstorms. It fits well under a backpack and still repels water after extended wear-and-tear. It's the most durable and reliable lightweight rain jacket that… Full review

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket
$187 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$70 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$150 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Rainy River Parka with Gore-tex PacLite
$65 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$599 - $785
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$219 - $419
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$449 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gore H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Rab Latok GTX Jacket
$346 - $374
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
$43 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$80 - $188
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$103 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$140 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Karrimor Summit Jacket
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
White Sierra Trabagon Jacket
$21 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Essence Jacket
$96 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$36 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tamarack Jacket
$108 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$394
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$107
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Bivy-Poncho
$96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$402 - $575
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$49 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket
$297 - $356
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Jacket
$129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
$279
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
Arc'teryx Theta AR Jacket
$469
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$315 - $446
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$95 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Hooded Down Down Insulated Jacket / Waterproof
$125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket
$431 - $575
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Maximus Jacket
$396
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Clairvoyant Jacket
$234
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
$149 - $224
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$57
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell
$100 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$77 - $111
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Spire Jacket
$149 - $307
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket
$32 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
REI Rainwall Jacket
$37 - $48
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Nylon Tarp Poncho
$42 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Alpine Jacket
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Latok Alpine Jacket
$232 - $252
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Voss Jacket
$49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket
$402
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia EvaPOURation Jacket
$50 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (60)
Marmot PreCip Jacket
$34 - $69
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket
$224
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