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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 August 23, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$92 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$118 - $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
$559 - $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
$419 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gore H5 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket
$186
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Poncho
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Rab Latok GTX Jacket
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket
$368 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Minimalist Jacket
$78 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$240 - $270
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$40 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$525
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$194 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$419 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Hyper Jacket
$150 - $168
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$5 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket
$475
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Jacket
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Marmot Oracle Jacket
$124 - $167
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$79 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
$66 - $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
$384 - $699
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket
$199 - $348
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
$130 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$57
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket
$220 - $284
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$69 - $95
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket
$100 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell
$75 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Mica Jacket
$64
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
$30 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ama Dablam Stretch Infusion Jacket
$75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Latok Alpine Jacket
$208
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
$170 - $300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (61)
Marmot PreCip Jacket
$50 - $84
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket
$100 - $138
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
EMS Thunderhead Jacket
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Kento HS Hooded Jacket
$100 - $229
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket
$103 - $159
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Acadia Jacket
$60 - $120
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Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swazi Kagoule Anorak

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Mountain Hardwear Acadia Jacket

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swazi Kagoule Anorak

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

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