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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 December 9, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Phoenix Jacket
$84 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
$215
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Rainy River Parka with Gore-tex PacLite
$130 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket
$799
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Marmot Alpinist Jacket
$645
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
$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
$90 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody
$159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Furio Jacket
$220 - $278
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
$42 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket
$525
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 Jacket
$194 - $238
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Red Ledge Storm Backpacker Poncho
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket
$599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Hyper Jacket
$150 - $167
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
$5 - $108
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds 2.0 Jacket
$262 - $450
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Parka
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
$73 - $159
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
$500 - $699
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket
$250 - $348
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket
$120 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Predator Jacket
$57
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Helly Hansen Odin 3D Air Shell Jacket
$250 - $284
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Elite Cagoule
$41 - $95
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Microgravity Jacket
$174 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell
$75 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Craghoppers Corran Gore-Tex Jacket
$140
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 - $59
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
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (61)
Marmot PreCip Jacket
$50 - $79
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket
$90 - $138
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
EMS Thunderhead Jacket
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Kento HS Hooded Jacket
$158 - $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
$50 - $120
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Red Ledge Thunderlight Jacket
$44 - $54
Showers Pass Syncline Jacket
$135 - $139
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Recent Waterproof Jacket Reviews

rated 3 of 5 stars
Lands' End Classic Squall Jacket

While still "pretty OK," these are NOT the Squall Jackets of old. You'll be lucky to get two years' light use out of the zipper (I've had three fail in 1-2 years from the noughts onwards), unlike a couple I have in my car trunk from the '80's/'90s. Cuffs fray sooner, no Polartec (I know they're gone), even collar edging gets threadbare rapidly. Uselessly small inner pocket. And customer service isn't what it was either, though this company isn't alone in that. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swazi Tahr XP Anorak

Dead simple, incredibly waterproof shell jacket for hunting and hiking in the worst conditions possible.     I originally found Swazi after I had been on a descent on Mardi Himal on Nepal. I forget what I was wearing, but it leaked through as soon as the rain came in and I was soaked to the bone as I was coming down the mountain. I swore I would find the most waterproof technical jacket possible and my hunt led me to the Swazi Tahr XP. I have owned mine for maybe 6 years now. The Tahr is a simple… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Columbia Titanium Waterproof Jacket

This jacket I purchased three years ago and have worn it in every weather condition. In the military we would call this our cold wet weather jacket. This is my 4th layer for fall, winter, and spring hiking.   Fall hike IAT New Brunswick Trail yoyo Well, since 2018, I have been using this jacket and I use the term Cold Wet weather jacket. It is 100% proof against all bad weather. I would not use it in summer as it doesn't breathe. I use this jacket on the Appalachian Trail and Eastern Canada trails… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Craghoppers Corran Gore-Tex Jacket

A relatively affordable Gore-Tex jacket, with a little extra length than is currently fashionable. I bought this Gore-Tex shell about a year ago and have carried it every second day, in the intervening period. I was reluctant to pay £200 for a new jacket and waited for this one to be available in a sale. I chose a slightly over-sized garment to leave room for layering and to add a little extra length to an already relaxed cut. I really dislike wearing over trousers, except when absolutely necessary,… Full review

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