In the months leading up to winter and summer, you’re not typically dealing with the type of freezing cold that chills you to the bone. Instead, you’re dealing with blustery winds and impromptu rainstorms. For those days, it’s important to have a good rain jacket. They’re made to keep you dry, but are thin enough to ensure you don’t overheat, which is important (mainly because being hot and wet aren’t very pleasant unless they’re in relation to Wet Hot American Summer).
Bonus? If you have a good rain jacket with a hood, you don’t even need to carry a stupid umbrella around. Awesome, right? Check out 15 of our favorites.
The North Face Resolve Jacket
You might look to The North Face for the type of intense gear you’d wear during a fierce snowstorm, but they do make gear for when you’re not climbing a snowy mountain, like this Resolve Jacket. Available in a rainbow of colors, the jacket is made with The North Face’s signature HyVent fabric, making it both waterproof and breathable. It also has a hood that stashes into the collar when not in use.
RAINS The Breaker
If you’re looking for a quality rain jacket, it only seems appropriate to buy from the company that named itself RAINS, presumably after the weather it deals with in its home of rainy Copenhagen (the city deals with a reported 121 rainy days a year). This classic slim-fit jacket has an adjustable hood, air vents throughout to ensure circulation, waterproof zippers, multiple pockets, and even with all of those features, it’ll still look good regardless of whether you’re hiking in the woods or strolling city streets.
Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket
Patagonia has been a trusted name in outdoor gear for years, so you won’t be disappointed when you purchase this Torrentshell Rain Jacket. Available in a variety of colors, the jacket is ultralight (and is designed to become ultra compact—perfect for travel), equipped with a drawcord hem and hook-and-loop cuff closures to keep you bone-dry all over, and all of the jacket’s zippers have been coated with Durable Water Repellent to ensure that they’ll never rust.
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
Outdoor Research was started in the 1980s by a scientist and adventurer who founded the company on the tenet that science could be used to improve outdoor gear. The brand’s breathable, waterproof Helium II Jacket is true to its name—it’s lighter than air, clocking in at just 6.4 ounces, meaning that you won’t have a problem carrying it with you wherever you go (and you’ll want to, for sure).
Fjallraven Abisko Hybrid Jacket
Fjallraven was founded in Sweden in 1960, and since then, its been making durable, functional products like the Abisko Hybrid Jacket. Available in natural colors like green, gray, yellow, brown, and blue, the jacket is completely waterproof and has reinforcements in places that see a lot of wear and tear, so you can be sure it’ll last through thousands of rainy days.
Nau Urbane Jacket
Founded in 2007, Nau is a relatively young company, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know what they’re doing. The slim-fit, ultra-versatile Urbane Jacket is one of the company’s bestsellers, and you can see why. Crafted from a blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton, this two-layer jacket is both waterproof and breathable, and as a bonus—Nau donates 2% of every sale to its charitable partners.
Stutterheim Stockholm Jacket
Stockholm-based Stutterheim began as a homage to the founder’s grandfather (Stutterheim is their shared last name), and his no-nonsense old raincoat that stood the test of time. Since then, the company has built a name for itself for making high-quality, high-fashion raincoats (Kanye West is reportedly a fan). The Stockholm Jacket is the brand’s original offering, handcrafted from rubberized cotton with silver snap closures and hemp drawstrings.
Western Rise Bitter Creek Anorak
Colorado-based Western Rise designs and creates products specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, and its Bitter Creek Anorak has all of the bells and whistles that you’d want while out on the trail. Crafted out of 20K waterproof fabric, the jacket has a multitude of pockets, core venting, and an adjustable hood and cuffs, which will keep you dry from the rain and prevent you from sweating.
Freeman The Freeman Jacket
Seattle-based Freeman may be only 5 years old, but the company’s simple, timeless designs make it seem like it’s a bona fide heritage brand. Its signature eponymous Freeman Jacket is preppy to the nth degree—the Nantucket red coat features a plaid-lined interior and multiple snap pockets.
Outerknown Nomadic Parka
A new brand created by World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown seeks to create quality menswear pieces while using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices. The brand’s deep blue Nomadic Parka is a modern take on the M-65 military jacket, but looks a bit more sophisticated, with a hidden zippered hood and streamlined silhouette.
J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Ventile Jacket
Crafted out of the same military-grade Ventile fabric that’s been used since WWII to help keep fighter pilots dry in inclement weather, J. Crew’s Wallace & Barnes Ventile Jacket is sure to stand up to whatever drizzle you’re trying to get through on your Saturday morning coffee run.
Aether Northerner Jacket
Founded by outdoorsy urban professionals on a mission to make high-performance clothing versatile enough for their everyday lives, LA-based Aether offers up its Northerner Jacket with pride. Available in gray, black, and navy, the jacket has a simple, streamlined design that downplays all of its features. Made of a water- and wind-resistant nylon and cotton blend, the jacket features Primaloft insulation, multiple exterior pockets, as well as interior pockets for stashing your phone and an audio valve for your headphones (which is extremely important when trudging through the rain).
Descente Hooded Waterproof Jacket
Although Descente was founded in Japan in the 1930s, it takes its name from the French word for downhill skiing, so you know that all of their gear will stand up to the elements, whether it’s a snowstorm or a mere rain shower. This bright orange Hooded Waterproof Jacket—with its packable hood and multiple zippered pockets—will not only keep you dry, it’ll keep you visible. And then some.
NuDown Mount Tallac Jacket
The Mount Tallac Jacket might look like any other waterproof jacket, but looks can be deceiving. It’s an offering from NuDown, a company with a new way to keep you warm without using traditional down feather insulation (hence the name). The nylon and polyester water-resistant shell (available in red, gray, and blue) is great (and has a built-in RECCO system that makes you searchable by rescue crews in the event of an avalanche), but the real feature here is NuDown’s signature lining with built-in air pump—the colder it is outside, the more you pump it up for additional insulation. No feathers required.
Arc’Teryx Veilance Field LT Jacket
Founded in the extreme conditions of the Canadian coast, Arc’teryx knows a thing or two about how to survive in brutal conditions, and that’s why its products are favored by people who do super-active things in the cold. The Field LT Jacket—which, in its black offering can double as a semi-formal jacket—employs Gore-Tex technology to protect from the harshest elements while still being breathable.
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