The rain just won’t go away. It’s a fact of life — the essence of life, in fact — so as much as a little afternoon shower might dampen your plans or commute, it’s one of the very reasons for our existence on this planet. So, with this in mind, why not embrace the rains rather than let them spoil our fun.
Our suggestion? Don’t let a little precipitation get in the way of what really matters — whatever goal or activity you’ve got planned. And with a little help from a trusty rain jacket, you’ll remain relatively dry and continue to conquer whatever task you may have at hand. Here’s 20 of the best rain jackets currently on the market for the taking.
Helly Hansen Highlands Jacket
As a key wardrobe essential, the rain jacket is a must-have for any modern guy. And if straightforward is what you’re after, allow us to suggest Helly Hansen’s Highland’s Jacket for your consideration. Each option comes equipped with a packable hood, cargo hand pockets, wind and water protection, and a fully seam-sealed construction.
Outdoor Research Helium II
Offering complete storm protection — thanks to a 2.5-layer Pertex waterproof breathable laminate, this hip-length rain jacket is a key essential for the rainy season. It comes equipped with sealed seams, interior storm flap, drawcord hem, and a reflective hood for good measure.
Stylish and made for rainy days in the city, the Starby is built from breathable and water-resistant coated polyester along with taped seams throughout to ensure extra protection. It’s also lightweight and versatile too because life can be a toss-up from time to time. Thankfully, this jacket can handle it all.
Black Diamond Stormline Stretch Rain Shell
When exploring new places with unpredictable weather, there are few options out there like Black Diamond’s Stormline Stretch Rain Shell. It hosts a waterproof ‘BD.Dry’ membrane to help seal out the elements, a four-way stretch construction for comfort, and even packs snugly into its own pocket for easy transport.
Rains Long Jacket
Positioned as a longer version of their urban Jacket, this essential brand classic surely stands up to whatever wicked weather is thrown its way. It’s all thanks to a water-resistant lightweight fabric, casual raincoat silhouette, slanting pocket flaps, and adjustable cuffs. Really, what’s not to like here?
Topo Designs Global Jacket
They already brought us the iconic everyday backpacks for the day hike, now, Topo Designs is introducing us to their Global Jacket. As a versatile travel coat, this handsome piece of outerwear comes equipped with venting pockets, just the right amount of stretch, and a structured hood for those wetter and chiller mornings.
22 Degrees Ocean Jacket
Take everything we know about the waterproof and insulating nature of neoprene and you’ll have a pretty decent idea of what the Ocean Jacket is all about. Easily the burliest option on the list, this is designed for life at sea thanks to superior waterproof and warming technology. Did we also mention it was designed by a divemaster?
Baro The Brockton 3L
Taking the traditional rain jacket into the world of modernized military-inspired gear, the Brockton 3L is a hooded coat with a fishtail design, houses the brand’s signature waterproof and breathable fabric, utilizes fully taped seams, and features an adjustable hood.
The North Face Apex Flex GTX
Can’t go wrong with The North Face. Especially with their Apex Flex GTX waterproof jacket. Additionally, this windproof and breathable piece features pit-zip venting, a covered chest pocket, adjustable cuff tabs, and an active fit.
Arc’teryx Beta SI Jacket
Complete with a sleek design and water-resistant zipper closure, the Beta SI Jacket is one fine choice from Arc’teryx. Additional noteworthy features include a 100 percent nylon construction, a lightweight build, and washing-machine safe materials and construction.
Patagonia Storm Racer
Let’s face it, Patagonia knows outdoor gear. That’s why the Storm Racer was a no-brainer inclusion for us. Each jacket hosts an H2No Performance Standard waterproof breathable fabric, close-fitting hood that rolls away, three-layer ripstop shell, reflective logos on the left chest and center back among a handful of other handy features.
Kuhl Airstorm Rain Jacket
Looking for a burly rain jacket to keep the elements at bay? Well, Kuhl has you covered with their Airstorm offering. It hosts a 2.5-layer construction for superb waterproof protection, a stretchy nylon fabric for enhanced movement, and YKK water-resistant zippers because, hey, this is a rain jacket after all.
Cold Smoke Shadow eVent Anorak
By now our love for Coldsmoke should come as no surprise. This is equally so with the Shadow eVent Anorak — a minimalist technical pullover built for the wettest of winters. It’s constructed from shadow ripstop nylon and designed to have your back covered in even the soggiest of environments.
Taylor Stitch The Reyes Jacket
Built out as a go-to jacket for all conditions, this refined-fitting piece of city-slicking outerwear is made from a waterproof fabric, sealed seams, and stormproof zippers. The hood is also packable in a rear touring pocket making the Reyes a light fall jacket in a matter of moments.
Hyperlite The Shell Jacket
Not only are their tents and shelters durable pieces positioned to tackle the elements head-on — their jackets are too. Meet The Shell, an ultralight technical jacket that’s been optimized for adventuring and/or just your typical day-to-day activities in inclement weather. Here, we have a jacket hosting a DCF-WPB fabric with both Dyneema and eVent technology, a #5 YKK Aquaguard zipper, and a performance fit among a handful of other impressive features.
Fjallraven Abisko Eco-Shell Rain Jacket
What makes a rain jacket so reliable on the front lines? How about the achievable combination of 2.5 layers, a four-way stretch, and excellent breathability. Pepper in a straightforward design and adjustable hood in congruence with two hand pockets and a chest pocket and you have yourself an ideal all-season option from which to choose.
Filson All Season Rain Coat
An iconic legacy brand stamping their name on a rain jacket? Yes, please. Filson has really outdone themselves this go-around with the All Season Rain Coat. Each piece hosts seam-free shoulders, a rain-repellant lining, and a #8 YKK two-way solid brass zipper closure.
Triple Aught Design Raptor Hoodie
A fierce yet light option, TAD’s Raptor Hoodie is a packable and reliable rain jacket for any on-the-go lifestyle. Each hoodie is built with Polartec’s Neoshell fabric, hosts two zippered hand pockets, two upper chest pockets with media ports, and even a three-panel hood for maximum protection from the elements.
Mission Workshop The Orion
Packable, windproof, waterproof, and durable — welcome to Mission Workshop. The item at hand — The Orion — is just that. Positioned as an ideal shell for hiking, biking or travel, it’s fully taped, breathable, and made from 96 g/m2 high-performance Toray Entrant textile from Japan. Can’t go wrong here.
Blackyak Brangus Jacket
Based out of South Korea, Blackyak is a mountaineering brand like no other. Take that technology and pair it with a rain jacket, there’s no doubt you’ll have yourself a winner. The Brangus is just that, a handsome and rugged rain jacket built for the frost-covered slopes come wintertime.
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