Whether you’re looking to stay protected on your daily commute or headed out on a backpacking trip, a quality rain jacket is a must-have to fend off the elements. Below you’ll find all of our detailed rain jacket reviews, from casual, entry-level pieces for around-town wear to dedicated performance-focused jackets and minimalist ultralight models for activities like trail running and climbing. We put these jackets through extensive (and inclement) testing in places like the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Canyon, and Patagonia to provide our readers with an accurate idea of their weather protection, breathability, comfort, and more.

Best Rain Jackets of 2020

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we know a thing or two about rain. From months of daily drizzle to heavy downpour in the mountains, we’re acutely aware of the benefits of a quality waterproof and breathable jacket. The 2020 rain jackets for men and...

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket (2020) Review

Outdoor Research has updated its long-standing and very popular ultralight rain shell for 2020. The latest Helium—replacing the “II”—sticks largely to the same formula with upgrades in durability and fit without...

Patagonia Calcite Jacket Review

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to rain protection, ranging from uber-lightweight and packable jackets to robust, 3-layer hardshells. New for 2019, Patagonia’s Calcite Alpine Jacket falls right...

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoody Review

Arc’teryx’s Norvan SL Insulated Hoody is billed as their lightest insulated waterproof layer. Purpose-built for trail running in cold weather, we put the Norvan to the test during a wet and soggy season in British...

Black Diamond Liquid Point Rain Jacket Review

Over the last few years, Black Diamond has assembled an impressive lineup of outdoor gear, from ski jackets and insulation to casual lifestyle apparel. The Liquid Point is their leading performance rain jacket...

Marmot PreCip Eco Rain Jacket Review

Being from Seattle, we get asked for rain jacket recommendations a lot, and often steer people to the Marmot PreCip. The reasons for this are fairly simple: the jacket punches well above its $100 price with quality waterproofing, a versatile...

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Review

Arc’teryx’s Zeta line of rain jackets is designed for lightweight trekking and runs the gamut from the fully featured and pricey Zeta AR (“all round”) to the feathery Zeta FL (“fast and light”). The Zeta SL is the “superlight” version and puts a big...

Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Review

Black Diamond has assembled a solid lineup of quality hardshells and rain jackets over the last few years, and the StormLine is yet another standout. By adding stretch into the jacket’s face fabric...

The North Face Apex Flex GTX 3.0 Review

The North Face Apex Flex GTX 3.0 is a versatile jacket that doesn’t fit perfectly into any one category. The 3-layer Gore-Tex build provides excellent waterproofing, although it certainly is heavy for...

Columbia Watertight II Review

There are a healthy number of budget-oriented rain shells on the market, and Columbia’s versatile Watertight II is among the most popular. The jacket isn’t a standout in wet-weather performance—you’ll...

Arc’teryx Zeta AR Review

Sitting atop Arc’teryx’s Zeta lineup is the Zeta AR (“all round”). Designed as a versatile and fully featured shell for trekking, the jacket performed extremely well throughout a thorough round of testing in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains...

REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Review

Backed by a Gore license, REI Co-op now has top-of-the-line waterproofing technology to replace their old eVent line. Combine this with REI’s increased focus on design and performance of their in-house products, and you have some very competitive...

Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid Review

Arc’teryx’s Beta SL Hybrid isn’t your typical rain shell. As its name suggests, the hybrid construction blends two Gore-Tex fabrics of different thicknesses to maximize weatherproofing, minimize weight, and...

REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Review

REI Co-op has made major strides over the past few years, assembling an impressive in-house lineup of high-quality gear and clothing that doesn’t break the bank. And the XeroDry GTX rain...

The North Face Venture 2 Review

The Venture 2 has been a long-time staple in The North Face’s rain jacket collection, aiming to balance weather protection, weight, and price. Over the past year, we’ve tested the shell extensively from...

Marmot Minimalist Review

Marmot’s Minimalist jacket isn’t new, but its combination of price and performance keeps it among our favorite rain shells year after year. With proven Gore-Tex waterproofing, a thoughtful feature set, and premium build quality, the...

Arc'teryx Norvan SL Hoody Review

In February of 2016, Arc’teryx introduced two new minimalist jackets: the Norvan Jacket and Norvan SL Hoody. In the latter, the “SL” stands for super light and the jacket is marketed as the lightest...

Arc'teryx Zeta LT Review

The Arc’teryx Zeta LT manages an impressive balance that few rain jackets are able to achieve: design and performance that nearly match an alpine hardshell with the comfort and weight of a packable rain jacket. Retailing for over $400, the Zeta LT...

Outdoor Research Foray Review

As Seattleites, Outdoor Research has had ample opportunity to test rain jacket designs, and we like what they've come up with in the Foray. This do-it-all shell is lightweight enough for hiking and...