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 2021

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 shell. Below we break down the best rain...

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket Review

Patagonia’s popular Torrentshell got a notable upgrade for 2020, shifting from a 2.5-layer design to a more hardwearing and weather-ready 3-layer construction. We brought the retooled Torrentshell...

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket 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...

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket 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 Rainshadow Jacket Review

Landing in the middle of their rain shell collection, Patagonia's Rainshadow Jacket slots in as a protective but comfortable option for everyday wear and activities like hiking and backpacking...

Patagonia Calcite Jacket Review

Patagonia’s rain wear lineup runs the gamut from the stretchy Rainshadow to the Triolet hardshell that offers maximum protection and breathability. New for last year, the Calcite Jacket lands squarely in the middle: at 13.1 ounces and featuring a 2.5...

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 we 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 feature...

Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket (2021) Review

After a short hiatus, Arc’teryx has released an updated version of their Beta LT hardshell for spring 2021. The new jacket represents a fairly substantial shift from the outgoing LT, featuring standard 3-layer...

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 Rain Jacket 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 Jacket 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 Jacket 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 Rain Jacket 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 Rain Jacket 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

Purpose-built for trail running along the wet and sloppy trails of North Vancouver, Arc’teryx’s Norvan collection runs the gamut from the long distance-focused Norvan LD shoes to the Gore-Tex-equipped Norvan SL Hoody tested here. In short, this rain...

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 Rain Jacket 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...