Compare Waterproof Rain Jackets

A rain jacket is an essential piece of kit when it comes to time outdoors and adventures, and if treated correctly will last you a very long time. Whether you decide to go for a hard shell or a lighter layer, you’ll be adding a vital layer to your system. Use our comparison table below to look side by side at waterproofing, size, weight and other vital statistics to help you make a decision about the best rain jacket for your needs. Adding a good quality rain jacket to your kit does not need to mean adding much extra weight or bulk to your pack when not wearing either.

Editor’s note: This article is part of our guide to the very best waterproof rain jackets for hiking, be sure to check out the rest of this guide for our top buying tips:

Arc'teryx Beta LT
Black Diamond StormLine
Outdoor Research Helium Rain
Marmot PreCip Eco
Arc’teryx Beta
Marmot Minimalist
Rab Downpour Plus 2.0
The North Face Venture 2
Columbia Watertight II
The North Face Dryzzle Futurelight
ARC'TERYX Beta LT Jacket Women's (Black Sapphire, Large)
BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Men's Stretch Rain Shell - Tundra - Small
Outdoor Research Men's Helium Rain Jacket – Breathable Weatherproof Jacket
MARMOT Men's Precip Eco Jacket | Lightweight, Waterproof Jacket for Men, Ideal for Hiking, Jogging, and Camping, 100% Recycled, Cilantro, XX-Large
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket Men's | Versatile Gore-Tex Pro Shell for All Round Use | Black, X-Large
MARMOT Women's Minimalist Gore tex Jacket, Black, Medium
RAB Men's Downpour Plus 2.0 Waterproof Breathable Jacket for Hiking & Climbing
THE NORTH FACE Men’s Venture 2 Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket (Standard and Big & Tall Size), Shady Blue/Shady Blue, Small
Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket, Bright Indigo, Large
THE NORTH FACE Dryzzle Futurelight Parka Tnf Black LG
Buying Options
Our Awards
Best Women's Performance
Best Stretchy
Best Ultralight
Best Men's Performance
Best Womens
Best Mens
Best Budget
Catergory
Performance / Hiking
Daily Use / Hiking
Hiking
Daily Use / Hiking
Performance / Hiking
Daily Use / Hiking
Performance / Hiking
Daily Use / Hiking
Daily Use
Daily Use / Hiking
Weight
13.9 oz.
11.3 oz.
6.3 oz.
10.6 oz.
10.6 oz.
13 oz.
13.2 oz.
11.6 oz.
13 oz.
12 oz.
Waterproof
3L Gore-Tex
2.5L BD.dry
2.4L Pertex
2.5L NanoPro
3L Gore-Tex
2.5L Gore-Tex
2.5L Pertex
2.5L Dryvent
2L Omni-Tech
3L Futurelight
Pockets
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand
2 Zippered Hand
2 Zippered Hand
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
2 zippered chest
2 zippered hand
2 zippered hand pockets; 2 internal drop-in pockets
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Pit Zips
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Packacle
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Price
Price not available
Price not available
$162.39
Price not available
$728.60
$220.00
Price not available
$98.95
Price not available
$219.99

Conclusion

Choosing a rain jacket needs to be a personal preference and will be dictated by where you plan to use it the most from the level of waterproofing you need. For example, if you live somewhere with well-known heavy rain, looking at a hard shell is going to be likely a better buy than something more lightweight and just for the occasional shower. You can read more about this in our guide to the differences between waterproofing, water resistant and water repellent here. A rain jacket actually adds an extra layer of safety to your kit too – it may seem like an obvious purchase, but having protection against heavy downpours in cold situations can make a huge difference, and a rain jacket is an extra layer of insulation too.

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