Best Rain Jackets for Women & Men Rated | 2021 Edition
If you love exploring the great outdoors or have a hobby like running, cycling, or hiking, owning a good rain jacket is essential. Having the correct gear will ensure that you perform well and that you are comfortable. At times, the weather can be unpredictable, so you must have a rain jacket that is waterproof, windproof, and warm.
To make your life easier, we have research and reviewed the best rain jackets currently available and have put together reviews for our top 10 picks. We rated each on comfort, versatility, durability, breathability, and overall value.
Check out our 10 best rain jackets for women and men below. Enjoy!
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Waterproof, windproof and durable
Pit-zips to improve ventilation
Breathable ripstop exterior
Two hip pockets
Available in a variety of colors and designs
- The North Face Venture 2
- Arc’teryx Sawyer Coat
- ATG by Wrangler Trail Jacket
- Black Diamond Stormline Stretch
- Helly Hansen Seven J Waterproof
- Diamond Candy Women’s Rain Jacket
- Mountain HardwearExposure/2 Gore-Tex
- The North Face Women’s Fanorak 2.0
- Columbia Women’s Timber Pointe Omni Tech
- Under Armour Women’s Outrun The Storm
10 Best Rain Jackets
1. The North Face Venture 2
Waterproof, windproof and durable
Pit-zips to improve ventilation
Breathable ripstop exterior
Two hip pockets
Available in a variety of colors and designs
Hood does not include a stiff peak
This North Face Men’s Venture 2 Jacket is a fantastic piece to wear when you are going on a hike and need something to protect you against rough weather conditions.
The jacket has an adjustable hood that closes tight around your head, protecting you from all weather conditions. It can also be adjusted to leave enough room for a helmet or extra layer but does not include a stiff peak.
The coat has a front zip and a top flap that protects you from colder weather conditions. The jacket also has adjustable cuffs with Velcro straps. The great thing about these is that you can adjust them to make the perfect fit. The hem of the jacket can also be adjusted using a cinch drawcord.
This is a highly waterproof jacket because it features a durable water repellent finish on the outside, allowing the rain to simply roll off the jacket. However, the coating requires care and maintenance to prevent it from wearing off.
The jacket is 100% windproof and has been designed to wear on outdoor pursuits like hiking. It is available to purchase in a large selection of colors and sizes, giving you plenty to choose from.
Featuring a polyurethane and print matrix coating, this lightweight jacket offers a great level of durability. The coat has been made from 40D ripstop nylon that is strong and provides a good amount of protection when out in bad weather.
Designed for hiking and exploring the great outdoors, this jacket is extremely breathable because of its ripstop exterior. The jacket features pit-zips that are located under the armpits. These provide a quick and efficient way of letting hot air out of your jacket. Two hip zipper pockets made from mesh also help to cool your body temperature.
One of the more affordable jackets in our collection, this piece from North Face is a fantastic buy.
2. Arc’teryx Sawyer Coat
Adjustable hood and cuffs
Waterproof and windproof
Made with three-layer Gore-Tex material
The coat has a durable water repellent finish
Only available in 4 colors and designs
This Arc’teryx Sawyer coat is a stylish piece that is perfect for keeping you dry in the rain.
Comfortable and durable, this outdoor coat offers a regular fit that provides plenty of freedom to move around in and wear with additional layers. The coat features an adjustable hood with a front brim that provides great weather protection. It has a watertight full-length front zip and adjustable cuffs. It also has two hand pockets and a chest pocket with a watertight zip.
The latest Arc’teryx Sawyer coat is a great outdoor coat that is exceptionally durable and comfortable for everyday wear. This coat offers a long length design that provides plenty of shelter when in bad weather conditions. The coat is available to purchase in 4 different colors including black, dracaena, exosphere, and pilot, which is a little limiting.
The jacket has been constructed using a three-layer Gore-Tex material that delivers complete weather protection. The material has also been given a fabric treatment, a DWR which is a durable water repellent finish that works by repelling moisture and keeping you completely dry.
This men’s coat is made from a Gore-Tex material that is highly breathable. It allows moisture vapor to escape the coating, helping to regulate the temperature inside the coat, making it comfortable to wear.
This is one of the most expensive coats in our collection. If you love this brand and have a larger budget, this men’s coat is a great buy.
3. ATG by Wrangler Trail Jacket
Offers UPF protection
Provides plenty of storage
Adjustable cuffs and waist
Available in a variety of sizes
Not that stylish
Available in 4 different colors and designs
The ATG by Wrangler Men’s Trail Jacket is an extremely comfortable jacket. Created using an all-over bonded fleece fabric, this jacket will provide you with great comfort and warmth.
Suitable to layer with other pieces, you will not want to be without this jacket in the colder months or on a cooler evening.
The jacket has a mock-neck design that covers your neck, helping you stay lovely and warm. It also has an adjustable waist and cuffs that help lock in the warmth. The coat offers plenty of storage including a zip pull chest pocket, an interior zip pocket, and zip pull side seam pocket. Along with an internal head hone pocket, this jacket offers plenty of storage for your items.
This jacket is suitable to wear for hiking, camping, or simply wearing outdoors daily. It is also wind-resistant, warm, and quick-drying. This jacket is available in 4 different colors including black, heather blue, tan, and sundried tomato. When it comes to sizing this piece from Wrangler is available to purchase in a range of sizes.
The great thing about this rain jacket for men is that it is wind resistant so it will block out the wind and will protect you from the cold. The jacket is quick-drying so if you are caught in the rain, the coat is a fantastic water repellent that will keep you dry. It is machine washable so you can wash your coat without being worried that it will get damaged.
This is a lightweight breathable coat that has been created using a moisture-wicking fabric. This works by pulling moisture away from the skin and drawing it to the exterior of the fabric, making it easier to evaporate. The material also blocks the sun with UPF protection
This is one of the cheapest options in our collection. It may not be one of the most stylish jackets in our collection however you will get a lot in return for your money.
4. Black Diamond Stormline Stretch
The stretchy fabric increases mobility
Durable water repellent (DWR) finish
Highly waterproof and windproof
Available in a variety of colors and designs
Pockets can feel a little sticky
The Black Diamond Men’s M Stormline Stretch Rain Shell is super stretch as well as comfy. Made from an elastic fabric, you will struggle to find another jacket stretcher than this one!
This high level of elastic also makes the coat great to wear when doing high performing sports activity outdoors.
The coat offers an adjustable hood that is suitable to wear with a climbing helmet. It has a nice size brim and keeps the rain out of your face. An elastic pull cord positioned at the back of your head allows you to roll back the hood and secure it in place when not used.
When it comes to pockets, this jacket includes two zipped hand pockets that provide plenty of room for valuable items. They also feature flaps that protect them against moisture. The coat has long sleeves that feature Velcro around the cuffs, allowing them to be adjusted so you can get the perfect fit.
This rain shell style jacket from Black Diamond is perfect for wearing biking, hiking, and running. It will also keep you nice and dry if you become caught in the rain. To provide a good level of protection, the coat features a waterproof membrane that has a durable water repellent finish which acts as a fantastic barrier against wind and rain.
Black Diamond offers quite an extensive collection of colors for you to choose from with this coat. With up to 13 different colors and designs available, you are bound to find a color you like.
This men’s rain jacket from Black Diamond is made from a stretch shell fabric. The great thing about this stretchy material is that it reduces the risk of the fabric tearing. The jacket is exceptionally durable even when it is rolled up small and placed in your bag. The membrane shows no wear, making this jacket a great option for frequent outdoor wear.
Rain shell coats are not as breathable as a 3-layer hard-shell jacket so when hiking, running, or biking you may find yourself struggling to stay cool in this jacket. However, what the jacket sacrifices in breathability, it excels in being waterproof. The coat does however feature a generous sizes pit zip located close to the armpit that allows you to quickly get rid of some heat by opening up the zip.
If you are looking for a waterproof coat that will get through the worst downpour, this coat from Black Jacket will certainly do that. If may not be as breathable as some of the others in our collection however it is very affordable and has plenty to offer.
5. Helly Hansen Seven J Waterproof
Fixed hood with front storm flap
Long sleeves and adjustable cuffs
The coat is made from durable water-resistant fabric
Designed for high-performance outdoor activities
Breathable and waterproof
Suitable to wear in bad weather conditions
Available in a variety of colors and designs
Only available in a regular fit
The Helly Hansen Men’s Seven J rain jacket is a fantastic option if you want a stylish piece that is comfy, waterproof, and affordable.
Offering a regular fit, the great thing about this jacket is that it can be worn with thicker mid-layers, keeping you nice and warm. The coat has a fixed hood that has one adjustment and features a front storm flap. The coat has long sleeves with adjustable cuffs, a bottom hem cinch-cord, and an anti-chafe chin guard for pure comfort.
This raincoat from Helly Hansen has been designed to be highly waterproof and withstand high-performance outdoor activity during challenging and unpredictable weather conditions. Whether you like hiking, trekking, biking, mountaineering, or camping, this jacket will keep you warm and dry. When it comes to color, this rain jacket is available in 28 different color variations giving you lots to choose from.
The jacket has also been designed to withstand harsh weather conditions by creating the coat with a durable water-resistant (DWR) membrane. The coat is also machine washable and can be tumble dried.
This rain jacket from Helly Hansen features a Helly Tech performance outer layer that is both waterproof and breathable. This performance layer has been designed so it keeps water molecules out of the coat and allows sweat vapor to pass through the material. This ensures you stay dry and comfortable on the inside and outside of the jacket. The coat also has a highly breathable inner fabric that keeps you cool when wearing.
This coat from Helly Hansen is one of the more affordable options in our collection making it a great buy.
6. Diamond Candy Women’s Rain Jacket
Removable and adjustable hood
Feature 4 zipper pockets
Designed with water-repellent technology
High collar and adjustable cuffs
Available in 5 bright colors
More warm than breathable
This rain jacket from Diamond Candy is another of our fantastic jackets that will keep you dry and warm when exploring the great outdoors.
Featuring a soft and lightweight shell, this women’s jacket has a large hood that can be adjusted so you get the perfect fit and right level of protection. The hood can also be removed if preferred. Created with a soft and warm lining, this jacket retains the heat and keeps your body lovely and warm. The jacket is fitted with cotton padding which helps to retain the level of heat.
The coat includes 2 zippered hand pockets, 1 zippered chest pocket, and 1 internal pocket, giving you plenty of room to store your valuable items. The coat has been designed with a high collar that protects your neck and has adjustable cuffs, that work by sealing in plenty of warmth, so you don’t lose any heat.
The Diamond Candy Women’s rain jacket is the perfect jacket to wear for outdoor activities including hiking, running, walking, and camping because it is highly waterproof and breathable. The jacket comes in 5 bright color options including blue, red, hot pink, green and black, offering you a lovely selection of shades.
This soft-shell jacket has been created using water-repellent technology, making the jacket great for wearing in rainy weather. It is also 100% wind resistant. The jacket is also super warm and soft to wear and includes a warm lining that helps by retaining the heat, so your body stays nice and warm.
This women’s rain jacket has been made using a quality breathable fabric that will help keep your body comfortable and cool, particularly when you are doing outdoor activities.
This is another of our affordable women’s rain jackets. This lightweight jacket is an absolute bargain, you will not want to miss out on this buy.
7. Mountain HardwearExposure/2 Gore-Tex
Made from 100% nylon
Side vents help control temperature
Internal and chest pockets
Suitable to wear for rock climbing and mountaineering
Available in 5 different colors
This is one of our most comfortable rain jackets yet! Suitable to wear for intensive outdoor activities like rock climbing and mountaineering, you can rely on this jacket to protect you in practically every weather condition.
Featuring a waterproof hood, it has also been designed with a drop tail for extra coverage, keeping you dry in wet weather. The jacket features two internal pockets and a chest pocket so you have plenty of space to store items. The coat also has a front zipper.
This rain jacket is perfect for wearing when venturing outdoors and taking part in rock climbing and mountaineering. It is also suitable to wear for day sports like hiking or cycling. The great thing about this jacket is that it will keep you dry wherever you go. Available in 5 different colors including zinc, racer, dark army, darklands, and void, you have a good collection of colors to choose from with this brand. When it comes to size, some users found the sizes to be unrealistic.
This jacket has been created using a 100% nylon fabric. The advantage of this fabric is that it offers a great stretch, allowing free movement whatever sport you are doing. The nylon is also waterproof so you will be dry and comfortable when caught in the rain. This coat has been specially designed to withstand rough outdoor weather conditions.
This men’s rain jacket from Mountain Hardwear has been made using breathable fabric and features side vents that help control the temperature in both warm and cold weather conditions.
This raincoat is one of our more high-priced coats so if you have the extra dollars to spare this would make a great buy.
8. The North Face Women’s Fanorak 2.0
Color-blocked anorak-style jacket
Fixed hood and elastic cuffs
Durable water repellent finish
Features WindWall technology
Can be stored away in the fanny pack bag
Available in 6 different color variations
Not very breathable
This color-blocked anorak-style jacket is a statement piece that you won’t forget in a hurry. With a North Face logo on the left chest as well as back-right shoulder, this coat features an exterior fanny pack which is quite a statement piece of the coat.
The jacket is a relaxed pullover piece that can be easily put on over your head and when not used, stored away in the fanny pack bag.
The coat has a fixed hood and elastic cuffs that prevent the wind and rain from getting in through the coat. The jacket can also be comfortably worn with a base layer and sweatshirt on underneath to keep you warm.
This North Face coat is a highly versatile jacket that can be worn in wet and windy weather conditions. One of the great things about this jacket is that it can easily be folded up and packed into its fanny pack bag where it does not incur any wear or tear. The women’s coat is available in 6 different colors and designs. With plenty of color variations available you will be spoilt for choice with this selection.
The North Face Women’s Fanorak 2.0 jacket features a durable water repellent finish, making it extremely resistant. The item also features WindWall technology that helps block out bad weather.
This North Face rain jacket for women excels in being water and wind resistant so unfortunately lacks a little in breathability. The women’s jacket does however include an open bottom hem that allows more airflow through. The jacket also provides a loose fit and has a quarter zip that helps will ventilation. However, we need to point out that the fabric used is not that breathable and sweat easily collects inside the jacket, making it one of our least breathable jackets.
This women’s North Face anorak-style jacket is an iconic piece that you will either love or hate. Available for an affordable price, this is a brilliant buy that you will not want to miss out on.
9. Columbia Women’s Timber Pointe Omni Tech
Omni Tech Technology
Made from polyester and nylon
Features a mesh lining
Zip and Velcro closure
Only available in 2 colors
No removable/adjustable hood
The Columbia Women’s Timber Pointe jacket is comfortable, waterproof, and super affordable.
Made from polyester and nylon, this women’s raincoat features a hood that will protect you from the rain and keep you dry. Unlike, the other raincoats in our collection, unfortunately, the hood is not adjustable or removable.
The jacket features a hem cord that allows the bottom of the jacket to be pulled tighter if preferred. The women’s coat also features a zip and Velcro closure as well as 2 main pockets that have a zipper closure.
This women's rain jacket from Columbia is a great jacket to wear for outdoor activities in practically all weather conditions. The simple feminine style jacket offers a lovely fit that will keep you warm as well as dry. Unfortunately, this jacket is only available in 2 colors including deep marine and pond which is a little limiting.
When it comes to durability this raincoat from Columbia features Omni Tech protection, which is a premium, air-permeable waterproof membrane that makes the coat water-resistant.
To help make this raincoat breathable it features a mesh lining that provides natural air pockets between the skin and jacket, allowing air to circulate easily and keep the body nice and cool.
If you want a women’s raincoat that does not cost a fortune but will still keep you warm and protected from the rain, this Columbia coat is a great option that you won’t be disappointed with.
10. Under Armour Women’s Outrun The Storm
Lightweight and durable
UA Storm technology
Front chest and hand pockets
Smooth spacer cuffs
Reflective detail provides better visibility in low light
Only available in 3 colors
The latest Under Armour Women’s Outrun the Storm jacket is a super stylish raincoat that you will not want to miss out on!
Lightweight, durable, and made from a stretch-weaved fabric, this weather-resistant jacket will keep you dry and warm in all weather conditions. The jacket has a hood and features 2 hand pockets and one front zipper chest pocket, so you have somewhere to store your items. The coat also has smooth spacer cuffs that protect your hands and is longer at the back, providing extra coverage.
This Under Armour Women’s jacket is a great option if you want a stylish design that will keep you dry when out in the rain. The jacket only comes in 3 color options including black, downpour grey, and radio red which is a little disappointing. However, the jacket does include reflective detail, providing greater visibility when worn in lower light. The item is also machine washable.
The jacket has been made using a UA Storm Technology that makes the item water-repellent and protects the wearer from all types of weather. The jacket is lightweight, durable, and made from a stretch-weaved fabric.
This raincoat will keep you nice and cool when worn in warmer weather conditions.
This stylish rain jacket from Under Armour is a great affordable jacket. If you are on a budget but want a good quality stylish coat to wear this is the perfect option.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The comfort of your rain jacket is probably the most important thing to get right.
It is essential that the sizing is correct, so your jacket is not too small and not too big. You will also need to make sure the length of the main body and arms fit well and the cuffs around your wrists. We selected rain jackets that were available in a variety of sizes and were suitable for a range of body types. We also chose jackets that had a cord hem at the bottom of the coat, allowing the bottom of the jacket to be pulled in or loosened if necessary. We picked jackets that featured adjustable cuffs as well as adjustable or removal hoods.
We looked at these areas carefully because they all affect the comfort of the rain jacket. The jacket's breathability, ability to be waterproof, and windproof will also have an impact on the jacket's overall comfort as these are the things protecting the wearer. We felt we chose a variety of comfortable rain jackets that were suitable for both men and women to wear.
The versatility of a rain jacket is another criterion we considered carefully.
We paid close attention to the style, color, and designs available. Some of the jackets featured reflective detail, allowing them to be worn in lower light conditions. We also picked jackets that were suitable to wear for outdoor sports activities, particularly when in wet, windy, and cold weather conditions.
The durability of your rain jacket is crucial because you want it to last for a long time and you do not want to have to replace your rain jacket after a few months of wear.
When it came to our collection, it was important that they could withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions and could be worn when taking part in outdoor sports activities. We chose jackets that were water repellent, had Omni Tech protection, and were designed with Wind Wall Technology. Some of the jackets also featured an outer coating of DWR and were created using a three-layer Gore-Tex material, providing complete weather protection.
A rain jacket must be breathable particularly when playing a sport.
When hiking, running, or cycling, you are going to get warm and burn up a sweat, so a rain jacket must keep you cool.
We included a selection of rain jackets that were breathable however some jackets featured were more breathable than others. Some of the rain jackets included a mesh lining, had open bottom hems allowing more airflow through and others featured side vents to help control the temperature inside the jacket. Some of the rain jackets had pit zips located close to the armpit that could be opened, allowing the warm heat to run out. Some jackets were also made using moisture-wicking fabric and Gore-Tex material that is highly breathable.
What we did notice was that the jackets which were least breathable tended to be more waterproof.
When it comes to value it is important to establish your budget at the outset.
Deciding how much you are willing to spend on your raincoat before you start looking is essential. Also knowing if you have any additional money to spend if you see something that is a little above your budget. When selecting our collection of raincoats, we wanted to include jackets that were low, medium, and high in price, offering something for varying budgets. By doing this, it made our collection of jackets accessible to a variety of customers and offered something for everyone.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
When buying a rain jacket, it is vital that the coat is waterproof so check what the item has been made from to ensure it is waterproof.
Ordering the correct size rain jacket is crucial as you do not want it to be too small or too big. Pay close attention to the sizing chart provided online and double-check your size.
If you are buying a rain jacket you must buy one that has a good hood. Whether it is adjustable, removable, or can be worn with a helmet, you must pick a jacket that has the correct hood for you and what you will be wearing it for.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What should I look for when buying a waterproof jacket?
When buying a waterproof jacket, the most important thing to look for is how waterproof a jacket is, its durability, and breathability.
q: How do you know if a jacket is waterproof?
A waterproof jacket has a DWR (durable water repellent) finish on the exterior of the jacket. This works by repelling moisture and keeping you dry.
q: Why does my rain jacket get wet inside?
The main reason your rain jacket gets wet inside is due to condensation and perspiration. Condensation occurs when the rain jacket's exterior is cooler than its interior, causing water vapor to condense on the inside of your jacket making it wet. Perspiration can also cause your jacket to get wet inside because it produces water vapor. This then condenses in the same way.
q: Is Gore-Tex 100% waterproof?
Yes, Gore-Tex is a 100% waterproof. It is one of the most effective waterproof membranes used for rain jackets.