Stay Comfy and Dry With the Best Men's Rain Jackets

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Hardshell Jacket testing
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TripSavvy's Picks

Patagonia's Granite Crest Jacket is our best overall pick for men's rain jackets. Its marriage of top-shelf performance with innovative and industry-pushing environmental and sustainability practices continues to change the game. And for a solid shell at a lower cost, we love Black Diamond's Treeline Shell.

Even the most detail-obsessed planner can’t control everything while traveling—which is why a rain jacket qualifies as an essential element of your go-to travel and outdoor gear. And while there are models suitable to every type of traveler, from hikers and cyclists to stylish men and urban explorers, the one overarching piece of advice is: Don’t go cheap. Lesser-quality rain jackets should keep you dry if the skies open, but chances are they won’t breathe well, making things clammy and uncomfortable inside them. That can result in your clothes becoming sweaty and wet, effectively defeating the whole purpose of wearing a rain jacket.

Instead, opt for a jacket with breathable membranes and wicking inner liners, which will help regulate the internal temperature. Some even use armpit zippers to help ventilate excess heat while you're doing high-octane activities like backpacking or running.

Here are the best men's rain jackets available.

Best Overall

Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket

5
Patagonia Granite Crest Rain Jacket

REI

What We Like
  • Excellent water protection with good breathability

  • All the bells and whistles like pit zips, helmet-compatible hood, watertight zippers, and drawcord at the bottom

  • Top environmental and sustainability practices

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing yet

Patagonia nails it again with its new Granite Crest rain jacket. There's so much to like about this jacket. Let's start with its functionality. We found it one of the most protective yet breathable of the more than a dozen rain jackets tested. Patagonia uses a proprietary H2No shell fabric, which is at the top of the market for blocking moisture from coming in and releasing it simultaneously. It also features watertight zippers, pit zips, and an adjustable drawcord at the bottom to cinch down. We like intelligent features like a helmet-compatible hood with a ton of coverage and the ability to pack it into its own pocket.

We'd be remiss not to mention Patagonia's continued commitment to creating products with ultimate sustainability in mind. This jacket features recycled nylon, fabric made from recycled fishing nets, and non-fluorinated DWR. And it's Fair Trade Certified sewn. Patagonia continues to lead in product performance and sustainability innovation.

Price at time of publish: $279

Materials: H2No Performance Standard shell: 3-layer, 3-ounce, 30-denier NetPlus recycled ripstop nylon | Waterproofing: 3-layer H2No waterproof/breathable membrane | Weight: 14.1 ounces | Sustainability: Fair Trade Certified sewing, recycled materials

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Montane Spine Jacket

4.9
Montane Spine Jacket

Trekk Inn

What We Like
  • We love the athletic cut on a rain jacket

  • Great breathability and weatherproofing

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Athletic cut might not be for everyone or layering

Patagonia's Granite Crest is our best overall rain jacket, but if you're looking for a jacket that's more conducive to high-output outdoor activities, Montane's Spine Jacket is the better pick. This highly protective jacket maintained solid breathability while featuring an active and athletic fit. Simply put, if you're looking for a general rain jacket to layer underneath, the Granite Crest is a good pick. But if you're looking for one to move with you on fast hikes, runs, or cycling, it is an excellent pick.

The Spine Jacket features Gore-Tex nylon and a Gore-Tex Active shell, taped seams, and an adjustable hem. We also love that this jacket weighs about half a pound. We took it on runs of up to 10 miles in total downpours and didn't wet out and (mostly) didn't sweat out.

Price at time of publish: $339

Materials: 100 percent Nylon GORE-TEX Active shell | Waterproofing: 13 Denier GORE-TEX Active shell technology | Weight: 8.6 ounces | Sustainability: Not listed

Montane Spine Jacket
TripSavvy / Nathan Allen.

Best Budget

Decathlon MH100 Waterproof Hiking Rain Jacket

4.5
Decathlon MH100 Rain Jacket

Decathlon

What We Like
  • Good waterproofing

  • Some extra interior lining is good for cooler and cold weather

What We Don't Like
  • Not very breathable

These days, it's tough to find any sort of quality outerwear for less than $100, but that's what you get with Decathlon's MH100 Waterproof Hiking Jacket. The Mont Blanc, France-based budget outdoor company is quickly becoming one of our favorites because of its high-quality yet approachable cost for outdoor gear. This jacket features large side openings for boosted ventilation, a drawstring hem for a better fit at the bottom, and a thicker and softer lining on the inside for increased warmth. We seriously doubt you'll find a better rain jacket for the price.

Price at time of publish: $60

Materials: 100 percent Polyester cationic | Waterproofing: 2 layers 5000 mm Schmerber coating | Weight: 1.4 pounds | Sustainability: Not listed

Best Value

Black Diamond Treeline Rain Shell

4.8
Black Diamond Treeline Shell

REI

What We Like
  • Very simple yet high-performing rain shell

  • Excellent at multiple applications

What We Don't Like
  • Someone might want more insulation or features—this is a bare-bones shell

No doubt, there are rain jackets available that might be more sustainable and better for the environment (Patagonia's Granite Crest) or excel at breathability and form-fit for high-output athletic endeavors (Montane's Spine), but for its cost, there's no better all-around rain shell than Black Diamond's Treeline Shell. Let's be totally clear here: The Treeline is a shell—you don't get much else than a water-blocking layer, but we really dig that.

The Treeline features Black Diamond's proprietary BD.dry waterproofing and fabric, a climbing helmet-compatible hood, DWR reinforced pockets, treated zippers, and an adjustable hem, and it packs into a pocket. We also love the back vent for amped breathability. If you're looking for an excellent all-around rain shell but don't want to get spendy with Patagonia's Granite Crest, the Treeline is probably for you.

Price at time of publish: $130

Materials: 50-denier ripstop nylon | Waterproofing: 2.5L BD.dry waterproof/breathable laminate | Weight: 9 ounces | Sustainability: Not listed

Best Splurge

Arc'teryx Men's Beta LT Jacket

4.8
Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket

REI

What We Like
  • Highly waterproof and lightweight

  • Some bluesign and Fair Trade certifications

What We Don't Like
  • Fit was a bit off with shorter sleeves

If you're in the market for a premium rain shell, Arc'teryx, in general, will provide some of the best options. We have been enjoying the new Beta LT from the British Columbia-based brand known for its rugged and high-end gear. The 3L Gore-Tex fabric is lightweight yet fairly bomber when blocking the elements. The jacket also features the perks you'd expect from a premium rain shell, like waterproof zippers, pit zips, and a hood designed to go around helmets yet still provide full coverage—and it's also one of the lightest shells on our list at just 13.9 ounces.

Our tester took this jacket out in rainy Pacific Northwest conditions and snowy days in the Rocky Mountains. In particular, he enjoyed it for hikes and cross-country skiing in the Rockies.

Price at time of publish: $450

Materials: Gore-Tex | Waterproofing: N40d 3L GORE-TEX fabric with tricot backer technology | Weight: 13.9 ounces | Sustainability: Fair Trade and bluesign-certified

Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket

TripSavvy / Whitman Lindstrom

Best for Backpacking

Columbia OutDry Extreme Mesh Hooded Shell Jacket

4.7
Columbia OutDry Extreme Mesh Hooded Shell Jacket

Columbia

What We Like
  • We found Columbia's OutDry technology to be highly waterproof

  • Packable in its own pocket

What We Don't Like
  • No pit zips

When Columbia developed its OutDry technology, it revolutionized waterproof protection. This technology helps the waterproof coating on the outer shell last longer than other rain jackets. It also keeps moisture out and amplifies the jacket's breathability, essential for high-octane activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking. The OutDry Extreme Mesh Hooded Shell further compliments active outings with forgiving stretch fabric, so you never have to worry about losing any protection while moving. Multiple zippered pockets allow for various gear storage, and drawcords at the hem and hood and adjustable sleeve cuffs make it easy to dial the optimal fit. The only potential drawback? No pit zips.

Price at time of publish: $250

Materials: 100 percent stretch nylon mesh | Waterproofing: OutDry EXTREME waterproof/breathable fully seam sealed | Weight: Not listed | Sustainability: Not listed

Best for Hiking

Outdoor Research Motive AscentShell Jacket

4.7
Outdoor Research Motive AscentShell Jacket

REI

What We Like
  • We found this one to be one of the more breathable jackets

  • Excellent weatherproofing, and we liked the fit

What We Don't Like
  • No pit zips

Outdoor Research's AscentShell technology is akin to Columbia's OutDry—they're both proprietary game changers for the brands. Developed in 2016, AscentShell is a three-layer construction created by an electrospun process. Put simply, Outdoor Research claims it to weigh less, breathe more quickly, and stretch more. The Motive AscentShell is Outdoor Research's lightest in its rain-protection line.

We really enjoyed this shell on hikes and trail runs and thought it had superior breathability to other jackets we tested. It wasn't the most breathable, but it was solid. This is our pick if you're planning on using your rain shell primarily for hiking or walking around the neighborhood.

Price at time of publish: $199

Materials: 100 percent polyester | Waterproofing: AscentShell 3-layer waterproof/breathable laminate | Weight: Not listed | Sustainability: Not listed

Best for Running

Craft Pro Hydro Running Jacket 2

4.6
Craft Pro Hydro Running Jacket 2

Zappos

What We Like
  • Great stretch and mobility

  • Good breathability

  • Held up well in rain, sleet, and snow

What We Don't Like
  • Waterproofing wore out after a bit

This jacket quickly became our go-to outer layer for running this winter. It quickly shed rain, sleet, snow, and ice while allowing us to release sweat and providing plenty of stretch and mobility. The jacket features a highly weatherproof and breathable three-layer fabric, perforated ventilation under the sleeves, and a mesh back layer for amped ventilation. Craft has quickly become one of our favorite running gear brands for its innovation and comfort.

Price at time of publish: $200

Materials: Body Face 100 percent polyester, Body Mid 100 percent polyurethane, Body Back 100 percent polyester | Waterproofing: Ventair wind & waterproof 3L laminated fabric | Weight: Not listed | Sustainability: Not listed

Best for Cycling

Pearl iZUMi Monsoon WxB Jacket

4.6
Pearl iZUMi Monsoon WxB Jacket

Pearl iZUMi

What We Like
  • All-around solid rain jacket that could double as an every-day rain jacket as well

  • Seemed to have fairly good breathability

What We Don't Like
  • Could have a bit better butt coverage

There's no way around it. Riding in the rain sucks. It's the one activity that feels like the rain is coming from literally every direction. Make it suck less with Pearl iZUMi's Monsoon WxB Jacket. This breathable weatherproof jacket features a two-layer membrane, fully taped and sealed seams and zipper, and some reflective qualities. We enjoyed taking this jacket out on road and mountain bike rides this winter. Our one complaint: There could be more butt coverage to block the backsplash.

Price at time of publish: $125

Materials: 100 percent polyester | Waterproofing: Performance 2-layer waterproof breathable membrane | Weight: Not listed | Sustainability: Not listed

Best for Breathability

Jack Wolfskin Eagle Peak Jacket

4.6
Jack Wolfskin Eagle Peak Jacket

Jack Wolfskin

What We Like
  • Planet-friendly waterproofing

  • Comfy mesh lining interior

  • Solid waterproofing

  • Runs a bit large

Jack Wolfskin is similar to other brands included on this list—we're constantly surprised by how much we enjoy its products. And the Eagle Peak Jacket definitely fits that mold. This highly breathable and waterproof shell features Texapore waterproof fabric and a super DWR finish to boost its rain-blocking chops. We love how many pockets this jacket has and that the hood is detachable. Bonus for using planet-friendly waterproofing.

Price at time of publish: $173

Materials: 100 percent polyester and polyamide | Waterproofing: TEXAPORE O2+ DOBBY 2L SUPER DWR | Weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces | Sustainability: PFC-free DWR treatment

Best Ultralight

Montane Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

4.9
Montane Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

Montane

What We Like
  • Incredibly packable and lightweight

  • Surprisingly waterproof

  • Wish it packed into its own pocket instead of separate case

Montane's Podium Pull-On Jacket has quickly become one of our favorite pieces of outdoor gear. It's incredibly lightweight and packable. It's surprisingly waterproof. And it's breathable enough for high-output activities like running and cycling. (We liked it best for running.) Our one complaint: We wish it had pockets, especially one to pack itself into, as we kept losing the small carrying case.

Price at time of publish: $169

Materials: Aqua Pro Lite | Waterproofing: 100 percent Aqua Pro Lite polyester knit | Weight: 4 ounces | Sustainability: Not listed

Other Rain Jackets We Tested

Rab Kinetic Ultra Waterproof Jacket: We really liked this mountain running-focused waterproof shell from Rab. It has higher breathability ratings than any other jacket we tested, and we found it very breathable. Our main issue is that it's a bit heavier and tougher for mobility than the other running jackets we tested. We could see this doubling as a solid running and climbing shell.

Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Jacket: This is your ski and rain shell double jacket. It's incredibly waterproof and rugged, it and would work on the slopes very well.

Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket: We quite loved this waterproof running jacket. We picked the Craft jacket over it for best running because of the stretch provided with the Craft jacket. But Janji's Rainrunner is a very good jacket that probably offers more protection from the elements than the Craft.

Jack Wolfskin Go Hike Shell: Another solid Jack Wolfskin jacket that we enjoyed. As its name implies, this is good for all-around hiking in the elements.

Nathan Protector Rain Jacket: Running brand Nathan's first foray into waterproof jackets was good. We liked this quality jacket—we just liked the Craft and Janji jackets more.

Sitka Dew Point Jacket: An excellent hunting or fishing jacket. Our tester thought it was waterproof but was slightly turned off by its smaller fit.

Product Selection

Products were selected based on internet research and our knowledge of rain shells and outdoor gear brands. For the internet research, we looked at what other prominent media outlets have featured and at top-rated rain shells on sites like REI and Backcountry. We also drew upon our experience of using rain jackets outdoors.

We also wanted to provide a list of rain jackets that would serve different outdoor pursuits, lifestyles, and budgets. Once we narrowed down a list of top rain jackets we wanted to test, we sent those jackets to a few testers.

How We Tested

We've been testing the rain jackets included on this list for between a month and seven months. Testing has occurred in California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and the Midwest. It has included hundreds of hours of running, hiking, backpacking, cycling, cross-country skiing, fly fishing, and other activities. We rated the rain jackets on a five-point scale for the following attributes: fit, waterproofness, breathability, durability, and overall value.

What to Look for in Men's Rain Jackets

Fabric

There are two types of rain jackets on the market: hardshell and softshell. Hardshell jackets are made up of firm waterproof fabrics that will stand up to harsh wind, rain, and even snow. Since they're stiffer, it's best to size them up, so you have better movement in them. On the other hand, soft shell rain jackets are generally more lightweight, water-resistant, and great for areas with lighter weather conditions. No matter what fabric you choose, you want to choose one that is breathable and has a moisture-wicking lining to prevent any sweat from building up on the inside.

Fit

You'll want your rain jacket to fit comfortably and provide adequate coverage. Your jacket should accommodate your size and movements. You'll want it to have a slightly stretchy fit so you can move comfortably, whether walking, running, or even biking through the rain. Many rain jackets also come with adjustable cords to tighten the jackets at the hems to help seal out the elements even further.

Features

From pockets to zippers to seam taping, you'll want to ensure that your jacket is equipped with enough features to keep you and your accessories safe. Exterior pockets should be big enough to hold your keys, phone, wallet, or any other accessories you plan to carry. They should be able to keep your hands warm. Zippers are also an important consideration. They should have panels to help stop water and other elements from squeezing through their teeth. Seam taping is a great feature, too, as it offers an extra layer of protection from leaks.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the difference between windbreakers and rain jackets?

    Rain jackets tend to be thicker and are made of waterproof materials that wick moisture. They can also protect the wearer from wind. Windbreakers are lightweight and, as the name suggests, shield the wearer from harsh winds. Typically, windbreakers are water-resistant, meaning they can protect the wearer from light rain or water splashes. If you're anticipating heavy rain or being drenched in water, you should opt for a rain jacket instead of a windbreaker, as rain jackets provide a greater defense against harsh weather conditions.

  • How should I wash my rain jacket?

    Most rain jackets can be hand-washed or tossed into the washing machine. If you're washing by hand, wet your jacket with cool water, gently scrub with a mild detergent, and then rinse. If using a washer, wash your jacket with cool water and mild detergent on the machine's delicate setting. Allow to air-dry after washing by hand or by machine. It's essential not to put rain jackets made of plastic or similar materials into the dryer, as that could cause severe damage. Check the product's tags or the retailer's website to see whether there are more specific instructions.

  • How can I re-waterproof my rain jacket?

    With time, your rain jacket may become less waterproof from use and cleaning. To restore it, begin by washing and air-drying your jacket. Then, apply a durable water repellent according to the product's instructions. Alternatively, you can purchase a wash-in durable water repellent that you put into the washing machine with your jacket. Again, be sure to check the product's instructions before use.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nathan Allen is TripSavvy's Outdoor Gear Editor. He knows first-hand how miserable it can be to recreate outdoors in the rain without the proper protection. Nathan prefers to get a little damp if it means having a more breathable outer shell. His current go-to rain jackets are Montane's Spine Jacket and Podium Pull-On Jacket.

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