Brave any downpour in one of the best rain jackets

Spring is just around the corner, bringing thoughts of warm commutes on your bike, weekend backpacking trips, and longer daylight hours for all kinds of outdoor activities. While you’re itching to shake off those housebound winter blues, be aware spring also brings the possibility of inclement weather. From gentle spring showers to full-blown rainstorms, it’s likely there’ll be some sort of precipitation in the forecast.

Don’t let the fear of rain keep you from getting outside — there are plenty of rain jackets to keep you dry no matter your outdoor pursuits.There is an abundance of worthy options on the market, from high-tech, lightweight shells to modern-looking, waterproof trench coats. Whether you’re running errands around town, heading into the great outdoors, running, biking, hiking or anything in between, we’ve got you covered. Put plainly, if you want to go outside and stay dry, these are the best rain jackets for the job.

The best for hiking
Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket


Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket

Thinking about taking a hike through the woods to welcome the first blossoms of spring? Whether you’re traversing through forests or ascending hillsides, Fjallraven’s Keb Eco-Shell jacket keeps you dry while also offering excellent breathability and comfort. Wind-proof, waterproof, and ultra warm, this lightweight and environmentally friendly shell makes for an awesome trekking jacket if you’re expecting rainstorms on your ventures. Other features include zippered ventilation, a drawcord hem, and two roomy chest pockets that fit phones, wallets, keys, snacks or even a small field guide.

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The best lightweight
Outdoor Research Helium II

A woman wearing aOutdoor Research's Helium II.

If you’re looking for something lightweight (very, very lightweight), look no further than Outdoor Research’s Helium II. This award-winning rain jacket is a long-time favorite among outdoor enthusiasts and comes in styles for both men and women. Designed originally for rock climbers, it features a carabiner loop, reflective logos, and an elastic drawcord hem. At 6.4 ounces, the Helium is one of the lightest jackets currently available.

Furthermore, its compressibility makes it feel even lighter than it is, packing down to the size of an orange that easily fits into a stuff sack inner pocket. It also boasts YKK AquaGuard Zippers, a zip chest pocket, and an adjustable hood. To top it off, it dries extra fast, keeping you supremely protected from the elements.

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Backcountry

The best for biking
POC AVIP Rain Jacket

POC’s AVIP is the cream of the rain jacket crop for bike commuters. The name of the line is an acronym standing for attention, visibility, interaction, and protection, of which the company believes are critical to cyclist safety. Unsurprisingly, the AVIP jacket features them all — bright orange fabric, a reflective back for visibility, and logos on the sleeve to help you stand out.

That’s not all. It’s also 100 percent waterproof with fully taped seams and waterproof zippers which feature a 10,000-millimeter rating. Underarm ventilation lets you cool off and the back hem is extra long to be saddle-specific. Lastly, the jacket’s large cuffs fit with gloves which close via hook-and-loop straps, preventing water from blasting up your arms while riding.

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The best for running
Arc’teryx Norvan SL Hoody

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This is the time of year where runners ditch the treadmill and get back outside on the track or the trail. If you’re the type of athlete who prefers wide open spaces to a sweaty gym, then Arc’teryx’s Norvan makes a great running partner. Made specifically for trail-running, it features ShakeDry, a type of Gore-Tex technology that skips the face fabric, making the jacket lighter than other Gore-Tex shells. At 4.4 ounces, it’s even lighter than the Helium (the SL in its name stands for “super light”) and is nearly as compressible. The hood rolls back and snaps when you’re not using it and best of all, the jacket is airy and breathable.

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The best men’s lifestyle
Mountain Hardwear ZeroGrand Trench Coat

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Just because you want to stay dry doesn’t necessarily mean you want to look like you’re heading into the wilderness for two weeks. If what you’re after is a raincoat that keeps you from getting soaked but still looks stylish, this is the one. With Mountain Hardwear’s patented Thermal Q Elite insulation to keep it warm and a fully waterproof Stretch Ozonic shell, it keeps your work clothes from getting wet when you step outside. It’s even lightweight and compressible with elastic cuffs to block the wind — everything you need in an urban raincoat.

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The best women’s lifestyle
Toad & Co Overshadow 2.0 Trench

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Even if it weren’t waterproof, this coat would still be a knockout. Chic and lightweight with a two-way front zipper, Toad & Co’s Overshadow 2.0 Trench also comes outfit with a hood that folds down into the collar with a quick and effortless snap. It’s tailored to be flattering to different figures and offers a drawcord at the waist to choose how loose-fitting (or not) it is. On top of that, it has the technical features needed to stay dr — fully sealed waterproof seams and 2.5-layer breathable laminate featuring a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish. Add to that an inside zipper to stash a smartphone or wallet and this is one of the best waterproof trench coats on the market.

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The best under $100
Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Flex

Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Flex

Want something that offers the bevy of tech features of pricier jackets at an affordable cost? This slick and stylish waterproof shell has recently been updated with stretch zones to offer a full range of movement, reducing that stiff-and-crinkly feeling some raincoats have. Built with Weatheredge technology, it feels light and breathable and if that’s not enough, it’s got pit zips to keep wearers cool if they start working hard. A coating of StormRepel DWR sheds water and the adjustable hood lets anyone go umbrella-free. Perhaps the best part is that it’s capable of being washed over and over again without losing its waterproof qualities. One of our favorite coats, without a doubt.

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The best all-around
Patagonia TorrentShell

Patagonia TorrentShell

Patagonia’s TorrentShell 2.5-layer jacket is one of those rain shells that just does it all. With H2No Performance Standard technology, the material is wholly waterproof and highly breathable. It features a giant, stiff-brimmed hood that keeps water off a wearer’s face, of which can be rolled back with a cord and hook. Its neck is lined with micro-fleece to maintain coziness while prevent chafing.

If someone works up a sweat while out and about, its pit vents quickly cool the jacket down with welted exterior storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers. Similarly, it has elastic-free cuffs which stop water from sneaking in at the wrists. If the sun pops back out, simply tuck it away into its handwarmer pocket with a clip-in carabiner.

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The best for climbing
Rab Firewall Jacket

Rab Firewall Jacket

The Rab Firewall Jacket is the ideal piece of rain protection to bring along on spring rock ascents when shower risk is high. This waterproof jacket is plenty stretchy enough to provide for a full range of motion while climbing. Three layers of fabric provide for a degree of insulation for chilly spring temperatures or when ascending to high elevations. The trusty Pertex Shield guarantees complete waterproofing and breathability.

Three pockets compliment an attractive design, equipped for rainy conditions with YKK zippers and individual rain drains. The hood is helmet compatible and there are fully venting pit zips for when you’re moving fast. The Firewall is a fully featured jacket, complete with velcro adjustable cuffs, a hem drawcord, and reflective trim.

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