Best Men's Rain Jackets

The 21 Best Men’s Rain Jackets

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When it comes time to put away your winter gear, the hardest part can sometimes be figuring out what to wear next. That’s particularly true when dealing with transitional weather — it’s not warm enough to bust out a nice tee all on its own, yet it’s not quite chilly enough to to unpack your parka. Add in rain and that’s another variable entirely.

Staying dry, as with other style upgrades, means combining style and function in equal parts — not sacrificing style entirely. Plenty of brands are researching new technologies or design additions and upgrading their designs by the season. That gives you a bumper crop of styles to pick from, most of which can be layered up, dressed down or worn any which way in between. Given that staying dry often used to come down to how long your cheap grocery-store parka might last, it’s refreshing to see companies across the globe take a nuanced, effective and investment-worthy approach to the humble rain jacket.

Some on this list are certainly fit for more extreme conditions, and that’s all the better if you need a rain jacket to keep you dry for simpler occasions. Other pieces have touches like durable waxed canvas, or draw heavily from workwear styles — so you know they’re up to the test. Just keep in mind that if you’re going to be reaching for the same rain jacket for rainy day after rainy day, it had better be versatile and tough. Luckily, that’s why we’re here with our picks for the best rain jackets for men — fill up your shopping cart and get ready to brave the elements.

The North Face Venture Jacket

The North Face Venture Jacket

The North Face offers its take on the standard rain jacket by delivering a piece that’s simple in looks but complex (in a good way) in terms of functionality. The outer layer is waterproof and breathable, with a fully adjustable hood that has a hidden drawcord system to keep rain out for good. Hand-zip pockets and a chin-guard lining ensure you can stow your gear and fight the elements no matter where you’re headed — or what the weather might be like. – $90+


 

Snow Peak 3 Layer Rain Jacket

Snow Peak 3 Layer Rain Jacket

SnowPeak’s 3-Layer Rain Jacket passes the illustrious and hard-to-achieve benchmark of being fully waterproof. That’s right — 100 percent. It’s a seam-sealed piece made from lightweight-yet durable eVent fabric, complete with a hood and a drawcord waist to keep rain out at all times.The black color brings an urban-inspired, sleek touch to any ensemble. Add in a utility pocket with a mesh organizer, plus minimal-yet-functional Japanese design, and there’s no way this jacket should last anything but a long time. – $275

Outdoor Research Precipice Rain Jacket

Outdoor Research Precipice Jacket

The Precipice Jacket from Outdoor Research absolutely lives up to its name. It’s another piece that’s seam-taped, breathable and waterproof for maximum durability. It’s also windproof and yet lightweight, two unique factors that should make it easily packable and infinitely wearable. An internal pocket and a carabiner loop make it easy to carry extra gear on adventures, and its movement-mirroring stretch should prove exceptionally useful for navigating difficult terrain. It can certainly pass any test you throw its way — not to mention any rainstorm. – $279

Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

Long known for outerwear that can span the globe in all sorts of conditions, Patagonia’s Stretch Rainshadow Jacket carries on that legacy in fine form. It features 2.5-layer waterproof and breathable shell fabric that incorporates a H2No Performance Standard fabric for versatility and durability by the bucketful. Even the front zipper is watertight and coated to keep out the harshest wind and rain, while the self-stuff feature and carabiner loop should make it remarkably easy to pack and unpack. – $229

Anchorage M65 Field Jacket

Anchorage M65 Field Jacket

The Anchorage M65 Waterproof Field Jacket features the same traditional functionality found in the the original military versions, along with the amenities of modern day technology such as the breathable yet waterproof eVent material, sealed seams throughout, YKK zippers, and an adjustable hidden hood and stand-up collar to protect against the wind and rain. – $210

The Jacket By Rains

The Jacket by Rains

Rains calls its take on waterproof outerwear by a straightforward name that belies the element-fighting technology built in. A waterproof zipper and stainless steel buttons add extra toughness to even the smallest of details, while the interior seams are melted with ultrasonic, precision wielding to make this piece even more weather-ready. The minimal grey color and lightweight fabric help to camoflauge the jacket — in the best way — among city streets packed with unruly ponchos. – $115

Helly Hansen Highlands Jacket

Helly Hansen Highlands Jacket

In addition to stunning looks and an electric bright blue color, the Highlands Jacket from Helly Hansen lives up to its billing as an extreme-weather piece of outerwear. It’s waterproof, windproof and breathable, and the Helly Tech Protection ensures it’ll prove more than serviceable in tough weather. The 2-ply fabric construction and sturdy sealed seams offer up extra protection for all kinds of rain storms. The chin guard and cargo hand pockets are field coat-esque touches that also give you even more bang for your buck. – $170

Timberland Mt. Franklin Waterproof Jacket

Timberland Mt. Franklin Waterproof Jacket

Available in four versatile colorways, the Mount Franklink Jacket is as durable as Timberland’s hard-wearing, classic boots. It’s completely waterproof and fully seam-sealed for maximum elemental protection, with elastic cuffs at the waist and wrists for even more tough style. The Dark Sapphire color can easily complement tan chinos as you head to and from work; it’s also a colorway that makes it easy to pair with other shades of indigo. There’s no wrong way to wear it — just don’t leave home without it. – $138

North Face Dryzzle Jacket

The North Face Dryzzle Jacket

The Dryzzle Jacket from North Face is aptly named — it’s more than appropriate for combatting showers throughout the spring and into summer and fall when layered up in the right way. Best of all? It features plenty of best-in-class technology from Gore-Tex, specifically waterproof protection combined with lightweight, breathable fabric. Throw in a storm flap and an adjustable hood, and you’ve got a prime candidate for the jacket that you just might wear the most between now and summer. – $199

Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Marmot’s Minimalist Jacket is just that — nice, clean and decidedly minimal. In a straightforward and simple grey colorway, it features Gore-Tex PacLite technology and seam taping for long-lasting protection. It’s the perfect kind of jacket to toss on when commuting via bike, train or cary (after all, that walk from parking lot to office can still be a rainy one). Even the chest pocket makes use of a water-resistant zipper, while the adjustable hood can be re-worked to fit any sort of storm. – $172+

Showers Pass Syncline Bike Jacket

Showers Pass Syncline Bike Jacket

The Syncline Bike Jacket from Showers Pass draws heavily off the Columbia River Gorge Trail for which it was named — that is, it’s tough and ready for anything. Cross-core vents keep you from overheating, while the reflective trim detailing makes you visible no matter how inclement the weather might be. The adjustable hood even fits under a helmet, so you can be sure this jacket can go just as long as you can while riding. – $125

Vatnajokull Shell Rain Jacket

66 Degrees North Vatnajokull Shell Jacket

66 Degrees offers up a technical take on the standard rain jacket with this piece — it’s crafted with style in mind on top of excellent functionality. The water and windproof 3-layer hard-shell jacket can take just about anything you throw at it, complete with pre-shaped elbow articulation, seamless shoulders and a technical swivel hood for tremendous ease of movement, in addition to its rain-fighting qualities. That’s everything you’d expect — and more — from an investment-worthy jacket, particularly at this price point. – $429

Columbia Watertight II Rain Jacket

Columbia Watertight II Rain Jacket

It’s hard to beat just $60 for a jacket that does all that Columbia’s Watertight II Rain Jacket can. It’s packable into its own pocket for greater ease of transport, and at that price, you should get as much use out of it as you can — there’s perhaps no better value on the market for a rain jacket. A storm hood & cuffs add in greater protection, and the bright red color ensures you’ll stand out for the right reasons when exploring or commuting. – $60

Marmot Precip Jacket

Marmot PreCip Jacket

The Precip Jacket from Marmot just might be one of the brand’s most technologically advanced and durable jackets yet. It’s a micro-porous structure that’s air-permeable, so it’ll be both breathable and waterproof — at the same time. It’s a tough balancing act to follow, but the brand does so effectively — and stylishly — in this case. The Precip Jacket also has a movement system that’s dynamic, providing you with nearly every feature you might need to fight spring showers. – $68+

Patagonia Refugitive Jacket

Patagonia Refugitive Jacket

Patagonia’s Refugitive Jacket packs a surprising punch for a simple piece of outerwear. In particular, the stretchy 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric is lightweight, tough and waterproof. The soft outer layer is deceptively durable, and the interior membrane features a somewhat-incredible 9 billion (yes, 9 billion!) pores per square inch for truly outstanding protection against wind and rain. Its moisture-wicking qualities are also to be applauded, and the distinctive-yet-neutral color combo of this jacket should go with plenty of outfits throughout the spring. – $499

The K-Way Claude Jacket

K-Way Claude Jacket

K-Way has long been known for combining the best of retro style with modern sensibility and unique storm protection. Heat-sealed seams and a waterproof exterior keep rain fully out, as do the full-zip opening and elastic cuffs and hem. The navy color — complete with the brand’s iconic logo at the chest — is versatile enough that you can wear this piece over work gear during the day and stay dry while heading out on the town at night. – $35+

Arcteryx Men's Rain Jacket

Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket

Arc’teryx is yet another brand that always combines ridiculously high quality with distinctive styling potential in spades. The Beta AR Jacket — while pricey — combines sleek style with high-tech features guaranteed to make you glad you invested in one when you need it. The 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane and fully taped seams pair perfectly with remarkably tough WaterTight zippers and a hood that’s fully compatible with your helmet. Make no mistake, this jacket is ready for backcountry adventures galore — and then some. – $559

Marmot Exum Ridge Jacket

Marmot Exum Ridge Jacket

Marmot delivers again with a jacket that’s geared toward helping active explorers stay cool — and dry — no matter the conditions out on the trail or track. The three-layer laminate shell is only the beginning of this coat’s technical features. For starters, it also features a helmet-compatible hood that’s guaranteed to fight the weather head-on as you train, hike and explore. The fully seam-sealed design and the hood’s moldable brim are adaptable and should last longer past one or two excursions. – $300

Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell Jacket

Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell Jacket

For all those times when storms are particularly intense, Black Diamond lives up to its extreme sports-inspired name with a jacket crafted with rain-ready specifications. Breathable and up to the challenge, the Liquid Point Jacket is built with a helmet-compatible hood and two-way armpit zip vents to keep you cool and dry. A drawcord hem also looks to seal out water, and the breathable quality and low-profile Nickel or navy color keep things suitably sharp, functional and stylish. – $249

Outdoor Research Axiom Rain Jacket

Outdoor Research Axiom Rain Jacket

For years now, the Axiom Jacket from Outdoor Research has been a go-to for guys looking for stylish, dependable and long-lasting outerwear. It’s extremely lightweight and completely waterproof, but features technology that the brand says “breathes like no other fully waterproof shell.” The trim fit and movement-mirroring stretch act as bonuses for an item that already does several things well — including nice touches like a helmet-compatible hood and a fully seam-sealed exterior. If there’s one jacket you need to have, this might be it. – $275+

Carhartt Shoreline Rain Jacket

Carhartt Shoreline Rain Jacket

If there’s a brand that knows its outerwear, it’s certainly Carhartt. The Shoreline Jacket is heavy-duty and waterproof — it’s certainly as tough as it looks. To boot, it’s built with a breathable membrane and features a durable 8.25oz. Nylon oxford shell. Talk about the best of both worlds — it also features a snap-on, detachable visored hood and inner-sleeve rib-knit cuffs, both features geared directly toward keeping water out no matter how hard the rain falls. – $120

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