Rain, rain, you don't have to go away. Not when we have an excellent rain jacket, at least! There's nothing worse than heading out the door, realizing it's drizzling, and having to throw on a sad old slicker that downgrades your outfit in one fell swoop. It would be wise, dear sirs, to add a rain jacket to your wardrobe so you're never caught in a sloppy sartorial situation again. And don't get us wrong, your jacket of choice certainly does not have to be one that's designer. Many outdoor gear purveyors have handsome, highly functional rain jackets that are just as at home on the trail as they are on your commute to the office. Take a look at what's on offer, and face the elements—perfectly prepared. Opening image: amazon.com
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August 27, 2019
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Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket
WHY YOU NEED IT: Zippered underarm vents let you quickly regulate the garment's internal temperature by releasing built-up moisture and increasing airflow.
USERS SAID: "I bought this jacket for a fall trip to Iceland. The weather sucked, but this jacket did its part in keeping me warm and dry. It acted as a great barrier to the extreme winds, and kept me dry from both the rain and my own perspiration. It's very breathable, not once did I feel to warm, despite some rigorous hikes. I'm confident that this jacket with proper base and mid-layers can deal with anything mother nature will throw at me."
Carhartt Shoreline Jacket
BEST FOR: An every-day casual jacket that also happens to be great at repelling water
USERS SAID: "This is one of the best all-around jackets I have ever owned, and I have owned a good share of outdoor type jackets. For extreme cold, I like to wear a thinner goose down light weight jacket underneath. I have mostly bypassed my other jackets in place of this one."
Helly Hansen Seven J Rain Jacket with Hood
LOVED FOR:The high-quality construction and sleek design
USERS SAID: "The mesh liner functions well in warmer weather to keep the outer shell away from your skin and minimize heat transfer. I did quite a bit of research before purchasing this item. The choice came down to two jackets; I'm very satisfied I selected this one and I'd purchase it again."
Charles River Apparel New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket
BEST FOR: The extended length and drawstring hood found on this jacket makes it a great option for heavier rain
USERS SAID: "This outerwear is large enough for you to fit your daily wear underneath. The pockets have plenty of room, and if you need it, the hood is easily pulled over the head and does not feel bulky on your back when not in use."
Carhartt Rockford Rain Defender Jacket
USERS SAID: "Excellent jacket. Lightweight and fits in a backpack without taking up much room. I would recommend this for 50 + degree weather. If used with a thermal shirt, you could easily use this in below freezing weather."
LOVED FOR: This is a great commuter jacket, assuming you won't be standing in the pouring rain for hours on end. It will keep you looking sharp and feeling dry while navigating a slightly soggy trail or city street.
Charles River Apparel Pack-N-Go Windbreaker Pullover
LOVED FOR: The anorak style, though timeless, is particularly hot at the moment. In other words, you'll never be out of fashion.
BEST FOR: Traveling! When space is a premium, you'll appreciate that this jacket folds up and packs into itself.
The North Face Resolve 2 Waterproof Jacket
BEST FOR: Keeping you dry, cool, and comfortable through windy, rainy days.
USERS SAID: "I wore this for over an hour in constant rain for my daughter's soccer game. It kept me dry and warm the entire game. The hood is great and provided just enough coverage to keep the rain out of my face without blocking my view. It also is stylish and comfortable to wear for both men and women."
Columbia Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket
LOVED FOR: The softshell exterior and breathable mesh lining
USERS SAID: "I bought this for a fishing trip up to the Kenai River in Alaska. It rained while I was there, duh! Bottom line is that while standing in the Kenai River in the rain, wearing this jacket while wearing sock-footed waders, I stayed dry and comfortable. I also caught the best fish while it was raining. Since this jacket rolls up so small, it is now part of my packing for even the shortest trips. The attached hood is another big plus. Now get out there and explore something."
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
WHY YOU NEED IT: Don’t let the rain ruin your stride. Whether you’re running errands or sprints, you’ll need a high-performance jacket like this to protect you from the elements.
USERS SAID: "I am very impressed with the quality of this jacket, it looks very elegant and I've gotten compliments on it already. Definitely will be buying more in the future!"
The North Face Venture II Raincoat
LOVED FOR: Another great option from The North Face, the Venture II has all the features you get in the Resolve model with the added perks of cooling pit zips and a fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin without an added layer of mesh lining. This model also packs into its own pocket.
BEST FOR: Truly a backpacker's jacket, this is the winner for packability but also makes the #1 spot in our list for user reviews, social buzz, and editorial recommendations.
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