What kind of features should a rain jacket have for it to be deemed trustworthy? How about repelling rain for starters? And all of the rain too, no matter how hard it’s coming down.
Next, the jacket should give you some protection from the wind. Some materials help bat it down, while others help you cut through it.
And last, the jacket should be durable, it should last. This means no threads coming apart at the seams, no easy tearing or ripping, and no shriveling up after multiple wears and washes.
We’ve curated many of our favorite light shells and rain jackets that check all these boxes. Refer to this list to buy with ease, or use it as inspiration in your research if you’re looking for something more specialized and specific.
lululemon Warp Lite Jacket Packable
Featuring breathable mesh and four-way stretch, this water-repellent shell is made so well that it handles outdoor training effortlessly.
Nike ACG “Cinder Cone”
You can never go wrong with Nike ACG. This Cinder Cone jacket is made with 100% recycled nylon fibers and is easily packable. Plus, it’s got a sweet pattern that takes inspiration from cooled lava from volcanoes.
Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket
If there’s one jacket that can last 20-plus years, we’d put our money on Arc’teryx. The Alpha SV is made with three layers of GORE-TEX and features 8mm Gore seam tape.
Relwen Windzip Jacket
Made with 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the Windzip from Relwen is great if you like added softness and insulation in your rain jacket. What’s unique is even though there’s 60-gram down-alternative filling, the jacket doesn’t expand out like a puffer jacket. Instead, it stays compact and dense.
Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket
The Helium is the perfect name for this jacket from Outdoor Research. It’s insanely light and it packs away like a champ.
Columbia Watertight II Jacket
A solid bang-for-your-buck rain jacket. Available in many colors, too.
Stone Island Khaki Soft Shell-R E-Dye® Light Jacket
Stone Island is one of the best clothing brands representing British culture right now. Grab this streetwear-inspired shell and have something to wear to the trail and out to the bar.
adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Rain Jacket
100% nylon plain weave, a water-resistant two-way front zipper, and underarm ventilation, this adidas Terrex jacket will keep your dry no matter how hard the rain is coming down. The jacket’s also got a great athletic silhouette.
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