When the time comes to take off your winter clothes and put them away at the end of the season, you need to think about what to wear next. This is particularly true when dealing with transitional weather – the times where it’s not quite warm enough to wear a t-shirt but not quite cold enough to put on a jacket. Throw in the rain and you’ve got another variable to consider.
Staying warm and dry is about an equal combination of style and function. You don’t want to abandon style entirely. There are many brands out there looking into new technologies and design additions to make their seasonal gear even better. This means you’ve got plenty of style to choose from, style that can usually be layered up or dressed down depending on the weather. Given that we aren’t too far removed from an age where staying warm meant hoping your parka would last a bit longer, it’s good to see so many companies are taking an effective and nuanced approach to rain jackets and investing so much time and effort into them.
Some of the jackets featured in our list are for more extreme conditions, which is great for those who need a rain jacket to stay dry in simple occasions. Others will have touches such as durable wax canvas or they draw from workwear style clothing, so you know these jackets stack up against the competition. Keep in mind that if you plan on using the same rain jacket day after day then you need to choose one that is versatile enough to deal with that. That’s what we’re here for though, as we’ve picked out the best rain jackets for men. Pick up one of these and you’ll be ready to brave anything the elements can throw at you.
Helly Hansen Rigging Rain Jacket
Helly Hansen jackets are made with innovation and performance in mind, making them among the best men’s jackets for budding adventurers and the average Joe alike. It’s never too early to start buying clothes for the spring time, and the Rigging Rain Jacket from Helly Tech is as waterproof and windproof as it gets.
North Face Venture II Jacket
The North Face Venture II Jacket combines a simple look with complex functionality to deliver something special. The jacket features a breathable and waterproof outer layer, including a fully adjustable hood with a hidden drawcord to keep the rain out. The hand-zip pockets and chin-guard lining on the jacket mean that you can always keep your gear safe and fight the elements wherever you go, and whatever the weather may be.
Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell
The Flint and Tinder Ridge Shell is unfazed by rain and wind, standing up to the elements well. It makes for a durable and dependable addition to any outerwear rotation. Flint and Tinder are a respected brand known for their Oxford shirts, washed denim, and – of course – rain jackets. This jacket is water-resistant and tear-resistant for a guaranteed long life. The best part of it all is that you can use the jacket as the final piece in a Flint and Tinder menswear ensemble.
Orvis Toughshell Waterproof Upland Jacket
Sometimes you only have to look at the name of a product to know what it does, as is the case with the Orvis Toughshell Waterproof Uploand jacket. This tough and durable shell jacket was made for hunting and being out in the field all through the day. It offers complete protection through a proprietary hard shell fabric and a two-layer jacket system.
Arcteryx Alpha SV Jacket
Arcteryx has built a reputation for themselves among those who want to get outdoors and have an adventure – but with a more minimal and modern style compared to the colorblocked retro jackets styled after the outdoorsmen of old. If you’re after a no-frills rain jacket that offers a no-fuss style and solid performance, then you want the Alpha SV Jacket. The Gore-Tex Pro hardshell on the jacket provides reliable performance against even extreme weather, while the jacket is made to be used in alpine conditions. That’s not bad at all.
Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket
Patagonia are known for providing outerwear that can withstand the elements, and their Stretch Rainshadow Jacket is no exception. It comes packed with 2.5-layer waterproof and breathable shell fabric that uses an H2No Performance Standard fabric to offer durability and versatility. Everything about this jacket is watertight, including the front zipper, to stand against the wind and rain. It’s also super easy to pack up and take out again thanks to a self-stuff feature and carabiner loop.
Columbia OutDry Hybrid Jacket
With the Columbia OutDry Hybrid Jacket on your side you’ll be able to outlast the competition. Whether you’re out on a day hike or on a bike, you’ll be warm and dry. This sounds too good to be true, but Columbus built their jacket with just enough bells and whistles to make it possible, including a seam-sealed design and a great price tag of under $100. All of this is finished off with the OutDry technology to complete the coat, making it stylish and minimal enough to be used all throughout spring.
Barbour Gunwale Jacket
If you want a jacket that can beat the elements, then you want the Barbour Gunwale Jacket. One look at the design and specs of this rain jacket – which is definitely among the best men’s rain jackets in the world – should be enough to prove that, as Barbour say, this is one jacket the elements can’t beat. It’s refreshing for us to finally find a lightweight and simple to wear jacket that is ready for all weather. The fixed hood provides complete protection against the elements, and we love that it’s offered in such bright and engaging colors.
Todd Snyder Stockholm Basic Raincoat
Todd Snyder is home to some of the best menswear in the world, never mind the best men’s rain jackets. Todd Snyder now stocks Stutterheim jackets, a brand that is known for designing and creating some of the best rain jackets for the rainy season. The Stockholm Basic Raincoat in particular comes with a tough, rubberized PVC coating in a cool Navy color. We appreciate these little touches, and we’re sure that you will too.
Under Armor Roam Paclite
Under Armor are known for making sneakers and clothes for CrossFit athletes, basketball players, and other athletes. Now they’ve branched into making great rainy weather gear for everyone, not just athletes. The Under Armor Roam Paclite is a multifunctional rain jacket geared around outdoor excursions like hiking. The jacket comes complete with a complete 100% waterproof Gore-Tex fabric construction, which is just what you need when the rain comes along.
The Marmot Minimalist jacket is just what it claims to be; nice, clean, and minimal. This simple grey colorway jacket features Gore-Tex technology and seam taping to offer long-term protection. It’s the idela jacket of choice when commuting via train, bike, or car (well, you’re still getting hit by the rain when you get out of the car). Everything about this jacket is rainproof, including the water-resistant zipper on the chest pocket and an adjustable hood to make it through the storms.
Topo Designs Waterproof Rain Jacket
Topo Designs are becoming a brnad of choice when it comes to protection against the elements; from their canvas bags to their essential Waterproof Rain Jacket, Topo blends incredible style with the simple spirit of the outdoors. Made with a waterproof nylon shell, the Topo Designs jacket is a sleek and simple item to pack away for your next rainy day adventure.
Filson Neoshell Reliance Jacket
Filson are known more for their heavier outerwear clothes and tough waxed bags. The Neoshell Reliance Jacket is a great addition to their high quality product line. This waterproof jacket is also breathable and travel-friendly, offering one of the finest adventure-ready jackets around.
The North Face HyperAir Gore-Tex Trail Jacket
There’s going to come a time when you need to find the best-built rain jacket around, made from the toughest fabric. When that time comes, The North Face is a brand to be considered. Their jacket is made from Gore-Tex for a functional, high-performance waterproof jacket. Made to resist the wind and rain, and coming complete with a lifetime guarantee, this is the jacket for making it through any kind of weather.
Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Lightweight Rain Jacket
There’s a good reason that Eddie Bauer have become recognised around the world; they’ve always embodied the spirit of outdoor heritage and innovation that they’ve hade since their founding. Pieces such as the Cloud Cap Lightweight Rain Jacket are the perfect example of this, from the bold range of colors to an agreeable price (under $70 when on sale) this is one jacket that is made for the rain.
Showers Pass Syncline Bike Jacket
The Showers Pass Syncline Bike Jacket borrows heavily from the Columbia River Gorge Trail whose name it bears. That is to say that this jacket is ready for anything. The cross-core vents on the jacket stop you from overheating, while the reflective trim detailing on the jacket mean that you stand out no matter the weather. It even features an adjustable hood that fits neatly under a helmet. This is one jacket that lasts as long as you do on a bike.
Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket
The Beta AR Jacket is a little pricier than other jackets on our list, but it offers an incredible combination of sleek-style and high-tech features that will make you glad you invested in it. The 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane and fully taped seams go together perfectly with the WaterTight zippers and a hood that fits neatly under a helmet. Make no mistake about it, this jacket is good to go for any backcountry adventure you can think of.
Carhartt Shoreline Jacket
Carhartt certainly know their outerwear. Their Shoreline Jacket is a waterproof, heavy duty jacket that is as tough as it looks. It is made with a breathable membrane and a durable 8.25oz Nylon Oxford shell. You’ll get everything you need with this one, including a snap-on detachable hood complete with visor and rib-knit cuffs built into the sleeves. These are features that are designed to keep water out when the rain gets bad.
Columbia Watertight II Rain Jacket
You’ll have a hard time finding another jacket that can do everything the Columbia Watertight II Rain Jacket can do, especially for under $60. This jacket can even be packed into its own pocket for simple transportation. Make sure that you get everything out of this jacket that you can. You’ll likely not find better value for a rain jacket. The coat offers some extra protection through a storm hood and cuffs and a bold red coloring ensures that you’ll stand out when exploring and commuting.
North Face Dryzzle Jacket
The aptly named Dryzzle Jacket is more than enough to get you through the spring showers into summer and fall. One of the best things about this jacket is that it has plenty of the best technology available from Gore-Tex, including waterproof protection and a light, breathable fabric. Throw in the storm flap and adjustable hood, and you’ve got yourself a jacket that you’ll wear more often than not.