Top Waterproof Jackets

I walk in a rainy climate, so a waterproof breathable jacket is essential. As the weather turns colder, I wear an insulating layer underneath rather than change jackets. I want a waterproof jacket that will layer over my fanny pack and move well enough so I can walk fast. The hood must adjust so I can see out from under it. Pockets should store things securely.

Paradox Rain Jacket

Paradox Rain Jacket
Paradox Rain Jacket. Courtesy of

I spied these waterproof, breatheable rain jackets being sold at Costco at a very low price (under $30). They come in both men's and women's styles and a variety of colors at Costco. I chose the men's version as I layer it over my Camelbak hydration pack, so I need more room in the torso. It has a chest pocket for your phone or other items, two zippered hand pockets and an interior drop-in pocket. The sleeves close with a hoop and loop tab. You can adjust the fit with a drawstring at the bottom. This jacket is excellent for layering, providing a windproof and waterproof lightweight outer layer. It is easy to pack away if the showers pass by.

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Marmot Oracle Women's Jacket

Marmot Oracle Women's Jacket
Marmot Oracle Women's Jacket. Courtesy of Amazon

The women's version of the Oracle features a two layer dry touch waterproof/breathable design. It has handwarmer pockets and pit zips. It won the Editors' Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine for best 3-season lightweight rainwear on the market.

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Marmot Oracle Jacket - Mens

Marmot Oracle Jacket
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My husband is the go-to guy for getting the best outdoors gear. He chose the Marmot Oracle jacket as a lightweight waterproof jacket, suitable for wearing by itself or layering over a vest when the temperatures drop. I love the two-way zipper so I can loosen the fit around the hips for better walking. I prefer the men's version since I wear it over a Camelbak or fanny pack when walking.

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Rain Shield 02 Rainwear

O2 Rainwear Original Hooded Jacket
O2 Rainwear Original Hooded Jacket. Courtesy of

A yellow rain suit is a walking essential for dreary, rainy days. I was truly pleased with how supple, scentless, and breathable the O2 Rainwear rain suit was. I wore it through several cloudbursts and it kept me dry, with the water beading up and rolling off without soaking into the fabric, while allowing any sweat to escape from inside as well. I wore it temperatures from 50-60F.
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REI Belltown Jacket

REI Belltown Rain Jacket
REI Belltown Rain Jacket. Courtesy of REI

This is a great jacket for use both with fitness walking and as your everyday jacket for going to work or school. I love the two-way front zipper and storm flap on this jacket. That gives you the ability to upzip it from the bottom so your legs can move freely. It also has enough length to cover your buns and upper thighs. I prefer that for long walks in the rain. It has plenty of pockets, including handwarmer pockets, two chest zip pockets and an interior zip pocket with a cord port perfect for your mobile device. The jacket comes in black, olive, and wine, which would work well for a jacket you wear for walking to work or at work. It doesn't have any reflective elements, so you might want to add some of your own for walking after dark. It comes in regular sizes and in plus sizes.

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Marmot PreCip Jacket - Women's

Marmot Women's PreCip Jacket
Marmot Women's PreCip Jacket. Photo courtesy of Pricegrabber

This lightweight waterproof breathable rain jacket packs up small enough to fit into a water bottle. The long front pockets can be used for warming hands or ventilation, and it has pit zips for further ventilation.

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Marmot PreCip Jacket - Men's

Marmot PreCip Jacket
Marmot PreCip Jacket. Photo courtesy of Pricegrabber

The men's version of the PreCip jacket. Warning: the electric blue color offered in previous years (which you may find on close-out) is a most lovely deep purple. And so I inherited it from my husband as he chose a color more suited to his masculine sensibilities. The men's version works great for me.

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North Face Venture Jacket

North Face Venture Jacket
North Face Venture Jacket. Photo courtesy of Pricegrabber

Waterproof, windproof and breathable, with two long front pockets to use to warm hands or stow gear or vent. The shirttail hem provides rear coverage while letting you get full hip motion. It comes in both men's and women's versions.

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Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This packable waterproof jacket is meant for active sports like walking and hiking. You can stuff it into it's self-stuff pocket. But it is more than minimalist. It has a two-way adjustable hood with laminated visor. The front zipper is protected by storm flaps inside and outside. It has two zippered hand pockets to keep your small essentials dry. It comes in both a men's and a women's version.

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R-Gear Run on Rain Jacket

This waterproof jacket is built for speed.  I like the inside media pocket to keep your electronics dry, and two zippered side pockets. You can detach the hood. It has a back vent to enhance breathability. The price is excellent for a jacket of this quality.

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