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

These waterproof, breathable rain jackets are sold at Costco at a very low price (under $40). They come in both men's and women's styles. Walkers in the rainy Northwest have taken to them in droves. The men's version is especially good for layering over a Camelbak hydration pack, as it has more room in the torso. It has a chest pocket for your phone or other items, two zippered hand pockets and a large 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 PreCip Jacket - Women's

Marmot PreCip Women's Jacket
Marmot PreCip Women's Jacket. Courtesy of

This lightweight waterproof breathable rain jacket packs up small enough to fit into a water bottle and it packs into an integrated pack pocket. The long front pockets can be used for warming hands or ventilation, and it has pit zips for further ventilation. It has a roll-up hood and lined chin guard. It's a good basic waterproof jacket for layering. The PreCip comes in over a dozen different colors and in sizes from XS to XXL.

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Marmot PreCip Jacket - Men's

Marmot PreCip Men's Jacket
Marmot PreCip Men's Jacket. Courtesy of

The men's version of the PreCip jacket has a boxier fit than the women's jacket but otherwise has the same great features and comes in a variety of colors. It comes in a Tall version and an XXXL version as well.

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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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North Face Venture Jacket

The North Face Venture Jacket
The North Face Venture Jacket. Courtesy of

The Venture is a classic. It's waterproof, windproof, and breathable, with two long front pockets to use to warm hands, stow gear, or vent. It also has pit zips. 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 Jacket
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. Courtesy of

This packable waterproof jacket is meant for active sports like walking and hiking. You can stuff it into its 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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