- REI Co-opRainier Rain Jacket - Men's$89.95
- REI Co-opXeroDry GTX Jacket - Men's$159.00
- Outdoor ResearchForay GORE-TEX Jacket - Men's$215.00
Top RatedREI Co-opGroundbreaker Rain Jacket 2.0 - Men's$59.95
REI OutletMarmotPreCip Rain Jacket - Men's$79.73 Compared to$100.00You save 20%
Top RatedColumbiaHeights Jacket - Men's$99.00
Top RatedThe North FacePrinted Novelty Millerton Jacket - Men's$129.00
- PatagoniaTorrentshell 3L Jacket - Men's$149.00
Top RatedRabDownpour Plus 2.0 Jacket - Men's$160.00
- REI Co-opXeroDry GTX Jacket - Men's Tall Sizes$159.00
- REI Co-opRainier Rain Jacket - Men's Tall Sizes$89.95
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- ColumbiaRain Scape Jacket - Men's$120.00
Top RatedMountain HardwearExposure/2 GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus Jacket - Men's$300.00
- PatagoniaStorm10 Jacket - Men's$299.00
- The North FaceDryzzle FUTURELIGHT Jacket - Men's$230.00
Top RatedBlack DiamondStormLine Stretch Rain Shell - Men's$159.00
Top RatedColumbiaInner Limits II Jacket - Men's$99.00
New ArrivalBlack DiamondTreeline Rain Shell - Men's$130.00
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- Outdoor ResearchHelium Rain Jacket - Men's$159.00
Top RatedArc'teryxZeta SL Rain Jacket - Men's$299.00
- Arc'teryxBeta LT Jacket - Men's$399.00
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Top RatedArc'teryxFraser Jacket - Men's$499.00
- PatagoniaDual Aspect Jacket - Men's$449.00
Men's Rain Jackets
If you want to be out and about in rainy weather, you'll need a jacket that's up to the task. Options range from low-end ponchos on up to jackets that cost several hundred dollars. Spending more gets you better-performing technology and additional technical features.
Levels of Rain Protection
More affordable men's rain jackets are "water-resistant," meaning they handle drizzle for short periods of time. An inexpensive rain slicker fends off even hard rain (it's "waterproof") but won't breathe at all, which can make for a sweaty experience. For the most comfort, especially if you're exerting yourself during a storm, you need a jacket with "waterproof/breathable" technology like GORE-TEX fabric, though dozens of other technologies perform a similar function.
Waterproof/breathable jackets feature multilayered materials that are engineered to keep raindrops out while also letting sweat vapor escape. They might use laminates or coatings in a 2-layer, 2.5-layer or 3-layer configuration.
Very generally: 2-layer jackets are often urban styles and are quieter (less of a "swishing" sound as you move); 3-layer jackets are the most durable and, ironically, the lightest option; 2.5-layer jackets are also lightweight, but don't tend to be as durable as 3-layer jackets. (How Rainwear Works has more details about those three types of construction.)
Rain Jacket Features
Design details add to both weight and cost, so look at features carefully. Hoods might be basic, ultra-adjustable, stowable or removable - or a jacket might forgo the hood entirely. Pockets can have specialized details like water-resistant zips or mesh that lets the pockets double as vents. Pit zips are important for more active use. Stretch fabric can also be a plus.
Most rain jackets for men also come with an added durable water repellent (DWR) finish that acts as a first line of defense against rain and helps the underlying waterproof/breathable technology perform at its best. It's important to maintain your jacket's DWR finish over the years.