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The Best Rain Jackets for Outdoor Adventures


As the seasons start to turn and fall brings its characteristic downpours and colder temperatures, one piece of gear becomes so crucial that leaving for an outdoor adventure without it is, to say the least, ill-advised. A fully waterproof rain jacket, whether you’re hiking, running, mountain biking or climbing, allows you to spend more time outdoors when most hang up their gear and glue themselves in front of a TV. So do yourself a favor and pick up one of the best rain jackets on the market.

Additional contribution by AJ Powell, Michael Finn and J. Travis Smith.

Mountain Hardwear Exponent Jacket

For the Mountaineer On a Budget: Whether you’re peak bagging or heading to work in the rain, Mountain Hardwear’s VaporDry will keep you dry inside and out. It’s air permeable which allows any moisture your skin generates to evaporate out while being fully waterproof on the outside.

Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm Insulated Jacket

For the Backcountry Masochist: If you demand the most range of motion possible out of your rain jacket, the Stretch Nano Storm is your pick. It offers unsurpassed stretch in a highly water-resistant fabric perfect for climbing, hiking, or any other aerobic outdoor activity.

Ibex Pursuit Shell

For the Merino Wool Lover: Thanks to Ibex’s special merino wool technology, the Pursuit Shell is an outstanding technical rain jacket that uses no chemical treatments. Its 100 percent merino shell is naturally waterproof, has an assortment of clever pockets, and feels great on your skin. Not many nylon jackets can say the same.

Arc’teryx Beta SV

For the High-Performance Athlete: For the absolute highest-grade waterproof shell on the market, Arc’teryx offers the Beta SV. The stitching alone justifies the price tag, but if that isn’t enough to convince you, the Beta SV also features Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric to keep you dry even in the harshest of conditions.

Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell

For the Eco-Conscious Minimalist: As a more environmentally friendly option that doesn’t compromise on performance, the Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell delivers. The Eco-Shell fabric features recycled polyester with fluorocarbon-free impregnation that’s easier on the environment than most membranes.

Outdoor Research Axiom

For the Everyday Outdoorsman: The Axiom jacket has been a mainstay in the Seattle, Washington-based company’s line of hardshells, and for good reason. It offers stretch fabric and waterproofing, along with Gore-Tex’s Active breathable membrane, which allows heat and moisture to escape from inside the jacket.

Alps & Meters Alpine Anorak Pullover

For the Adventurous City Dweller: Equal parts fashion statement and technical piece, the Alpine Anorak Pullover wicks rain and retains warmth on both slopes and city streets. The waxed canvas outer gives it a classic look, and will age beautifully. There’s also an assortment of ski-focused details, like a built-in face guard, side vents, draw cord and more.

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