Next time you see a rain cloud on the weather app, ditch your umbrella and step out into the rain-soaked streets with a new jacket. It’s the unsung hero of any great wardrobe and although it definitely won’t be your most worn piece of clothing, a proper GORP-style jacket will be a fashionable and functional layer that keeps you dry whether it’s a planned walk in the rain or a surprise shower on the way home. From light, packable, and completely water-resistant soft shells, these jackets will keep you dry, looking fly, and all without breaking the bank. All of the brands you’ve heard of on IG and TikTok, plus a little more on the WHY and WHAT that makes them the best men's rain jackets for any wet walk.
The 16 Best Men's Rain Jackets to Shop in 2022
Our favorite men's rain jackets for each genre:
1. L.L. Bean Trail Model Rain Jacket
GORP on the Go
- What we like: Foldability - for camping or hiking, a rain jacket sometimes needs to be packed up tight and used on a case by case basis. This one folds into its own pocket, pack it and forget it, use as needed.
- What we don’t like: Water resistance - not the best option for super heavy rain - its reputation for being water-resistant isn’t the strongest selling point of the piece.
L.L. Bean is a sacred institution to most New Englanders and this reputation holds up when it comes to keeping their outdoorsy aesthetic alive via their selection of rain jackets. Like any tool it shouldn’t take up too much space and be ready to go when needed. The Trail Modern Rain Jacket gains its “best selling” status from a couple of strong points, namely, that it folds up into its own pocket. Toss it in your backpack, go for a hike and forget about it until those dark clouds move in and then you’re only a couple of zips from resisting mother nature and continuing your adventure.
2. Salomon Bonatti Waterproof
Get Salomon Sleek
- What we like: Waterproof - this model boasts an “ultra-breathable micro-porous waterproof membrane” which is ensured to keep you dry as long as you’ve got it zipped up all the way. Waterproof down to the zipper, ever heard such a thing before?
- What we don’t like: The price tag - not for the faint of heart when it comes to shelling out for light shell jackets.
You might know Salomon more for their hypebeast-certified XT-6 hiking shoes but much like their footwear options, their outerwear rings true to the superior quality, comfort, and design. This is for real outdoor heads and even those looking to get more into utilitarian techwear with a minimalist design and hyper functional flare.
3. adidas TERREX Myshelter Gore-Tex Rain Jacket
Best for Outdoor Adventure
- What we like: Breathable 3L GORE-TEX Active membrane provides some of the best water protection on the market.
- What we don’t like: Definitely a bit pricier than some other options.
This is a great jacket for overall performance, and the helmet compatibility coupled with the construction make it a good fit for any sort of extreme outdoor adventure. It's also just an easy to wear piece aesthetically that will go with any of your other outdoor gear.
4. REI Co-op Groundbreaker Rain Jacket 2.0
Upgrade your rainwear
- What we like: Breathability - The soft, 2-layer waterproof polyester shell is key for keeping you dry and comfortable. This basic piece is a great “middle of the road” option looking to satisfy the basic need of a standard rainwear item.
- What we don’t like: The Sleeves- made with elastic, the sleeves do not allow you to control how tight or loose you’d like it. For those looking for an adjustable fit, search for something a little more serious.
REI is a great stalwart for outdoorsy gears and a variety of brands. Their own branded product serves as great blank slates and templates for those looking to find simple, basic products that don’t break the bank. This green 2.0 Rain Jacket is a great and simple addition to a wardrobe focused on basics and minimal design.
5. Columbia Hikebound Rain Jacket
Don't sweat the weather
- What we like: Sizing - the Hikebound Rain Jacket comes in a variety of sizes that also includes standard as well as big and tall for all body types looking for that “right” fit.
- What we don’t like: Nothing to complain about for this one, a true neutral.
Columbia is another great standard option for outdoorsy gear of all types. Their Hikebound is another great offering from the brand and also features their notable “Omni-Tech'' construction which boasts an unparalleled breathability and waterproof capability - put it to the test and find out.
6. Marmot Men's Etherlite Hoody
Real New Yorkers know about the “Merm”
- What we like: Windproof– best for the spring, the Etherlite Hoody is the ideal lightweight layer of protection.
- What we don’t like: Not as waterproof as we’d like– this jacket is more windproof than waterproof, so you might want to reconsider wearing this one on a rainier day.
Marmot offers a super light and breathable first layer to equip you for a variety of activities whether that be a quick summit hike or hike out to the bodega for your favorite late night sandwich. This brand has a special place in the heart of NYers, second only to the likes of TNF when it comes to mixing notable streetwear with form and function for both worlds.
7. The North Face Antora Jacket
- What we like: Nostalgia - the Antora might look familiar and that’s because the design takes cues and inspiration from another popular TNF hit, their Mountain Light Jacket. The style is synonymous with staying warm and comfortable and the upper shoulder paneling is sure to ring true to the other TNF pieces hanging in your closet.
- What we don’t like: The Fit - TNF is a brand built for the outdoors and this model hangs a little baggy so might suggest going a size down if you’re looking for a more fitted and tailored style.
The North Face is beyond iconic when it comes to outdoors gear and their Antora jacket is another one in a long list of must-have pieces. This rain jacket is everything you want, light, durable, etc. This one is also made from recycled materials if sustainability is a big selling point for you.
8. Hunter Lightweight Waterproof Jacket
“That’s a good green” - your friends, probably
- What we like: Material - this Hunter jacket is certified vegan, a plus if you're environmentally conscious and looking for something that aligns with your personal ethos.
- What we don’t like: Not hype - Hunter isn’t known for having a flashy style and keeps this jacket with a minimal logo, cool if that’s your thing but why not let the block know what you have?
Hunter comes through here with a slightly above market price rain slicker with minimal branding and a laundry list of technical points you’re sure to enjoy. Breathability via a separate mesh layer, underarm eyelets and open back vent for additional ventilation, because no one really talks about how sometimes wearing a rain jacket can actually make you hot despite cold rain drenching you.
9. Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket
- What we like: Chop the Top - a stowable hood takes this customizable element to the next level, rock this jacket for a cool look and break out that hood for when things get torrential.
- What we don’t like: Leather Vibes - the exterior of the jacket doesn’t quite give the sleek, tech vibes most jackets do. It might be leaning a little more towards an older, beat up leather jacket, and in that yellow color? Don’t judge a book by its cover I guess.
The Rainfoil comes in two sizing options “regular” and “tall” which is nice considering this is got to be the most “Dad” rain jacket we’ve ever seen. Bauer uses a bunch of its own technology for this packable piece, phrases like “WeatherEdge®'' and “StormRepel®” get thrown around on their website which leads us to believe it's good but kind of sounds like they’re creating their own rubric. Hell, even RainFoil has a trademark, does Eddie Bauer own staying dry?
10. Carhartt Storm Defender Loose Fit Midweight Jacket
- What we like: Midweight– not too light, not too heavy, just the perfect weight with plenty of coverage from the weather.
- What we don’t like: Lack of diversity - the only colors are “tarmac” and “black” so you know they ran out of ideas.
Carhartt’s popularity has been on the up and up due to their reliability as a workwear staple. From heavy tees to double knee pants the once completely utilitarian brand has taken a turn for the fashionable. Despite mainstream popularity the brand is still largely worn by people who actually have to do work outside so you know it’s good. Cop this jacket and you’ll be right as rain.
11. Outdoor Ventures Packable Rain Jacket
Take a Trip Outside
- What we like: Function > Fashion- no fuss with this jacket, it performs well in wet weather, and is very breathable and lightweight.
- What we don’t like: Runs small- we would recommend sizing up for this one.
We know you might be in the midst of an Amazon boycott but break your oath and fork over a couple bucks to Bezos for this lightweight and super durable rain jacket straight from Amazon. It’s good for walking, commuting or even taking a bike ride, rain be damned. The Outdoor Ventures part of Amazon isn’t half bad compared to other outdoorsy brands - plus this jacket isn’t for the fussy, straight to the point of staying dry and arriving at your door within a couple days (this option available for prime members only).
12. Herschel Classic Rain Jacket
- What we like: Fit and Feel - the Classic Rain jacket boasts a stretchy construction engineered for flexibility. Great for a hike and no map kind of adventure.
- What we don’t like: No Swag - the jacket comes off a little boxy and doesn’t fit in with the normal sleek aesthetic of most pieces.
This Herschel rain jacket offering comes, like a lot of their other items, without much frills or extra bullshit. It features a boxy fit, some button closures, welded seams (that’s big one), an attached three piece hood, and two front pockets for burying your hands or other items you deem necessary to bring onto the mountain with you.
13. Nike ACG Storm-Fit “Cascade Falls”
- What we like: Construction - the paneling on this jacket is super nice with the shoulder pieces flowing onto the chest of the piece. It’s giving homage to TNF but in true Nike fashion and style. Disclaimer: *this is not usable for any pending TNF/Nike lawsuit*
- What we don’t like: Nothing... that I can think of anyway.
Nike’s ACG line has a special place in any true GORPers heart and if they’re smart, their closet too. This jacket runs a little big, but it's good to use it as the final, outermost layer for days that really require it to do its job. On the other hand you can minimal underneath and let this behemoth hang - either way we really like this one.
14. Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket Hadron
- What we like: Gotta start somewhere - we know the dead bird has been all the range and sometimes surveying their website can be a bit overstimulating. So we made it easy for you, cop this jacket, see how you feel, see what your friends say, and go from there.
- What we don’t like: This is the most expensive option on this list.
Please don’t wear this in the shower. Seriously though the jacket isn’t meant for that type of water pressure and you’re actually ruining the jacket by doing it. You might have the budget for another one but do you really want to be that guy?
15. Outdoor Research Foray II GORE-TEX Jacket
Go for Gore-Tex
- What we like: The model - finally some Irish representation
- What we don’t like: The vents - This piece includes TorsoFlo™ Venting which sounds good (and fancy) but instead of being located on the arms it’s at the hip of the jacket, so when you activate it you’re opening yourself up to becoming more wet, seems counterproductive to us.
Maybe you haven’t heard of Outdoor Research but we’re here to put them on your radar. This super solid option comes in a good variety of colors and sizes. If you’re looking for something a little more premium and don’t really care about logos then this is certainly the one for you.
16. Brooks Running Canopy Jacket
For the Rain Runner
- What we like: Running rain jacket- marketed as a running jacket, the canopy jacket breathes well and is surprisingly water resistant for something so light. And it’s packable in case you want to shed a layer while running.
- What we don’t like: The pattern - come on.
Brooks is all about logging those miles and for real runners, sometimes those miles are a little soggier than usual. You probably don’t mind a little splash on the legs but keeping the top half dry is a top priority. We love Brooks, their tech is super reliable and this jacket is no exception. Great for runners and those looking to stay dry no matter how fast you’re moving.
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