A rain jacket is a crucial piece of gear to have at your disposal. In the summer, when clouds disappear and you don’t have to worry so much about getting wet you can probably leave the rain jacket at home, but in every other season, women’s and men’s rain jackets are essential. Being wet, by itself, is not such a huge concern, though it can be inconvenient. What you often have to worry about is being both wet and cold, which can be a miserable combination.
Men’s Rain JacketWhat to look for when you're reviewing men's rain jackets.
- Waterproofing – There is waterproof, and then there is really, truly waterproof. Something like coated nylon, for instance, will give out a lot sooner than a good, 3 layer Gore Tex. If you’re not looking to spend the money on Gore Tex there are other excellent waterproof materials, like eVent, that are typically cheaper.
- Seams and Zippers – Waterproof material is easy, but many rain jackets skimp out when it comes to the seams and zippers of the jacket, making them at best water resistant. It’s these areas that often leak water, and end up getting you wet. So pay attention to how waterproof the seams and zippers are.
Best Men’s Rain JacketSome of the very best men's rain jackets to choose from.
- Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket - If you want the best, the Beta AR, or really anything from Arc'teryx is a good choice. Arc'teryx puts a lot of work in to their jackets, and besides obvious things, like pit zips and articulated elbows, you also get things like an extra few inches of length, to cover the hips, a helmet compatible hood, a minimal amount of seams, and laminated seams, rather than some other inferior waterproofing. It's those extras that help Arc'teryx jackets like the Beta AR stand out. It also uses Gore Tex 3L Pro, which is the good stuff.
- Marmot Minimalist Jacket - The Minimalist lives up to its name as a minimalist jacket for those that don't want to have to carry something bulky or heavy. It uses Paclite Gore Tex, which is the 2.5 layer, more breathable version of Gore Tex. And while it has the essentials, like pit zips and a hood, it lacks most other little extras and features that just add weight and bulk. This is a jacket designed to be lightweight, perfect for stuffing in a backpack when you're not using it.
- Marmot Super Mica Jacket - The Super Mica is a rain jacket designed for backpackers, hikers or anyone else who will be wearing a backpack and a rain jacket at the same time. The shoulders and hips are reinforced, so backpack straps rubbing down damage the material. The two zippered hand pockets are also raised up, so that they are accessible when you have your backpack's hip belt secured. Finally, the jacket uses Marmot's MemBrain fabric, which is a light and very breathable fabric, ideal for those who are working hard and staying active while outdoors.