Our Top 7 Rain Jacket Picks for 2013 Written by Jennifer Frost on April 10th, 2013

When it comes to rain, the experts tucked in the upper left hand corner of the USA know what’s up. They are well aware that 9 months out of the year are going to pack some legit precipitation, and they can’t let a few drops stop them from getting out and living their lives. A true native of the Pacific Northwest will never be caught with an umbrella, because they need both hands free to handle all the action. Instead of handicapping themselves with an umbrella, they are constantly prepared for sky tears with the most advanced, performance driven rain jackets in the world. If these six picks for best rain jackets of the season can handle the rigorous demands of the stubborn folks in the Pac NW, then you can be sure that they have the capacity to deal with some serious showers no matter where you happen to be.

Marmot knows it’s always raining somewhere and they are well Marmot Precip Jacketaware that you need an outerwear piece that just works. No frills and no excuses, the Marmot PreCip Jacket gets it done for you nonstop. Face the wind and rain with confidence in this shell that comes in a lightweight, highly packable form so it’s always ready for deployment. The Angel Wing Movement design ensures that you don’t feel like you are wearing a tent as you maintain unrestricted movement around the block, or around the globe.


The North Face Venture JacketFor those that like to know their gear is defending against Mother Nature, while doing her plenty of favors as well, The North Face Venture Jacket has got you covered. Engineered to stand up to severe storms through highly technical fabrics, this coat refuses to stop even in the face of a monsoon. This eco-friendly rain coat is also crafted from earth-friendly materials that reduce the use of synthetics by 50%. Just say no to getting wet, and yes to saving the world. If you’re a TNF venture jacket fan be sure to check out the new Super Venture Jacket, now available for Spring 2013 online and in store.

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

The sky is growing dark and full, but that doesn’t mean you have to put the kibosh on your hiking or trekking adventures. The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket comes equipped with the goods to keep you going no matter how hard it’s coming down. H2No Performance Standard 2.5 layer nylon delivers a supremely waterproof/breathable experience so you stay dry on the inside and out. Press onward despite a turn in the weather with the Patagonia Torrentshell.


Mountain Hardwear Epic JacketThe Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket knows you have to put up with more than just a few sprinkles. That is why this highly waterproof hunk of outerwear has been designed to withstand all sorts of abusive conditions that you are bound to encounter. This abrasion-resistant nylon shell comes loaded with a super durable DryQ membrane that rocks some impressive breathability. The Epic Jacket is tough against rain and whatever else you come up against.

Quiksilver City Jacket

Stay dry in some serious fashion with the Quiksilver City Jacket. Street-smart style combined with rain defense technology makes this a coat worthy of any occasion.  Ignore the forecast and head out on the town or out on the trails knowing that a casual look and a durable water repellent finish have got your back. Considering the fully taped seams, adjustable hood, and internal media pocket, the City Jacket sets you up for success no matter what sort of wet weather adventure you embark on.


Outdoor Research Helium II JacketFinally, the one that you stuff in your bag and forget about until the sky splits open and straight up unloads. The folks at Outdoor Research have crafted the Helium II Jacket to practically dissolve into your pack and then burst into action when an emergency strikes. Made from ultra light 30D Pertex Shield DS ripstop material, the Helium II is back again to dominate everything from a mild misting to ferocious flashfloods.


Yes, it definitely looks like rain, so suit up in one of these rain jackets and refuse to let the weatherman dictate your day.

By Jennifer Frost

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