With the month of February almost in the rear view mirror, most of America can rest easy knowing another winter season has almost past us by. With spring fast approaching, it is time to start getting prepared for another unavoidable change. It is time to trade those big parkas and snow boots for rain jackets and galoshes.
For outdoor enthusiasts, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what jackets work best for those rainy months. Thankfully I am here today to help out! Below, I will be reviewing the top 10 best lightweight rain jackets so everyone can not only be prepared but fashionable.
Table of the Best Lightweight Rain Jackets:
1. ZHENWEI Womens’ Waterproof Lightweight Raincoat Hooded Outdoor Hiking Long Rain Jacket
Our countdown begins with a Womens’ Waterproof Lightweight Raincoat Hooded Outdoor Hiking Long Rain Jacket from ZHENWEI.
This rain jacket is not only comfy and stylish, it is lightweight, dries fast and suitable for all seasons. The long sleeve jacket comes with a hood to keep your hair nice and dry and it also comes with two front pockets to hold any valuables. For an added bonus, the jackets elastic waist is personally designed to slim your body.
This beauty can be used for all your outdoor activities from camping to running and everything in-between. Fashionista’s will be happy to know it also comes in a variety of colors including Army Green, Light Blue, Wine Red, the always reliable black and even Polka Dot for those who want to bring a little sunshine to those rainy days.
2. Columbia Men’s Big & Tall Glennaker Lake Packable Rain Jacket
Moving over to the guys, number nine on our list is the sturdy and reliable Columbia Men’s Big & Tall Glennaker Lake Packable Rain Jacket. This waterproof, lightweight and wind friendly jacket is perfect for the man on the move who wants a little extra protection from the weather.
The jacket is machine wash with adjustable sleeve cuffs and a drawcord hem. The easy zip front has a stow-away hood, side pockets. Coming in your standard manly colors, this jacket is perfect for those who want some protection but don’t want to be restricted in movement.
3. Marmot Minimalist Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket, Gore-TEX with Paclite Technology
This Marmot Minimalist Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket with Gore-Tex and Paclite Technology comes in at number eight on our list. While the jacket is great for rigorous outdoor activities, a few technical advancements set it apart from the rest of the pack.
GORE-TEX with PACLITE technology provides waterproofing, breathability and packability. The taped seams allow for the ultimate form of weatherproofing and the attached hood can be changed for better facial coverage.
Body regulation can always be a challenge when bundled up, and this Marmot jacket solves those pesky problems with the ingenious invention of PitZips which let you regulate the internal temperature by increasing airflow thus improving comfort.
4. LOMON Women Waterproof Lightweight Rain Jacket Active Outdoor Hooded Raincoat
Now back to the fairer sex, this LOMON Women Waterproof Lightweight Rain Jacket comes in at number seven on our list. With 100 percent waterproof material, this eco-friendly jacket features long sleeve’s, an elastic waist and a lightweight casual fit.
For an added bonus, ladies can leave their purses at home as the jacket features two front pockets with roomy storage. Functioning best as a windbreaker, this raincoat comes in a variety of colors (Black, Navy Blue, Yellow, Light Blue, Wine Red) and is great for all outdoor activities.
5. Carhartt Men’s Rockford Rain Defender Jacket
The Carhartt Men’s Rockford Rain Defender Jacket checks in at Number six on our list. This hooded jacket includes a zip-front closure and two snap-flap chest pockets with media port. Two lower welted front pockets and and inner pocket with hook-and-loop closure allow for ultimate storage and a polyester mesh lining in the body brings it all together.
This self-described rain defender is sturdy and durable. It’s fabric finish beads water off the surface of the jacket.
6. Marmot PreCip Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket
Marmot makes another appearance in our top 10 coming in at number five with its PreCip Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket.
This PreCip jacket is reliable, value-oriented, rain-resistant and best for back-country and urban travelers alike.
This jacket is perfect for those who want a light windbreaker that is water resistant and breathable. The lightweight shell is not intended to be insulation. It may not be the warmest jacket on the list, but if you want to be protected from the rain and wind this is a perfect catch-all jacket with pit zippers adding to the comforting feel no matter the weather.
7. Rain Poncho Jacket Coat Hooded for Adults with Pockets
Sometimes when you are on the go and out and public you don’t want to bother with a giant jacket but still want back-up in case of a potential downpour. This brings us to number four on our list. A LINENLUX Rain Poncho.
This super waterproof and breathable material comes in a color matched pouch for easy storage and carrying in a handbag, backpack or suitcase in case of sudden rain and can be folded into a compact size.
While it may not be the most fashionable choice, it is sure to keep you nice and dry in a pinch. Colors and styles range from solid colors to floral’s and polka-dots so you can certainly have some fun with it.
8. Gioberti Men’s Waterproof Rain Jacket
This Gioberti Men’s Waterproof Jacket checks in at number three on our list. The 100 percent polyester rain jacket was developed with the latest and greatest in waterproof technology to guarantee dryness and comfortability.
A velcro seal flap overlapping the front zipper guarantees dryness from any angle the rain may hit. The well made jacket is loose enough to wear over a hoodie and still feel comfortable.
9. Charles River Apparel Women’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket
Next up in our countdown is this Charles River Women’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket. In colors ranging from Black to Aqua, to Rose Gold and Periwinkle, there is a something for everyone to enjoy.
This jacket is wind and waterproof and comes with heat-sealed seams to keep out the wind and rain. Charles River Apparel infuses their clothing with technology, performance and contemporary style.
This jacket comes with A-line styling, front yoke and underarm vents to allow for air-flow. The jacket offers easy movement and is wind/water resistant.
10. Columbia Men’s Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket
We close out our countdown with this Columbia Men’s Watertight II Fron-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket. Made in America, this jacket comes with Omni-Tech waterproof breathable seam-sealed construction for guaranteed protection during heavy rain.
To make things even better, the jacket comes with zippered hand pockets, an abrasion resistant chin guard, a drop tail and a packable construction for convenience and efficiency. If you are looking for top-of-the-line rain protection in an ultralight package this is the one for you.
April flowers may bring with it May showers, but at least with this ranking you will now be ready to face the conditions head on. There is something for everyone in the list above. Now, the only thing left to do is make spring the most fashionable and dry ever and make all your friends jealous how prepared and dry you become!