You get 3 pockets, a helmet-compatible hood that cinches both in front and around back, pit zips for ventilation, and Velcro cuffs.
This jacket is just as tough, featuring a traditional denim styling, flannel lining, double chest pockets and welt hand pockets. Nothing like an original. And anyone remotely familiar with flight jackets knows that Alpha Industries is one of the O. And especially when it comes to hiking and camping outerwear, Topo Designs is top of the line for their price point. Use it as a layering item or a standalone shell depending on the climate.
Wear it as urban outerwear while cruising through the city, or layered under a shell on a fall weekend camping trip. Handmade in California, The Big Sur Jacket is the perfect post-evening surf warming layer to heat you up after changing out of that chilly wetsuit.
Taylor Stitch also made sure this handsome jacket comes equipped with antique brass YKK snaps and two flap chest pockets for any additional surf gear you might need. While not exactly like the original, this interpretation of the MA-1 Bomber Jacket will certainly do the trick while looking stylish in the process.
Ideal for those unpredictable fall days ahead, the Reston Quilted Jacket is finished with a light blue lining and trimmed with a cotton canvas placket along with piped cuffs. The snap and zip front also allows for easy access and the double snap through vest adds an extra layer of warmth while three patched snap though pockets keep any additional carry items safe and secure.
The Reston is also made from percent nylon and is ready to take on the season in full force. If day trekking or hiking is more you speed this fall, be sure to check out one of the few packable wind jackets worth your penny. This Fjallraven, for example, is both light and versatile, serving as an ideal pullover to help block the wind during exposure. And this Sussex Quilted Jacket is no exception. It features a snap chest pocket, waist pockets, interior pockets, and is lined with Primaloft insulation for additional warmth when the mercury does decide to take a plunge.
Functioning as the ideal outer shell, this soft-shell jacket is made with nylon featuring a DWR finish, a polyester fleece backer, and boasts an athletic fit. And as an outer shell, it runs hip length to keep all other layers protected and hosts a Vislon center-front zipper, hem drawcord, gusseted cuffs, and two front hand pockets and a sleeve pocket for extra assistance.
Keeping true to the Penfield style, this new release for Fall is a two-color lightweight jacket insulated to keep you warm throughout these cool-down months of transition. Needless to say, such exposure to the elements warrants a quality-built jacket that can stand up to some of the worst abuse around. Well, they once again got that covered with this Rambler jacket made from Rain jackets, especially lightweight ones, are known for feeling clammy or slippery on the inside while hiking in the wet, but not here.
And the design pulls moisture off the skin far better than the rest of the group. Stretchy, loaded with features, and affordable. Black Diamond has taken the plunge into the rain shell market with the all-new StormLine. The big news is the stretchy 2. Multi-sport functionality, nice fit and feel.
We love what Outdoor Research has done with the Foray: The OR Foray is a direct competitor to the popular Marmot Minimalist, sharing the same Gore-Tex waterproof laminate and smooth interior. Ditching the flap over the main zipper is an appreciated upgrade, but the truly unique feature on the Foray is its full-length side zips, which extend the standard pit zips all the way to the bottom hem. When fully unzipped, this creates a poncho-like opening for awesome venting on the trail—a great way to dump excess heat while still retaining a mostly waterproof coverage.
Our overall impressions of the Foray were very positive. Its venting system makes it desirable in a number of outdoor activities, and while weighing exactly the same as the Marmot Minimalist, it feels a bit more nimble and multi-sport ready.
Serious climbers love Montbell, and for good reason: At just under 10 ounces, the Rain Trekker is true to its name: Our main concern with the Rain Trekker is its thin construction. For reference, the Torrentshell above has a 50D shell and only weighs an additional 1.
See the Men's Montbell Rain Trekker. Falls a little short in hood design and zipper quality. All are fairly similar in specs and build, with the updated Venture 2 from The North Face featuring a 2. Why do we have The North Face Venture 2 ranked here? To start, it has our least favorite hood design among its competitors with less coverage at the top of the head due to its flimsy bill. Despite our complaints, the Venture 2 is still a solid all-around rain jacket and a step in the right direction from the old Venture, which we found to be very cheaply made.
A sleek-looking jacket at a low price. There are a number of good budget rain jacket options for , and the REI Co-op Essential is right in the mix. With no pit zips and a relatively basic 2. Typical Marmot quality and sustainably built. Less versatile than the slightly more expensive Minimalist. This shell was built with an eco-friendly ethos: The Phoenix is well made, fits comfortably with layers or just over a t-shirt, and offers precise adjustments at the cuffs, hood, and hem.
What pushes the Marmot Phoenix down our list is value. Incredible light and packable. A backcountry-specific piece with a high price. What sets it apart is the use of Dyneema fabric, which is the same material used on premium ultralight backpacking shelters and packs. We took The Shell to Patagonia and were very impressed with how it held up in strong wind and pelting rain and sleet. What are the downsides of The Shell?
Despite the negatives, The Shell has major appeal for thru-hikers or remote backcountry trips where you need serious weather protection at minimal weight. See the Hyperlite The Shell. Great fit and proven Gore-Tex performance. Black Diamond has come on strong lately with an impressive lineup of outdoor apparel. The Liquid Point is their leading performance rain jacket, and what we love about this Gore-Tex Paclite shell is its athletic fit: Among the three rain jackets on this list made with Gore-Tex Paclite the Marmot Minimalist and Outdoor Research Foray above , the Liquid Point falls to the bottom because of its climbing focus and steep price.
The very large hood that fits nicely over a climbing helmet can be cumbersome for everyday use and hiking, and the overall design is a little more streamlined than the Foray or Minimalist with only two hand pockets the other jackets come with a total of three pockets. The upside is that the Liquid Point undercuts the Foray and Minimalist by about 1 ounce in weight. The premier rain jacket for trail running.
Limited durability—the fabric is too thin for any kind of abuse. Arc'teryx's Norvan SL is billed as the lightest and most breathable waterproof shell available. This minimalist piece weighs around 4 ounces depending on the size, packs down to almost nothing, and is designed with trail running squarely in mind. Upon testing it in the wet conditions of British Columbia, we were surprised at just how waterproof this tiny jacket is we literally stood under a waterfall and can confirm that the jacket truly is waterproof.
In addition, it does not absorb water and therefore will not get heavier when wet, a rarity in the rain jacket world. The shortcomings of the Norvan are its price and fragility. We were even concerned about wearing a hydra-pack for lengthy runs for fear of it rubbing off the Permanent Beading Surface, but that may be the price to pay for such a phenomenal ultralight piece.
Great value, lots of color options. This adds bulk, and while the mesh has a softer touch, some do not like the feel against their skin. The fit comes in pretty average, with a nice and long back length, but the jacket does have more of a trim cut, so those that consistently throw on a thicker mid layer may need to size up. Large hand pockets are mesh lined, and because the jacket lacks pit zips, unzipping the pockets is the only form of ventilation.
The warmer feeling interior thus does not make the Watertight II a great option for high output activities, such as a quick peak summit. Overall, the look is very clean, and Columbia offers the jacket in a number of color options.
The primary compromise is pocket placement as some hand pockets sit high to accommodate a climbing harness or backpack hipbelt. Their performance is often similar to or a little below the weekend hiker category above. The designs do require a few sacrifices, most notably the thinner fabrics being more prone to tearing and sagging and pressing against your skin under heavy rain.
You also miss out on a number of features like hand pockets and as many adjustment options for the waist, hood, and wrists. All those sacrifices are well worth it for the ultralight backpacker or climber who needs an emergency shell. The rest may be better suited to look elsewhere. Trail Running Thanks to advances in fabric and membrane technologies, there is a growing market of trail-running jackets that push weights even lower than the ultralight category above. For the trail runner that heads out in any and all conditions, however, the performance for the weight is simply unmatched.
Waterproof jackets have a built-in laminate layer like Gore-Tex or a coating that essentially blocks outside moisture from entering under most conditions. Additionally, they have waterproof taping along the seams on the interior of the jacket.
You may notice a waterproof rating listed on some outdoor gear websites, represented by a number from 0 to 20,mm or more. This is the amount of water in a 1-inch-diameter vertical tube that the material can withstand without leaking. The test is a strange one: To create a waterproof rain jacket that resists moisture from entering yet also lets sweat and hot air vent out requires a combination of fabric layers. We break down the pros and cons of each below: The benefit of this interior finish is that the mesh found in 2-layer jackets is no longer necessary.
Breathability as well as compressibility increases and weight decreases with the design, making this the most popular option for hikers, backpackers, and climbers. One downside is that the interior fabric isn't as soft to the touch as a true 3-layer some consider it slippery or plasticky , but we've seen improvements with recent models.
This adds a bit of bulk than a comparable 2. Jumping to a 3-layer jacket also involves a significant increase in price, and most often these are big name designs, like Gore-Tex or eVent. It's worth noting that all premium performance jackets to make our list have a 3-layer construction. Hiking, backpacking, climbing, and other backcountry pursuits require a jacket that is lightweight but also can handle a sustained downpour.
The differences in weight are significant: Those extra ounces in a pack can really add up, making an ulralight shell a compelling option. Weights are continuing to drop as fabric and membrane technologies advance, and at the extreme end are sub-5 ounce trail-running jackets like the Arc'teryx Norvan SL.
One of the most sought after features in a waterproof rain jacket is breathability: Generally speaking, the more you spend the more breathable the jacket will be. First, there are the jackets that can stuff into their own pockets. Just turn the pocket inside out, smoosh the jacket in, and zip it shut. The other way of looking at packable rain shells is how compressible they truly are.
You can just roll it up into its own hood to protect the thinner fabric in your pack. Look to weight as a great indicator of how packable a jacket truly is.
Many ultralight and trail-running jackets forego pockets to cut down on weight, while other models sport them in abundance. Almost all rain jackets have hoods included, but some are cut big enough to fit over a helmet and the style of the cinch varies significantly. Keep a close eye on features and try to match them to your intended use and budget. Most ultralight shells go without hand pockets, instead opting for a chest pocket for storage. You often get two hand pockets and a chest pocket either on the inside or outside of the shell , all the better for the little things you need to carry around on a daily basis like a phone or wallet.
Pocket placement is another consideration. What you gain in convenience with the hipbelt or climbing harness , you then lose in daily usability. Hood Hood size can be a big consideration when rain jacket shopping. If you plan to climb in your rain jacket, look for one with a helmet compatible hood. These can reach over the top of most climbing helmets for added weather protection.
Adjustability of the hood also is key. When the wind is blowing, you want a hood that conforms to your head, while retaining enough structure around the sides and the bill that you can still see out. Some manufacturers succeed better than others at this concept. Of the more budget-friendly options, we like the hood design of the Patagonia Torrentshell , which has toggles at the back and front for quick and easy adjustments.
We prefer the toggle style for adjusting the back of the hood over a rip-and-stick Velcro tab for its improved performance both styles are pictured below. The benefits of the Velcro style are simplicity and weight: Pit and Side Zips In creating a waterproof jacket specifically designed to keep moisture out, there are natural restrictions on the air being held inside.
Enter the pit zip.
With the overload of options out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out the right jacket for you. We did the research for you and rounded up the top jackets for men to kick off the fall season with style. The best Fall jackets and coats for are in. Picking a transitional Fall jacket or coat can be somewhat of a time-consuming task, especially with the number of labels and options available in today’s trueiuptaf.gqr: Kevin Ma. The second warmest jacket earns a Best Buy award. The North Face McMurdo is nearly an expedition parka, with the price tag of a casual jacket. It offers the best value in our test.