Continuing with another jacket selection of affordable options that perform very well and are good quality, today we will look at some of the best waterproof jackets for men and women that you should really try this year.
Waterproof jackets are an important part of anyone’s wardrobe and they come in a variety of designs. The most common are raincoats, which are by default waterproof and we have included several in today’s selection.
The price limit we set was $100, and so we looked at jackets that cost less than that. In our previous selections we have come across plenty of affordable jackets that were quite well-made, but haven’t looked at waterproof ones on their own yet.
That’s why we are here today.
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Gioberti Men’s Waterproof Rain Jacket
Let’s get started right away with the men’s options and then continue with the ones for women.
The first jacket is by Gioberti, a rain jacket that packs in a mesh pouch of its own. The fabric is 100% Polyester and it is developed with the latest waterproof technology, which not only prevents water from getting through, but it also wicks it away on contact.
The seams are also fully seamed to further protect against rain. The inner lining is mesh fabric, which helps with breathability and comfort in order to prevent overheating. This is a very lightweight jacket, which comes with an attached hood and a covered zipper, as well as two zippered pockets on the sides and Velcro-adjustable sleeve cuffs.
It is designed to be worn as a waterproof layer when the temperatures are mild, such as in spring or early autumn. The color selection includes more than 10 options, such as: Gray, Neon green, Orange, Red and Black.
Charles River Apparel Men’s New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket
We came across Charles River Apparel in the previous selection and are very impressed with their rain jackets.
This one is New Englander, a rain jacket made of 100% Polyurethane for the outer shell, lined with Polyester mesh fabric on the inside which allows air flow and prevents overheating. It is a windproof and waterproof jacket that works great as a protective layer, due to being very lightweight.
It comes with an attached hood that is adjustable and has a high collar that prevents rain from getting into the jacket from the top. The sleeve cuffs are also adjustable to further protect against the elements and cold winds.
There are two side pockets for your hands and belongings and the main zipper is two-way, making this jacket practical to wear when sitting down, especially because it is a slightly longer one. There are 8 color combinations to choose from, the main options being: Black, Maroon, Red, Taupe, True navy and Yellow.
Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket
Next we have Columbia’s Glennaker Lake rain jacket, which comes with an attached hood that you can stow into the collar. It is made of 100% Nylon and it is a highly water-repellent jacket, suitable for mild weather and moderate raining.
There are two side pockets for keeping the hands warm and the sleeve cuffs adjust with Velcro fasteners. The collar is high in order to keep your neck warm and also prevent rain from getting through.
This is a jacket designed for outdoor activities, so it works great as a sports jacket, especially because it is breathable due to not being fully waterproof. There are 12 color options, including: Tusk, Blue jay, Mountain red, Fuse green and Columbia grey.
FREE SOLDIER Men’s Waterproof Military Tactical Jacket
The fourth jacket for men is by Free Soldier, a military-inspired design that is highly functional and suitable for most sports. This is a soft shell, made of DINTEX fabric and lined with 8000mm fleece on the inside. The outer shell is made of Shark Skin fabric, which is very durable, highly breathable and comfortable.
To further aid with breathability, which is arguably the most important feature in a soft shell jacket, there are ventilation zippers on the sides, under the arms. The hood is also specially designed to adjust into different wearing styles, from a simple stand-up one, to a hood.
The waist is adjustable with drawstrings and the sleeve cuffs adjust with Velcro fasteners. There are numerous oversized zippered pockets on the outside and inside which provide a lot of storage space. There are 6 colors available: ACU, Army green, Black, Gray, MultiCam and Wolf brown.
Columbia Women’s Shine Struck II Waterproof Rain Jacket
Now moving on to the jackets for women, the first one is by Columbia, the Shine Struck II design. This is a long rain coat, with a hooded collar, adjustable waist and adjustable sleeve cuffs.
It is made of 100% Nylon but is not lined on the inside, so it serves as a lightweight waterproof layer. There are two side pockets on the outside and it comes in an A-line cut, which is very form-flattering on most body shapes.
The back has a venting part and the main zipper is two-way, and also covered by a storm placket. This jacket comes in 6 colors: Beige, Black, Red, Red camellia, Blue and Cool blue.
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Columbia Women’s Switchback II Jacket
Also by Columbia, Switchback II is a short and very lightweight jacket, which comes with a high collar and a stow-away hood. It is a stylish design, made of 100% Nylon and lined with 100% Polyester mesh fabric on the inside.
The fabric is waterproof, made of Omni-Shield technology, which is also resistant against stains. There are two side pockets on this jacket and the hem, as well as the sleeve cuffs are adjustable not only to fit better, but to further protect against the elements.
The color selection is abundant, with over 15 options to choose from, including: Dark raspberry, Fuchsia, Spring yellow, Bright plum, Oxygen and Stone blue.
Paradox Waterproof and Breathable Women’s Rain Jacket
The last jacket of our selection is by Paradox, a 100% Polyester jacket with Polyurethane coating that completely protects the jacket against rain. On top of that, it also has water-repellent finish and sealed seams, so we are talking waterproof through and through.
This is also a windproof jacket, very lightweight and super comfortable to wear. It comes with two side pockets and one on the chest, as well as inner elastic pockets for additional space.
Despite coming only in dark colors, which include Navy, Black and Plum, the outer shell has a UPF rating of 50, which means that it protects against UV rays by reducing the amount that is absorbed. This jacket is great to wear if you need a light waterproof layer, even during summer.