We've all been there—the rain can throw our workout plans for a giant loop. It doesn't matter what outdoor activity you're doing—when the rain starts to fall and you're unprepared, it can really ruin your day. The solution? A good rain jacket for running and hiking (or whatever outdoor activity you fancy).
Whether it's a dreary light drizzle or a random all-out summer storm, wearing a rain jacket while on your runs, hikes, and other outdoor adventures can be a game-changer when rough weather hits. Next time the forecast looks a bit finicky, swap your standard sports bra for something a little more protective. Scroll to see our picks for the best rain jackets for running and hiking from brands like Nike, Patagonia, and Lululemon. Plus our picks for cycling, golfing, and general outdoor fun.
The best rain jackets for running, hiking, and all sorts of other activities
Best rain jackets for hiking
Whether you’re headed to the office or out on the trail, Storm Salute will keep you dry in the elements. It features two layers of water-resistant fabric, plus fully-taped seams to keep moisture out. As for features, there’s an interior pocket and back cargo pocket for storing your stuff, reflective detailing, and thoughtful ventilation for extra breathability.
What reviews say: “This jacket fits so well! I love the interior material. It really shows quality and weather proofing unlike a few jackets I’ve had from other companies. Great jacket!” — Chrome customer
For all things outdoors, you can’t go wrong with Patagonia. Built with three-layer construction, the Torrentshell is durable and weatherproof without being bulky or in the way. The adjustable hood and fleece-lined neck allow maximize comfort even more. When the sun comes out, fold it into it’s self-folding pocket for easy storage on the trail.
What reviews say: “I hike as part of my fine art photography outings… I wanted something weather resistance, warm but breathable, and that allowed fluid movement. This jacket was a homerun! It just feels right.” — Paul, Patagonia customer
The Venture 2 is designed with double layers of vented waterproof seam-sealed fabric, so you’ll stay dry but won’t break a sweat. It’s loaded with features, including zipped pits (for when things get really muggy), a storm flap with a hook-and-loop closure, and a fully adjustable hood to pull up during a squall.
What reviews say: “Bought this before a hike in Yosemite. I’m 5’7″ and 130 pounds and bought a small. Fit is loose but perfect for layering.” — Shauna, The North Face customer
Lightweight and packable, this Marmot rain jacket can be taken with you wherever you go without adding a ton of extra weight to your bag—you can stuff the whole thing into its inner pocket. It’s both waterproof and breathable, with a coating that prevents water from coming in but also lets vapor out.
What reviews say: “The Marmot Pre-Cip’s adjustable hood stows in the collar when not in use (a big plus), & the 2-part collar & hood are both more open feeling, yet also provide more coverage, than 1-piece versions do. This jacket is extremely light, & packs down small in it’s own pocket, which is great for travel. In part this is b/c it lacks the mesh lining some other jackets have. But it doesn’t need it, b/c it doesn’t stick to your skin or feel clammy when the temp rises ~ it’s waterproof, but also really breathable.” — Pat, Marmot customer
This Mountain Hardwear jacket has four-way stretch so it can move in any direction you’re heading, and there are large vents under the arms to keep you cool. The hood is adjustable, so you can keep your body and head dry, and there’s a stash pocket on the chest to store anything you need to easily access.
What reviews say: “This jacket kept me dry through a week of rainy hikes with no overheating. Packs up small and dries quickly, super lightweight.” — jla22, Mountain Hardwear customer
Best rain jackets for running
Out for a run in the rain? This slick trail running jacket’s water-resistant fabric keeps the water off while you run, while the adjustable neck and hood shield your face and keep you dry. Once the weather clears, fold it into its self-folding pocket, throw it in a backpack (or carry it), and continue on your run.
What reviews say: “I usually run in the evenings or late afternoons and with the winter being cold and dark, this is the perfect jacket for the Midwest. I really like the reflectors which make me feel safe and the distributed warmth in certain areas to keep me warm.” — Nike customer
The RepelShell Rain Jacket has it all—it’s waterproof, windproof, and constructed with four-way stretch fabric. It’s sleek and fitted, just relaxed enough for layering over your running clothes without being too baggy. Special features include a drawstring bottom for easy adjusting, zippered pockets, and even a hidden phone sleeve for protecting your electronics.
What reviews say: “My favorite running jacket! Awesome jacket for cold, windy winter runs. Layer for added warmth.” — Lululemon customer
For serious protection out in the elements, invest in the Waterproof Anorak made by On. In addition to its durable materials, it’s loaded with features that keep water out, like an elasticated pull on the hood, tightly sealed half-zip design, and hidden vents that allow for airflow but not moisture.
What reviews say: “Great jacket to stay dry in fast-changing conditions in the mountains! And on top super light!” — Dana M., On customer
Whether you’re going out in the wind or rain, the Brooks Canopy Jacket will keep you warm and dry. It’s lightweight and breathable, and it packs up into a built-in backpack to make it easy to carry hands free.
What reviews say: “Perfect for rainy or windy runs. Love how lightweight it is. Sizing is great and it packs up well.” — Deborah B., Brooks customer
You’ll hardly notice you’re wearing an extra layer with this lightweight jacket while running, but it’s effective in keeping you warm and cool while protecting you from the elements. It has a water-resistant fabric, and it conveniently packs into its back pocket that you can wear as a waist pack.
What reviews say: “I love using this jacket to warm up as I cycle or jog and have used it for indoor and outdoor workouts. This jacket is probably the lightest outer layer I have ever owned; however, it is amazing how efficiently it keeps me warm as I start a workout. In addition to being super lightweight, there is absolutely no motion restriction.” — cassie, New Balance customer
This Hoka jacket is insulated (with 55 percent post-consumer recycled content) to handle even colder temps outside. It has a water-resistant shell, side pockets, a storm flap, and a reflective logo on the back to make sure you’re easily spotted even in low light conditions.
What reviews say: “Great jacket for cold weather. Keeps the wind out and the heat in! Light weight and great color. Love it!.” — Marce P, Hoka customer
Don’t let the rain prevent you from enjoying your outdoor runs. This color block UA jacket is 100 percent waterproof and has fully taped seams to make sure no water sneaks inside, and it’s also breathable so you don’t overheat. The hood is adjustable and there are zip hand pockets to keep your valuables dry as well.
What reviews say: “I love this jacket. It is light weight, waterproof and it fits into small spaces.” — VIpaddler, UA customer
Best rain jackets for cycling
If you’re hitting the road in the rain, be sure to throw on this extra-tough rain jacket. With three layers of waterproof materials, you’re sure to stay dry on the bike. It’s lightweight and easy to pack up, designed to maximize comfort while you ride. There’s also reflective detailing and a drop-down tail to keep you shielded from road sprays.
What reviews say: “This jacket is wonderful at this time of year. Stylish, practical on the bike, Long enough to keep dry and cosy at the back. Not so tight you can’t put an extra layer underneath.” — Ann O., Showers Pass customer
This two-in-one jacket converts into a vest, so on warmer days, you can adapt to changing conditions as needed. The ripstop material is tough enough to stay dry through the drizzle, but isn’t stiff or stuffy, so you won’t get sweaty. It’s also got all the features you want out of a cycling rain jacket, like reflective detailing, mesh vents, and ample zip pockets to safely store your valuables.
What reviews say: “A great jacket that really blocks the wind when cycling. Love that I can take the arms off in warmer weather. It’s packable and I feel safe riding, as it’s very visible (great color).” — Darlene K., Pearl Izumi customer
Stay dry inside and out this sleek, road-friendly rain jacket. The front zipper also has an inner flap designed to keep stray water droplets out while you ride. There’s also velcro seals on the sleeves for added protection and reflective strips so, in addition to the bright colors, you’ll stay visible on dark streets.
What reviews say: “Great fit. Perfect for blocking the wind and also make me visible on the street.” — Kailun W., Louis. Garneau customer
Best rain jackets for golfing
Elegant but hardy, Callaway’s Tonal Panel Jacket is designed to keep you dry during all 18 holes. Although it’s waterproof, it’s also stretchy enough to allow for a better range of motion on the course. Plus, there’s tons of pockets, giving you easy access to all of your things.
What reviews say: “It’s just warm enough for cold rainy days. The color is lovely. The design and make of the garment are first rate.” — Carla H., Callaway customer
While technically a running jacket, this piece from Athleta works just as well on the golf course. It’s semi-fitted, tight enough to keep water out but relaxed in all the right places, never compromising your swing. When the sun comes out, fold it down into the foldable pocket for simple storage.
What reviews say: “Fit is perfect. Soft stretchy fabric that lays beautifully. Looking forward to cooler weather so I can show this off.” — Kelly G., Athleta customer
When it comes to rain gear, few make pieces as durable as Helly Hansen. This breathable rain jacket is crafted to maximize comfort, keeping you dry but never sticky or sweaty. Great for golfing, running, hiking, biking, or whatever rainy day activity you want to do.
What reviews say: “I am absolutely in love with this jacket!! The fit is perfect, it’s an attractive cut without getting in the way of functionality.” —Christine H., Helly Hansen customer
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