Best Rain Jackets for Men

When it comes to traveling, it is critical to pack for the impending rainy weather.

But, what if you are trying to decide on the perfect jacket for you? In this article we will run through the best rain jackets for men and which one may be the best fit for you… if of course you are a man. (women specific article to come soon)

When looking for a perfect mens rain jacket it is important to keep in mind that price point and your expected climate and adventure will be the deciding factors on which jacket to invest in. Rain jackets for men can range from $30 – $300+ depending on your needs.

Best Rain Jackets for Men Comparison Table

Jacket NameHighlightsPrice 
Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip- Inexpensive
- Lightweight
- Water Repellent
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Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver Jacket
- Affordable
- Waterproof
- Accented hand & chest pocket
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IZOD Men's True Rain Slicker- Stylish
- Waterproof
- Big pockets and hoodie
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Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II Jacket- Lightweight
- Waterproof
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Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell Jacket
- High Quality
- Waterproof
- Insulated for Cold Weather
$$$$Buy Now!

Are you about to go to Alaska in January? Perhaps Florida in February? Every trip can warrant dramatically different rain jacket needs. Below I have broken down a few different options giving you lightweight rain jackets and heavy winter waterproof jacket options. Choose carefully and best of luck on your next adventure!

Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket with Hideaway Hood

Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket with Hideaway HoodThis jacket is perfect for the lighter weather adventurer. Coming in at a very affordable price, it makes this an attractive option if you are looking for a resistant rain jacket that will resist the rain but not completely waterproof your day. That combined with the obvious wind breaking protections makes this Columbia jacket a good option.

Additionally, the color options are endless with this jacket so no matter your style you can find one or two perfect for your lifestyle. Some say it runs a little bit big so you may want to get the size smaller than typically needed.

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Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research Men's Helium II JacketThis Outdoor Research Helium Jacket has a lot of positive reviews floating around about it. It is lightweight but also waterproof and a lot of people mention using it as a shell while wearing thicker sweaters under it for colder weather applications.

Additionally it comes with a hood which is always an added plus.

This jacket comes in a variety of colors and has a chest pocket on the front for keeping important things like your cell phone.

A bit higher on the price spectrum, it seems to be well worth it when it comes to quality.

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Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell Jacket

Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell JacketLooking for an all in one solution to keep the heat in while protecting you from the rain and windy weather you’re about to adventure into? Perhaps this Patagonia Insulated Torrentshell jacket is the perfect solution for you.

Patagonia is a quality brand of outdoor wear and this jacket seems to be the perfect waterproof option for colder climates.

With a hood, pockets and insulation it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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IZOD Men’s True Rain Slicker

IZOD Men's True Rain SlickerIf you’re looking to add a bit of style to the functionality of a rain jacket, this IZOD Rain Slicker may be the perfect jacket for you.

With big pockets in front, a large hoodie and a sailoresque cut about it you can add this to your wardrobe and people would look at you and be like “yah, you look good dude”.

This jacket comes in three shades and has a more boxy cut to it.

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Helly Hansen Men’s Vancouver Jacket

Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver JacketThis Helly Hansen I find to be a great price point and appealing rain jacket that protects you from the rain and wind. I especially like the off-grey shade with the orange accented pockets. 

From a functionality standpoint, this rain jacket also has a hood with draw strings, two hand pockets and a chest pocket. Although this has no inside pockets, it is easily able to be part of a multi-layer cold weather dressing situation.

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So there you have it, five of the best rain jackets for men in my opinion for your next trip into rainy weather. If I were to choose, it would be between the Patagonia or Columbia jackets. However, I think each jacket in this article has it’s place in your wardrobe and you need to just asses your needs and invest accordingly.

Happy rain jacket shopping!


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Author Ian Hoyt

Founder of Life Nomading, Ian Hoyt has devoted the better part of his adult life to exploring and sharing his travel experiences with others through the Life Nomading podcast, blog, and group trips. In his free time, he travels, and then travels some more, and then enjoys guilty pleasures like NYC Prince St. Pizza or local Harlem eats when at home base in New York City.

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