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

But, what if you are trying to decide on the perfect rain jacket for any scenario? In this article, we are going to run-down some of the best rain jackets for men and which one may be the best fit for you… if of course, you are a man.

When looking for a best men’s rain jacket it is important to keep in mind what your expected climate and adventure will be the deciding factors on which jacket to invest in. Rain jackets for men can range anywhere from $30 to $300 plus depending on your needs.

Best Rain Jackets for Men Comparison Table

Rain 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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Columbia Men’s Alpine Action Jacket- High Quality
- Waterproof
- Insulated for Cold Weather
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Are you about to go on an Alaskan adventure in January? Maybe Florida in July? 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

This 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.

Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Packable Rain Jacket Price: $37.19 Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Packable Rain Jacket Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II Jacket

This 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.

Outdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket Price: $87.95 Outdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Columbia Men’s Alpine Action Jacket

I personally own this Columbia Alpine jacket and this is my winter coat go-to. This jacket will keep you warm if you’re wearing even only a t-shirt in below freezing temperatures. This jacket is waterproof too so if you’re adventuring in winter conditions this is the perfect cold weather rain jacket alternative.

Columbia Men's Alpine Action Jacket Price: $170.00 Columbia Men's Alpine Action Jacket Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

IZOD Men’s True Rain Slicker

If 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 “yeah, you look good dude”.

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

IZOD Men's True Slicker Rain Jacket, Yellow Price: $55.50 IZOD Men's True Slicker Rain Jacket, Yellow Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

Helly Hansen Men’s Vancouver Jacket

This Helly Hansen I find to be a great price point and an 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 drawstrings, 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.

Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver Waterproof & Windproof Shell Rain Jacket Price: $135.00 Helly Hansen Men's Vancouver Waterproof & Windproof Shell Rain Jacket Full Disclosure: We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. Last Updated: 04/30/2019

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 its 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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