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Top 10 Waterproof Jackets


Updated May 16, 2014

I walk in a rainy climate, so a waterproof breathable jacket is essential. As the weather turns colder, I wear an insulating layer underneath rather than change jackets. I want a waterproof jacket that will layer over my fanny pack and move well enough so I can walk fast. The hood must adjust so I can see out from under it. Pockets should store things securely.

1. Marmot Oracle Jacket - Mens

Marmot Oracle Jacket
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My husband is the go-to guy for getting the best outdoors gear. He chose the Marmot Oracle jacket as a lightweight waterproof jacket, suitable for wearing by itself or layering over a vest when the temperatures drop. I love the two-way zipper so I can loosen the fit around the hips for better walking. I prefer the men's version since I wear it over a Camelbak or fanny pack when walking.

2. Marmot Oracle Women's Jacket

Marmot Oracle Jacket
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Designed to fit a woman. Two layer dry touch waterproof/breathable design. Handwarmer pockets and pit zips. 2003 Editors' Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine for best 3-season lightweight rainwear on the market.

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3. REI Belltown Jacket

REI Belltown Rain Jacket
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This is a great jacket for use both with fitness walking and as your everyday jacket for going to work or school. I love the two-way front zipper and storm flap on this jacket. That gives you the ability to upzip it from the bottom so your legs can move freely. It also has enough length to cover your buns and upper thighs. I prefer that for long walks in the rain. It has plenty of pockets, including handwarmer pockets, two chest zip pockets and an interior zip pocket with a cord port perfect for your mobile device. The jacket comes in black, olive, and wine, which would work well for a jacket you wear for walking to work or at work. It doesn't have any reflective elements, so you might want to add some of your own for walking after dark. It comes in regular sizes and in plus sizes.

4. Rain Shield O2 Rainwear

Rain Shield O2 Rainwear
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A yellow rain suit is a walking essential for dreary, rainy days. I was truly pleased with how supple, scentless, and breathable the O2 Rainwear rain suit was. I wore it through several cloudbursts and it kept me dry, with the water beading up and rolling off without soaking into the fabric, while allowing any sweat to escape from inside as well. I wore it temperatures from 50-60F.

5. RRS Pro Velocity Rain Jacket

RRS Performance Rain Jacket
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This waterproof and windproof jacket comes in men's and women's versions. The reflective elements on this jacket are outstanding. It has a two-way zipper, which you don't often find on running jackets. I prefer a two-way zipper as I like a longer length of waterproof jacket to keep my seat dry, but still want freedom of motion for my legs. I like the number of pockets - an inside media pocket to keep your electronics dry, and an outer zip chest pocket for stuff you need to get to more often. It also has zip side pockets. You can detach the hood. The price is excellent for a jacket of this quality.

6. Marmot PreCip Jacket - Women's

Marmot Women's PreCip Jacket
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This lightweight waterproof breathable rain jacket packs up small enough to fit into a water bottle. The long front pockets can be used for warming hands or ventilation, and it has pit zips for further ventilation.

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7. Marmot PreCip Jacket - Men's

Marmot PreCip Jacket
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The men's version of the PreCip jacket. Warning: the electric blue color offered in previous years (which you may find on close-out) is a most lovely deep purple. And so I inherited it from my husband as he chose a color more suited to his masculine sensibilities. The men's version works great for me.

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8. North Face Venture Jacket

North Face Venture Jacket
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Waterproof, windproof and breathable, with two long front pockets to use to warm hands or stow gear or vent. The shirttail hem provides rear coverage while letting you get full hip motion.

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9. Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket

Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket
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Waterproof, breathable, lightweight rain jacket that has a relaxed fit for layering. Has pit zips and two zippered exterior pockets and one interior zippered pocket and a roll-down hood.

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10. Patagonia Eco Rain Shell Jacket

Patagonia Eco Shell
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This packable waterproof jacket is meant for active sports like walking and hiking. It's made of recycled polyester. It has removable hood, vertical stash pocket, single internal security pocket, two generous handwarmer pockets.

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