If you are unprepared, rain can really put a damper on your day. Whether you live in a climate where precipitation is the daily norm, or only see it once a month, you don’t need to let rain keep you indoors. Why not grab yourself a top notch rain jacket so you can stay dry even when it’s wet outside?
If you’re on a budget, here are our picks for the top 5 rain jackets under $200.
Perfect for getting out on the trail or even just regular daily use, the Marmot Minimalist is a top-notch raincoat in a fashionable cut. Despite the name, it’s actually not the lightest coat, weighing around a pound, but it does have 2.5-lay Gore-Tex Paclite waterproofing that is incredibly reliable. The most expensive jacket on our list, you’ll notice the difference in quality in every detail of this jacket that is anything but minimal when it comes to protecting you from the rain.
Going from a more heavy duty version down to the lightest of the lightweights you can find, this jacket weighs in at just 6.4 oz., but doesn’t lack when it comes to rainproofing. A super light and packable shell, the Outdoor Research Helium II is great for your next hike or climb and will keep you dry with its 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+ waterproofing. It works fine for city life, but this one will really shine out on your next adventure.
Weighing in right in the middle of the previous two at just over 11 ounces, this jacket uses a similar 2.5-layer H2No waterproofing and will pack down small for your adventures. It has an outstanding hood, drawcords for a more customized fit, and a streamlined flap to keep water from seeping through your zipper. The athletic cut and customizability of the Torrentshell makes it great for the wild or in urban environments.
Dropping down below $100 on our list, the North Face Venture 2 doesn’t lose much as far as quality despite the lower price point. It also has a 2.5-layer DryVent waterproofing and is great for hiking or daily use. The hood design and zipper quality don’t quite match up to the jackets above, but you’re still getting great bang for your buck here.
The least-expensive jacket on our list, The REI Essential Rain Jacket is a great budget option. With a 2.5 layer laminate that holds up pretty well to its more expensive counterparts, this jacket is better suited to daily use rather than out in the wild. The main knock against it is a lack of ventilation, which is why strenuous activity in this one would defeat the purpose of a rain coat since you’d be sweating underneath.
This list should be a good starting point if you are looking to grab yourself a good raincoat this year at a lower price.