Our lightest layer yet, it will keep you protected when the weather goes south. Whether you are hiking, running, bike riding, or backpacking, these garments offer an ideal blend of protection, minimal bulk, and low cost. The following is an overview of the Shipping Pass Pilot subscription service. The Best Rain Jackets for Men of Whether you need an all-around rain jacket or one suited to specific applications and budgets, we have a pick for you
We compared our previous findings with side-by-side testing of how each jacket felt in the strong, cold winds, and are confident that we can tell which jackets are the most and least wind resistant. In addition to the nylon fabric weave used in construction, a couple other factors are vital in a jackets performance while fighting the wind.
Fit discussed more below is critical, and windbreakers work better when they fit close to the body. Features that help seal out the wind, like elastic on the sleeve cuffs and drawcords on the hem, make a huge difference if you are battling a strong and sustained wind. These are easy entry points where the wind can simply circumvent your carefully woven nylon. Lastly, while ventilation gaps and panels can shed extra heat buildup on an uphill, they are also areas where a fierce wind can penetrate your jacket.
So there is a tough balance to find with these features. The top scorers where the jackets that had the tightest weaves and the best sealing off features at openings, while lower scorers for this metric often missed both of these important factors.
The Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody is the most wind resistant jacket, aided by its comfortable interior liner, which serves as an extra buffer between you and the cold winds. Two unlined jackets seemed to have tighter weaves than the rest, which led to more wind resistance.
We like these options because they have hand pockets, in contrast to the majority. But we did notice that the wind can creep in when the pockets are unzipped. We weighted wind resistance as 30 percent of a product's final score. Equally as important as wind resistance is breathability.
After all, a jacket with no breathability would trap all of your heat and sweat inside its shell, overheating, soaking and then overcooling you. However, since wind resistance and breathability are often polar opposites in terms of fabric weave and performance, many manufacturers choose to compensate for poor fabric breathability by including features designed to help with venting. Since these two concepts accomplish the same thing — removal of heat and moisture — we included them together in this metric.
All of these jackets bias towards protecting you from the wind, so none of them breathe that well. However, some jackets performed better than the rest, for different reasons. The Marmot DriClime Ether Hoody breathed very well by effectively wicking moisture from sweat away from the body. Others like the Marmot Ether DriClime, included armpit vents. Like wind resistance, we chose to weight breathability as 30 percent of a product's final score.
The lightest windbreakers we feel like feathers. That's not very much! These jackets are exceptionally light. With all of them weighing seemingly next to nothing, does it make sense to penalize the ones that are just slightly heavier and still featherweight? To be fair, we did rate each product based upon its weight, but then bumped the score up, left it the same, or dropped it down slightly based upon how small and how easy the jackets pack up.
Every jacket tested manages to stuff into one of their own pockets for super small and easy portability. However, the size they pack down to is not equal, nor is the ease of stuffing them or the ease of transporting them afterward.
A smaller stuffed size is a valuable attribute for attaching a windbreaker to a harness on a long climb or fitting in a hydration pack for a long mountain bike ride.
The Patagonia Houdini is the lightest jacket in the entire review and it stuffs down to a very small package. All of the jackets stuff into their own pockets or stuff sacks and come with keeper or clip in loops for easy carrying. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky or unwieldy packages to carry outside a pack or harness.
Check out individual product pages for pictures of some of the jackets' stuffed size. Overall, we weighted this metric as 20 percent of a product's final score. Important for any outdoor garment is whether it fits well for its intended purpose and whether all of the features work as they were intended.
When it comes to fit, we checked to see if the sleeves were long enough, if the hood fits over our head well, and whether the jacket was too baggy or too tight. We took into consideration whether it was designed to be used as a single layer, in which case we expected it to fit sleeker and closer to the body for optimal performance. On the other hand, if it was meant as an outer layer, then we wanted to see if it could be layered beneath. Often point deductions came from features that simply annoyed us, like hard to manipulate zippers, hood stowing systems that don't hold, drawcords that are hard to pull or release with one hand, or elastic cuffs and hood liners that aren't tight enough to keep the weather out.
Only one jacket, the Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody, scored top marks in this metric. Its gusseted, athletic fit is perfect for active use or layering underneath, and all of its features, including the storm hood, drawcords, and Velcro wrist cuffs worked optimally.
The Outdoor Research Tantrum II received a high score due to its super stretchy material , which leads to a perfect fit regardless of what we were doing. The Houdini earned a high score for its sleek functionality and a hood that is mountain bike compatible. The Rab Vital also scored well for a great, useful set of features, including a stowable hood, a ventilation button at the top of the zipper, and giant hand pockets. We weighed this metric as 10 percent of a product's final score.
While all of these windbreakers purport to be water resistant , none of them are meant to be waterproof. It is a tall order to ask for a jacket that is wind resistant, super breathable, super light and packable, cheap, and waterproof. We have yet to find such a jacket. For a versatile crossover option that is more waterproof than breathable, check out the Outdoor Research Helium II , which we have recommended above.
A little bit of water protection is necessary from time to time, so most of these jackets come with a durable water resistant DWR coating applied to the shell. DWR coatings are a chemical application that repels water while still allowing the fabric underneath to breathe properly. But they wear off, especially if you wear a pack over the jacket or it is subject to lots of abrasion or scuffing. Once the DWR coating is gone, these jacket will no longer be water resistant, and you will get wet!
Luckily, you can re-apply DWR coatings. Living in a very dry part of the world, we did not have the opportunity to be doused in real rainstorms in all of these jackets during testing. Honestly, we wouldn't want to, as most of these jackets are resistant up to only a light shower or gentle drizzle. If you have to tackle real rain, bring a rain jacket.
While we did get rained on plenty, we also needed to objectively test how these jackets handled the rain in comparison to each other, and so employed our trusty shower for the test. We jumped in the shower in each jacket to see how well they handled a dousing. But recognizing their inherent limitations, we were nice enough to simply jump in for one quick turn about, and subjected each jacket to less than 10 seconds of full shower exposure.
We tested these jackets at the end of the months-long test period, to get an idea of how well their DWR coating had held up over time. The results spanned the range from impressively good to very bad! The North Face Flyweight Hoodie has some unspecified chemical liner applied to the inside of its nylon shell.
This feature, in conjunction with its superior DWR coating, means that it provides the best water resistance you could ask for in a windbreaker. A distant second best is the Patagonia Houdini , which has a more effective DWR coating than most, but which will eventually wear away.
The Rab Vital did not. Regardless, we wouldn't choose any of these jackets if we knew we would get wet from rain. Brand Time and Tru. Price Shown at Cart. Please enter a minimum and maximum price. Showing 48 of results that match your query. Product - Lowest Price ever! Product Title Lowest Price ever! Already a Shipping Pass member? Free returns online or in-store Not completely satisfied? We've made returning items as easy as possible. Never worry about minimum orders Order as often as you like all year long.
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