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5 Best Hiking Rain Jackets of 2018

From months of daily drizzle to heavy downpour in the mountains, hiking without a kit like rain jacket is very hard that’s why a good rain jacket, or may be two, is an important part of every hiking backpack.
The 2018 rain jackets for men and women below are top rated by verified purchasers. They all, more or less, have all the functionality and features that you should be looking for in a rain shell jacket.

Marmot Minimalist ($189)

Built in a very anti-minimalist fashion, the Marmot Minimalist is lightweight and durable outer shell made with Gore-Tex Paclite, waterproof and breathable, it is guaranteed to keep you dry and comfortable in the backcountry.
From the super burly and confidence-inspiring zipper to the thicker diameter cinch cord and easy to use toggles at the hem and hood, everything has a premium and trustworthy feel.

  • Weight: 15.13 oz.
  • Category:Hiking/daily use
  • Waterproofing: 2.5-layer Gore-Tex Paclite
  • What we like: High quality feel, great design
  • What we don’t: No stuff sack/pocket, heavy

REI Co-op Drypoint GTX ($249)

The Drypoint has a premium look and feel, its features including core zips integrated into the mesh-lined hand pockets and easy-to-use hood and cuff adjustments besides it is priced well.
The Drypoint GTX is one of the most breathable jackets; its stretchy material, and top-tier storm worthiness; it is light and compressible enough for everything from hour-long day hikes to soggy week-long backpacking trips.

  • Weight: 10.5 oz.
  • Category:Hiking/daily use
  • Waterproofing: 3-layer Gore-Tex Active
  • What we like: Premium feel and feature set, compressible, stretchy fabric, top-tier hood design
  • What we don’t: The OR Interstellar below is slightly more mountain ready, not as durable as other models

Marmot PreCip ($100)

The PreCip Jacket from Marmot is probably one of the best known jackets on the market; it’s lightweight, waterproof breathable and effective to keeping you comfortable in all but a serious downpour.
With double storm flap on the front zipper, Marmot PreCip is excellent at keeping water out, especially if you’ve got driving rain blowing sideways.

  • Weight: 10.52 oz.
  • Category:Hiking/daily use
  • Waterproofing: 2.5-layer NanoPro
  • What we like: Great value breathes well for the price, quality materials
  • What we don’t: Limited hood adjustments

The North Face Apex Flex ($229)

The North Face Apex Flex uses durable Gore-Tex fabric to ensure excellent wind and waterproof protection while still maintaining great breathability.
The pits zips can be opened for extra ventilation should you need it, while the hood is adjustable and can be cinched in using the draw cord.

  • Weight: 15.13 oz.
  • Category:Hiking/daily use
  • Waterproofing: 3-layer Gore-Tex
  • What we like: Soft on the inside yet burly on the outside
  • What we don’t: Heavy and bulky

Outdoor Research Interstellar ($299)

Outdoor Research Interstellar is three layer membranes; a shell fabric, the membrane that keeps everything waterproof and a backer to make sure it stays protected for a long period of time.
It also has stretch so you don’t have to worry about your fabric binding while hiking in rainy weather.

  • Weight: 11.6 oz.
  • Category:Performance shell/hiking
  • Waterproofing: 3-layer Ascent Shell
  • What we like: A bomber multi-sport shell at just 11 ounces
  • What we don’t: Not everyone will appreciate the technical design, including the helmet-compatible hood

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