A sad fact of springtime is that, before we can enjoy the sunshine, we’ll have to weather a few storms. So, if finding the best rain jacket for women is on your mind, you’re not alone. Now that we can (hopefully) put away our down jackets for another season, we can turn our attention to this key piece of workhorse outerwear, which should, of course, be water-resistant at the very least, but that’s far from the only thing to keep in mind when shopping for women’s rain jackets.
Your raincoat of choice should also be wind resistant (for those days when it feels like it’s raining sideways) and breathable (because, even in the middle of a downpour, no one wants to feel swampy). Look for features like pit zips and vents to promote airflow, and fabrics made with a tight weave and sealed seams to keep the wind out.
Some jackets will come with additional details to further protect you from the rain, like a durable water repellent (DWR) coating or tight-locking, waterproof zippers. Where the former keeps water out of the topmost layer of your jacket (causing it to bead rather than seep), the latter keeps water from getting through your jacket at its fastening points.
Of course, just like choosing rain boots, the best jacket for you will depend on your local weather, your preferred rainy day activities, and, of course, your personal style. Below, we’ve highlighted our top picks for the very best rain jackets for women—to help get your search underway—from high-quality brands, including outdoor brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Lululemon, and more
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