The best rain jackets to brave the elements no matter the activity

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The best rain jackets to brave the elements no matter the activity

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The weather may be heating up, but rain seems to rear its ugly head year-round. So, you definitely need a functional and durable jacket that will protect yourself and valuables whether watching a live game, on a long run or reaching a new altitude during a weekend hike.

Picking a rain jacket may sound easy, but there are a number of things to keep in mind while browsing our favorite picks below. For those always outside, you absolutely need something that has three layers made of tough nylon or polyester and coated with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) properties. Those may come on the expensive side, but they're worth the investment. 

Something else to keep in mind are the seams and zippers. Are they constructed in a manner that water won't seep through? Will the zipper travel all the way to or past your neck? If not, don't waste your money. Finally, consider it's versatility. Can you wear while cycling and commuting to work? Should the skies open up, can it be easily packed? If both of those answers are yes, then make the purchase.

We tested and reviewed the specs on all eight jackets below and while some caught our eye more than others, they all fit the aforementioned qualifications.

This jacket is a must-have for a number of reasons. A PFC free DWR finish makes it both wind and water resistant, a 4-way stretch internal adjustable hood for a personalized fit and packable functionality when the weather lightens up.

Perfect for everyday wear, a guide like this would be incomplete without inclusion from The North Face. It boasts 100% windproof fabric, pit-zip venting for added breathability and waterproof, seam-sealed DryVent technology. 

This jacket proves you don't have to spend a lot to protect yourself from the elements. While there's not a lot of insulation, it still has water and stain repellency and zip-closed pockets to secure valuables.

Think of this one as something to pack should it suddenly start to downpour in the middle of a football or soccer game. RAIN.RDY seals out wind and rain while keeping you comfortable on the inside and has a roomy shape in case temperatures calls for layering.

Normally revered for running shoes, On Running's (not-so) hidden secret are their rain jackets. Though pricier, it pays for itself if you live in a city where the weather is unpredictable. Details include Japanese fabrics that promise 360-degree ventilation, water-resistant zip protection pockets and of course, the ability to pack itself.

The most expensive option on the list, the features absolutely justify the price tag. Enjoy bonded hood brim and peripheral hood adjustment, truly waterproof/breathable fully seam sealed capabilities and zip pocket adjustments. Take this next time you venture off the beaten path and forget about being too far from shelter.

Thanks to a fleece-lined neck, you have the added benefit of luxurious comfort. The previous Torrentshell has 2.5 layers and this new and improved 3-layer build is definitely noticeable. The hood also gently fits over any bicycle or climbing helmet, so you don't have to compromise safety over protection.

For those on the hunt for an eco-friendly option, consider this one from Marmot. A NanoPro membrane means its reliably waterproof and totally breathable and fully sealed seams prevent a single raindrop from leaking through.

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