What to Look for in Rain Jackets for Men

I love a rainy night.

Man wearing a red rain jacket with hood.
The right rain jacket will help you to stay both dry and comfortable.Unsplash/Kal Visuals

When you average the entire United States, individual states receive about 30 inches of precipitation each year. The rainiest state is Hawaii, and they see almost double the national average at a whopping 57 inches per year—that’s almost 5 feet of rain. Definitely time to invest in a rain jacket.

Columbia Men's Watertight Ii Rain Jacket
This lightweight nylon shell folds into its own pocket for max portability.Columbia

Rain doesn’t always come with warning, so a great rain jacket needs to be easy to slip into a bag or toss into the trunk of your car. Look for a lightweight jacket or shell that folds up into one pocket. The result is an easy-to-store pouch that shakes out into a rain jacket whenever you need it.

The North Face Men's Resolve Waterproof Jacket
This option is constructed with high performance, seam-sealed fabric that repels water.The North Face

Of course, function is the most important consideration, since a rain jacket that leaks is a major bummer. Look for a jacket made from high performance fabric that’s engineered to ensure it’s breathable and waterproof at the same time. Some rain parkas are seam-sealed (so that seams and zippers can’t leak) and treated with a water repellant on the exterior.

Charles River Apparel Pack-N-Go Wind & Water-Resistant Pullover
This half-zip, over-the-head jacket has vents and adjustable drawstrings, and is available in a variety of colors.Charles River

A good rain jacket should also be comfortable. Look for a well-ventilated design with elasticized cuffs and a drawstring bottom so you can customize the fit. Some jackets include a hood with adjustable drawstring for sealing out rain and wind.