6 Best Rain Jacket for Outdoor Adventures

The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket - Waterfalls

Picture the perfect day outdoors. It's sunny, clear, and comfortable, of course. But the weather doesn't always deliver that exact scenario. So we've gathered some of the best rain jackets of 2019 for you to shield yourself from the worst weather. Because even if you're the type who will cancel plans for a chance of rain, a storm can still sneak up on you when you're least expecting it.

All of these jackets are designed to keep you comfortable, with powerful waterproof protection that keeps you dry and breathable technology with ventilation so you stay cool. They're also a "shell" design, meaning they're only about protecting you from wet weather, not keeping you warm. They're perfect for summer showers, and paired with simple layering pieces they're also the best rain jackets for spring and autumn adventures as well.

The North Face Venture 2 Jacket (Men's & Women's)

First on our list is one of the easiest picks in any closet - The North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket. This is an updated version of the original Venture, a TNF staple and Peter Glenn favorite that is prized for its versatility and dependability. DryVent™ technology provides some of the best waterproof protection at this price point, and the simple design makes it easy to wear out on the trail or around town on a stormy day.

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Marmot Knife Edge GORE-TEX® Jacket (Men's)

If you need protection from serious weather, you want GORE-TEX®. One of the most powerful waterproof technologies on the market, it's also breathable and fully windproof making this jacket capable in the worst weather imaginable. The Marmot Knife Edge Rain Jacket in particular focuses on durability and utility, making this jacket extremely capable of providing full protection for many years of heavy use.

Black Diamond Liquid Point GORE-TEX® Jacket

Featuring the same GORE-TEX® technology as the above Marmot Knife Edge, the Black Diamond Liquid Point Women's Jacket is just as capable and just as long-wearing. The difference is this woman-focused design is built to save weight. Meaning less energy spent hauling the jacket around when you're not wearing it, making this the perfect pick when you're not sure you'll need your jacket.

Black Diamond Rain Jacket

Black Diamond StormLine Stretch (Men's & Women's)

BD.dry™ technology doesn't have the same level of protection that some other technologies do, but it makes up for that by being able to stretch. By allowing the jacket to stretch, the Black Diamond StormLine Jacket is able to give you a trimmer fit that's less likely to snag while still allowing for completely unrestricted movement.

The North Face Resolve 2 - water repellant

The North Face Resolve 2 (Men's & Women's)

Whether you're on a budget or just looking for a simple backup jacket, The North Face Resolve 2 Rain Jacket is an easy way to save a bit while staying dry. Using the same DryVent™ technology as the Venture 2, the Resolve uses a mesh liner to help protect the jacket while protecting you from passing showers.

Patagonia Torrentshell (Men's & Women's)

Similar to The North Face Venture 2, the Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket is a long-time favorite. With H2No® technology keeping you dry, it's more than capable in any weather. And since it's made from 100% recycled nylon it's part of how Patagonia is doing what they can for the environment.

Those are some of our favorites, but there's still plenty of great options if you're looking for your best rain jacket. In fact, the hardest part about finding the right rain shell isn't that it's hard to know what works, it's that there's too many options that do work. But that's why Peter Glenn is here, in store and online, to help you choose the right outdoor gear for your next adventure.