Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve already written about the best rain jackets for women, rain boots for men and women, and umbrellas, here we’re singling out the most stylish and durable rain jackets for men on Amazon (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best short front-zip rain jacket under $100
“This is a very lightweight rain jacket. I like that it is very waterproof and the hood comes far enough forward to shield your face, and has an inner-hood type thing you can tighten, so even in wind it won’t blow the hood off. There’s a soft layer of mesh for the lining, which feels nice — very good for a spring jacket, but in winter, you definitely need to layer.”
Best short front-zip rain jacket, overall
“This is the absolute BEST raincoat I have ever seen. It WILL keep you dry. As well as all the stuff in your pockets. And it also will serve as a good windbreaker. I have used a hoodie under it and that has suited me perfectly in the Chicago spring rainy season. As a sidenote, the zippers are very high quality. These are industrial strength, yet easy to use.”
Best short button-up rain jacket
“Super impressed with the quality of this rain coat. I work on a barge in all weather and needed something rugged, as most other store-bought coats ripped or fell apart after a few uses. Had this for a few months and is good as new.”
Best short rain jacket with a chin guard
“I love this jacket. The price is just right for something so light and packable. I expect low durability with a superlight jacket, so I don’t like to spend a fortune on it. When my last one tore, I got this as a replacement right away. This version of the Precip is incredibly breathable and incredibly effective at the same time. I overheat in other rain jackets, but not this one. And yet I’ve worn it in rain, snow, and at 13,000 feet in blizzard winds.”
Best long rain jacket
“This is an amazing raincoat. The sleeve has buttons to narrow it, the pockets on the front of the jacket completely keep all the rain out, and the hood snaps on. It looks quite cool sans hood. All in all, an amazing product for any price, let alone FOURTEEN DOLLARS.”
Best rain poncho
“I purchased two of these ponchos for a backpacking trip and they worked great. They do well with covering the packs and body. Also, the lip on the hood helped keep rain out of our faces as well. They fold up relatively easily, and fairly lightweight. Given the price, these served my needs perfectly.”
“This jacket is great. We’ve had nothing but torrential downpours here in Michigan the past few weeks, and it has kept me dry. I love its lightweight feel, breathability, and durability. The pit zips on each side do good to help it breathe more.”
Best trench coat
“Took one on a mission trip. Was pleasantly surprised at how great it was. It came down more than mid-thigh, so kept my pants dry. A whole lot easier to move and function in than a poncho. Also, we had storms with blowing rain and this had little elastic drawstrings to cinch tighter. Only problem was someone apparently liked it so well they stole it. Hope it blesses them …”
Best reflective jacket
“The rain started dumping today at one to two inches per hour for about ten hours. The new jacket worked flawlessly. Worked clearing drainage ditches and culverts, and patrolling the property. Stayed dry, stayed warm, stayed working, and finished the job.”
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