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The Best Women’s Raincoats, According to Hyperenthusiastic Amazon Reviews

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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 written about the best umbrellas, ponchos, and rain boots, here we’re investigating the best women’s raincoats you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Trench-Style Raincoat

Columbia Women’s Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket
$58 at Amazon

“I bought this jacket for my Scotland vacation in March, and I absolutely adore it. It has enough room to add a fleece underneath for extra warmth, but it also serves as a great light coat on mild or windy days. I loved its diversity. It kept me dry while I got caught in the rain, and the hood fully covered my head. The tie in the front gives a feminine twist, so I was able to dress it up or down.”

The Best Raincoat for Torrential Downpours

Helly Hansen Long Belfast Waterproof Breathable Raincoat
From $120 at Amazon

“I have been looking for a completely waterproof coat for a long time, and this one is perfect. It’s very flattering, and comes to just above my knees, which is great for rain protection — my pants stay nice and dry! I wore this coat last week to my dog-training class, and another woman had the EXACT same coat. She said she’s had hers for a year and wears it all the time while out walking the dogs. She also said it has never leaked. I can attest it looked JUST like mine, as in, brand-new and not worn at all!”

The Best Packable Poncho

Linenlux Women’s Hooded Rain Jacket
$23 at Amazon

“I ordered this poncho because we were going on vacation in Florida and the Caribbean. I knew rain was likely in the forecast between all the hurricanes. I had the opportunity to wear it at Universal Studios. On the river-raft ride, which is supposed to get you soaking wet, I wore my poncho and my husband wore a cheap dollar-store poncho (basically a garbage bag). I was the only person on that ride that came out dry with the exception of my shoes.”

The Best Raincoat for Hiking Under $50

Diamond Candy Ladies Hiking Raincoat
From $35 at Amazon

“I travel to Ecuador as a volunteer in the cloud forest, and it rains every single day there. This jacket is perfect; it folds up fairly small, so I can fit it into a backpack and take it out at a moment’s notice when the rain begins to fall. It dries very fast and keeps me very warm.”

The Best Plus-Size Raincoat

Woman Within Plus-Size Hooded Slicker Raincoat
$42 at Amazon

“Love the fit and hood as well as wrist-size Velcro adjustments. This definitely runs big, so buy a size smaller than you would normally buy. I love the length of this, too, not short to the waist but comes to just above my knees. Great for when you get stuck without an umbrella.”

The Best Reflective Raincoat

Charles River Apparel New Englander Rain Jacket
$60 at Amazon

“I tested it in the rainy conditions while hiking in Peru (at the end of the wet season and beginning of the dry season), and I can report back that it perfectly protected my clothes from getting wet, and kept me warm. The pockets are very convenient, as they are big and they zip up all the way, so you can put anything you want without being worried about losing it (or about it getting wet in the rain). Lastly, it’s also easy to clean — just wipe it with a wet cloth. This jacket is highly functional in the camping environment, very well made, and cute. I am very glad I bought it, and I would highly recommend it.”

The Best Investment-Level Lightweight Raincoat

North Face Women’s Venture 2 Jacket
$200 at Amazon

“Nice, thin rain jacket. Really kept a lot of water off of me. We got stuck in New York when Hurricane Florence came through. Kept me dry from the thighs up. The big pockets inside and out were very helpful to keep my stuff dry. And the armpit zippers were a blessing. The humidity was high.”

The Best Wind- and Waterproof Raincoat

Columbia Women’s Arcadia Jacket
$90 at Amazon

“This jacket is a great value. I bought it specifically for Iceland as an outer shell, and it surpassed my expectations. It was both wind- and waterproof. The windproof feature came in handy, as there were 30 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph. I brought three rain jackets with me, and this one was my favorite, since it’s wind- and waterproof and it dried very quickly.”

The Best Raincoat for Exercise

Marmot Women’s Precip Jacket
From $65 at Amazon

“OUTSTANDING JACKET. It breathes well when exercising, has large hand pockets to store items on your run, and is extremely, extremely lightweight. I wish it had a chest pocket, but otherwise, it is excellent. I have not had it in a big rain yet, but in light rain it was easily waterproof. I have one of their more robust rain jackets, and this material feels very similar, so I feel confident it will hold up well. Absolutely recommend this as a lightweight, breathable rain jacket for exercising outdoors.”

The Best Snap-Front Raincoat

Fisoul Outdoor Hooded Rain Jacket
From $20 at Amazon

“Today was the first day I got to test my new rain jacket out, and what fitting weather, too; it was lightly raining when I went out and then a sudden downpour. The jacket worked great, my clothes didn’t get soaked, and the water floated just on top of the fabric … All in all, I love it!”

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The Best Women’s Raincoats, According to Reviews