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The Best Women’s Rain Jackets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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

Best trench-style rain jacket

Columbia Women’s Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket

“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.”

Best waterproof rain jacket for torrential downpours

Helly Hansen 55964 Women’s Long Belfast Jacket

“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!”

Best rain poncho

Linenlux Women’s Hooded Rain Jacket

“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 one (basically a garbage bag). I was the only person on that ride that came out dry with the exception of my shoes.”

Best packable rain jacket

Paradox Waterproof & Breathable Women’s Rain Jacket

“I tried tried out about 12 different rain jackets to find one to stuff in a backpack for hiking/backpacking. This one won. I just wore it in the rain today and I wish I could give it more stars. I was warm and dry and I shook it out and all the rain fell off and it was totally dry. It’s completely waterproof. My cell phone was bone dry in the front pocket. I chose it because it offered a bit more warmth than the plain waterproof shells, but is still compressible.Also, the hood is deeper than most of the other ones, which keeps your face instead of just your hair dry.”

Best plus-size rain jacket

Columbia Women’s Plus Size Arcadia II Jacket

“I am so pleasantly surprised by this jacket. I had been searching, to no avail, for a rain jacket I liked. This jacket is light with an inner mesh lining that keeps you cool by stopping the jacket from sticking to you. So many other jackets feel so ‘stuffy’ and hot to me, but something about this jacket makes it so comfortable. There is velcro around the wrists to tighten them, and drawstrings on the hood and waist which help keep me dry! I LOVE that it packs away. It makes it super portable and easy to toss in my pack for hikes, or keep in my car for emergencies. It’s almost true to size so I didn’t have an issue with sizing.”

Best reflective rain jacket

Charles River Apparel New Englander Rain Jacket

“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 zip up all the way, so you don’t have to worry about losing anything (or about it getting wet). 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.”

Best lightweight rain jacket for warm weather

North Face Women’s Venture 2 Jacket

“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.”

Best windbreakers

Columbia Women’s Arcadia Jacket

“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.”

Charles River Apparel Women’s Ultra Light Pack-N-Go Pullover

“Wore this hiking in Bryce Canyon on an extremely cold, windy day. I had on two thermal layers underneath and I was toasty. At one point, I removed one layer because I was a bit TOO warm. This jacket is built boxy and big. I had no problem wearing two layers underneath and carried a phone and gloves in the kangaroo pocket easily. Zippers worked well. The color is nice and bright. I would buy this again. Did not use it in wet weather, so I can’t comment about that.”

Best breathable rain jacket for exercise

Marmot Women’s Precip Jacket

“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.”

Best snap-front rain jacket

Fisoul Outdoor Hooded Rain Jacket

“This jacket is everything it says it is. Lightweight, easy zip, detachable hoodie, easy snap closure, cinched waist, and comes with pockets. Great for rain and a bit roomy if you want to layer. I’m a busty girl and finding a jacket that didn’t make me look top-heavy and shapeless was key! Very cute design. I’m happy with my purchase and will be buying more colors in this style.”

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The Best Women’s Rain Jackets, According to Amazon Reviews