Best Raincoats for Heavy Rain - Lightweight, Breathable for Women and Men (Awesome for Hiking!)

Best Raincoats for Heavy Rain - Lightweight, Breathable for Women and Men (Awesome for Hiking!)Best Raincoats for Heavy Rain - Lightweight, Breathable for Women and Men (Awesome for Hiking!)

Best Raincoats for Heavy Rain | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

We've gathered the best raincoats for heavy rain that are lightweight and breathable for women and men. Perfect for hiking, camping and adventures!

If you are like me, you are ready for an adventure regardless of the weather! Plus, if you are a photographer, sometimes adverse weather is the best time to capture moody and captivating images. So don't let the weather keep you indoors! 

Chris and I are always hiking, biking, kayaking or exploring so we put our jackets through the paces. We need quality rain jackets that hold up well and perform. Lightweight and packable are important features for us.

Let's grab a raincoat and go!

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Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Windbreaker, 

Waterproof, Breathable, Windproof, Comfortable,  Stow Hood, Inner Pocket, Fitted

Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Windbreaker, 


No inside pocket

Bit bulky for packing

No inside pocket, not insulated

Cool Features

Fitted cuffs, lots of color choices, permanent hood prevents water seeping

Adjustable draw cord hood protects face. High collar, drawstring & adjustable velcro cuffs for leak prevention and heat preservation.

Heat-releasing PitZips provide ventilation under arms to regulate body temperature

Bottom Line

Perfect for hiking and day trips. 

Stay dry and warm during downpours

Perfect for hiking, climbing and other outdoor activities

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Columbia Women's Arcadia Ii Waterproof Breathable Jacket With Packable Hood

What we like: I like that this Columbia rain jacket has velcro on the sleeves and a mesh lining. Plus the drawstring waist gives a more fitted look. The pockets are large and have zippers. The jacket is very lightweight and also folds into one of the pockets which makes it super handy for putting in a backpack. Plus it comes in oodles of fantastic colors!

CAMEL CROWN Womens Rain Jacket Waterproof Coat with Hideaway Hood

What we like: The hood has drawstrings, which is a must for me as I hate wind and rain in my ears. The hood is also foldable if it isn't needed.  This coat is very breathable which is awesome. There is an inner zipper pocket and two outer zipper pockets.  There is an adjustable drawstring cord. Colors are very classy!

Marmot Womens Precip Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket

What we like: This jacket is perfect for activities as it isn't too tight.  Perfect for rainy days when hiking, biking or exploring. There are pit zips to keep cooler. The Marmot's adjustable hood stows in the collar when not in use and the two part collar as a more open feeling. This jacket is lightweight and is packable in it's own pocket, which is great for travel. This jacket is waterproof yet really breathable. The sleeves are also easily adjustable with velcro tabs. The overall fit is flattering yet is loose enough to have a sweatshirt under it. 

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Watertight, Waterproof, Drys Quickly, Packable, Lightweight, Mesh Lining, Comfortable

Jacket and Pants set. Breathable, waterproof, wind-resistant, lightweight

Very lightweight, inside pocket closes with velcro, Hood concealed inside the collar.


Can't tuck or remove hood, no interior pockets

no pockets

Not as breathable

Cool Features

Packs into hand pocket

it's a set!

Concealable Hood

Bottom Line

Great overall rain jacket.

Great total coverage for rainy days. Nobody likes a wet butt!

Good lightweight jacket for rain, packable

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Columbia Men's Watertight II Waterproof Rain Jacket

What We Like: Defiantly cuts rain and wind well. Not too stiff or noisy. The waterproof and windproof features make this jacket practically perfect for a fishing or hiking trip. The breathable fabric is great over your favorite tee on a rainy day in the middle of the summer. You can also layer up under this jacket for fall or winter use. 


FROGG TOGGS Men's Classic All-Sport Waterproof Breathable Rain Suit

Best Raincoat for Heavy Rain, Frogg Toggs Rain JacketBest Raincoat for Heavy Rain, Frogg Toggs Rain Jacket

What We Like: We love this is a dual set, so perfect for hiking or biking in the wood and not getting your legs wet. Great for being outside for kids sports or fishing in a boat. Breathable and lightweight. Packs easily. The hood is removable if you don't like hoods. Drawstring elastic waist pants make it easy to pull pants on over a uniform and are plenty long enough to cover work boots. 

Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Packable Rain Jacket

What We Like: May not be heavy duty enough to serve as a shell over other clothes in colder weather. However, the light weight makes it easy to pack, so it's perfect for travel or backpacking in spring, summer, and into early fall.

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