We’ve reviewed more than 20 of the very best waterproof mountain jackets from the top outdoors brands to help you decide which one would work for you. Each of the short reviews here is linked to our full review for more comprehensive information and pictures.
How We Tested Them
Very simply we used the jackets in the worst conditions we could find for walking, scrambling and occasional mountaineering. We hammered them hard up hills to see how breathable they were. And we hunkered down with the hood up in deluge conditions to make sure the water stayed on the outside.
We also tried some basic tests with every jacket we used: would the hood stay firmly connected to your head and move with it? With climbing jackets, we made sure that the hood fitted over a helmet and still allowed head movement and face protection. We made sure that vents, pockets, zips and adjusters still worked with winter gloves. And we checked that cuffs and hems didn’t rise up or restrict movement in use.
Mostly modern waterproof shell jackets are very good indeed. We’ve tried to give you enough information on features, cut, strengths and weaknesses to allow you to pick one that’s best for your personal needs, but if you want more detailed buying advice, check out our new Waterproof Jacket Buyers’ Guide.
You can, of course, simply scroll through the article, but if you’re interested in a particular brand or jacket, just use the links below to go straight to the relevant section.
Arc’teryx Beta AR | Berghaus 8000 Pro | Berghaus Hagshu | Back Diamond Helio Shell |
Columbia OutDry Extreme | Craghoppers Jerome GTX | Dannah Alpine Jacket |
Fjällräven Keb Eco Shell | Haglöfs Spitz | Jöttnar Asmund | Jöttnar Bergelmir | Keela Munro |
Marmot Red Star | Montane Alpine Pro | Mountain Equipment Janak | Mountain Equipment Lhotse | Paramo Enduro 2017 | Rab Firewall | Sprayway Zeus | Upper Downs Neo Jacket | VauDe Croz 3L |