* Rain, rain go away
*Sleek and functional outerwear for the wettest weather
* From Carhartt to Helly Hansen, these are the brands you can depend on
Spring has officially sprung in many parts of the country, meaning spring showers and intermittent rainfall that seemingly comes from nowhere. If you are not a fan of the more traditional rain poncho than we recommend perusing these four finds that represent the best outerwear that will keep you totally dry no matter how heavy the downpour. What makes a great shell is one that can be layered with warmer gear depending on the weather, can wick and repel all moisture that comes your way and can be easily stashed away when it’s not needed. These hit on all of those fronts, offering innovative materials and sophisticated styles for the gentlemen who aren’t afraid of getting a little wet.
These jackets, from Helly Hansen to Carharrt, have mastered the functionality of a superior rain jacket in sleek designs that can be taken from the muddy woods to the bustling metropolis.
1. Carhartt Men’s Defender Jacket
Carhartt does not need an introduction as they are one of the leaders in dependable outdoor gear that holds up to the versatile lifestyles of its wearers. This durable water repellant rain jacket is a combination of street-ready outerwear combined with a moisture-repelling fabric. Its features include a drawstring hem to keep water out and convenient snap pockets and a zip-up hood to take you through a day outdoors; hunting, fishing, or camping. Watch water roll off the exterior of the jacket even in a downpour and trust that this style can take you from the backwoods to the city streets easily.
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2. Men’s Hooded Rain Jacket
This clean-lined and sophisticated rain jacket comes in an emerald forest green colorway that makes it an appealing option for a nature-driven wearer who also wants to travel to urban places and fit right in. Made with an abrasion-resistant waterproof material and a breathable mesh lining to keep you cool as well as a hood and high-neck to protect from stormy weather. The best part of the jacket may be its packability, as it rolls up and fits into one of the front pockets so you can stash this in your pack when the days are clear.
3. Columbia Men’s Rain Jacket
Streetwear-forward, Columbia debuts a flair for design with its geometric black-and-white rain jacket. The brand is known for its outdoor gear that holds up to gnarly elements outside so you can trust that you will stay dry in this shell. Their signature waterproof fabric wicks moisture away no matter the intensity of the downpour. We love the adjustable handcuffs, drawcord on the hood and hem and two front pockets so you can make customizations depending on activity. The lightweight design allows you to fold up the entire jacket into the front pocket for easy carrying.
4. Helly Hansen Seven J Jacket
For those living in the PNW or on the east coast, this Helly Hansen black rain jacket is a go-to for hardcore weather that persists year-round. Made with HellyTech, the brand’s unique blend of materials combines a membrane that stops water from getting through the exterior while allowing moisture from within to escape, so your sweat doesn’t stink up your jacket from the inside, making this a great option for active wearers. The high collar, adjustable hood, cuffs, and hemline are all factors for a high-quality jacket that will hold up for years to come.