If you want to stay dry and comfortable, here are some of the top picks for quality and affordability.
A little rain never hurt anyone, and as long as you're doing it safely, a lot of rain doesn't have to mean the end of the day with the right water resistant or waterproof jacket.
But, you're going to want to stay as dry as you can and be comfortable, plus be able to perform the necessary movements and actions needed to land a big one or hike a mountain when the time comes. That's when you'll care the most if your jacket or poncho is waterproof and windproof.
These selections cover the bases when it comes to rain gear, and you can't go wrong with any of them.
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When it comes to both quality and affordability, it's difficult to beat the comfort and durability of Grundéns and Gage brand rubber rain slickers. The wide selection of models available are applicable to fit many different specific needs from a light drizzle to a full-on heavy rain.
ODFW Field Biologist and fishing guide Kevin Gray relies on Grundéns and Gage gear while doing double duty at both his jobs on the water, "I have bibs I got 3yrs ago for $55 and they're just as good and waterproof as day 1!"
Steve Hanson, author of "The Reel Truth" says, "I wear Gage rainwear and stay dry and comfortable during downpours for a very reasonable price."
There is simply not a better name brand when it comes to quality and customer service than Simms. While they might not be nearly as affordable as other brands, with Simms, you get what you pay for.
Their warranties are some of the best on the market, so you'll get extended life out of anything you purchase from their company. Simms stands behind the quality of their products and aims to manufacture them to withstand the test of time. Beyond the durability of the ultralight materials, they are comfortable and built for form as well as function with adjustable hoods, plentiful chest pockets.
Samuel Wurdinger, maker of "Dinger Jigs" claims that the Pro-Dry jacket he purchased was "The best raincoat I've ever owned."
Bryanna Zimmerman of SteelheadGirls.com likes that Simms is making moves to cater to women in the sport without sacrificing quality in the women's models. "My Simms has never been beat as far as waders or a wading jacket goes and they make a women's line with the same quality as men's," she said.
Jared Jorgenson of CIA (Catch It All) Outfitters claims that, "Simms Pro Dry is by far the best rain jacket I have ever used, staying dry is key to having fun on the water."
For a simpler design, try the Vapor Elite Jacket. It's watertight thanks to its Toray fabric that gives extreme breathability while still sealing out the cold and dampness with minimal additional layering.
My Simms has never been beat as far as waders or a wading jacket goes, and they make a women's line with the same quality as men's.
Stormr is another brand of outerwear that's built for form as well as function. These products are as stretchy form-fitting and stylish as they are functional and durable.
In addition to the materials being as flexible as other top name brands, the thin layers of neoprene and fleece create additional warmth along with its weather barrier. Stormr products are also backed by a one year warranty.
Outdoor writer Renee Johnson favors the Stormr brand for its function, durability, afforability, reliability, and style. "I love the comfort and rain protection I get from Stormr," she said. "I stay warmer and drier in their gear than other very popular brands. The Fusion line is breathable and the Prime, Stryker, and Typhoon offer warmth and protection from the rain, not to mention they look good too."
One thing that sets this raingear apart from the others is the material. Instead of neoprene or rubber, Cabela's Guidewear is mainly made with GoreTex, which is a much more durable and breathable fabric that will wick sweat.
It does, however, require some additional care to maintain its durable water repellent properties, but it's easy to do with proper care. Available in insulated and non-insulated models, you can effectively layer for comfort.
Angler Josh Hopkins of Monroe, Oregon wears his Cabela's Guidewear rain gear while trolling for kokanee and salmon. "GorTex keeps me dry and I don't get damp from sweat. The Guidewear has Ample pockets, and care is straightforward. I use nikwax techwash and wash in waterproofer, which keeps the fabric 100% effective. I've put 3 years on mine without an issue needing addressed or repaired."
Angler Daniel Allie says, "My Cabela's Guidewear is great for the price going on five seasons."
Check out the Cabela's X-Treme parkas. These jackets feature a Gore-Tex laminate that helps keep you dry in the worst conditions. The hand pockets are made for handwarmers and the other zippered pockets should help keep your most-used fishing gear dry in the roughest conditions.
When most people think of Carhartt, they think of workday gear rather than lightweight rain jackets or other weekender gear. However, the same durability that has gone into the construction of their work clothing for years is also in their line of rain gear.
The heavy duty vinyl is extremely durable and rip/tear resistant. Although not nearly as light and flexible as other brands, you'll still get the same longevity at a very reasonable price. Carhartt also caters better to larger sizes that aren't even an option with other brands.
Angler Mike Esparza of Independence, Oregon says, "It was hard to find gear in my size. I'm a 3x, and the Carhartt rain gear fits perfect and is light weight. I've had it 2 seasons and it's still like new."
Check out their Dry Harbor waterproof breathable jacket. It has a two layer construction, is seam-sealed and features a DWR water resistant breathable membrane construction in a nylon shell.
6. Helly Hansen
Another notable name that will keep you dry without drying out your wallet, the Helly Hansen Brand has been around for well over a decade, and has become a trusted manufacturer. Backed by a limited warranty and reasonably priced, you'll get a similar performance at a fraction of the cost from their gear.
Angler Scott Northup says, "I have a set of Helly Hansen bibs and a shell ... you can stand in front of a firehose in them with a dry grin."
7. REI Raingear
REI Co-Op stands behind their name brand with a stellar return policy at all their stores. For the price, you get the same reliability as other, more expensive name brands like The North Face or Patagonia.
Highly water repellent, lightweight, and comfortable for long backcountry hikes, REI products are a great buy for the money, and the convenience of their return policy is as good as any top name brand warranty.
While they are lightweight and comfortable, they're not nearly as durable and the lining can deteriorate after extended use. Check out the Marmot Precip for one of the highest-rated waterproof rain jackets on Amazon.
Comfortable and water resistant, Columbia brand products are available almost anywhere and very affordable. Be aware as far as rain gear goes that without proper care they'll begin to absorb water. Additional waterproofing sprays and seamsealers will aid in keeping you dry after a season or two of use.
The insulated models create a significant amount of additional warmth that can stand in place of adding more layers.
10. Frogg Toggs
By far the most durable brand for the least investment, Frogg Toggs are the underdogs of the raingear realm. For the price point, there's nothing else that holds up to the same rainstorm punishment.
The Tyvek material they're made from is the same that's used by contractors to line unfinished wooden construction on buildings to prevent moisture from seeping into the frame. It's extremely durable, but also requires some extra waterproofing treatments to continue repelling water after repeated use. As far as the cons go, there's also no pockets on their basic line of raingear, and the material is extremely grabby when it comes into contact with hooks.