What to Look for in Rain Jackets for Women

Raindrops keep falling on my head.

Woman wearing rain jacket standing at the edge of a rocky cliff above water.
Stay dry and comfortable in the right rain jacket.Unsplash/Caleb Kastein

The sky looks a little dark, so you check your weather app and see a 40 percent chance of rain at 3 pm. But, did you know that actually means there’s a 40 percent chance you’ll receive a rain shower in the hour before 3? Yeah. It’s confusing. You should probably just carry a rain jacket all the time, right?

Columbia Women's Arcadia II Rain Jacket
This lightweight, air-permeable coat folds up into its own pocket.Columbia

You don’t always know when rain is coming, so having a rain parka on hand is key to being prepared for that unexpected downpour. Look for a lightweight jacket or shell that folds up into one pocket so you can easily pack it into your bag or leave it in the trunk of your car—then shake it out and slip it on at the first sign of rain.

Columbia Women's Switchback Iii Adjustable Waterproof Rain Jacket
This option has adjustable cuffs and hem so you can customize the fit.Columbia

If you have to be out in the rain, you may as well be comfy. Look for a well-ventilated design with stretchy cuffs and a drawstring bottom so you can customize the fit. Some jackets include zippered pockets so you don’t have to worry about your essential stuff getting moist.

The North Face Women's Venture 2 Jacket
This rain parka repels water yet remains breathable, thanks to high performance, seam-sealed fabric.The North Face

The major consideration is definitely function, so look for an ultralight jacket made with high performance fabric. The material should be breathable and waterproof at the same time with sealed seams to prevent leaks and a water repellent exterior.

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