Don't get soaked this spring
This week, we scanned Amazon's bestseller list for the highest-rated rain jackets, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
Columbia Watertight II ($60)
"I got rained on this past weekend. I'm talking Forest Gump rain. I was the only dude who was dry thanks to this jacket. And so was my cell phone so I could look at the radar and see that the flood Noah talked about was truly here."
Columbia Glennaker Lake ($40)
"I bought this for a fishing trip up to the Kenai River in Alaska. Bottom line is that while standing in the river in the rain, wearing this jacket and sock-footed waders, I stayed dry and comfortable. I also caught the best fish while it was raining. Since this jacket rolls up so small, it is now part of my packing for even the shortest trips. The attached hood is another big plus. Now get out there and explore something."
Carhartt Rockford Rain Defender ($50)
"Excellent jacket. Lightweight and fits in a backpack without taking much room. I would recommend this for 50-plus degree weather. If used with a thermal shirt you could easily use this in below freezing weather."
The North Face Venture 2 ($100)
"This jacket is great. We've had nothing but torrential downpours here in MI the past few weeks and it has kept me dry. I love its lightweight feel, breathability, and durability. The pit zips on each side do good to help it breathe more."
Marmot Minimalist ($160)
"This isn't a baggy bulky jacket. It has a minimal weight to it but feels substantial enough to be more than just a raincoat. It's truly a wind-proof waterproof shell (thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I know this for sure!). As an outer layer, I think this thing will get me through the winter."
Marmot Precip ($100)
"If what you want is something inexpensive that breaks the wind, sheds the water, and breathes well, look no further. I have tested this Marmot rain jacket in several Oregon rainstorms without getting a drop inside."