Best Running Rain Jackets in 2019
When the weather gets bad and you still want to get out there and run, these running rain jackets will help you stay dry. While keeping out the elements, these jackets also do a great job of staying breathable, so you won’t overheat.
We’ve reviewed and tested over 20+ different jackets. These are our favorites….
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Gore R3 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket
Best for Cold Rain
Asics Storm Shelter Jacket
1. Gore R3 Gore-Tex Active Hooded Jacket
This rain jacket made by Gore Wear uses breathable Gore-Tex fabric to keep you comfortable while protecting you from the nastiest elements.
Unlike many of the other jackets we reviewed, the R3 jacket is lightweight and flexible. While many rain jackets are stiff and bulky, the R3 jacket is soft, feels great, and allows for free range of motion.
A problem with running rain jackets is they’ll keep you dry from rain – but don’t breath. So you end up soaked on the inside from sweat. Venting helps somewhat but also allows more openings for rain and wind to get in.
One advantage of Gore-Tex is it breaths while still protecting you from nasty weather. It’s the best of both worlds: cool and breathble with protection from water and wind.
Additional features help keep you dry. A waterproof hood with a bill keeps the rain off your head. It can be cinched up with two elastic cords for a secure fit. Unfortunately, there is no way to store the hood when it’s not needed. So it flaps around a little as you run.
The jacket zips up to your chin to protect your neck. Additional elastic cords are fitted in the front zip pockets. These can be used to cinch the waist tight and keep out rain and wind.
Smaller details are also nice. Every zipper has a tag to make opening and closing easy. A great feature when your fingers are numb from the cold.
We also liked that the jacket has two zippered pockets and a smaller key pocket inside one of the pockets. And the cuffs use velcro and elastic for a custom fit.
The biggest downside to the jacket is the cost. It’s one of the more expensive jackets on this list. But what you get is a breathable jacket that protects you from the elements. And it’s the only jacket that has the soft feel and flexible fit. Something you don’t normally find in a rain jacket.
- Soft and flexible fabric
- Lightweight and water/wind-proof design
- Breathable without being overaly vented
- Adjustable fit on the hood, waist, and cuffs
- Hood doesn’t store when not being used
2. Asics Storm Shelter Jacket
The Asics Storm Shelter jacket is one of the best deals available. This waterproof jacket holds off the elements while keeping you dry.
Made with laminated fabric, the outer shell keeps water out while remaining breathable. The waterproof hood snaps on and off for changing weather conditions. Put it on when it’s raining heavily – take it off and stash it in a pocket until you need it again.
The Storm Shelter jacket has three pockets: two zipper hand pockets that can store personal items. There is also an internal pocket for carrying a phone.
Fully sealed seams further keep the rain out. Adjustable cuffs and gaitered thumb holes keep water from dripping in through the sleeves.
And for safety, cars will see you coming with 360 degrees of reflective print.
- Tons of reflective print for great visibility
- Best heavy rain jacket for the price
- Has a boxy look
- Stiff material doesn’t allow good freedom of movement
3. Saucony Exo Jacket
This ultra lightweight jacket from Saucony will keep you warm and dry through the heaviest downpour. The outerlayer keeps out rain and wind, but has a softer lining that feels great against the skin.
Tapered seams help keep out the rain and wind. And the waterproof, fitted hood keeps you dry in the ugliest weather.
Reflective trim along the arms and torso keeps you safe in low light conditions. For storage, the Exo Jacket has a chest pocket to store small items like a phone or keys.
- Reflective details in the arms and torso for maximum visibility
- Fitted hood to keep out the rain
- Very lightweight
- Thin material makes the jacket unsuitable for cold weather
4. Altra Wasatch Jacket
This durable jacket is tough enough to take on rain, sleet, snow, maybe even hail!
It’s made with a waterproof but breathable fabric that’s heavy duty and tough. Despite the heavy material, it stretches freely for ease of movement.
Welded seams keep out rain and wind while vented underarms prevent overheating. A fitted hood can be cinched tight to keep you warm and dry.
The Wasatch Jacket has two, zippered side pockets to store and easily access small items. An interior pocket adds extra storage.
Unique to the Wasatch Jacket are two thumb locks to keep the sleeves from riding up. Unlike thumb holes in other jackets and shirts, these are lycra loops. The jacket doesn’t ride up your arm, but the thumb locks don’t pull the sleeves over half your hand. This allows small gloves to be worn with the thumb locks.
- Durable, waterproof design that lets you move
- Thumb locks for keep the arm sleeves in place
- Hood doesn’t cinch down for a snug fit
5. Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket 2
As light as many windbreakers with the ability to pack down into itself, the Ultra Jacket 2 is your all-weather, all-purpose running jacket.
It’s waterproof to keep out the rain, but breathable so you won’t overheat. Elastic cuffs further help keep out the rain. And when it gets really cold, self-storing mitts keep your hands warm.
The latest version of the Ultra Jacket has new fabric that’s even more waterproof and breathable than the original. And new underarm vents provide added cooling, even when wearing a hydration pack.
Tapered seams keep out the elements while providing great durability. An internal pocket keeps your valuables dry. Finally, the TunnelEffect hood channels airflow to keep you cool while fitting nicely over a cap.
- Nice hood design with built-in bill
- Awesome wind and water protection
- Packs down for storage
- Some people found the hand mitts too small
- Sizing off for some people
6. Mountain Hardwear Exponent Jacket
The lightweight Exponent Jacket keeps you dry in the rain and packs down for storage when the weather improves.
It features VaporDry, Mountain Hardwear’s unique fabric that keeps you dry but remains breathable. An adjustable hood has a high collar to keep out the rain.
Unlike other jackets that have open underarm vents, the vents in the Exponent Jacket are zippered for customized airflow. For storage, there are two zippered pockets on the side of the jacket.
- Packable design
- Good value
- No chest pocket