The 7 Best Raincoats for Women to Buy in 2018

Stay dry when the weather strikes

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You're accomplishing your fitness goals by getting outside each day by walking, running, hiking and beyond, but when the weather turns it can really put a damper on your workout routine. But, with the right raincoat, you can still get outside and exercise while staying dry and comfortable. 

The key to choosing the right coat for you is figuring out what climate you will be using it in and for what type of activities. If you are a runner you might want something more fitted that has breathable material to let moisture out. Like to walk? You can choose more of a traditional waterproof coat that has features you might need like a reflective strip or lots of pockets. No matter your activity or weather, these are the best raincoats for women. 

Our Top Picks

Best for Walking: Charles River Apparel New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket

The thousands of positive reviews for this rain jacket make shopper’s remorse pretty unlikely, but among the biggest draws for purchasing the Charles River New Englander: a drawstring hood, underarm vents to let the air flow (because no one likes a hot sticky slicker), reflective striping (keeping you safe at dusk), adjustable hook-and-loop wrist straps, and over 12 colors to choose from—so finding your favorite won’t be an issue. As for the fit and fabric, it has an A-line design and is made of polyurethane that’s bonded to a woven backing, which means Mother Nature doesn’t stand a chance against this tough topper. Many commenters are also quick to point out the excellent quality, in addition to it folding easily for trips, having a flattering shape, allowing for layers to be added underneath, and being washing machine safe, despite the suggested hand wash only tag.

Best for Running: Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Jacket

If you run outdoors you know that inclement weather always seems to strike. With the Pearl Izumi ELITE Barrier Jacket, you'll stay dry through rain and block out any gusts of wind with the windproof material. The jacket also has reflective elements so if it gets dark or gloomy, oncoming traffic and passerby can spot you so you stay safe.

The jacket has an adjustable drawstring so you can fit the bottom to your body as you'd like, plus a microfleece collar so extra comfort and warmth during runs.

Best for Hiking: L.L. Bean TEK O2 3L Storm Jacket

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Three layers of L.L.Bean’s exclusive TEK O2 system make this a winner for braving the elements year round, whether you’re faced with snow in the winter or sunshine in the summer.

The jacket, which falls at the hip, has zippered pit openings for additional venting, velcro wrist tabs, a hood that can be altered at three different points, taped seams, and three pockets (two hands and one chest) so you can stash your goods without worrying about them getting ruined. And if you need more convincing about the warmth factor on this coat, just consider the story of one woman who purchased it for a geology class in Scotland: “I was often outside for eight hours a day in strong winds and rain and always stayed dry and warm,” she says.

Best for Travel: Marmot PreCip Women's Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket

When you take your workout on your travels you never know what weather may strike. Since you can't bring your whole wardrobe in your carry-on a small foldable jacket that folds into its pocket like the Marmot PreCip not only ensures you stay dry when you're breaking a sweat but, you can also keep it packed in your purse for when you sightsee.

The PreCip also has NanoPro technology that makes it just as breathable as it is waterproof and it comes in six colors that would look just as good cycling through the mountains as it would cruising the sidewalks of a new city. The adjustable hood can be rolled into a collar when not in use making it a great extra layer for when cool temperatures arise. 

Best Long: North Face 'Ancha' Insulated Hooded Waterproof Parka

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If you live in a rainy climate a waist-length coat might not cut it. This Ancha parka from North Face is great for those who want a jacket they can wear to work but can also take it for a spin while they sweat on the trail on the weekend. This jacket provides some warmth so great for cooler spring days or warmer fall afternoons. The hood is removable and the jacket has ample pockets including a metro pass and key loop to store everything you need to get out the door.

This style comes in five shades ranging from eggplant to a pale pink so it looks chic when you wear it work but also will work seamlessly with your other activewear on the weekends. Reviewers love the versatility of this jacket and find the length is just right for all of their needs. 

Best Plus-Size: Columbia Plus-Size Arcadia Ii Jacket

Comprised of a nylon shell and polyester lining, Columbia’s Arcadia li model is a rainy day MVP. No matter what your outdoor activity of choice is, you won’t be let down by this rockstar that’ll keep you out of harm’s way. Ranging in size from 1X to 3X, this jacket (which also comes in a myriad of hues) credits it’s durability to an “omni-tech membrane” combined with full seam sealing. In layman's terms, the conditions won’t get to you on the exterior or interior. The only negative worth pointing out would be the arms, however. As some reviews tend to call out that area as being a bit too tight, so be prepared to order up a size if need be.

Best Lightweight: The North Face Women's Resolve Jacket

North Face is known for their expert craftsmanship in the outdoor apparel category so it’s no surprise one of their top sellers made our list, with a 4.6 rating at that! Although the Resolve is meant more for warmer months instead of intense cold ones, it does promise to do its job: Keep you dry. Other perks? You can store the hood in the collar if you don’t want to wear it and the contoured sides offer a more feminine silhouette if the boxy look is just not your thing.

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