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New Lightweight Rain Jackets for 2021
(AKA Packable Rain Jacket)
These lightweight rain jackets are the perfect blend of performance, weight, and cost. As such, they are the best all-round jackets and likely the first choice for most hikers, backpackers and travelers (yes, an eminently packable rain jacket!). They are low cost, reasonably durable, and have a good to excellent set of features. In summary, a fantastic deal for folks not counting weight to the last gram.
- PRO: Best all-round rain jacket for most folks. Low cost AND low weight. Good to excellent feature set. Usually a more durable outer fabric that is more resistant to tears and abrasions vs. most of the Ultralight Rain Jackets.
- CON: Almost double the weight and bulkier than most Ultralight Rain Jackets. The 2-layer / 2.5-layer WP/B liner membrane is more delicate to wear and more prone to leaking when worn long term under a pack vs. 3-layer jackets [please see more below on this important topic].
- BEST FOR: Lightweight backpackers, hikers and travelers looking for a great value in a full-featured, and reasonably durable rain jacket that’s packable down to a small size.
- NOT GREAT FOR: Week-after-week wear with a heavy backpack, e.g. wet climates like Pacific NW.