REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Jacket Review

REI Co-op xerodry goretex rain jacket

REI Co-op XeroDry GTX Jacket is our pick for the best value!

The REI Co-op XeroDry GTX is a very good all-purpose hiking rain jacket at an excellent price. It’s hard to find bomber Gore-Tex protection for under $200, and this one is listed at an eye popping $169. It’s just so much bang for the buck.


The jacket itself is a classic 2-layer Gore-Tex hard shell with basic features including two hand pockets, a chest pocket, and hem/cuff/hood cinching. It gets the job done in the backcountry.

While we love it’s protection and reliability, Gore-Tex is no longer the most breathable waterproof technology. A 2-layer garments in particular can feel a bit like wet plastic bags to the touch when heat and humidity build up.

Thus, we recommend wearing this over long sleeves, and keeping the hand pockets open for extra ventilation. The jacket designed with articulation for ease of reaching. Plus, it comes with REI’s warranty!


We recommend the REI Co-op XeroDry GTX as the best value pick for lightweight hiking rain jackets, and the most affordable Gore-Tex option.

Key Stats

  • Weight: 12.5 oz
  • Price: $169
  • Fabric: 2L Gore-Tex Paclite
  • Pros: Best price for Gore-Tex waterproofness.
  • Cons: No pit zips. Avg breathability. 2-Layer.

Read more in our comprehensive guide to the best lightweight hiking rain jackets of the year.