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10+ Sustainable Rain Jackets Made of Eco-friendly Materials for 2022

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You know what they say! April showers bring May flowers! But Mother Nature doesn’t care if it’s spring; she’ll bring the moisture whenever the heck she feels like it. So no matter what time of year it is, these sustainable rain jackets made of eco-friendly materials will keep you dry and protected from the elements. So here are 6 of the best of the best so you can stay dry during all of your adventurous wanderings.

*But don’t forget! If your current rain jacket isn’t shedding water like it used to, sometimes all it needs is a good wash and reapplication of a water repellent coating. Learn how to re-waterproof your rain gear here. And if you’d like to learn more about DWR treatments and harmful PFCs in waterproof coatings, check out this post.*

Sustainable Rain Jackets Made of Eco-friendly Materials

Women's Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell sustainable rain jacket (photo courtesy of Jack Wolfskin).
Women’s Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell (photo courtesy of Jack Wolfskin).

Jack Wolfskin JWP Shell: Best for Travel & Day Hikes

What do we love most about it? You mean besides the wide range of colors available? We dig that the material is soft, stretchy and pliable, which makes for a more pleasant wearing experience, but we also love that it packs up into its own pocket. As for sustainability, this jacket has some impressive features: It’s made with 100% recycled materials, is PFC-free, and has an impressive water column rating (a method of testing waterproofness) of 20,000 mm. Bonus: it weighs in at just 360 grams (for a women’s small). Find the men’s and women’s versions here:

Cotopaxi Cielo Rain Jacket for men (photo courtesy of Cotopaxi).
Cotopaxi Cielo Rain Jacket for men (photo courtesy of Cotopaxi).

Cotopaxi Cielo Rain Jacket: Best for Urban Adventures

Made from 100% recycled polyester, this jacket is more than sustainable; it’s fun! Mostly because each jacket features a swath of three different brightly colored fabrics. The waterproof rating is only 10,000, which is why we say it’s best suited for urban adventures, but don’t be afraid to take it out for a leisurely day hike, too! Bonus: Cotopaxi is also a B-Corp, Certified Climate Neutral, and puts a percentage of profits toward funding grants for humanitarian efforts and non-profits, so you can feel good about buying gear from a brand that does good. Fun fact: the Cielo is also available in an Anorak pullover version.

Here is the men’s and women’s versions.

Marmot EVODry Clouds Rest (photo courtesy of Marmot)
Marmot EVODry Clouds Rest (photo courtesy of Marmot)

Marmot EVODry Clouds Rest: Best for Serious Adventures

  • Need a sustainable rain jacket that will keep you dry in rain, snow and sleet? The Marmot EVODry Clouds Rest can handle it. With a 20K water column waterproof rating, 3-layer waterproof/breathable fabric (made of recycled nylon), and PFC-free DWR, you can trust this one to keep you comfy. It’s 100% seam-taped to keep water out, plus features pit zips, water-resistant hand-pockets, an interior zippered pocket, a 2-way, water-resistant front zipper, plus articulated elbows and an adjustable hem and cuffs. The hood is adjustable, too. It’s not the lightest or most packable at about 1lbs 4oz, but it can handle some weather.

Find it on Moosejaw for men and women.

The women's Rab Downpour Eco sustainable rain jacket in red.
The women’s Rab Downpour Eco.

Rab Downpour Eco: Best for Backpacking

One of our personal favorites, the Rab Downpour Eco is flexible, durable, and sustainable. It features pit vents, bungees in the hood and hem, and it stuffs into its own pocket. It’s made of a single material, which is a pretty big deal as that means it can be more easily recycled at the end of its useable life, plus has a PFC-free DWR finish, and is made of partial recycled materials. Check out our review of the Rab Downpour Eco here.

And snag one for men on REI and women on REI.

Eco-friendly Rain Jackets patagonia torrentshell

Patagonia Torrentshell: Best for durability

Made out of nice, hefty (albeit fairly crinkly) material, Patagonia’s Torrentshell is clearly designed for the type of weather after which it is named. Plus, since it’s from Patagonia, you can trust that it’s made out of quality sustainable materials. This eco-friendly rain coat is crafted from durable recycled ripstop nylon with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating and stuffs into its own pocket. Unfortunately, the DWR is not PFC-free (read our “What are PFCs” post here), but the recycled nylon is a step in the right direction! It also has an adjustable hood, pit-zips, and is totally Bluesign approved.

Find the men’s on REI or Backcountry, and the women’s on REI or Backcountry.

Eco-friendly Rain Jackets Marmot precip eco

Marmot PreCip Eco: Best budget-friendly jacket

Not gonna lie: I may have gotten this one for myself simply because it comes in that dazzling mustard yellow, which matches my Merry People natural rubber boots very nicely! But also: it’s a quality rain jacket made of recycled nylon with a DWR coating (again, not PFC-free). It’s lightweight and unlined, so it’s good for warmer temps, plus has an adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs, zipper and velcro closures, and pit-zips for venting. Extra bonus: It packs nicely into its own pocket for easy travel and the hood rolls into the nice tall collar for storage.

Find the men’s on Backcountry or Amazon and the women’s on Backcountry or Amazon.

united by blue Rain Jacket

United By Blue Recycled Rain Shell: Best all-arounder

United By Blue prides itself on making sustainable clothing and gear out of the best stuff possible. Included in that list: a sustainable rain jacket with a 100% recycled polyester shell and a PFC-free DWR coating. It has all the features you want in a rain jacket built for adventure: pit-zips, adjustable hood and wrists, and a drawcord around the hemline, plus a handy zippered chest pocket. And yes, like the others, it packs up into its own pocket. It only comes in two colors, but we can live with that (especially since those two colors are basically neutrals).

Find the men’s and women’s on United By Blue.

rei recycled Rain Jacket

REI Co-op Ranier: Best multi-tasker

REI puts an emphasis on sustainability. So, plenty of their own manufactured products come with a sustainable seal of approval, including many of their rain jackets. But the Rainier is the one most suited for adventures of all sorts with its pit-zips, adjustable hood, and wind-proof shell. It’s made of Bluesign-approved recycled nylon with a DWR finish and comes in lots of colors.

Find the men’s and women’s at REI.

the north face recycled Rain Jacket venture 2

The North Face Venture 2

The North Face has several sustainable rain jackets made of recycled materials (including the more expensive Dryzzle FUTURELIGHT for men and women), but this may be their most robust for multi-sport activities. Velcro cuffs, a storm flap over the from zipper, and an adjustable hood and hem keep the rain out while the recycled nylon shell with DryVent breathable, waterproof membrane are the first defense against wet weather.

Find the men’s on Amazon and the women’s on Amazon.

outdoor research helium II bluesign rain jacket

Outdoor Research Helium II: Best for ultralight backpacking

Maybe the smallest and lightest of any jacket on this list, the Helium II is made of Bluesign approved nylon. It’s not recycled, but the Bluesign seal of approval more or less makes up for that. One of the few sustainable rain jackets listed here with waterproof zippers, it also has elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem, and a chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack, but no pit zips. As an ultralight piece of rain gear, it won’t keep you warm, but it sure packs down small!

Find the men’s on REI and Amazon and the women’s on REI and Amazon.

So don’t let a little inclement weather keep you from getting outside to play! Gear up in one of these sustainable rain jackets made with eco-friendly materials and wander on!

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Ivory Jempty

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

The main reasons that packable down jackets have become popular over time are because they are extremely light and are more comfortable than other types of jackets. When compared to a regular jacket, which weighs up to nine pounds, a down vest weighs no more than four pounds, which makes them even more versatile when on vacation.

Alisha McDarris

Monday 2nd of November 2020

But down jackets are no good in the rain! Which is what this post is all about! And we never recommend down here at Terradrift (https://terradrift.com/say-no-to-down-why-you-shouldnt-use-down-insulation/), but a puffy jacket with synthetic insulation is a beautiful thing, indeed!

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