Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

Stuffable protection against any weather.

A sudden spring rainstorm can ruin your hunt, so it’s important to have a waterproof jacket on hand whenever you go afield. The best are lightweight and compact but still tough enough to withstand hard use without tearing. We gathered a variety, put them to the test, and came up with four worth packing along this spring.

KUIU Northridge

KUIU Northridge

When storms blow up, a lightweight rain jacket can save the day. Stuff this one under a seat or in a pack and go forth knowing you’ve got 100 percent waterproof protection when you need it. Two-way stretch Toray fabric is comfortable, and comes in under one pound of total weight. Armpit zips and a visored hood round out the package. MSRP: $249 | kuiu.com

  • Hits: Fully Featured
  • Misses: A Bit Loud

Sitka Cloudburst

Sitka Cloudburst

Not too heavy. Not too light. This packable jacket with three-layer Gore-Tex construction is just right. Seams are micro-taped for protection from seepage without adding excess weight. To dump heat when hiking, the armpit zips are huge, but we wish they were backed with some mesh to eliminate that floppy feeling when they’re open all the way. MSRP: $349 | sitkagear.com

  • Hits: Interior Pocket
  • Misses: Short Hem

Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed Rain Slayer-FM

Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed Rain Slayer-FM

Built to take on serious downpours and rough use, this three-layer shell will not you let you down, though it may weigh you down as it’s the heaviest of the four tested here. What you get in return is maximum dependability and a host of features, including extra-large armpit zips, visored hood, articulated fit, and three exterior pockets. MSRP: $350 | browning.com


  • Hits: Incredibly Durable
  • Misses: Incredibly Stiff
  • First Lite Vapor Stormlight Ultralight

    First Lite Vapor Stormlight Ultralight

    What this jacket lacks in frills it more than makes up in function. The lightweight layer stuffs into a tiny package, yet protects you from heavy rain with two-layer Cocona fabric and a full-length waterproof zipper. Hem falls below the waist and cinches tight with quick pull tabs in each pocket, but we long for a chest pocket. At 12 ounces, it’s the lightest in the test. MSRP: $250 | firstlite.com


    • Hits: Comfortable Hood
    • Misses: Bare Bones

    Recommended for You

    Companies in the outdoor industry know how to get our attention. We know, it might seem cheap, but SHOT Show

    Booth Babes from the 2012 SHOT Show

    PH Online Editors - January 18, 2012

    Companies in the outdoor industry know how to get our attention. We know, it might seem cheap,...

    Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size. North America Big Game

    How to Field Judge Bears

    Jospeh Von Benedikt

    Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size.

    Hunting in Quebec offers plenty of quality outfitters, affordable hunting options, great fishing and plenty of bears. North America

    Bear Hunting Makes Quebec the Ultimate Springtime Destination

    Lynn Burkhead - February 01, 2019

    Hunting in Quebec offers plenty of quality outfitters, affordable hunting options, great...

    See More Recommendations

    Popular Videos

    2018 Petersen

    2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

    David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

    Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

    Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

    Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

    Cheeseburger Poppers

    Cheeseburger Poppers

    David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

    See more Popular Videos

    Trending Stories

    These rounds have proven themselves most worthy in the field. Ammo

    America's Top 10 Big Game Cartridges

    Joseph von Benedikt

    These rounds have proven themselves most worthy in the field.

    Many of the states in our glorious nation provide great hunting, but only a few have the whitetail North America

    Top 10 Trophy Whitetail States

    Joseph von Benedikt - December 18, 2017

    Many of the states in our glorious nation provide great hunting, but only a few have the...

    Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt. North America

    5 Great Last-Minute Public-land Hunts

    Joseph von Benedikt

    Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt.

    See More Stories

    More Clothing

    Looking for some new wallet-friendly camo? Check out these affordable options for 2018! Clothing

    Affordable Hunting Apparel for 2018

    Kali Parmley - September 13, 2018

    Looking for some new wallet-friendly camo? Check out these affordable options for 2018!

    When most people think of Under Armour they think of clothes, but now there is also an entire Clothing

    VIDEO: Under Armour Footwear Line

    Melissa Bachman - January 15, 2012

    When most people think of Under Armour they think of clothes, but now there is also an entire

    RED WING, MN  — Irish Setter is now offering the Black Bear Boot to its line of welted big game Clothing

    Irish Setter Black Bear Hunting Boots

    Ben OBrien - May 26, 2011

    RED WING, MN  — Irish Setter is now offering the Black Bear Boot to its line of welted big...

    See More Clothing

    GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

    Temporary Price Reduction.

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

    PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

    GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.