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I have never claimed to be a minimalist, especially in regards to travel. While I see the appeal in a less-is-more packing strategy, I have been burned one too many times by sudden rain, snow and hail storms to be a T-shirt-only kind of gal.
Whether peak summer or mid-winter, Canadian weather is notoriously unpredictable, especially if you're soaking in our natural wonders. Therefore, whether traversing up a mountain or planning a beach picnic, it's never a bad idea to pack another layer.
That said, you want your load to be as light as possible when on the go. The solution? A lightweight, packable rain jacket.
Designed to weigh next to nothing and fold up to fit in your bag, a waterproof, lightweight and packable jacket is the sweet spot between function and portability.
To shop the best packable rain jackets on Amazon Canada, as decided by ratings and reviews, scroll below.
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1. 12,800 reviews: Columbia Arcadia II Jacket
Average rating: 4.5 stars
The details: This best-selling Columbia jacket features an adjustable storm hood, drawcord adjustable hem, and zippered hand pockets. The durable Arcadia II jacket is breathable and waterproof and packs into your hand pocket for convenience.
Promising review: It's a "well designed" and "functional" rain jacket, according to one reviewer. "I wore it in moderate rain," and it "felt nice, warm and comfortable."
2. 11,900 reviews: Amazon Essentials Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Jacket
Average rating: 4.5 stars
The details: This water-resistant and lightweight coat has a quilted design with contoured seams for a fitted shape. The versatile jacket packs neatly into the included carrying bag and is available in 17 colours and sizes XS to 2XL.
Promising review: "[I] love this jacket," writes one five-star reviewer. It's "super lightweight, really comfortable and warm — totally recommend!"
3. 8,100 reviews: Avoogue Packable Hooded Windbreaker
Average rating: 4.3 stars
The details: This water-and-wind-proof rain jacket will keep you dry on cool, rainy days. It's designed with a drawstring hood and hem and comes with a packable carrying pouch. Best of all, the shopper-favourite rain jacket is available in 25 colours and prints, including beige, pink, and navy.
Promising review: According to one reviewer, the jacket is "great for travelling." Its accompanying pouch is "compact," and the coat itself is "good to block" the rain and wind.
4. 4,500 reviews: Lomon Waterproof Lightweight Rain Jacket
Average rating: 4 stars
The details: This women's hooded rain jacket is made from a water-resistant, quick-drying material. The coat has a flattering elastic waist, two front pockets, a drawstring hood, and is available in 14 colours, including black, white, and pink.
Promising review: The jacket "fits well" and is "easy to carry, pack and store in luggage" or keep on hand, writes one reviewer. It's "waterproof and well made."
5. 4,000 reviews: Jtanib Waterproof Packable Windbreaker
Average rating: 4.4 stars
The details: This women's lightweight windbreaker is the perfect add-on to hiking trips and outdoor adventures, thanks to its packable nature. The jacket features a drawstring hood and hem and has two roomy front pockets.
Promising review: It's a "great windbreaker," writes one shopper. It's "practical, very lightweight," and the hood is "adjustable."
6. 2,000 reviews: Women's Long Rain Jacket
Average rating: 4.2 stars
The details: This long rain jacket fits to the knee and features two front pockets, an adjustable drawstring hood, and breathable mesh lining.
Promising review: According to one reviewer, the jacket is "great in a downpour." The shopper, who lives in Vancouver, says this raincoat "does the trick" and keeps them dry come rainy weather.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.