'Super lightweight and very waterproof!': These are the best summer raincoats for men and women

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It’s been a wet start to summer here in Toronto, with record levels of rain that isn’t likely to let up any time soon. Many regions across Canada are dealing with extreme precipitation as well, making rain gear a top priority when staying dry outdoors.

With the combination of heat and humidity, many raincoats can leave you feeling sticky in no time, which is not ideal when you’re headed for a day at the office. To avoid the dreaded sweat that accompanies a thick plastic raincoat, you’ll want a breathable and lightweight coat that also manages to keep you dry.

We’ve found some of the best options on the market that are proven to keep the rain off and the heat out for a comfortable feel no matter the temperature. Keep reading to see our top picks for summer rain jackets you’ll actually want to wear.

Top Picks for Women

Lululemon Rain Rebel Jacket

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With a waterproof exterior and a sweat-wicking inner layer, this hooded raincoat will keep you feeling cool and dry all day long.

Customer Review: “This is by far the best rain coat I’ve ever owned. It’s stylish, lightweight, waterproof and comfortable. I love it so much that when I recently lost it on a flight, I immediately ordered another one!”

SHOP IT: Lululemon, $228

The North Face Venture 2 Jacket

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More than 2,800 reviewers have raved about this lightweight rain jacket that’s easily packable and completely waterproof, with underarm vents for added breathability in the summer.

Customer Review: “Bought this for spring/summer showers in the city that is functional and still looks fun and sporty. Packs up super light and I can toss this into my bag for work or travel.”

SHOP IT: Altitude Sports, $150

Old Navy Water-Resistant Hooded Windbreaker for Women

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Shoppers are loving the affordable price and functional design of this cute raincoat. It has a built-in hood that can be zipped up into the collar, and an adjustable waist for your perfect fit.

Customer Review: “Recently purchased when looking for something lightweight for the rain. I didn't want anything too expensive but with decent quality. This jacket checks all the boxes. It looks sporty and cute.”

SHOP IT: Old Navy, $51 (originally $57)

Hunter Women's Original Waterproof Cotton Hunting Coat

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The brand’s waterproof protection is enhanced on this women's jacket with a durable water repellent finish, while cool cotton construction and a mesh lining ensures breathability on warmer days.

Customer Review: “I bought this coat a month ago and really love how it's both rain and wind proof! Great coat to layer during the spring/fall months or wear alone during warmer months. The zipper was a bit tricky at first, but it works very well after a couple of times of being used.”

SHOP IT: Hunter, $295

Top Picks for Men

Helly Hansen Seven J Jacket

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This clean, classic rain jacket is ideal for outdoor activities and has a fully waterproof exterior with a convenient quick-dry lining.

Customer Review: “I used this jacket for the first time on vacation this past week. It kept me dry for three days worth of walking through heavy rain and wind and cool enough in temps well into the 90s [30°C +]. Very high quality item!”

SHOP IT: Helly Hansen, $120

Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket

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The Zeta LT jacket is made for trekking and adventuring, with a durable, Gore-Tex waterproof construction. Lined in GORE C-KNIT™ fabric, it’s also breathable and moisture-wicking to keep you feeling dry.

Customer Review: “Best rain jacket I have had hands down. The new backer really does show in this piece it is softer than any other rain jacket I've seen. It's thin, light, and breathes wells. Another outstanding piece from Arc'teryx in my opinion.”

SHOP IT: Arc’Teryx, $550

Columbia Men's Watertight™ II Jacket

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Weatherproof Omni-Tech technology keeps protects this ultra-light jacket from the elements, whether it’s a rainy or windy day.

Customer Review: “It’s super lightweight and very waterproof! It also works great as a windbreaker! I would recommend this jacket for anyone who is outdoors in the elements. It’s small and compacts I fit it right in my bag like it’s not even there!”

SHOP IT: Columbia, $100

Patagonia Men's Torrentshell Jacket

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Made from 100% recycled plastic, this breathable shell is fully wind and waterproof. For added air flow on warm days, open up this jacket’s adjustable air vents to stay cool.

Customer Review: “I live in a reputably wet and rainy area of Hawaii if not the most rainy. My first time using the Torrentshell jacket was during a category 4 hurricane when we had 64 inches of rain in 48 hours and I was thankful to have it.”

SHOP IT: Patagonia, $129

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