The Best Hunting Rain Gear of 2022 (2022)

Written By Chad Bryson

Updated Jun 14, 2022 3:06 PM

Rain gear is one of the most critical parts of any hunting clothing system. It’s the piece of gear that hunters don’t really consider until you are sitting in a merciless down pour reevaluating your life decisions. Nothing can be more humbling than sitting in the onslaught of mother nature’s deluge as you realize that you probably shouldn’t have skimped on your rain gear. Almost every hunter has probably had their own unique defining moment of suffering when they reach the point of investing in good rain gear. For me, that moment occurred on my first trip to Alaska. I went for two weeks as an assistant guide to see if I wanted to guide full time, and the only way to get all the unanswerable questions about guiding thoroughly answered. I got answers alright. All of them.

After two weeks of 100-percent outside living, in what at that time was considered the wettest Alaska season in history, I found that I needed to invest in quality rain gear. I wasn’t just damp, I was bone-soaked from day one of the job. From that point on, I critiqued every piece of rain gear I came across as to whether it would be “Alaska proof.” Now, quite a few years later, I still use the “Alaska Proof” system of measurement, but there are so many other applications for many other environments. So, I had to modify the system. What I consider to be “Alaska Proof” may be an infinite amount of overkill for a hunter that only deals with precipitation two or three days per hunting season. If you fall into that category, may God bless you and your sunburn. These days there are multiple manufacturers that produce quality rain gear for hunting. In fact, some would argue that there are too many options. It can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, I’ve helped narrow down this list below to what I believe to be the best hunting rain gear for almost every application.

Things to Consider when Buying Hunting Rain Gear

When you’re choosing rain gear, consider where you’ll use it as well as how many days a year you expect to wear it. Just knowing those two things will narrow down your options considerably. For example, the rain gear I choose to wear in Alaska will see more use than the rain gear I wear in Mexico. Likewise, rain gear you wear in the Rockies might be overkill for the Southeast. Figure out what conditions you’ll hunt most, and go from there. The

As you start to expand your hunting ranges/regions, you’ll need to expand your rain gear too.

Best for Backcountry Hunts: SITKA Dew Point


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Key Features

  • 3 Layer Gore Tex
  • Articulated elbows and knees
  • 100% polyester
  • YKK pit zips

Why It made the cut

Sitka Dew Point rain gear checks every box needed for extended backcountry hunting trips, especially when weight and space come at a premium.


  • Light weight
  • Easily packable
  • Incredibly Breathable
  • Two way side zips open all the way to the waist


  • Not durable enough for extended daily wear

Product Description

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At just under 1.5 pounds the packability of the Dew Point rain system is astonishing and doesn’t take up much room in your backpack. The pocket/zipper placement in regards to wearing a backpack means that the waist belt and shoulder straps on your backpack won’t affect the use of the pockets or pit zips. And the leg side zips come all the way to the waist from the ankle cuffs for easy on/off. The Dew Point system is great for multiple day backcountry hunts if you only need something for those surprise rain storms. But it’s probably not the best option if you plan to hunt consistently wet conditions. I put this gear on just before a downpour in turkey season.

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During turkey season, I used the Dew Point rain gear on a hunt in Georgia, and it couldn’t have worked better. It kept me plenty dry during a surprise rain storm, when the bottom fell out for a solid minute. But when the sun came back out, the Dew Point provided plenty of breathability, and I didn’t sweat my way out of it like other rain gear I’ve tried in the past. Even though this rain gear is light, it doesn’t sacrifice durability. On this same hunt, I had to maneuver through a briar thicket, and I just knew by the time I made it to the other side that the Dew Point would be ripped to shreds. Luckily, it made it through without any major wounds, and it still keeps me dry.

Best for Late Season: Stone Glacier M7

Stone Glacier

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Key Features

  • HydraShield SS Fabric Tech
  • Fleece backing on soft shell
  • Mechanical stretch
  • Dual chest pockets

Why It made The Cut

The insulated and windproof Stone Glacier M7 jacket and pants provide breathable, waterproofing capabilities for those cold, wet late season hunts.


  • Intuitive pocket designs
  • Excellent durability
  • Articulated elbows and knees
  • Keeps you plenty dry


  • Legs do not zip all the way to the ankle cuffs
  • A tad noisy

Product Description

Late season hunting can be grueling, downright cold, and unpredictable. The Stone Glacier M7 series is a testament of intuitively designed gear that’s built to endure late season huntingconditions. The fleece backing on the HyperShield Soft Shell adds insulation without adding any significant bulk. I wore a thick base layer (top and bottom) along with a puffy vest during testing. I had full range of motion to shoot my bow sitting, kneeling, and even standing. Plus, it’s plenty warm. And you can add or subtract insulation garments as the conditions change and still have full range of motion.

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Both the pants and jacket have ventilation zippers which allow added flow during strenuous activity if needed. However, the zippers on the pants legs don’t open all the way to the ankle cuffs. They stop just below my calf, which makes it impossible to put these pants on without removing your hunting boots. However, these pants are designed to be worn as a main outer layer in lieu of your regular hunting pants. Another feature that I find critically important is the ability to access all the pockets/features of the garment while wearing a backpack. All the vent zippers, chest pockets and hand warmer pockets are easily accessible.

Like everything associated with late season, Stone Glacier built the M7 tough. Really tough. I didn’t have a shale cliff face to climb close by, so I wore my test gear walking through a briar patch for about 100 yards. Immediately following, I had my fiancé spray me with a water hose, much to her chagrin. And there were no water leaks after 15 minutes of continuous spray. This level of toughness usually comes with a tradeoff. Tough fabric usually means noisy fabric. But the M7 outer fabric is pretty damn quiet to be as durable as it is.

Most Versatile: KUIU Chugach TR


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Key Features

  • Torain Waterproof System
  • Streamlined fit
  • 4-way stretch Primeflex Nylon
  • Jacket weight: 14 ounces
  • Hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs

Why It Made The Cut

The Kuiu Chugach TR excels as a lightweight, rugged, weatherproof rain system that can handle most any hunting conditions and scenarios.


  • Lightweight
  • Extremely packable
  • Super comfortable shoulders in the jacket
  • Scuff guards on the instep of the pants


  • Legs do not unzip all the way to the waist of the pants

Product Description

The KUIU Chugach TR could be the “one size fits most” for hunters that want one series of rain gear to cover most of their needs. It’s an extremely versatile system that’s lightweight enough to use in the backcountry and quiet enough to use on a spot and stalk hunts. This jacket breathes well, and the pockets and zippers are placed so that you can access everything while wearing a hunting backpack. It is not as durable as some of the other gear I tested, but it isn’t designed to be. However, the Chugach TR did pass the 25 yard briar patch test followed by the water hose during turkey season. It also gave me zero issues climbing a tree and sitting in a treestand.

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One of the more pleasant things I noticed about the Chugach TR is that the shoulders were very comfortable. Nothing felt binded in any of the usual spots. As a guy that wears a backpack close to 100 days a year, those comfortable shoulders make a difference. I wore this rain gear for half a day, with a backpack, while I scouted turkeys one day. It’s comfortable, and I barely noticed it when I layered it over my regular hunting clothes. And if you appreciate sweet camo patterns, you can get the Chugach TR in three different camo options or one solid color.

Best for Spot and Stalk: SITKA Thunderhead


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Key Features

  • 3 layer Gore Tex
  • Brushed poly knit face
  • Weight: 25.5 ounces

Why It Made The Cut

Spot and Stalk hunting requires stealth, versatility and improvisation. The SITKA Thunderhead has silent, breathable fabric that allows you to slip into range without getting soaked in the elements or sweat.


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  • Dead quiet
  • Articulated elbows and knees
  • Gusseted wrist cuffs
  • Wear as a single outer layer
  • Alaska Proof


  • Packs a little big

Product Description

The SITKA Thunderhead’s design excels at spot and stalk hunting with a few added bonuses. First and foremost, this system is quiet. Dead quiet. And it’s tough as nails. Typically you don’t get durability and silence in one set of gear. Not to mention, every single feature of the jacket and pants are easily accessed while you wear a backpack.

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This jacket is streamlined enough to wear during archery season and provides just enough warmth that you can wear it with some of the best base layers, yet it’s big enough to get a puffy vest underneath. And the pants are cut so that I easily wore them over my regular hunting pants in an emergency. However, if I knew that my hunting day was going to be constantly wet, I could wear them with only a base layer underneath without sacrificing any of the features of my regular hunting pants. I’m thinking Alaska Moose or Pacific NorthWest Roosevelt Elk. It rains torrentially in both places. My experience usually goes: if the season is 10 days it will rain every day of my hunt. But the Thunderhead rain gear is rugged enough for anyone to wear for 10 days as their primary clothing, and you can be confident that it’ll keep you dry and silent.

Best for Treestand Hunting: Kryptek Koldo

Key Features

  • 3 layer DWR Waterproof fabric
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Bonded laminate elbows and knees
  • Jacket weight: 1.65 pounds

Why It Made The Cut

The Kryptek Koldo rain gear provides the subtle nuance features that will keep you warm and dry during those cold, all-day treestand sits.


  • Extremely durable
  • Articulated reinforced elbows and knees
  • Backpack friendly pockets


  • Belt buckle on the pants comes unsnapped when wearing a backpack belt

Product Description

During a particular hunting trip in Missouri, it rained a lot. My hunting buddies and I had to use ATV’s to access our stands, and the first day wasn’t too muddy, but the second became much worse. By the third, the trails turned into an outright mud bog. I can’t remember what rain gear I had at the time. But I do remember that it didn’t work for any of it. The outer material ripped on tree limbs along the trail, and it didn’t have much waterproofing, if any. Long story short, it doesn’t matter how waterproof your rain gear is, if it can’t hold up to a few pricks and scratches from brush or limbs, it won’t keep you dry.

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However, upon opening the Kryptek Koldo rain gear for this test, I immediately noticed the rugged build. In fact everything about the Koldo rain gear is tough. The welded Bemis Seam Taped Waterproof zippers and reinforced articulated elbows and knees won’t tear under pressure. And you can even cinch up the hood over your ATV helmet to prevent yourself from collecting water in your hood.

However, the hood runs really big when you aren’t wearing a helmet, but as long as you cinch it down tight, it’s more than comfortable. The super tough fabric is a bit noisy when dry but after sitting in the rain, the fabric softens and makes it plenty quiet for treestand hunts. So, whether you’re driving or trudging through limbs and brush on your way to the stand, the Kyrptek Koldo will get you there without tearing to shreds.

Best Budget: RedHead Silent Flex


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Key Features

  • BONE-DRY 100% tech
  • 4-way stretch fabric
  • Included small stuff sack
  • 100% Polyester

Why It Made The Cut

The RedHead Silent Flex rain gear brings comfort and performance at a price that every hunter can afford.


  • Lightweight
  • Packs down pretty small
  • Budget Friendly
  • Quiet


  • Legs only zip to the knee

Product Description

Maybe you’re new to hunting and not ready to make the financial commitment to purchase technical hunting rain gear. I get it. But if you’re just starting out or hunt in areas that don’t receive much rain, the RedHead Silent Flex rain gear will work just fine. This rain system was actually a pleasant surprise to test and review. It’s not super fancy, doesn’t have high tech bells and whistles, but it did pass the most critical aspect of the test. It kept me dry in the rain for over an hour. I didn’t abuse it like I did some of the other rain gear. No briar patch tests, no water hose. But it did keep me dry during a rainstorm.

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The RedHead Silent Flex rain gear runs just under $120 for the set, which is significantly less than other options in this test, and it kept me dry. This set is also very comfortable to wear. It fits baggy to accommodate multiple sizing and layering scenarios, and the pants have a drawstring waist instead of a belt. The Legs only unzip to the knee but were remarkably easy to put on and take off over my boots despite this fact. Plus, each garment comes with its own stuff sack.

This system should also work brilliantly for younger hunters (12-14 yrs old and growing like a weed in a fertilizer farm) without parents having to mortgage the house for a set that won’t fit by the end of hunting season. Keep it simple. It only has to keep you dry for now.


Q: How much do I need to spend on a set of rain gear?

My philosophy is to spend as much as I can afford without involving a divorce attorney. I take the amount of money I am willing to spend, then look at what is available in that price range. After doing my due diligence, I may decide that I need to spend more or less because it makes sense for my specific needs. But generally, you should expect to spend anywhere from $100-$600 depending on your needs and budget.

Q: What is the best brand of rain gear?

The best brand of rain gear is the one that works for you and your application no matter how much it costs. End of discussion. Find gear that works for you, no matter what brand it is, and use it.

Q: How long does Gore-Tex last?

I can honestly say that I have several Gore-Tex garments that vary in age. The oldest is probably pushing 20 years old. That piece is still waterproof without a doubt. Newer technology definitely breathes better but just like most things, as technology advances so does life expectancy.

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For this review, I included the best hunting rain gear that I’ve personally used in the field or tested myself. For the rain gear that I didn’t use while hunting, I made sure to test the durability by intentionally walking through thick briars. For the waterproofing capabilities, I then had my fiancé spray me continuously with a water hose for at least 15 minutes. Rain conditions obviously vary, but if these products can withstand a max blast from a water hose, then I considered them more than sufficient for surprise rain conditions.

Final Thoughts

I can honestly say that every set of rain gear I tested for this review did not leak, even the ones that did not make the cut. Clearly the manufacturers are not only listening but actually putting their gear to the test in order to give hunters the options we want and need. While those factors may differ depending on the hunter, the best hunting rain gear should keep you dry.


Is Gore Tex good for hunting? ›

What are the Advantages of Gore-Tex for Hunting? Gore-Tex is a lightweight material that is highly breathable and resistant to wind and water. Our Gore-Tex hunting products are designed to protect from the elements even in the most extreme weather.

What is the most durable rain gear? ›

Best Overall: Coleman PVC/Nylon Rain Suit

And it hits the mark with its nylon-backed PVC rain suit, too. The jacket-and-pants set is long-lasting, extremely waterproof, and designed with plenty of adjustable components on the cuffs, waist, and hood to keep the rain out.

Is Gore-Tex worth the money? ›

If staying dry and comfortable is your objective then yes Gore-Tex is definitely worth it, even if they are slightly more expensive than their rivals. Gore-tex is equal if not better than all other waterproof membranes which is why Gore-Tex is used for so many different things.

Is nylon or polyester better for rain? ›

Both nylon and polyester resist water, but polyester resists it better than nylon. Additionally, polyester's water-resistant properties increase as the thread count rises. However, neither material is fully waterproof unless it's coated with special materials.

What is a lightweight waterproof coat called? ›

ANORAK. Clue. Answer. Waterproof jacket (6) ANORAK.

Did Gore Tex buy Sitka? ›

In 2009, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., an American multinational company best known as the developer of waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® Fabrics, purchased Sitka Gear, a high-performance system of hunting clothes.

Is Sitka Gear waterproof? ›

Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® fabrics are durably waterproof and very breathable — guaranteed. They provide reliable weather protection and maximized comfort in inclement weather.

Why are hunting boots tall? ›

For many years the height, or shaft, of the standard hunting boot was tall and came up to your calf. For someone that wants the ankle support and stability of a tall shafted boot, this can be a great option. It will also help keep snow and other debris out of your boot when you are tromping around the mountains.

What color can deer not see? ›

They can pick out short (blue) and middle (green) wavelength colors, but they're less sensitive to long wavelength colors such as red and orange. “They're essentially red-green color blind,” said Brian Murphy, a wildlife biologist and the CEO of Quality Deer Management Association.

Does human urine attract deer? ›

Koerth, human urine does not frighten deer. On a large lease, mock scrapes were created and different lures were used to attract deer. Scrapes are spots where bucks paw the ground down to bare earth and then urinate in them. This is used to attract does, which also urinate in the scrapes.

How far can deer smell human scent? ›

ANSWER: Under normal conditions, a deer can smell a human that is not making any attempt to hide its odor at least 1/4 mile away. If the scenting conditions are perfect (humid with a light breeze), it can even be farther.

Why does my rain jacket get wet inside? ›

When the air is humid it has a lot of water vapor in it. If the external surface of your rain jacket is cooler than its interior, the water vapor will condense on the inside your jacket and make your clothes wet. Perspiration also produces water vapor and condenses by the same process.

Are frogg Toggs waterproof? ›

The Classic Frogg Toggs Pro Action Suit is 100% waterproof, 100% windproof, breathable and most of all, affordable. Frogg Toggs products are constructed with a patented process of three layers of polyproylene material with a center layer of microporous film.

What rain gear does the Weather Channel use? ›

Nobody understands weather like the meteorologists at The Weather Channel. Through rain, sleet, snow and blistering heat, they're in the thick of it. So it's no surprise that they chose Lands' End, a company with 50 years of outerwear expertise, to make sure they had high quality gear for every season.

Is anything better than Gore-Tex? ›

eVent. eVent is one of the best Gore-Tex alternatives, because it comes really close to mimicking all of its features. In some cases, it performs even better than Gore-Tex. Unlike most other Gore-Tex alternatives, this is a fabric that is developed by a company and then sold to many different brands.

Why did Gore-Tex fail? ›

The final reason Gore-Tex boots leak is because the Gore-Tex membrane itself is compromised in some way, either from footwear use and abuse which results in a puncture or small tear or because of manufacturer defect (the least likely cause).

Why is Gore-Tex better than nylon? ›

Benefits of GoreTex

Gore-Tex has the desirable properties of nylon, but is also 'breathable'. It lets water vapour from sweat pass to the outside, but it stops rain drops from passing to the inside. Clothing made of Gore-Tex is very useful to hikers and other people who work or play outside.

How do I choose a rain jacket? ›

The top 5 things to look for when buying a raincoat
  1. Waterproof fabric. The most obvious first feature one would expect from any decent raincoat is that they have used waterproof fabric - and not just water repellent fabric/treatment. ...
  2. Sealed seams. ...
  3. A good hood. ...
  4. Breathability. ...
  5. Length.
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Are 100 nylon jackets waterproof? ›

Nylon jackets are water-resistant, which makes them perfect to wear on a rainy day. Nylon jackets can also keep you dry if you are participating in water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, or fishing.

Should rain jackets be baggy? ›

Fit. Too tight and it'll feel like you're in a wetsuit. Too loose, and you'll feel like you're carrying around your own personal cloud of humidity. A good rule of thumb is a coat you can zip over a sweatshirt or other fall apparel, and it'll be just loose enough for freedom of movement.

What is the best warm and waterproof coat? ›

The best waterproof jackets for the harshest conditions
  • Klättermusen Allgrön 2.0. ...
  • Berghaus Changtse. ...
  • Paramo Velez Adventure Smock. ...
  • Salewa Fanes Wool Powertex waterproof jacket. ...
  • Patagonia Torrentshell. ...
  • Montane Pac Plus XT jacket. ...
  • Beyond Clothing Yuba Ultralight K6 Rain Anorak. ...
  • Rab Downpour Alpine.
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What is the best material for a waterproof jacket? ›

The best-known such fabric is Gore-Tex, a breathable waterproof fabric invented and trademarked by the Gore family in 1969 that replaced the typical inner layer of waterproof clothing, usually made from polyurethane, with a thin, porous fabric.

Does Sitka own KUIU? ›

Hairston was then a commercial real estate agent and founded the hunting gear company Sitka in 2005. He sold the company to Gore-Tex in 2009. In 2010, he founded Kuiu, which had expected sales of $50 million in 2016.

Who runs KUIU? ›

Kuiu is an American hunting gear and apparel brand using direct-to-consumer method. It was founded by Jason Hairston in 2011. In 2017, San Francisco-based Main Post Partners invested $50 million in the company.

Is Sitka American made? ›

Is Sitka gear made in USA? NOT tying to start a debate, just want to know where they are manufactured. Nope.

Where is Sitka Gear made? ›

SITKA, based in Bozeman, Montana, created and leads the technical hunting apparel category.

How do you wash Sitka Gear? ›

WASH. Machine wash on a warm permanent press cycle (105°F) with a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice, and minimize spinning to reduce creasing. Don't use powder detergents, fabric softeners, stain removers, or bleach.

What is Sitka made out of? ›

Sitka like many other outdoor apparel companies rely on Gore-Tex material for all their waterproof apparel lines. It is lightweight and ideal for use in hunting apparel where the user is subject to unpredictable conditions like rain or snow.

What boots do you wear for deer hunting? ›

Stand hunters often don't require rugged, abrasion-resistant leather boots, but they do need protection from the cold. Irish Setter Rutmaster 2.0 boots help you combat the cold with up to 1,200 grams of insulation. For serious cold, consider IceTrek boots from Irish Setter.

What shoes do you wear for hunting? ›

Hunting boots are broken down into two main categories—field boots and rubber boots. Field Boots are typically constructed with a variety of features in the upper to provide a balance of breathability and durability. Common materials are full-grain leather, nylon and mesh.

What rain gear do fishermen use? ›

Q: What rain gear do fishermen use? Anglers use a wide range of rain gear for fishing, but the most common are bibs and jackets made from goretex or rubber. Top brands are Simms, Grundens, and frogg toggs.

What rain gear do pro bass fishermen use? ›

Pro bass anglers will usually wear a durable waterproof jacket and a pair of waterproof bibs. The Simms Pro Dry Jacket and Pro Dry Bibs are perfect examples of what you would see a professional bass angler wearing on a rainy tournament day. The Grundens Gambler jacket is another great option for bass anglers.

What material keeps you dry in the rain? ›

Similar to the waterproof shell (rain jacket), rain pants are a great waterproof option for keeping your entire lower body warm and dry, and to help prevent hypothermia.

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