Hunting in wetlands in snow and ice or through weather conditions that tend to chuck it down requires a hunting jacket that is waterproof if you are going to remain dry and comfortable.
The majority of these jackets have been treated with products that help to repel moisture from adhering to the fabric. In effect, wearing one of these jackets adds a barrier between the moisture and your body. They also give you the wind and weather protection that a hard shell might be able to provide.
The list below features 12 of the most effective waterproof hunting jackets currently available. We check out the jackets that might cover the full gamut of different hunting types such as waterfowl hunting, ice fishing and whitetail deer hunting.
They have been given a lot of praise by hunters who have done a great deal of their hunting in and around water. Price is not taken into account when these ratings were made but the recommended prices have been included in the table as a guide.
Following the comparison listing of the jackets is a more detailed overview of each jacket that should provide you with additional information to help decide which one will best suit your needs.
Waterproof Jacket List
|Under Armour ColdGear Infrared
|Natural Gear Waterfowl Jacket||S-3XL||Natural Camo||$119.99|
|Drake MST Eqwader Deluxe Full Zip
|S-2XL||Mossy Oak Shadowbranch
Mossy Oak Shadow Grass
|Frabill I2 Jacket||M-3XL||Dark Grey
|Walls 10X Waterproof Outer
Mossy Oak Infinity
|Stormr Men's Stealth Jacket||S-3XL||Realtree Max-4||$274.95|
|Legendary Whitetails Men's Glacier Ridge
Pro Series Winter Jacket
|Scent-Lok Men's Waterproof Insulated Jacket||M-3XL||Realtree Xtra||$149.99|
|Yukon Gear Reversible Insulated Jacket||M-2X||Mossy Oak Break Up
Mossy Oak Infinity
|Wildfowler Outfitter Performance Camo
Hunting Insulated Parka
|Kryptek Men's Aegis Extreme Highlander Jacket||XS-2XL||Kryptek Camo||$299.99|
|SANKE Waterproof Tactical Softshell
There are lots of different makes and models when it comes to hunting jackets and the waterproof section is just as crowded. We have selected some of the best waterproof jackets from the list above and expanded them with further details to give you an idea about what gives them an edge over their competitors.
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Skysweeper Jacket
This is a nicely constructed jacket that has been put together to work in numerous situations. The jacket features waterproof camo shoulders arms and hood to be paired with other items ofr a completely dry experience. Use this with waders and bibs for a soft and comfortable feel that is functional. The material is windproof that will shield you from the harsh elements. The Under Armour ColdGear technology provides the soft thermo-conductive inner coating and this helps to keep heat from your body from escaping. This keeps you warm and protected and allows movement and flexibility to be unhindered.
Natural Gear Waterfowl Jacket
This jacket is not only waterproof but is also windproof and is part of a set of clothing that has been specifically designed for any kind of waterfowl hunting. It has a Poly Tricot outer shell and is fleece lined to provide warmth. At the neck is an extended collar to provide additional warmth and has a roll away hood that can be pulled out when it is actually raining. Other features worth noting are neoprene cuffs and a drawstring waist. It is available in sizes ranging from Small up to 3X Large
Drake MST Eqwader Deluxe Full Zip Hunting Jacket
Here is a jacket that is designed for the waterfowl hunter who expects to be spending a lot of time wading in cold water. The jacket is fleece lined for added warming capability but the design has been thoughtfully done and heat-escape vents have been included to help regulate body temperature should it start to get too warm. The jacket also features deep water handwarmer pockets that are located high on the chest to keep the hands warm when wearing waders in deep water. The jacket also features lower handwarmer pockets as well as small pockets for smaller items such as calls or keys. The jacket caters for serious hunters who are looking to stay shielded from wind as well as the water and ranks as one of the strongest contenders of best waterproof hunting jacket.
Frabill I2 Jacket
This jacket has been designed specifically to cater for the chill conditions that are typical for ice fishing. It will keep out the harsh icy conditions and has been fitted with a slew of features. It is bother waterproof and windproof but has been made to be breathable for greater comfort with 300 Denier nylon taslan shell. The insulation is provided by 3M Thinsulate. There are also hand warmer pockets that have been given a tricot lining. For ease of use the adjustable hood can also be removed when not needed. The jacket is available in a couple of color options and the sizes range from Small up to 3X Large.
Walls 10X Waterproof Outer Systems Jacket
This jacket has been designed to be worn as the outer protective layer in any hunting situation. The design is based around diamond-quilted Thinsulate insulation inside a polyester brushed tricot outer shell. It is breathable to ensure comfort and it is light in weight to help with movement. The hood is detachable and it boasts 2-piece sleeves with articulation darts at the elbows so that natural movement can continue to be made. To make it even more suited to hunting situations it has Scentrex scent control lining.
Stormr Men's Stealth Jacket
This is another jacket that has been specifically designed for the waterfowler and the types of situations they find themselves in. The jacket uses the company's Neoprene Core Technology that uses a special lamination lining process to help protect against the water. It has a fleece-lined interior and a full-length interior storm flap. There are pockets all over the jacket both on the inside and on the outside. The cuffs are adjustable with Velcro closures and the hood is two-way adjustable. It's the type of jacket that will provide you with everything you need to stay comfortable and, sure, it's going to cost a bit but it's well worth the money.
Legendary Whitetails Glacier Ridge Pro Series Winter Jacket
This is a nylon and polyester jacket that has been designed to trap and use up to 97% of the body’s heat to provide a comfortable jacket that doesn’t feel bulky. It features two hand-warmer pockets, a vertical chest pocket and an interior pocket. There are zippered underarm vents to control the heat and a quilted fleece lining. This gives it all of the qualities, windproof, waterproof and breathable, to make it a hunting jacket that will be sure to keep you comfortable in the coldest and most adverse conditions imaginable.
Scent-Lok Waterproof Insulated Jacket
This is a late season jacket that has been specifically designed for storm conditions in low temperatures. It is a hooded parka design with two zippered pockets and storm flaps so that your gear will stay dry. It features activated carbon technology for odor absorption and long raglan sleeves with tabs and Velcro length adjusters to cater for all lengths. The sleeves also feature significant insulation to provide extra warmth while still allowing full range of motion which means greater mobility.
Yukon Gear Reversible Insulated Jacket
The company is responsible for some very popular and effective hunting jackets and this reversible jacket provides a number of very important features. Not only is the jacket waterproof and windproof but it also doubles as either a Blaze Orange or a Winter Camo jacket. The exterior is a 240 GM 100% polyester tricot shell and the waterproofing comes from WPB PU Lamination. The pockets are dual side entry so they will work regardless of which way the jacket is turned. Warmth is gained by the insulation built in and the fabric provides breathability to protect against overheating. It is also offered at a very competitive price.
Wildfowler Outfitter Performance Camo Insulated Parka
This is a 100% waterproof waterfowling jacket that has been given a warm polar fleece lining to ensure comfort on the inside while the outside features soft tricot for quiet movement. As well as providing warmth in the coldest conditions the jacket is also breathable and will maximize body comfort to keep moisture away from the skin. Features around the jacket include Velcor on the cuffs to cut out any cold from creeping in, an elastic cord on the hood and waist to draw the jacket in tight and pouch pockets with a side hand warmer.
Kryptek Aegis Extreme Highlander Jacket
This is a waterproof hunting jacket that has been designed to cope with extreme weather conditions. It uses a Primaloft insulated system that is both breathable and windproof. It will enable longer exposure to adverse conditions without becoming overly uncomfortable. The design is similar to a complete layering system that has been built into a single garment. Features include waterproof zippers, jacket hem pull cords, internal chest pockets and a removable hood. The fabric is stretch and will last for a long time.
Sanke Waterproof Tactical Softshell Hooded Jacket
This is a versatile hunting jacket that has been designed to be worn while pursuing all types of outdoor activities in cold or wet conditions. The jacket features a three layer integrated shell fabric design that is lightweight and practical enabling a full range of movement. The waterproofing prevents water penetration but is breathable and will wick heat moisture away from the body. There are numerous pockets around the jacket with both inner and external pockets providing both storage and hand warming features. There are also Velcro closures at the cuffs, a two-way zipper closure, a chin guard and a stow-away hood.
All of the jackets listed above have been given glowing reviews by hunters and outdoorsmen who have worn them when out in the field. They each have benefits that make them stand out and they are also slightly different in the various features they provide. Although every person's needs are going to be slightly different you can be confident with any of the lightweight hunting jackets that have been displayed above.
Staying dry is certainly an important part of keeping comfortable when out in the field. There are a number of different specialties considered with jackets that are said to repel moisture and we have been looking at them in other articles such as the selection of Hunting Rain Jackets that give you a full range of outstanding options.
For the late winter chill you will also need to make sure you are as warm as possible and this is where a good quality insulated jacket will prove invaluable. We have examined a diverse list of the Warmest Insulated Hunting Jackets for you as well.