Seven of the Best Waterproof Jackets Under $200
4. Cotopaxi Tikal Active Shell ($149.95)
Cotopaxi is relatively still a newcomer to the outdoor arena and have catapulted themselves straight into the favor of many die-hard outdoor enthusiasts. Not only due to their ethical brand ethos and “Gear for Good” charity program, but also because of the exceptional quality of the products they’re putting out there. The Tikal lightweight hardshell rain jacket is no exception. Although a fraction pricier than some competitors (such as the NF Venture and Rab Downpour jackets above), the Tikal weighs in at a very friendly 10oz and includes all the features you’d expect from a jacket at this price – great breathability, laminated visor, three-way adjustable hood and a fully taped, 2.5-layer water-resistant shell fabric with four-way stretch. Although this isn’t quite as high-performing as some other items in our review, what this jacket lacks in terms of performance (which isn’t a great deal) it makes up for with its eco-ethics. A good choice for those not planning on anything too extreme or those looking to make a more conscientious purchase.
- Ethical choice: Cotopaxi’s philanthropy, eco-friendliness and worker empowerment are humblingly impressive and a great reason why you should feel good about buying their products. Read more here.
- Very light (10oz)
- Under-arm perforations work just as well as pit zips
- Laminated visor and adjustable cuffs
- Good breathability
- Flexible enough to accommodate puffy layers underneath
- Good enough for a few hours in a moderate shower but not as well-equipped to deal with long-term heavy downpour as some of the others