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Which rain jacket is the best? - A selection

Best rain jacket - functional jacket, Friesian mink or wax jacket
Which rain jacket is really waterproof? Rain jacket, functional jacket, wax jacket or Frisian mink?

The best rain jacket for the vacation

Which rain jacket is really waterproof? This is what the rain jacket test from Stiftung Warentest determines. Some of our recommendations are based on this test by Stiftung Warentest. This packing list contains offers for rain jackets that you can order online. You don't just need this for hiking tours. There are travel destinations where rain is simply a part of it. Ireland for example. No matter if your after Dublin, Cork, Northern Ireland or the West, there is actually no travel time on the Irish island without rain. Ireland's green is only there when it rains. But you should also take suitable rain jackets with you in other regions of the world. Appropriate rain protection is therefore essential for good equipment. Depending on the region, this can be a functional jacket, a wax jacket or a Frisian ore.

What's the best way to tackle rainy travel destinations?

Which rain jacket is the best? I asked myself this question too late. Only as me Traveling in Ireland I realized that a rain jacket is more practical than an umbrella. Especially if you, like me, constantly working with camera and mobile phone, you need both hands free. Therefore, an umbrella is not as practical as a rain jacket for traveling through Ireland. For a glider you need a hand. If you wear a rain jacket, you have both hands free. This is important if I want to take photos or shoot videos on the go. In addition, the hands remain free to carry bags, suitcases or other things. However, I recommend this one rather Backpack for the city or backpack to take with you. With one you also have your hands free to work. Which is the best rain jacket depends on the purpose for which you need it. So there is no such thing as the best rain jacket in the world. It always depends on what you want to do when you wear them.

Which rain jacket is really waterproof?

Hardly anyone will experience a trip to Ireland without rain. The island's maritime climate ensures this. At the same time, however, the climate on the green island is so warm that a light functional jacket is sufficient for normal rainfall. It should protect against wind and moisture, but does not have to be warm. Dressing according to the onion principle is usually best. Therefore, you should carefully consider which functional jacket you will take with you on your trip. A good rain jacket also makes a trip to rainy areas a wonderful experience.

Rain jacket tested - which is the best rain jacket?

The last test by Stiftung Warentest was made in 2016. The jackets recommended in it are now only partially available. Therefore, we are referring to a rain jacket test from testreports.de. This page evaluates tests and opinions of the trade press and calculates an overall grade from them. The test is from March 02nd, 2021. These are the test winners: They are definitely the best outdoor jackets. The best waterproof rain jacket is this:


Test winner functional jacket

functional jacket


Packing list for rainy travel destinations - what must be in the suitcase?

In addition, you should know what you want to do on the trip. Should it be more of a comfortable trip, where you stay in pleasant hotels? Do you want to spend a lot of time in the cities? Or should it be a trip where you go hiking? Or even want to experience the outdoor life on the Wild Atlantic Way in all its adventurous facets? Then you should think carefully about whether the rain jacket should be light - for city trips. Or whether she should be able to endure something instead, for example when hiking through the Connemara moors or in Donegal. There are other models for this than for a comfortable city stay. With the right equipment, a trip to rainy travel destinations becomes one Travel for connoisseurs.

What do you absolutely need - a good rain jacket or heavy duty rain cover?

It is not easy to make the right choice here. Therefore, we have put together a selection here that makes your choice easier. These rain jackets can be conveniently ordered online.

Light rain jackets for the city or a road trip

We recommend this rain protection for city trips or a round trip without major hikes. Together with a large and resistant Umbrella *who can withstand one or two gusts of wind, you are adequately protected in cities. If there is heavy rainfall, you can also use one here Break in a café Insert.


As a rain jacket, a wax jacket for outdoor adventures

If you are planning longer hikes, which Ireland is ideal for, then you need stronger rain protection. So why not do it like the Irish do? They prefer to wear a wax jacket that will keep them dry in all weathers. And the waxed jackets are also chic, I think. But they shouldn't be washed. A wax jacket is also often available as a rain jacket in large sizes. A rain jacket in XXL for women is usually not that easy to find. The wax jackets for men are so chic that women can wear them too. Especially if you are out and about in rainy weather in Ireland or other northern regions, you will appreciate them.

However, one thing should be clear before buying a rain jacket like this one. A wax jacket is heavy. If you take this rain jacket with you on trips, it is recommended to wear it on the plane. It takes up too much space in the suitcase. In addition, this jacket is very heavy. So it makes sense to put them on during your journey. This leaves more space and weight for other luggage.

Heavy duty jacket

Heavy duty jacket for men

Or the good old Friesian ore?

Everyone who grew up at the North Sea knows the Friesennerz. The indestructible rain jacket that defies storm and rain. With rubber boots and Frisian mink you can cope with any weather at the North Sea. So why not also in rainy travel destinations around the world? Even with the Friesennerz, it takes up a lot of space in the suitcase. Its material protects against rain. However, it cannot be packed well in a suitcase. Similar to a wax jacket, it is advisable to wear it while traveling on the plane. Then there is enough space and weight for other things Case.

You can order your Friesennerz here:



Which rain jacket is suitable for city trips?

If a rain jacket test is not a prerequisite for buying your rain protection, then of course there are also stylish functional jackets or Friesian mink that look good. But you have to try whether they are just as waterproof. These rain jackets are good for city trips. So you're in Dublin even when it rains well protected. If you are planning an outdoor vacation, we recommend the above. We suggest some of the fancier rain jackets here:


This waterproof rain jacket is a great choice for spring and summer. The parka protects against rain and wind and is good to wear in any weather. It is convenient for travel because it has a few pockets. I don't just like the outside pockets. The inner pocket and the security pocket inside are especially good for travelers. You can keep your papers safe there.


waterproof rain jacket for women with practical pockets

You can do the waterproof rain jacket for women with practical pockets Order here *



I like this Frisian mink because it's not only good length that protects against rain. It also has a hood, which is practical in rain and wind. This jacket is not only available in the traditional yellow of a Frisian mink. They are available in pretty colors that will drive away even the worst mood in rainy weather.



You can use this Friesennerz Order here*



With this raincoat you are also well protected against moisture. It is lined with faux fur and has a waterproof, supple upper material. The hood is lined with cotton.


You can do this raincoat Order here*


Rain jacket for cycling

An alternative is this rain jacket for cycling. It is windproof, waterproof and breathable. All prerequisites for feeling comfortable in a jacket like this even when it is wet. It has a hood that can be stowed in the collar. It is made environmentally friendly and water-repellent without fluorocarbons (PFC).

Rain jacket for cycling - functional jacket

You can do this rain and windbreaker Order here*


Men's jacket

There are also practical rain jackets for men. This rain parka is wind and waterproof. It has a multi-adjustable hood and a chin guard. It also offers underarm ventilation and a covered two-way front zip.

MADSea men's rain jacket Friesennerz yellow

MADSea men's rain jacket Friesennerz yellow you can Order here*


In our selection of rain jackets you will find functional jackets that have passed a rain jacket test by the trade press and for which we can confidently confirm which rain jacket is really waterproof. But you can also find rain jackets that haven't been tested. We recommend this especially for city trips, on which there are always opportunities to seek shelter from heavy rain showers. Ultimately, it depends on where and when you need a rain jacket. With these rain jackets and functional jackets, we wish you a good mood and fun exploring your travel destination even in bad weather.


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  1. Reto

    So, when it pours out of buckets, I prefer not a rain jacket, but a dry place in front of the peat fire in the pub.


    • Monika & Petar Fuchs

      Hello Reto,

      haha, that's obviously the best solution. Only one is not always equal ...

      Best regards,

  2. Sabine

    As a dog owner, of course, I also own rain jackets. And I especially like the wax jackets in English style. But honestly, when it pours out of buckets is nothing better than a classic Friesennerz ;-)
    Best regards

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs

      Liebe Sabine

      I already thought of that too. However, I do not like it that much because I'm always so sweaty in it.

      Best regards,

  3. Michaela

    When I read the title of this post, I actually had to smile. But I agree with you completely, rain jackets are also a lot more practical for me than an umbrella. Since I was on my trip in many countries exactly during the rainy season, I also realized how great it is to have a really good rain jacket. Unfortunately, at the beginning I only had one made of “water-repellent” material, but that's not enough in heavy rain showers. I then bought a 100% waterproof jacket and was really happy with it. The investment was definitely worth it!

    Best regards,

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs

      Dear Michaela,

      I can empathize with you. My experience with “water-repellent” jackets made me look for better offers. Not only that these are usually not very comfortable to wear because they stick to the skin when they are moist. Most of the time, they don't really protect against moisture. I would rather spend a little more money and then be protected against moisture.

      Best regards,

  4. Cool post, because I've been looking for the perfect rain jacket for ages. As a sports and UK blogger, that's a real must-have. I'm particularly pleased that you paid attention to style and not just functionality.

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs

      Dear Sandra,

      that's just how I feel. I do not like these sticky rain jackets at all, which are offered everywhere at cheapest prices. They are, I think, very uncomfortable to wear, especially in summer, when the temperatures are mild. Then I prefer to do without rain protection and do not sweat. Instead, I find the jackets that I recommend here very practical. And they look good too.

      Best regards,

  5. Shadowlight

    Hey, absolutely, the right Jack is especially important.
    Warm greetings to you!

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs

      Dear Jenny,

      you're right. I noticed that in Ireland. What is practical, I have only discovered there. Maybe my contribution helps others to better prepare for such a trip.

      Best regards,