We immediately liked this year's Outdoor Research Aspire with its sleek design, smooth fabric, and variety of amenities. This jacket comes at a high price point for a reason; it is the Cadillac of women's rain jackets and backs up its boasts with true functionality. The Aspire kept us dry and comfortable in an array of conditions, from the monsoon deserts of Arizona and Utah to the stormy Sierras, while hiking on trails or kayaking across lakes.
Touting the superior and trusted protection of GORE-TEX®, the outside of this jacket is coated with DWR® and has a GORE-TEX inner lining. Plus, the engineers at Outdoor Research came up with the genius idea of designing the Aspire with TorsoFlo™ technology to balance extreme water resistance with breathability to keep you cool while on the move in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
While this shell is not for thrifty shoppers, it delivers on the price, offering comfortable weather resistance that will last you for years of adventures. However, if you are looking for a more affordable option, check out the Marmot PreCip - Women's or The North Face Resolve - Women's.