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REI Rainier - Women's Review

A simple rain jacket in which function meets value at a reasonable price point
rei rainier for women rain jacket review
Credit: REI Co-op
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Price:  $100 List
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Jessica Albery ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 4, 2022
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RANKED
#9 of 11
  • Water Resistance - 25% 6.0
  • Breathability - 25% 5.0
  • Comfort and Mobility - 20% 6.0
  • Weight and Packability - 15% 5.0
  • Durability - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The REI Rainier is a decent buy for those seeking a functional and affordable rain jacket. This jacket may not be the most high-tech, most water resistant, or most breathable, but for the price, this is a very good rain jacket. We recommend it for outdoor enthusiasts who need a jacket for adventuring in moderate rain. To read about top-performing rain jackets, check out the full review.
REASONS TO BUY
Affordable
Good fit
Comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Hood isn't super comfortable
Fabric doesn't feel good on skin
Editor's Note: This review of the REI Rainier was added to our women's rain jacket review on October 4, 2022.

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Pros Affordable, good fit, comfortableComfortable, breathable, versatile, not crinkly, soft hand feelSimple but functional, hood packs away, good valueInexpensive, deep pockets, easy to useInexpensive, simplistic design, easy to use
Cons Hood isn't super comfortable, fabric doesn't feel good on skinHood doesn't offer great coverageSmall zipper pulls, internal fabric can stick to bare skinBreathability, no stow pocket, bulkyPoor ventilation, less comfortable
Bottom Line A simple rain jacket in which function meets value at a reasonable price pointAn exceptionally breathable and comfortable jacket for active adventures offering a full range of motion while repelling light moistureA solid rain jacket that offers decent performance at a price point that won't break the bankA simple rain jacket with decent water resistance that is cute enough for the city and functional enough for the woodsA decent casual rain jacket offering protection for when you have to go out in the rain, but lacks breathability for outdoor enthusiasts
Rating Categories REI Rainier - Women's Mountain Hardwear S... Marmot PreCip Eco -... The North Face Antora Columbia Arcadia II...
Water Resistance (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Breathability (25%)
5.0
10.0
6.0
3.0
3.0
Comfort and Mobility (20%)
6.0
10.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Weight and Packability (15%)
5.0
8.0
8.5
4.0
5.0
Durability (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Specs REI Rainier - Women's Mountain Hardwear S... Marmot PreCip Eco -... The North Face Antora Columbia Arcadia II...
Measured Weight 11.4 oz 9.7 oz 9.2 oz 12.2 oz 11.2 oz
Number of Fabric Layers 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 2
Material 100% Ripstop Nylon 50D Stretch Ripstop 100% Ripstop Nylon 100% Nylon 100% Nylon
Pockets 2 hand 2 hand, 1 chest 2 hand 2 hand 2 hand
Pit Zips Yes Yes Yes No No
Pit Zip Length (in) 10 11 10 N/A N/A
Helmet Compatible Hood No No No No No
Stows into Pocket Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Carabiner Loop in Stow Pocket No No Yes No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The REI Rainier offers exceptional value with a low price point and excellent functionality, good breathability, and water resistance that is up to scratch with many jackets with a higher price point. The 2.5-layer bluesign approved recycled nylon ripstop fabric offers ample protection in moderate rain and provides decent breathability while on the move. We also appreciate that this jacket is manufactured in a Fair Trade certified factory.

Performance Comparison


rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the rei rainier offers good value at a reasonable price
The REI Rainier offers good value at a reasonable price
Credit: Jessica Albery

Water Resistance


The Rainier offers satisfactory water resistance for outdoor activities in moderate precipitation. The 2.5-layer nylon fabric held up decently well in all of our lab tests as well as field tests. The center and pocket zippers offered adequate protection from the elements in order to keep the wearer and pocket contents dry.

The hood's visor provides disappointing coverage, offering minimal protection from the rain for the wearer's face.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the rainier's fabric takes up a bit of water.
The Rainier's fabric takes up a bit of water.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Breathability


The Rainier’s 2.5-layer fabric breathed pretty well while hiking, allowing the tiny molecules of sweat to escape while still keeping the outside precipitation at bay.

This jacket is on the warmer side, and we found that we had to open the vents sooner when the temperature was balmy. Fortunately, the pit vents of the Rainier rapidly dump heat to prevent overheating and keep the wearer comfortable.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the rei rainier is on the warmer side, but the vents dump heat...
The REI Rainier is on the warmer side, but the vents dump heat quickly.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Comfort and Mobility


The cut of the Rainier is generous in the length of the body and sleeves, offering excellent coverage for those on the taller side. It provides a full range of motion and is easy to move in.

The mesh lining of the pockets, as well as the fabric around the neck and chin, were soft, feeling pleasant against the skin. However, the inner fabric of the rest of the jacket felt plasticky against bare skin, which wasn't super comfortable. The hood was comfortable when up loosely, but when cinched down, we found it forced the head down, which was uncomfortable over an extended period of time.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the lining of the hand pockets on the rainier is soft against bare...
The lining of the hand pockets on the Rainier is soft against bare skin.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Weight and Packability


The Rainier weighs in at 11.4 ounces, on the slightly higher end of the spectrum of jackets tested. While this is not a dealbreaker if weight is not an issue, it may be on the heavy side for those looking to keep packs as light as possible.

The garment stows away in a hand pocket. Once stowed, the size is fairly compact, measuring 9” x 5” x 3”. The zipper ends about two inches from the edge of the pocket, so to get it to fit the user has to fill that corner first. Because of this, it can take a bit of practice to quickly and efficiently pack it away.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the rainier packed up next to a 1-liter hydroflask.
The Rainier packed up next to a 1-liter Hydroflask.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Durability


The Rainier held up well over months of testing and frequent use. The fabric and seams are durable and well constructed.

The snap at the bottom of the storm flap was sub-par and hard to snap shut. The soft mesh pocket lining also occasionally got stuck in the zipper, which was annoying.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - testing all components frequently helps us evaluate durability.
Testing all components frequently helps us evaluate durability.
Credit: Jessica Albery

Should You Buy the REI Rainier?


The REI Rainier is a steal with its functionality and performance out-scoring a few other jackets in its price range. We think it is a great choice for the outdoor enthusiast looking for a budget rain jacket that performs well in a wide range of conditions. The water resistance and breathability may be up to snuff with the very top competitors, but many of those are more than twice the price.

What Other Rain Jackets Should You Consider?


The Marmot PreCip Eco is another rain jacket that offers exceptional value at a low price, with a bit better performance in most fields, and is worth considering for a budget rain jacket that performs well. The Patagonia Torrentshell is another good value rain jacket with very water-resistant fabric, if you don't mind the stiffer material.

rei rainier for women rain jacket review - the rei rainer was tested on a spring splitboard mission.
The REI Rainer was tested on a spring splitboard mission.
Credit: Claire Lawrenson

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