Best Survival Jackets of 2020 – Ultimate Outdoor Coat Round-up

| Last Updated: January 13, 2022

Because we’ve put together a list of 5 rain jackets that will keep you warm and dry on your backpacking adventures, wherever they may take you.

There’s nothing that could make you more miserable than being wet in addition to already being cold, which is why we took the time to find jackets that will keep you warm as well as provide a water tight seal.

So get ready to pick one of the jackets that will keep you warm and dry for years to come!

Comparison Chart of the Best Survival Jackets




Columbia Men’s Watertight II

Columbia Men's Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket

Best Overall

Charles River Men’s New Englander

Charles River Apparel Men's New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket (Reg & Ext Sizes), True Navy/Grey, L


Carhartt Men’s Surrey Coat

Carhartt Men's Surrey Coat,Green,Medium Regular

White Sierra Men’s Trabagon

Viking Men’s, Thor Waterproof/Breathable Jacket

Viking Professional THOR Waterproof Industrial Jacket, Black, 2XL

Review of the Best Survival Jackets

Time to take a closer look at each jacket. Let's see why these made our list so you can choose the one:

Columbia Men's Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket

The brand of Columbia is known for their expertise in the backpacking arena, so it makes sense that they are at the top of the list of rain jacket providers for every situation. This jacket is guaranteed water proof as well as breathable, which are two things that most rain jackets aren’t.

We’ve tested a seemingly great jacket from Aigle, only to find that while the water seal and water proof attributes were there, the inside of the jacket was wet and steamy and most of all uncomfortable.

However Columbia uses Omni-Tech. Omni-Tech provides premium waterproof protection works by keeping outside elements from getting in, while still allowing moisture vapors to move away from the skin. Omni-Shield® helps you stay clean and dry by resisting liquids from absorbing into the yarns and staining the garment.

So it’s sleek enough to wear in public as well as hike through the jungles of the Philippines!

Charles River Apparel Men's New Englander Waterproof Rain Jacket (Reg & Ext Sizes), True Navy/Grey, L

The original New Englander Rain Jacket made exclusively by Charles River Apparel.

The essential rainwear jacket; wind and waterproof with heat-sealed seams to keep wind and rain out. Polyurethane shell fabric bonded to a woven backing to provide additional fabric strength.

Lined with mesh for air-flow and taffeta nylon in sleeves for easy on/off. Hood and open hem with shock cord drawstrings. Adjustable cuffs to seal out the elements.

Vented front chest vented for breathability and comfort. When looking for quality apparel, look to Charles River Apparel. Charles River Apparel infuses their clothing with technology, performance, and contemporary style. Traditional New England value brings innovation to everything they make: innovation in how it fits, to the way it feels.

Charles River Apparel offers function that performs and fashion that lasts. After more than 30 years of leading quality, the family-owned business pushes into the future with their eyes on the horizon of innovation. “Look Good. Feel Good. Charles River Apparel.”

Carhartt Men's Surrey Coat,Green,Medium Regular

If you’re looking for a jacket that is the definition of a “man’s” rain coat, then you’ve found it in the Carhartt Surrey Coat.

The company of Carhartt is one of roughneck outfitting and durable outdoor wear, from being able to clothe welders and oilfield workers, this company dresses some of the most extreme environments you’ll ever witness. All of this makes Carhartt an exceptional brand to consider for having a jacket that can stand up to most any weather anywhere!

Constructed of rugged .50-mm, polyester-backed pvc (polyvinyl chloride) fabric, the carhartt surrey coat stands up to driving rains and strong winds. Waterproof and wind resistant, it’s built carhartt tough; the seams are electronically welded and the major seams are also sewn for extra strength.

For added protection, the coat’s engineered with a double-front storm placket with inside and outside protective flaps, and neoprene inner-sleeve cuffs with adjustable hook-and-loop closures. The left-chest pocket and two lower-front pockets also protect items from wetness; all feature hook-and-loop closures. When weather threatens, pull up the snap on/off detachable hood. Elbows are also reinforced for strength.

The rain jacket from White Sierra is a basic rendition of a classic rain coat with a minimalist design that gets the job done, and gets it done well.

While White Sierra is another new comer to the outdoor clothing world they have earned their keep as being incredibly high quality clothing suppliers with impeccable customer service if you should ever need to contact them!

The White Sierra Men’s Trabagon Rain Jacket offers complete protection against the elements in a lightweight package. The polyester micro ripstop fabric is fully seam-taped and treated with a Teflon DWR finish for total waterproof, breathable protection. Mesh venting at the back yoke allows for even greater ventilation to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable.

This jacket packs down into front pocket for ease of travel.Back yoke with mesh venting.Zip secure hand pockets.One-hand, quick-draw hem seals out the elements.Attached hood.Adjustable cuffs.Avg. length: 29″.Import.

Viking Professional THOR Waterproof Industrial Jacket, Black, 2XL

The Professional products in the Viking series are constructed of Trilobal Rip-Stop polyester, which creates high quality outerwear for the working Professional who has need of an extra-tough duty garment.

Trilobal Rip-Stop Polyester offers superior abrasion, rip, tear and snag resistance versus fabrics almost twice its thickness. It is constructed of triple- twined Polyester thread, which creates cross-sections of fibers, forming tiny cells that increase the cut and abrasion resistance of the garment, while effectively stopping any rips and snags from spreading to the next cell.

This Professional THOR Jacket is extremely heavy duty: Each seam is fully taped and heat sealed, as well as being triple sewn for extra durability.

This jacket is excellent for weather protection, as it is compatible with any of the Viking thermal liners (see our fleece liners, ThermoMAXX liner, or our soft shell). These jackets can all be worn separately, or a thermal liner will zip and snap into the Professional THOR to create an extra warm, waterproof jacket.

This jacket also comes with a heavy duty front zipper, covered by a double overlapping storm flap (for weather protection), a chin guard, an adjustable 3-piece peaked removable hood and the jacket comes with a comfort fleece collar. Feel confident when standing up against the elements in your Viking Professional THOR jacket.

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