The Best Budget Hunting Rain Gear

best budget hunting rain gearLet’s keep it real, we’ve all been strapped for cash at one point or another. Hunting is a hobby that the vast majority of us don’t earn from. And that’s perfectly okay, a hobby doesn’t have to earn you money to be worthwhile.

The point is, unless you’re Rockerfeller, you probably don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in hunting gear. You need affordable hunting gear that gives you the best bang for your buck. If you fall into this category of hunters, then this article is for you.

Today we’ll discuss the best budget hunting rain gear on the market. If your’e in a rush, you can click here to see my recommendation for pants, and here to see my recommendation for a jacket. However, I still recommend you continue reading for the full reviews.

With that being said, let’s get started!

Features to look out for

Type of Weather Shell

Hardshell

Hardshell jackets get their name because of the fabric they’re made of. They are made of tightly woven fabric that isn’t very flexible. 

When facing tough weather conditions you’ll want to wear a hardshell jacket. They make up the outermost layer of weather protection. High quality hard shells should be wind and waterproof, and breathable.  

Softshell

Likewise, soft shell jackets get their name because they are usually soft and flexible. Although soft shell jackets can provide a level of weatherproofing, they are not able to stand up to tough conditions like their hard shell counterparts could. They can be windproof, but the fabric is most often only water-resistant.

Softshell jacket and pants can be used to keep you warm in light rain and windy weather, but not against heavy rain. This isn’t a negative thing though. It really depends on your intended usage.

Softshell jackets provide better mobility and comfortability while wearing them. If you’re looking for a jacket that is decently weatherproof and is also packable, you’ll want a softshell jacket.   

Durability

The biggest mistake you can make when shopping for any piece of gear is to confuse cheap with budget. When shopping for budget gear, we’re looking for the best bang for our buck. If you buy gear that is cheaply made, it won’t last you more than a season.

You’ll end up spending even more money rebuying the same piece of gear. Here’s a life tip, buy once and keep forever. In the long run, shopping this way will save your wallet and your sanity. 

Waterproof/Breathable Technology

As we discussed in the first section, not all jackets are fully weatherproof. The type of waterproofing and breathable technology that your jacket features can drastically change its price. For those of you who spend extended periods of time in harsh weather conditions, you might not be able to get around spending more money on a weatherproof hard shell. So be sure to pay attention to make sure that your potential piece of rain gear fits your needs.

ADAFAZ Softshell Jacket

Specs and Features

    • Camouflaged
    • Water-resistant
    • Breathable
    • Includes Pit Zips
    • Material: Made of 100% polyester fabric that is suitable for light rain, windy or snow conditions.

For more information on this jacket, check it out on amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Waterproofing: The waterproofing on this jacket appears to be better than what the manufacturer promises. 
  • Pockets: The jacket includes many pockets that can be used to store things. 

The Bad

  • Runs Small
  • No Insulation: This jacket is not suitable for colder weather.  

Verdict

MAGCOMSEN Men’s Tactical Jacket

Specs and Features

    • Sizing: The Jacket is made according to US standard sizes, you can find the size chart on its amazon product page.
    • Material: The manufacturer claims that the jacket is made from “Shark Skin” fabric. Not exactly sure what they mean by that. But the jacket seems to actually be made from some sort of neoprene material. It is a soft shell jacket with an inner fleece lining. 
    • Water-resistant, Windproof, and Breathable
    • Hood: The jacket features a concealed, nondetachable hood.
    • Pockets: 2 pockets on the chest, lower back, and sleeves. 1 pocket on the left forearm. 
    • Pit Zips

Impressions

The Good

  • Insulation: The fleece lining makes the jacket warm in cooler fall weather. 

 

The Bad

  • Pockets: Although there are numerous pockets on this jacket, they are not very practical.  There is no functional cellphone pocket, and I can't think of a practical reason for the pockets on the back of the jacket. The pockets that are made for your hands are quite shallow, so I suggest that you keep them zipped up.
  • Sleeves: The sleeves of the jacket are somewhat ill fitting. The sleeves are too large relative to the chest size of the jacket. The velcro on the cuffs are also too short for practical use.

Verdict

The MAGCOMSEN Men’s Tactical Jacket is adequate in cold or drizzly weather. But It is not designed, nor suitable, for heavy or consistent rain.  It also cannot stand up to frigid weather. Be prepared to dress in layers if you plan to wear this jacket in temperatures that drop below 35°F. 

But for a water/wind resistant jacket, this is a reasonable purchase on a tight budget. 

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Compass 360 Men’s Gale Camouflage Waterproof Rain Jacket

Specs and Features

  • Waterproof and Breathable: Features  HydroTek 3-layer fabric waterproof technology as well as the HydroPore 1.5 breathable membrane. The zippered sections of the jacket are also water resistant. 
  • Hood: The hood on this jacket is a 3-way adjustable stow-away-hood.
  • Pockets: The jacket includes zippered hand pockets as well as a slit chest pocket that can be used to store small items. 
  • Adjustment features: The jacket features hook and loop style adjustable wrist cuffs, as well as a shock cord that helps you to achieve a snug fit around the waist. 
  • Warranty: The manufacturer (Compass 360) provides a one year warranty. Please note that the warranty is only for manufacturer defects. The company will not replace your product if the damage was caused by an accident or normal wear and tear. 

For more information on this jacket, check it out on amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Waterproofing: The manufacturer delivered on its promise of durable waterproofing. This jacket will keep you dry in wet conditions. 

The Bad

  • Sizing: The size seems to run a bit small. You might want to order a size or two bigger than you normally would. 
  • Noise: For a hunter, it's important to be stealthy. The jacket isn't silent, but for stand hunting it'll get the job done. 

 

Verdict

The Compass 360 Men’s Gale Camouflage Waterproof Rain Jacket is a great budget option for hunters. It’s better suited for colder weather so keep that in mind. When making your decision. The jacket can also be a bit noisy, so depending on your hunting style and prey, this might be a reason to look elsewhere. 

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Kryptek Jupiter Camo Rain Jacket

Specs and Features

  • Camouflage technology:  The manufacturer (Kryptek) claims that their camouflage technology is the stealthiest on the market. They claim that their camo creates a 3D appearance on a 2D surface with micro and macro layering. The manufacturer also claims that the Department of Defense proved Kryptek camo is harder to detect than any other camo available through the use of laser-retinal-tracking. Thus far, I have not seen any proof to back up that claim, but I will update the review if I do. 
  • Waterproofing and Breathability:  The jacket is water resistant, fully seam taped, and breathable, although the manufacturer doesn’t directly state which technology it uses. 
  • Packable: The jacket can be packed into its own pocket. So if you are looking for a packable jacket, this is a great feature.  
  • Adjustable features: The jacket features and adjustable hood and cuffs and an elastic drawcord hem. 
  • Pit zips 
  • Warranty: Kryptek includes a one year limited warranty that protects against any manufacturing defects.

For more information on this jacket, check it out on amazon 

Impressions

The Good

  • Camo Pattern
  • Lightweight 
  • Packable

The Bad

  • Insulation: This jacket is not insulated, so you will need to wear layers under it if you'll face cold weather.

Verdict

For me, the Kryptec Jupiter camouflage is my favorite feature. I don’t mind that the waterproof fabric is thin, as this allows me to wear it in all seasons with a suitable base layer. I am also impressed by its fitted range of motion, it’s lightweight and its packability. It fits into a small carry pocket for wilderness, hunting convenience. Overall I think the jacket is worth purchasing. 

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Krumba Men’s Camouflage Hunting Windproof Waterproof Seam Sealed Jacket

Specs and Features

  • Material: 86%Polyester/ 14%Elastane , Waterproof and Windproof
  • Seam Sealed
  • Pockets: The jacket features 2 side chest pockets with waterproof zippers, as well as a zippered pocket on the inside.
  • Detachable hood

For more information on this jacket, check it out on amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Insulation: This is the warmest on our list. It is basically a parka jacket made for hunting. 

The Bad

Verdict

 This Krumba jacket is a hardshell, seal seamed, polyester and elastane hunting jacket. It is fitted with some inner zippered pockets and is machine washable.  

King’s Camo Cotton Six Pocket Hunting Pants

Specs and Features

  • Pockets: The pants features very convenient cargo pockets.
  • Material: 7 oz. Brushed Twill
  • Adjustable Waistband
  • Easy Belt Loops
  • Reinforced Seat

For more information on these pants, check it out on amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Pockets: The pants feature a good number of functional pockets. 
  • Adjustable waistband: The adjustable waistband makes the pants fit more comfortably. 

 

The Bad

  • Sizing: The sizing is a hit or miss. Many complain that you should go a size smaller than you usually would. However, due to the stitching of the pants, especially around the crotch area, the pants may still have a weird fit. 
  • Camouflage: Some customers say that the camouflage fades rapidly and that they will only last 2 wash cycles before losing its effectiveness. 

Verdict

Unless you are on a shoestring budget, I would pass on these pants. I truly believe in getting the best bang for your buck. I was initially attracted to the pants by the camouflage pattern and cheap price, but if I can’t expect the pattern to last more than two wash cycles, is it really worth it?

Am I expected to buy replacement pants when the camo wears off? Then we have the issue of sizing. I’m a bigger man (more so height than weight) and it’s always a challenge to find pants that fit.

But I’ve seen multiple users who are of a more average build complaining of the fit of these pants.  For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend these pants unless you’re really strapped for cash. 

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Rocky Silent Hunter Rain Pant

Specs and Features

  • Material: 100% Polyester
  • Rocky Waterproof: Taped and Seam Sealed for Total Waterproofing
  • Rocky SIQ Scent Control: This feature is a trademark of the Rocky brand. Rocky claims that the scent control reduce human odors at the microbial level. 

Read more about this product on Amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Lightweight
  • Realistic Camouflage
  • Packable

The Bad

As of now, there are no negatives that stand out. 

Verdict

I strongly recommend these pants. Thus far I haven’t found any negatives with these pants aside from the price. Sometimes you can find these pants on sale and get them cheaper than the normal retail price. 

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COMPASS 360 Men’s Camouflage Waterproof Rain Pants

Specs and Features

  • Weatherproofing: The pants are waterproof, breathable and fully seam sealed
  • Quick change: The pants feature a 12 inch zippered leg opening. This feature allows you to put on and take off the pants with your shoes on. 
  • Design: The pants feature a 4 Panel design that eliminates sagging and gives a comfortable fit whether you are sitting or active. 
  • Adjustable waist band

Read more about this product on Amazon 

Impressions

The Good

  • 6 Camouflage design choices
  • Adjustable waistband
  • Hydrotek waterproof technology

 

The Bad

No particularly important negatives as of yet. 

Verdict

These pants get my stamp of approval. The realistic camouflage, the 100% waterproof, sealed seams and breathable material, are things that I look for in all of my rain gear. These pants don’t break the bank and seem to be quite durable. 

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Krumba Men’s Camouflage Hunting Windproof Waterproof Seam Sealed Pant

Specs and Features

  • Material: 86%Polyester/ 14%Elastane
  • Weatherproofing: These pants are heavily water resistant but not waterproof.  They are windproof however. 
  • Design: These pants fit loosely are straight leg and feature many pockets to fit your storage needs. They also include a zippered fly. 
  • Fleece lining 

Read more about this product on Amazon

Impressions

The Good

  • Insulation: The fleece lining helps keep you warm in colder weather. Definitely a plus if you plan to hunt during the colder months. 
  • Sizing: The fit of the pants seems to match pretty well with the sizing chart the the manufacturer provides. 
  • Water-resistance: The pants are not waterproof, but the water-resistant coating on the pants will do fine in moderate wet conditions. Don't expect them to keep you bone dry in a downpour though. 

The Bad

  • Weak seams: The seams between the leg seem to be a little weak. I often have this problem with cheaper pants that I buy, so I tend to ask my tailor to reinforce the seat and middle seam of my pants. If you're huskier and also experience this, that might be a good idea. 

Verdict

The Krumba hunting pants have active camouflage and a warm fleece lining, but they are neither water or windproof.  But they do shield against light to medium rain.

The 86% polyester and 14% elastane shell is quiet and suitable for temperatures down to 20°F. The weakness of the seams does concern me a bit for this price range, but overall I think these pants are worth a buy. 

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Frogg Toggs Java Toadz 2.5 Waterproof Rain Pant

Specs and Features

  • Water resistant
  • Elastic waistband 
  • Pass-through pockets 
  • Zippered leg openings 

Impressions

The Good

  • Adjustable features: The zippered leg openings as well as the velcro straps make adjusting the pants super convenient. 
  • Sizing: The sizing of the pants seem to be very accurate. You can go ahead and buy the size that you normally would. 
  • Pass through pockets: The pass through pockets makes it easy to access whatever you have stored in your pants pocket. 

The Bad

  • Condensation: The pants are breathable, but there is noticeable condensation on the inside of the pants after wearing them for a long time. 

Verdict

The Frogg Toggs rain pants (and jacket) pack very well and are light. They are well worth keeping a set in the back of your truck.

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