In Ireland, we are all well aware that the heavens may open and that it will lash rain at any given moment. Even if rain is not in the forecast, it’s always a good idea to keep a rain jacket handy when you’re out and about.

Whether it be on commutes, runs, or hikes, people in Ireland are no stranger to a bit of unexpected rain. We all know that feeling of the first drop, followed by the “oh, crap,” thought. It’s always a good idea to bring along a waterproof jacket just in case you find yourself in the midst of a quick mist or downpour. Carrying around a big bulky jacket can be a burden, so here are some lightweight waterproof jackets for a tight budget that are sure to keep you dry and comfortable when the rain starts coming down.

1. Origin Jacket – Mac in a Sac



Every decision that Mac In A Sac make is focused on performance and packability. The Origin Jacket comes in a variety of colours and is a great budget rain jacket that, as the name suggests, packs away very easily into it’s own stuff sack!

This Highly Waterproof (10,000 mm), Highly Breathable (8,000gsm) Jacket is also windproof, features back venting, a water repellent YKK® front zip, fully taped seams, concealed adjustable hood, reflective detailing, elasticated cuffs, and an adjustable drawcord.

Find this jacket at Great Outdoors.

2. Trekmates Pak Poncho Unisex


The Trekmates Pak Poncho is a lightweight, easily packable, waterproof garment that’s ideal to use when travelling or at festivals. Available in 4 colours, it is a neat and useful garment to carry anywhere.

Find this jacket at Great Outdoors.

3. Portwest Men’s Dunmore Rain Jacket


A great rain jacket for poor weather conditions due to its 8K Ventron™ waterproof and breathable fabric. Designed in Ireland for men who love exploring the great outdoors.

Find this jacket on Portwest.

4. Regatta Women’s Pack-It Jacket III


Jackets Under €50

A wonderful addition to your adventuring kit, the Women’s Pack-It Jacket II is a lightweight jacket that can keep you cool and dry during humid hikes or your morning shuffle to work. The compact size of the jacket makes it easy to transport or stow away easily without it being cumbersome. Its nylon fabric ensures breathability, and the high collar keeps the hood from slipping off in high winds. Furthermore, the storm flap and taped seams work to keep more of the moisture outside of the shell.

Find this jacket at Cotswold.

5. Dare2B Men’s Mediant Reflective Cycling Jacket


If you enjoy sweeping past traffic on your bike commute and will ride even when the weather is dark and damp, the Mediant Jacket may be for you! Made from ARED 5 000 polyester ripstop with a water-repellent finish. Tough-wearing and lightweight. Seam-sealed and fully lined with soft mesh fabric. Water-repellent front zip fastening keeps the rain out. Underarm airflow mesh vents. Quick-adjust neck cinch seals out the elements. Easy-reach zipped hem pocket for work passes, phones or snacks. BIO MOTION reflective detailing for 360-degree visibility out on the road. Rear attachment for LED light.

Find this jacket at The Outdoor Adventure Store.

6. Portwest Women’s Ballycroy Rain Jacket


Excellent in adverse weather conditions the Ballycroy Rain Jacket is made from 8K Ventron™ waterproof and breathable fabric.

Find this jacket on Portwest.

7. Portwest Women’s Lismore Jacket


The Portwest Lismore Rain Jacket is the perfect choice for out and about. This lightweight jacket features a pack-away hood, mesh lining and adjustable hem, hood, and cuffs.

This jacket is made out of breathable polyester fabric, a waterproof, water-wicking material sure to keep you dry during a spontaneous rainstorm. The taped seams prevent moisture from entering the jacket. There are also two front pockets that will keep your valuables dry when walking around in the rain.

Find this jacket on Portwest.

8. Quechua Men’s SH100 x-warm -10°c

€ 40

Constantly cold? The extra insulation on this jacket, in conjunction with its waterproof fabrics make this an excellent choice for Irish winters that are often wet and cold! There are both men’s and women’s versions of this jacket on their website!

Find this jacket at Decathlon.

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