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What do you use for rain gear?

Postby Baffman » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:50 pm

I've always carried my poncho for rain, but in my last heavy rain I wasn't real happy with it. Yes, it was raining very hard and the wind was blowing hard, but still, I can do better. The poncho blows all over the place and water still runs down my legs and into my boots. I'm not real sure what to buy though. Maybe a separate protector (trash bag?) for my pack and rain pants and coat? Of course weight is a concern. I'm curious what others out there are using.

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Postby revhobo » Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:51 pm

I have a very light and thin hooded jacket and pants from Champion. It's nothing special, but they're really light, take little space in the pack, and the pants go over my boots. They're supposed to be breathable, too. They are okay but not stellar in that respect. I only did fairly light hiking in them during rain.

Did I mention they were cheap? ;)

I am sure you can find good breathable jacket/pants from the modern membrane fabrics, but they would probably be somewhat on that expensive side.
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Postby hikerduane » Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:58 am

@$65 they weren't cheap, but I bought a Gram Weinie top made out of silnylon I believe. The weight is great, around 3 or 4 oz. Size of a hardball. I didn't by the bottoms since my legs get wet it seems anyway and it only rains when it is warm in the Summer anyway. Right!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:34 am

Marmot Precip jacket and pants.
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Postby copeg » Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:14 am

I use a poncho, usually in combo with some sort of w/p/b jacket and pants which help keep the rain and wind out (homemade). I also bring plastic garbage bags which I wrap important things in like sleeping bag and extra clothes so they don't get wet. I can't really endorse any particular brand, but I've heard good things about the marmot precip and also, the cheeper froggtoggs (which I've heard work very well, but are prone to ripping if your hiking through areas with a lot of brush).
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Postby DJG » Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:54 pm

I use the marmot precip jacket and pants also. Maybe a bit bulky and others might breathe better (mine are a few years old at this point) but when I put them on in the evenings or mornings over whatever else I have on I can lay about outside and feel toasty. Great for that morning cup of coffee or that last long quiet gaze at the stars before retiring. Besides that, they keep me dry when its actually raining, no binding with the bp gear on.
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Postby The Other Tom » Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:27 pm

Gortex jacket and pants from LL Bean. I also use them for layering if it gets cool/cold.
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Postby Rosabella » Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:02 pm

I've used my poncho for years and have always been happy with it - it covered my backpack and my upper body stayed dry, but I did have the same problem as Baffman in that my legs still got wet. I finally started using super-light rain pants - I think they're made by a company called H2O (or something like that). They work great - I use them when I go running in the rain.

I really like the poncho, though, because it's so versatile - it can be used as a ground cloth to sort food, supplies, etc. if you don't want to go into the tent, you can use it to carry a load of laundry up to your line... we used our poncho to rig up a door for the Whitney Hut while it was down this summer... well, heck - mix it with a little duct tape and the possibilities are endless :D
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:57 am

I have two ponchos laying around somewhere if anyone wants them. They're the old REI ponchos with snaps down the sides. One is full size and one is my size. I thought they were a little heavy.

We were in a monsoon once in AZ, and those with ponchos got drenched. They did what they could to not get blown away. Ponchos were flying over their heads as they were holding on to trees.

I also use the precips for layering in the morning or evening, or for wind protection
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Postby Baffman » Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:16 pm

Hey thanks for all the ideas/alternatives. Snow Nymph's last post about being blown all around and getting wet anyway was my last experience with a poncho. It was better than nothing though. I do like that I can use it to cover my pack while hiking, but I've also used it as a small shelter and to wrap my pack up in at night during intense thunderstorms. I'm leaning towards a coat and pants and I'll have to decide what to use to protect my pack. I'm not carrying a poncho and the pants/coat combo. The poncho has worked very well for me in the past, but that particular trip wasn't windy as well. Throw in the wind and I had soaked legs leading the soaked feet.
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Postby DJG » Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:12 pm

After witnessing how efficient a pack cover was one year I bought, carried and used one to protect the pack at night and when hiking in the rain. With various things attached to my pack (fishing gear, sleeping pad, etc..) the pack cover still let in some/alot of rain due to the imperfect fit. I ditched the pack cover and now just use a large/medium size plastic trash bag for the coverage on wet nights.

For hiking in the rain I rely on my clothes and selected gear being stashed in smaller/grocery-sized plastic bags to keep things sorted and dry inside the pack and let everything else stay as protected as the pack material will allow. Seems to work well enough and doesn't take up the space or weight of the formal pack cover (mucho cheaper too).

I leave the old ponchos in the car, comes in handy for getting down and dirty when putting the snow chains on/off.
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Postby Baffman » Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:57 pm

I went to REI today to check out the Marmot Precip gear. Although nice, I didn't want to spend quite that much. I ended up buying Sierra Designs Microlight jacket and pants. After leaving the store it started to rain, so I took the dog for a walk in my new duds. They seemed to do well and they dried off quite quickly after the rain stopped. Thanks again to all.
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