Sep 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm #1279385
In search of recommendations on raingear that fits these general requirements:
– around $100
– 4 season use (mostly fall/ winter in NE US)
– durable WPB material yet reasonably lightweight
Popular BPL Reader Reviews (not necessarily 4-season, though):
– Driducks rainsuit: inexpensive, lightweight, fragile
– 02 Rainwear Rain Suit: more durable than Driducks
– Marmot Precip: most durable of these three, reports of wetting in extended rain
Any other recommendations?
Thanks :-)Sep 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm #1779861
I've been using a North Face Triumph Anorak for about a year now and so far so good.
– Breathes pretty well
– Doubles as wind jacket
If you look around, you should be able to find them for around $100Sep 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm #1779865
NMSep 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm #1779888
@crgowoLocale: Desert SW
Ive heard good things about pertex sheild jackets and you can find them on sale for about 100. I purchased an OR revel which is a pertex sheild based jacket but have yet to use it in heavy rain. although all the reviews of the golite Tumalo, another pertex shield jacket, have been positive but its fairly new so there are no long term reviews on it yet.Sep 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm #1779900
Others might chime in with actual experience, but to me those 3 choices seem like they'd underperform if you are going to use them 4-seasons in the north east.Sep 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm #1779911
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Cabela's sells their GTX PacLite Rainy River parka for $129.00. I have had one for 5 years (then $89.99) and it still is in great shape after a lot of use.
Two weeks ago I got an REI Kimtah light eVent rain parka on sale for $159.00. It's features are exactly the same as the Cabela's PacLite parka so you can see that Cabela's has a good design.
P.S I saw the Cabela's parka on sale recently.Sep 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm #1779933
will you be continuously hiking in it, or bushwhacking.scrambling …. or is it more of a just in case piece …. and youll normally use a windshirt/softshell?Sep 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm #1779941
@bufaLocale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
I've had a paclite Cabelas Rainy River for a couple of years. Great price for paclite and often on sale for less than $100, but no underarm zips, which I consider essential. I have the old version of the Precip and it is a great jacket with great features except in cold pouring rain, when it wets out or condenses inside. The newer current version of the Precip is supposed to be better. I wouldn't want to rely on the DriDucks for New England weather.Sep 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm #1779950
@rmkrauseLocale: Pacific Northwest
Rab Momentum (or the Demand smock) and Westcomb Specter LT hoody are lightweight eVent options that are well regarded. The Momentum can be picked up cheap currently off EMS or DoG in many sizes. Prolite has the Specter on sale but only has size small left.Sep 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm #1779955
@simauliusLocale: Bohemian Alps
You might head over to their 50th Year Sale and look through the raingear. I'll check it out later… right now the dog is insisting that we go for a walk.Sep 16, 2011 at 8:42 am #1780053
I really appreciate the help so far, guys. Still researching my options.
@Eric Chan: when needed, this raingear will be layered over a baselayer + fleece + down jacket and used for moderate hiking, sitting in camp, and light bushwhacking.Sep 16, 2011 at 8:55 am #1780057
Keep an eye on the Gear Swap forum here on BPL. You can get good deals on used items, and get stuff you normally couldn't afford brand new. I got my Westcomb Specter LT rain jacket from there.Sep 16, 2011 at 9:30 am #1780063
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
I had a Precip I bought new last December–returned it to REI after a few months because it would wet out in just a couple minutes, even in light rain. Exchanged it for a Patagonia Torrentshell, which on sale was actually a bit cheaper. So far I like the Torrentshell–doesn't seem to wet out, even in a heavy downpour (that only lasted about 1/2 hour, however). Neither Precip or Torrentshell breathe particularly well (you get what you pay for) but both seem durable and well made for the price–Torrentshell is a little better build quality, I'd say, but I preferred the way the Precip fit around the hood and neck. My rainshells see the most actual use around town and downhill skiing in the winter, layered over a fleece, so I really don't demand much from them. I think I'll be transitioning to Driducks and windshirt (which I use anyway) for backpacking, as the rainshell is more of a just-in-case item for me.Sep 16, 2011 at 9:35 am #1780066
id go for something a tad more durable and heavier then around the 10-14 oz mark … bushwhacking tends to be hard on the lightest UL rain jackets
i have and use an OR revel jacket made of 40D pertex shield … not the most durable but more than most very UL jackets … the fabric is not the most breathable either, however the excellent ventilation of the OR side zippers make up for it …. i got it for less than $100 …. you should be able to find it fairy cheap around the same price
you could get something quite light like a OR helium or a marmot mica for that price range … however im not too sure how it will last with some bushwhacking the the occasional slide in the snow … also id want something with pit zips or made of event for winter… i use my helium generally as a "just in case" shell when climbingSep 16, 2011 at 10:49 am #1780084
Personally I'd be all over the Rab Momentum @ $155 if I didn't just buy another hardshell recently: http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4346032
No pit zips and heavier than the 6-8 oz heliums, micas, etc. But with 3 layer eVent you should be good to go for 4 seasons at a great weight.Sep 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm #1780272
looking at your original criteria, the cabela's paclite at $69.99 right now is probably your ticket…Sep 17, 2011 at 7:44 am #1780332
I decided to go with Cabela's Paclite Rainy River Parka & Pants. The good reviews, discount, and Paclite quality influenced my decision. An eVent jacket & pants were just out of my price range even though I would love to have them.
$70 for Parka (regular $130) 46% discount
$70 for Pants (regular $110) 36% discount
+ No tax + 50 cent shipping = $140 total (regular $240) 42% discount
So, I saved $100. Hopefully I will be satisfied with my new rain gear. Thanks again, everyone, for your help :-)Sep 17, 2011 at 9:34 am #1780353
@kieranLocale: Seattle, WA
what's the weight on the Cabella's Paclite?Sep 18, 2011 at 10:17 am #1780551
On my scale, a size medium regular weighs:
Parka: 14.65 oz
Pants: 10.55 oz
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