Feb 3, 2012 at 6:30 am #1285099
I'm on the hunt for a sil nylon jacket (preferably pullover) with pit zips. I could have sworn that a fellow BPL member offered these for sale but can't remember who it is. Any leads?
-ChrisFeb 3, 2012 at 6:40 am #1833755
One option that you might have seen here is The Packa – which includes an integrated pack cover and has huge pit zips.
I have both a Sil-Nylon Packa and an eVent Packa and am considering having Eddie make me one out of the new WPB Cuben…
If you're looking for a dedicated backpacking jacket please consider it.Feb 3, 2012 at 6:50 am #1833758
@annapurnaFeb 3, 2012 at 7:10 am #1833766
Here is a full-zip silnylon rain shell for $69 with a pit-zip option for $10:Feb 3, 2012 at 9:08 am #1833833
@martycLocale: Industrial Midwest
Since you have both packas, did you find the event one to be significantly more comfortable wearing it in the rain, than the older silnylon one?
It weighs a bit more and costs a bit more, so…..
Cleveland, OhioFeb 3, 2012 at 9:21 am #1833846
@johnnyh88Locale: The SouthWest
nmFeb 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #1833957
I'm a big guy (6' and pushing 270 pounds) and I sweat a lot while hiking. I found the eVent Packa to be much more comfortable for me than the Sil-Nylon version. Your mileage may vary – I loaned my sil-nylon one to a buddy on the last trip and we had a good downpour the last two hours of hiking one day. I was comfortable in my eVent version and he was very happy and comfortable in the sil-nylon version.
About all I can tell you is that if you sweat a lot and do so quickly then you'll probably be more comfortable in the eVent model. It does cost more and weighs more, but for me it was worth it.
Eddie is a delight to work with…If you're not satisfied with it he'll work with you to find what will work for you.Feb 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #1833967
@martycLocale: Industrial Midwest
Thanks for your reply.
I'm not a big guy, but I sweat more than anyone I know.
I have the original silnylon Packa which works better than any rain gear I have.
But I would like it even more if I could wear it comfortably while at camp and no longer sweating from hiking, so my body heat could dry the out the inside.
I assume with the eVent, that would work.
Cleveland, OhioFeb 5, 2012 at 8:36 am #1834765
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
I made one without pitzips but it would be easy to add them since there's a convenient seam right there. I made it from a modified McCalls pattern; anyone with basic sewing skills could make it (picture half-way down the thread):
I added an elastic pull-cord around the hood after that picture was taken. Current weight is 3oz. Pitzips would probably add an ounce.
I've had it for about a year now and it has worked well for what it was intended. It's best in chilly temps, totally waterproof and also a nice wind-breaker. I deliberately made it large and loose so that air would freely circulate inside but, in cold temps (<45* or so), the condensation beads on the inside. This is only an issue when I'm hiking. I'm not totally convinced that pitzips would totally alleviate that.
I just bought some 2.5oz 2.5 layer "gortex-like" fabric from Quest to make another one, but with pitzips this time. My expectation is that it will add 3.5oz to the jacket. I'll be happy if it comes out around 7oz or so.Feb 5, 2012 at 9:27 am #1834798
Sumi I posted your link above,it looks great,very nice work!
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