May 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm #1274161
Hello everyone, first real post here!
Quick background, I have never officially gone backpacking, and only have one real day hike under my belt. I'm an avid climber though, so that results in quite a bit of hiking and exposure to the elements.
Anyways, I just picked up an REI Windstill Jacket at their Anniversary sale for $50. It says windproof to 50mph and has a DWR finish with a hood. Full zip, two zip hand pockets, and a zip chest pocket. Anyways, I literally haven't even taken the tags off when I came on here and found out about the CAMP Magic Anorak on sale for $30. Not only is it cheaper, but my REI jacket weighs 16 ounces, and that's a hair over 3! I'm in no way trying to go super-mega-ultralight here, but 13 ounces is pretty significant.
I'm wondering if the CAMP Magic Anorak is "windproof" or just "wind resistant" and if the latter, is it enough, or has it left you desiring more from your wind layer. Any other input from owners would be greatly appreciated! I've got a trip to Yosemite in a week, and I'd love to get all my gear nailed down before the Friday flight, so fast help is greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot!May 21, 2011 at 2:16 am #1739237
@dan_quixoteLocale: below the mountains (AK)
it's pretty windproof. I haven't worn it in rain, but I'm a big fan: it's probably the best value in windshirts you'll find, at a fantastic weight. If your big into the pockets and full-zip, though (and fit into the available sizes), the full-zip might meet those functions as well.
it's possible I'm the main advocate of this piece of gear here at BPL though. But, for <$40 bucks, it hard to go wrong!May 21, 2011 at 10:04 am #1739318
Thanks for the reply! I've heard it runs on the small side. I'm 140 lbs, 5' 9". I can wear smalls if I want a tighter fit, but usually I wear mediums. All the have left is a smalls and mediums. Do you think I'll be okay, or will this be a bummer when I get it in the mail? Thanks again!May 21, 2011 at 10:49 am #1739333
In 5'8" 150 and small or medium depending on brand. The medium in the anorak fits me well. The downside IMO of the anorak is the tight elastic on the waist hem which felt restrictive to me and required contortions to get it on or off. I cut it off and installed a drawcord hem like the jacket has.May 21, 2011 at 11:07 am #1739337
Thanks Brad! That was what I was looking for to pull the trigger. :) Hopefully this gets here before my Yosemite trip! Thanks for the fast input everyone!May 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm #1739778
Where is the CAMP anorak on sale for $30?May 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm #1739781
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