Jun 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm #1290776
So I am finally upgrading my rain jacket to something lighter then 2 lbs. I was looking at the Marmot Super Mica, Mica, and Essence. Does anyone out there in BPL land have experience with any of these? I know I could always go the frogg toggs route but just thought I would get a concensus from you folks. I'm up for alternatives but would prefer 9oz or less. A little info about me is I get cold really easy due to Raynaud's so I start getting cold at around 55-60 degrees. I'm heading out to Montana at the end of the month for some backpacking and just wanted to be prepared for weather. Anyone with knowledge of those climates any help would be greatly appreciated.
-KevinJun 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm #1884718
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Look a REI's Kimtah light eVent parka.
I have one and love it. I got it in XL instead of L because I want to wear my light down jacket beneath it without getting restriction in the sleeves. It works great that way for cold temps to 15 F.
Try to wait for a 20% sale.
BTW, my Eddie Bauer down jacket is in my avatar photo.Jun 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm #1884721
Looking for something lighter. Thanks though.Jun 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm #1884729
@bster13Locale: Norwalk, CT
On trails rain jackets tend to get nicks in them from the brush in the NE. Driducks have ~the best~ breath-ability of any rain jacket I've ever had and @ $20 for top and bottom it's a cheap experiment for you. Gl!Jun 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm #1884734
Will they hold up to 40-60mph winds? How I'm also looking for a wind jacket under 5 ounces.Jun 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm #1884765
On Bryce's comment. If you know your gonna be off-trail a lot, then look for something else.Jun 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm #1884784
Marmot nano is a gortex paclite shell for 8 oz in medium. Very basic, 2 pockets, no pit zips (bummer), but gets the job done and seems a bit more durable than the mica.
As for wind shirt, I'm a big fan of the stoic wraith. 2.5 oz if I remember right, and it goes on sale for as cheap as $30 sometimes.Jun 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm #1884785
The Mountain Hardwear Quasar is on sale at Campsaver.com for 50% off. I just ordered one. Supposed to be 9 oz. and really breathable (rumor is that it is rebranded eVent).Jun 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm #1884788
I'm leaning toward this Marmot Trail Wind Hoody at campsaver.com
for the price I think it may be worth it. But I would be up for some other options.Jun 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm #1884789
Los Padres National Forest is my stomping grounds and nothing can stand up to the chaparral here so I just go without rain gear and have a dry pair of clothes for camp if it's raining.Jun 7, 2012 at 7:23 am #1884851
The marmot trail wind hoody will get soaked in no time that is why it is so cheap,and not as durable as most rain jackets.If you want a wind jacket in addition to a rain jacket the eddie bauer sirocco is on sale foe $25Jun 7, 2012 at 7:55 am #1884862
I understand that a wind jacket is not waterproof this is a whole other topic within this topic. How does the Trail Wind Hoody work as a wind jacket. It's on sale for $54 or less.
-KevinJun 7, 2012 at 8:04 am #1884864
we must have been typing at the same time,I revised my post just before you posted with a $25 option for a windshirt.Jun 7, 2012 at 8:38 am #1884877
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Splitting hairs here, most off the shelf wind shirts (houdini, sirocco, trail wind, tachyon, etc…) perform well enough, they cut wind and breathe significantly better than a multi layer rain shell. If the Marmot trail wind is on sale, grab it, it will do the job just fine.Jun 7, 2012 at 8:40 am #1884878
Have you used the Trail wind Hoody?Jun 7, 2012 at 8:52 am #1884881
the trail wind hoody has mediocre breathability … i own and use one
if you want real rain protection, a wind shirt is no substitute for a rain jacket … itll wet out in less than an hour of real rainJun 7, 2012 at 8:59 am #1884883
I plan on going with Dri-Ducks for rain gear but still want to get a wind jacket. I have heard rave reviews about the Houdini & Tachyon Anorak (mont-bell). Any opinions on those?Jun 7, 2012 at 9:17 am #1884885
go try it on from somewhere that has a no questions asked return policy …. everyone has different fit … and everyone has a different idea on what is "breathable" … go for a short hike, and if you like it THEN cut the tags
youll find plenty of people on the internet telling you to buy what they like … its what works for you that matters
that said the EB FA sirocco is 25$ an essentially a riskless purchase as you can return it anytime no questions asked to EB … go to yr nearest EB store and try it onJun 7, 2012 at 10:06 am #1884902
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
I've tried the Trailwind on, it fit well enough. The EB Sirocco as well, is light and fits me, but I didn't like the color availability. The Houdini sold me on overall fit and breathability, plus it came in black- I am happy with the Houdini's performance, it does what its supposed to do well. The Montbell Tachyon was my previous windshell and it worked exceptionally well at cutting wind, but didn't breathe as efficiently in my experience as my Houdini, which I occasionally run in. The Tachyon is also a pullover, so that may not be your cup o tea.
Like Eric said, the $29 Sirocco is almost a no brainer and has zero risk investment. Don't like it? Return it. Fails? Return it.Jun 7, 2012 at 10:07 am #1884903
North Face. Verto. 3oz.
Antigravity Gear Rain Jacket. 4.8 oz.
These are not bomb proof but they work. That is what you want.Jun 7, 2012 at 10:26 am #1884909
Like Anna said the Sirocco is $25
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