Dec 11, 2020 at 9:02 am #3688307
Can anyone offer first hand experience/advice for using DriDucks for several 8 hour days under a 25 lb or less pack (Arc Haul)? I keep 90% of pack weight on my hips, but there is still some pressure and minimal abrasion possible from the pack straps.
I really like the jacket day hiking and with a small daypack, but don’t want to expect too much, or erroneously bet on them to keep me dry under a full pack.Dec 11, 2020 at 11:51 am #3688354Ben CBPL Member
Never had a problem with a fair amount of use. I’ve been more likely to ge tiny holes from abrasion with brush or rocks. The pants are trash though.Dec 11, 2020 at 10:38 pm #3688474Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Even with no pack at all, the Driducks jacket is short on durabililty. I do keep one in the car, just in case I need to leave the vehicle in the rain during an emergency. It is good for that.Dec 12, 2020 at 6:16 am #3688492
I’ll use a jacket for hundreds of miles with absolutely no problems. I wouldn’t dream of having to replace one during a Colorado Trail thru (486 miles), and I’m pretty fussy about equipment, and that’s pretty volatile weather.Dec 12, 2020 at 6:33 am #3688494
Interesting that we are getting nearly 180* opposite experiences.
Ben and Matt – What is your avg pack weight? Frameless without a belt? Most/all weight on the hipbelt?
Sam – What failures (where/how) have you seen and what do you think was the reason? Shoulder strap abrasion? Snags on vegetation?Dec 12, 2020 at 4:42 pm #3688593Terry SparksBPL Member
@firebugLocale: Santa Barbara County Coast
I wore Dri mDucks for a PCT thru- a few years ago and it lasted the hike to Canada. But, I also was very fortunate that it was a dry year and after a half-day of snow in the Tehachapi’s. I never wore it again until reaching Mt. Lassen NP. In hindsight, I’d say that using Dri Ducks in lower elevation, warmer weather is fine and would wear them again in those conditions, if that’s all I had available. If this is the situation you’re in, buy the Dri Ducks and be wise in not pushing your luck with them, such as a cold-weather hike with a high possibility of rain or snow. If you do go this route, have a plan to upgrade to a better system in place.Dec 12, 2020 at 5:36 pm #3688597Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
I think wind is more dangerous than wearing a pack. I wore my dri-ducks on my motorcycle for quite some time before finally the flapping in the wind caused a catastrophic, instant failure. They totally shredded. But you asked about using dri-ducks for several days. I used mine for weeks on my motorcycle before the failure.Dec 15, 2020 at 1:54 pm #3689196tom laknerBPL Member
I’d wear the jacket and check it occasionally for abrasion, and if that happened I’d put a strip of duct tape across that area. I’ve worn dri ducks for years and never had an issue other than tears from branches, etc..Dec 15, 2020 at 2:21 pm #3689199
Thank you to everyone for taking the time to offer your input.Dec 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm #3689224
JCH – I always use a frameless pack, rarely exceed 22 pounds, and the weight is probably evenly distributed between shoulders and hips. But honestly, I never even begin to see wearing under the straps. What wears my jacket out will be suntan lotion on the underside of the arm. It gets on by accident when I’m lathering up the legs in the morning. After a few weeks of this routine, the material seems to start becoming a little translucent.Dec 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm #3689225
New question: would anyone trust a DriDucks jacket in an all-day, or multi-day rain situation?
I am asking these questions as I admire the breathability and waterproofness of the DriDucks, but fear a failure days away from the opportunity to replace it. Perhaps this is why 2 feet of duct tape should be part of my kit?Dec 16, 2020 at 5:20 am #3689292
Yes. Been there done that.
If you’re still wary, consider packing along one of the cheapy emergency ponchos. Tiny, inexpensive, and light. Great insurance. I’ve used those for hundreds of miles also. All of this light gear just requires a little more thoughtful TLC.Dec 16, 2020 at 5:52 am #3689297
Thanks Matt – the emergency poncho is a great idea…dunno why I didn’t think of that. Looks like I will be packing the DriDucks for this season and hoping it can become a “permanent” solution.Dec 16, 2020 at 6:24 am #3689299Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I still have a dri-ducks jacket in my gear closet that has quite a few miles on it – (~900) and though it has a couple of duct tape patches, it’s not bad considering. A dri ducks jacket is very fragile if you catch it on things and will rip quite easily, but I noticed no real issues from pack straps, so for on trail use they seem to be OK.
The fit is baggy, the hood is terrible, the zipper finicky, and the cuffs don’t close tight (at least on my skinny wrists), but for $20 it’s not too bad. The material actually feels nice against the skin and there is no DWR to wear off.
Here is a picture of me wearing a dri ducks jacket at the start of the AT after 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. (September 21 2009)
Here are my notes of the trip – “My final section this side of Damascus, VA. Day 1: Neel Gap to Justis Creek 16.9 miles Day 2: Justis Creek to Amicalola Falls State Park 22.6 miles The rain was biblical.”Dec 16, 2020 at 8:13 am #3689312
Wow…what a start to the trip!
Thanks again Matt and Brad. I’m now feeling pretty good about taking this decision.Dec 16, 2020 at 9:40 am #3689332Ben CBPL Member
JCH – I use a frameless pack almost always, typically with a belt (MLD Prophet). My base is typically around 9 pounds. On occasion I have started with over 25 pounds total pack weight, but usually lighter.
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