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  • #3636181
    Brett Peugh
    BPL Member

    @bpeugh

    Locale: Midwest

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any fully waterproof hooded jackets out there that also have pit-zips.  Not WPB but actually something made out of a waterproof fabric.  The only thing I can find is the AGG, https://antigravitygear.com/shop/product-category/ultralight-backpacking-rain-jacket-with-pit-zips/.  Thank you.

    #3636188
    Link .
    BPL Member

    @annapurna

    LIGHTHEART GEAR Rain Jacket Sil – NYLON .

    LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket Review from Section hiker

    AntiGravityGear Ultralight Rain Jacket Review from Section Hiker with a comparison between the two

    #3636190
    Brett Peugh
    BPL Member

    @bpeugh

    Locale: Midwest

    Thank you!

    #3636219
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    I’m quick to recommend The Packa.  I have three:

    • Original Sil-nylon
    • eVEnt
    • Custom Cuben WPB

    What I’ve always liked about The Packa is how it completely covers your pack in addition to giving you rain protection.  No more water running down between your back and your pack.

    #3636378
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    This guy Rhys has the Lightheart Gear rain jacket. Here he is wearing it in a video. https://youtu.be/WsksHTic2rI?t=396

    #3636555
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Kevin is right. The Packa is worth considering. It’s nice how it floats over your backpack straps so you get better ventilation.

    Also handy is the ability to don/doff while hiking. It stays attached to your pack like a pack cover.

    #3636592
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    I bought something similar to a packa called a Snugpak Patrol poncho. It’s not ultralight and doesn’t pack small though. It looks like it would work very well if you don’t care about it not being super light.

    #3636853
    carl v
    Spectator

    @c-von-meij

    Montbell Storm Cruiser, worth the weight

    https://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=2328174

     

    #3636854
    carl v
    Spectator

    @c-von-meij

    Sorry, just noted the non-WPB criterium:(

    #3636860
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Outdoor Research Apollo Jacket, 12 oz, $99

    #3636883
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    I use a plastic garbage bag inside of my pack (about 2 oz.) and a waterproof stuff sack for my sleeping bag and down jacket. That mostly obviates the need to cover my pack with something like a packa–although I suppose water weight on the pack is a consideration. when I camp I pull the garbabe bag over my mostly empty pack.

    I like a jacket because there’s far less fiddle factor than with a large wp cape style Packa that has a tendency to blow around and/or snag.

    #3636929
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    The Packa isn’t a poncho or cape – It’s a rain jacket with a built-in pack cover.  When zipped it doesn’t flap or blow around any more than any other jacket.  As Matthew said earlier in the thread, it’s also really easy to have it in “Pack Cover Only” mode and then to put it on without stopping.  I had to do that one day of intermittent showers what seemed to be 15-20 times.  I tend to generate a lot of heat while hiking so I’d free my arms when it wasn’t actually raining.

    You did mention one downside of the Packa – If you want to wear your rain jacket while you’re not carrying your pack (i.e. in camp or on a meal break) you don’t have anything to cover your pack (unless you’re carrying the aforementioned garbage bag).

    #3637341
    Jeremy
    BPL Member

    @jeremynova

    Locale: NoVa

    How much the the cuben Packa run you?

    #3637342
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    The Packa isn’t a poncho or cape – It’s a rain jacket with a built-in pack cover.

    \Sorry, my bad! It’s true I’ve never seen a Packa.

    #3637543
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    North Face Venture 2 can be had for $60. Worked well on the JMT in torrential downpour. 11.8oz.

    #3637555
    Erik G
    BPL Member

    @fox212

    Locale: Central Coast

    Skylight Gear makes some very lightweight rain jackets. It’s just a college student making stuff in his spare time, not a full time cottage gear maker. They have features albeit minimal – adjustable cuffs, large pit zips, and good-looking hoods. I recall a size Large weighing somewhere in the 3-4 oz range. IMO this is an ideal piece of gear to pair with an umbrella. That or something close is the direction I’m heading for pretty much all of my hiking (Coastal CA in fall, winter, spring and Sierra Nevada in summer). Look up the name here or on Reddit.

    You may just want to try the MYOG route if you have a jacket you could get patterns from…

    #3637573
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    @Jeremy – My WPB Cuben Packa is a custom job that I had Eddie make to my specifications.  It’s a normal Packa with a flap that rolls to the left when it’s in “pack-cover” mode and unrolls to completely cover the “pack cover” portion when I want to wear The Packa in “jacket-only” mode.  This covers the pack-cover completely and allows the jacket to function as a rain jacket.

    It wasn’t cheap and Eddie made me swear that I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to make one like this.  I’m pretty his labor revenue per hour spent was pretty low.

    #3637589
    Graham F
    BPL Member

    @02174424

    Locale: Victoria-Southeast Australia

    Brett I have owned a LHG rain jacket for nearly three years. Any questions sing out. Cheers

    #3686543
    isaac m
    BPL Member

    @ike1985

    Cuben can be WPB? I am considering ordering a Packa and was going to go event but cuben is obviously lighter.

    #3686643
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    Email Eddie and ask him about doing one in WPB Cuben (his email is on the The Packa website).  When he did mine he ordered enough WPB Cuben to make three jackets – all custom (I think he may have purchased the material from ZPacks).  It can’t hurt to ask him – you may have to wait until he has enough interest to make it worth buying the material.

    In the meantime I’m happy to ship you either my eVent Packa (XL – it’s pretty big) or my sil-nylon one (I think this is medium) to try so you can see how it works.  You can then just ship it back to me when you’re done.  PM me if you’re interested.

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