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Anyone Tried the REI Kimtah eVENT Jacket?
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Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: sizing on 02/16/2010 17:24:40 MST Print View

The '08 had a thin fleece liner behind the zipper. It's great.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Dri-Ducks on 02/16/2010 20:09:39 MST Print View

> wearing your driducks jacket with a rain skirt and SunDay Afternoons adventure hat.
> Now THAT is fashion-challenged. No one will even notice the jacket.

Ah.. well.. hmm.. you left off the bright blue vibram five finger shoes. The shoes will get all the attention. No one notices the jacket.

--Mark

Edited by verber on 02/16/2010 20:40:09 MST.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Dri-Ducks on 02/16/2010 20:19:30 MST Print View

The trees care not what you look like...

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Dri-Ducks on 02/16/2010 21:21:06 MST Print View

"The trees care not what you look like..."

So true. But if my girls had seen me Saturday on our lunch break wearing my rain skirt, which adds a lot of warmth during a break, by the way, and my dri-ducks jacket, they would have grounded me.

Ben - just stay with the dri-ducks. Besides, if enough of us wear this dorky stuff, it becomes fashionable, right?

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
Kathleen... on 02/16/2010 21:23:35 MST Print View

please provide pictures for evaluation of fashion merit... and for a giggle :)

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Dri-ducks on 02/16/2010 21:26:00 MST Print View

Hah! I'll see if I can get Mr. B to email me the picture he took. It's on the computer at the cabin. Otherwise you'll have to wait a few days. Which is a good thing, now that I think about it.

Edited to add picture - It wasn't raining or snowing. I'm using the driducks and rainskirt together as sort of a human cozy for the lunchbreak. I'm sitting on my Relay. That's Mr. B's herkin' daypack in front.

driducks

Now back to Ben's quest for an eVent jacket.

Edited by rosierabbit on 02/17/2010 08:55:21 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Anyone Tried the REI Kimtah eVENT Jacket? on 02/17/2010 18:46:33 MST Print View

Hey Ben,

I don't have any experience with this jacket, but have been on a similar quest the past few months. And since we have had a lot of rain, there has been ample opportunities to experiment.

I have been re-evaluating my shelter and rain gear. Have decided to move away from the poncho/tarp & bivy combination to a large tarp without a bivy, which requires a W/B shell jacket.

A few months ago I stopped by REI to look for an around town jacket and a shell for BPing. Ryan Jordan had made some nice comments about the Marmot Essence (Brainstrata fabric), but REI did not have them.

I looked at the Shuksan, which is similar to the Kimtah, but both are too heavy for BPing gear IMO. REI had a Marmot Oracle on sale for less than 1/2 the price of the eVent, so I bought it for around town and some testing. I really liked it.

During the last half of 2009 I had been using my DriDucks a lot, and the zipper is contantly problematic. So based on the Oracle experiment, I bought an Essence at around 6oz. I am thrilled with this jacket, and for me it does a good job as a windshirt too. One caveat, I am a desert dweller, so am less likely to overheat than most folks. Bottom line is that I know have a large shelter, rain and wind coverage at 16 oz total.

I think the REI eVent jackets use 3 layers versus some of the lighter brands that use 2 layers.