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Michael Demchak
(mikey) - F

Locale: new england
rain skirt..materials? on 05/17/2006 11:09:42 MDT Print View

I've been thinking about using a rain skirt instead of rain paints. Since i would plan to use this skirt in a thru-hike the skirt cant be transparent (i dont want to give everyone at the laundramat a show) so i believe silnylon is out (unless black is dark enough to hide my goods?)spinnaker is out (transparent and noisey) would beaten up tyvek work? would it be comfy enough against the skin? how about using epic? how long do you think it would take before a wet out? I'd like to use microprop but its to fragile. any other material recomendations or rain skirt users out there?
thanks!
mike!

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Tyvek on 05/18/2006 09:36:58 MDT Print View

If you get a hold of non-housewrap tyvek, I think it would work well for you.

I have one of these jackets and the material is quite comfy as the 'stiffness' keep the material away from your skin pretty well (even in the rain).

Note, this material isn't as stiff as housewrap, it's what is commonly called 'Kite Tyvek'(1443 or 1442)... a number of kite stores have it (Kitebuilder.com, Quest Outfitters, Into the Wind, Hang 'em High). Just steer clear of 1600 series Tyvek, it has microperf holes...