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Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz?
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Albert Montag
(LurkinArt) - F

Locale: The Wild.
Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz? on 11/26/2010 11:56:25 MST Print View

What do you think is the best rain pants out there under 7 oz?

Weiyi Wang
(wwyjedi) - M

Locale: mid
good old golite reed on 11/26/2010 12:41:41 MST Print View

4oz for a large.

James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
"Once and for all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz?" on 11/26/2010 13:55:38 MST Print View

+1 for GoLite Reed rain pants. Very light & used for leg layering when sleeping or hiking in very cold conditions. Reasonably breathable, comfortable over hiking pants or shorts. Great for hiking thru high, wet grass on Appalachian balds.

Scott Truong

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: Reeds. on 11/26/2010 14:20:05 MST Print View

Yeah they are very comfortable. Gussetted knees, nice fit. The inseam is a bit long for me, but should fit most well.

If I remember correctly, they're non-breathable, which would be good for use as a vapor barrier. Nonetheless, I've never felt clammy, but I use zip off pants (shorts mode) and have only used in cool temps over long pant mode.

Dan Briggs
(dbriggs9) - F

Locale: Southeast
+1 on 11/26/2010 14:23:05 MST Print View

Yup, Reeds all day

John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: "Once and for all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz?" on 11/26/2010 14:39:53 MST Print View

I like the newer version of the Golite Reeds. 5.7 ounces for size medium. I like fit (even thought the inseams are a bit long) and the ankle zips. They're comfortable under a range of conditions...

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Rain Pants on 11/26/2010 15:19:32 MST Print View

I'm currently working on what I think are going to be the best rain pants. They are MYOG rain pants using bomber black 1.2oz cuben. With the heavier mylar layer and loads of spectra, this cuben is really durable. It's the same stuff Zpacks uses for groundsheets. It'll be a lot stronger and more durable than the Reeds.

I'm estimating the finished weight at 2-3oz with a simple drawstring/elastic waist. I might add some velcro inner thigh vents. Obviously these pants won't be breathable, but I don't find that to be a significant concern on my legs unless it's really hot, and if it's really hot then I won't bother with rain pants.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Rain Pants on 11/26/2010 15:57:48 MST Print View

The last MYOG rain pants finished out at 2.5 ounces. But, they had no pockets or other features.

My favorite rain pants have diagonal zippered slits where the front pockets would be, but no actual pockets. Those serve as vents (if I am getting too hot) or as a route to get my hands into my regular pants pockets (which can be quite handy).

Rear pockets can be good also, but you probably want zippers over them.


Albert Montag
(LurkinArt) - F

Locale: The Wild.
where do I find it? on 11/27/2010 01:03:47 MST Print View

Ok, I'm convinced, Golite Reed it is!

Now, where do I get one? Every where I look, they are out of stock.

FYI, I'm a size Small.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
reeds on 11/27/2010 01:11:32 MST Print View

you wont find them. they were discontinued last year, just everyone here has a pair stashed away.(i have more than a couple)

closest thing is the New Tumalo pants or Sierra designs Isotope pants

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: where do I find it? on 11/27/2010 01:13:30 MST Print View


Edited by annapurna on 12/24/2010 10:07:26 MST.

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz? on 11/27/2010 02:00:35 MST Print View

I have a pair of the much missed Reeds. They seem to be collector's items these days. I should have bought a second pair and kept them in the original packaging... ;-)

Plenty of companies do similar pants like Rab, Montane, etc. Or try these Scandinavian exotica:

Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 pants:

More recently I have been leaving traditional 'rain pants' at home on '3 season' trips in favour of a 'water resistant' shell pant like my Haglofs Shield pants (175g):

Scott Truong

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: Reeds. on 11/27/2010 02:41:05 MST Print View

I completely lucked out (googled "Golite Reed")and got a small pair on ebay for $30 shipped. They come up on here from time to time.

$25-40 seems to be the going rate. You could try calling Golite and seeing if they have any kicking around in their warehouse. I know they had them new during their last sale recently, not sure if they have all sizes.

I'm sure there are other alternatives, it's a pretty simple pant.

Edited by elf773 on 11/27/2010 02:44:53 MST.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
ula rain skirt on 11/27/2010 05:45:29 MST Print View

This looks like a reasonable alternative.

since it was cheap I picked one up. It packs down to a tiny little stuff sack, and seems to provide good coverage. I havent used it in the rain yet however.

Albert Montag
(LurkinArt) - F

Locale: The Wild.
Golite Response... on 11/29/2010 11:17:19 MST Print View

I emailed Golite regarding the Reed, and they said:

"We do not have any Reed Pants in stock. We now make a pant called the Tumalo Pant which is our lightest weight rain pant. We do not recommend women's pants for men because the cut and fit is completely different."

Two questions:

1. What are the pluses and minuses of the Tumalo Pants compared to the Reed?

2. Will the Woman Reed pants fit not work for a Man, as suggested by Golite?

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Man wearing women's Reeds on 11/29/2010 12:04:08 MST Print View

<<2. Will the Woman Reed pants fit not work for a Man, as suggested by Golite?>>

Albert, at GoLite's sale here in Boulder a week ago, I was looking for a men's PacLite Shadow pant. I needed a large, but they had none. I found a pair of women's XL and tried them on. They pretty much fit, but they were not as roomy in the legs and butt as a men's large (length was fine). So I am thinking you might be OK, but I would definitely suggest for you to try them on first, to be sure (or, if you must buy them blindly online, have a slightly more slender friend that you can give them to for Christmas, if they don't work for you).

Stephen R
(32729) - F
Re: Golite Response... on 11/29/2010 17:19:53 MST Print View

>>2. Will the Woman Reed pants fit not work for a Man, as suggested by Golite?

I wear a size L womens Reed pant for my small to medium sized men's waist. It works just fine. I won't win any fashion contests but it's really hard to tell I'm wearing women's pants once I put them on. My girlfriend didn't notice anything weird about them when I asked her after I purchased them.

The hips may be a little bigger in general, but we're talking about rain pants here, not jeans. If you can get a deal on a pair of women's reed pants go for it.

Edited by 32729 on 11/30/2010 21:49:38 MST.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz? on 11/29/2010 17:24:42 MST Print View

Mountain Hardwear Epic. 8oz...close. But you do get 9" ankle zips which are very handy.,default,pd.html

Dave Heiss

Locale: Pacific Northwest
How about Tyvek? on 11/29/2010 17:51:49 MST Print View

You could also check out the Tyvek pants from US Plastics. The XL size I use weigh less than 3oz per pair. They're not stylish, and they're not bulletproof, but they work just fine for most situations and only cost $3 bucks!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Women's Pants on 11/29/2010 20:32:30 MST Print View

I'm normally a size medium and I used women's large GoLite Reed pants last season. They fit great (see avatar). The fit looks entirely unisex to me. No one would ever suspect they're ladies pants.

It is possible that GoLite's current offerings are more gender specific since they are moving more mainstream, hence their answer. I still don't think there can be a lot of 'gender' in rain pants though aside from color.

Edited by dandydan on 11/29/2010 20:34:10 MST.