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Shawn Seymour
(MotherGoose) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/25/2012 15:48:13 MDT Print View

rain gear seems to be the hardest thing for me to decide on!

so im thinking about making my own...

anyone have suggestions on fabric? looking for light durable and not overly expensive.

anyone ideas? :)

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/25/2012 16:54:04 MDT Print View

It depends on what you're trying to make.

Shawn Seymour
(MotherGoose) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
??? on 03/25/2012 20:40:21 MDT Print View

Rain Gear...

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: ??? on 03/25/2012 20:42:44 MDT Print View

Shawn, it depends on what kind of rain gear you are trying to make.

A short rain jacket might be one fabric. A long hooded rain parka might be another. Rain pants might be another. A poncho might be another.

--B.G.--

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: ??? on 03/25/2012 20:46:20 MDT Print View

Add to that list:
anorak
parcho
kilt
rain sleeves
mittens
gloves
hat
umbrella

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: ??? on 03/25/2012 20:49:39 MDT Print View

calgoule

Andy Duncan
(bluewater)

Locale: SoCal
Rain gear material on 03/25/2012 20:57:50 MDT Print View

I would use different materials if making a poncho/pack cover/groundsheet versus a w/p/b jacket and pants or rain skirt or poncho and chaps or poncho with a hat cover and detachable sleeves or etc etc

What type of rain gear are you considering?

Edit: repetive ideas due to my slow posting from an iPhone.

Edited by bluewater on 03/25/2012 21:01:22 MDT.

Shawn Seymour
(MotherGoose) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
my bad on 03/25/2012 21:03:58 MDT Print View

sorry i didnt realise there was so many types!

im more of a pants and jacket (w/hood) kinda guy. not a big fan of panchos...

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: my bad on 03/25/2012 21:08:55 MDT Print View

Shawn, just for one place to start, take a look at the Liberty Ridge kits sold by Thru-Hiker, and look at the fabrics used there.

Some people would want something that is mostly waterproof and mostly breathable. However, some people are hotter and some are colder, so there are fully waterproof items like Sil-Nylon, event, etc.

--B.G.--

Shawn Seymour
(MotherGoose) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
waterproof on 03/25/2012 21:16:15 MDT Print View

more waterproof is important to me. i live on the oregon coast, we see alot of rain. i could always add some pit zips for more vent

Andy Duncan
(bluewater)

Locale: SoCal
Light and durable on 03/25/2012 21:23:15 MDT Print View

If light and durable are your main requirements I have also had good results with the Liberty Ridge pattern (Thru-Hiker). Silnylon is a good value, but not breathable. W/p/b cuben at Zpacks is supposed to be good (and durable), but at a price ($60/sqyd ouch).

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/25/2012 23:17:39 MDT Print View

Most of the MYOG suppliers offer WPBs, but few provide specific weights.
One that does, is Questoutfitters.com, and they have several offerings under 3 oz. per square yard. Cost runs $13-14 per running yard.

Edited by scfhome on 03/25/2012 23:18:27 MDT.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/25/2012 23:26:44 MDT Print View

rockywoods sells gtx fabrics

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/26/2012 05:43:34 MDT Print View

I recently made an anorak with a 2.5-layer WPB fabric from Quest Outfitters. I think I paid about $10-11 a yard for 2nds. (I only need about 1.5 yds for an anorak 2/hood.) Simple design without pockets or fancy hood. Completed weight is 5oz on my scale.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: waterproof on 03/26/2012 11:29:53 MDT Print View

Try some Versatech. I'm not sure of its weight, but the price is great.

norm dube
(medic22) - F
make your own rain fly on 03/26/2012 12:29:07 MDT Print View

Recently tested out tyvek tarp in a very serious rain storm. Anybody have experience with tyvek weeping once it has been softened? Mine held up pretty well for extreme conditions. Ridgeline weeped a very small amount but I was still the driest guy there.

Corey Miller
(coreyfmiller) - F

Locale: Eastern Canada
Sumi on 03/26/2012 12:41:03 MDT Print View

Sumi,

I don't suppose you have a pattern for this somewhere?

Cheers,
Corey

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Sumi on 03/27/2012 05:32:02 MDT Print View

@Corey, I just used a McCall's pattern (M6252) purchased from JoAnn's. I altered the neck/hood area a bit so that the zipper is longer and comes up to just under my chin. Used the same simple hood design but cut the pattern to fit my head.

I previously made it out of silnylon (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=42386) and it's been really useful but I wanted something a little more breathable, even if a few ounces heavier. Since I took the pics, I've added an elastic cinch cord around the hood, which I did for the WPB version as well. I also dropped the back hem so that it covers my butt.

The 2.5-layer WPB fabric that I got has abolutely no give and that made the sleeves really tricky, more so than the silnylon. I would try to find a pattern with raglan sleeves for this. Either way, it would be simple to sew in pitzips if you want.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: MYOG rain gear fabric on 03/29/2012 15:56:59 MDT Print View

I would use 2.5 layer WPB from Quest

I don't think pit zips offer a big enough opening to provide significant ventilation

Full zipper on the front offers more ventilation

That's my experience in Oregon where it rains often : )