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Loki Cuthbert
(lokbot) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
ultralight rain jackets? on 11/13/2012 19:40:01 MST Print View

Is it the wrong time of the year to be picking out one of these jackets? I'm looking at the rab pulse, and OR helium II. These look like they're being phased out should I be waiting to see what hits the market in 2013?


-Loki

d c
(dc) - M
rain jacket on 11/13/2012 19:45:40 MST Print View

Recommendations will depend on your needs/usage. I did the John Muir Trail this summer which normally only has brief afternoon thunderstorms, so my need was limited. I carried a Frogg Toggs jacket at 4 oz. and it worked perfect. Very cheap, light, and it works. I had actually ordered and received the Rab Pulse, and returned it when I read about Frogg Toggs.

Edited by dc on 11/13/2012 19:46:41 MST.

Frank Deland
(rambler)

Locale: On the AT in VA
cold rain on 11/13/2012 20:00:20 MST Print View

One of those rain storms was hail, so I was glad to have the pants and waterproof shell over my liner gloves

Loki Cuthbert
(lokbot) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
no brim on driducks on 11/19/2012 11:02:07 MST Print View

driducks look like they'd be fun to play around with for the cost and weight, but I'm worried about not having a brim. I don't bring a sun hat or brimmed cap out with me only a balaclava or beanie. Would I need to bring a visor or something with a bill to make this work?

So when are the new latest and greatest models supposed to be released?

-Loki

Edited by lokbot on 11/19/2012 11:02:52 MST.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
wait on 11/19/2012 12:08:05 MST Print View

unless you find an uber sick sale ... it always pays to wait before buying nice shiny gear which you dont need right now ...

consider that its a weak economy and that sales are often better AFTER xmas ;)

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
ultralight rain jackets on 11/19/2012 13:53:39 MST Print View

Where can I buy a 4 oz Frogg Toggs jacket? What size?

Justin McCabe
(justinmc)

Locale: Southern California
Re: ultralight rain jackets? on 11/19/2012 17:10:53 MST Print View

My criteria was based off something that would be useful for alpine conditions as well as rain. I settled on the Arc'teryx Alpha SL pullover (I'm a fan of the Anorak styles and pit zips), with the sexy Rab Demand in a close second (Anorak, no zips)

But if there is a chance of rain and it's a well-maintained trail, I'd just take Dri Ducks. I'm in socal so, weather isn;t crazy here anyways.

So it all depends on your needs and trip objectives when you say "rain jacket".

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
ultralight rain jackets? on 11/19/2012 17:15:11 MST Print View

Bass Pro Shop has a good selection of Frogg Toggs.

Ben Smith
(bsmith_90) - M

Locale: Epping Forest
rain jackets on 11/19/2012 18:42:33 MST Print View

If you find yourself often needing a winter rain jacket then either now or, as mentioned above, after Xmas would be great times to shop around.
On the other hand, if you're after something SUL which will hold off summer showers, wait until the 2012 Spring/Summer stuff, there will be some more suitable stuff around then with perhaps even some lovely new technology!