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dave p
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/10/2014 11:24:33 MST Print View

OK,i have some nice OR rainwind pants but they are bulky and weighty-side zips and snaps etc...Any ideas for some alternatives to these?Here s a pic of my pants:pants

Serge Giachetti
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
montbell versalite pants on 01/11/2014 11:35:47 MST Print View

These are at the opposite side of the spectrum--very minimal. I don't have longterm experience with these, but after a couple packrafting trips, I'm quit happy. I don't expect them to last forever at 3.5 oz, but I'll be happy with a lighter pack on a number of trips if they last me a couple years. I don't use rain pants enough to warrant carrying an extra 8 oz.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Harold and Kumar on 01/11/2014 15:22:48 MST Print View

my 6oz GoLite Paclite Rain pants are great. Easy to get on over shoes, and very comortable. Packs down to the volume of a White Castle burger.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/11/2014 15:34:45 MST Print View

As I have previously reported, I like shell pants that are roughly half waterproof and half breathable. Most recently, I have sewn the Thru-Hiker Liberty Ridge Pants from the kit, and they were 2.37 ounces in my gradually expanding size. The only zippers are from the knee to the cuff so that you can pull them on over your boots.


Jeremy Rardin
(JearBear) - F

Locale: Cumberland Trail
Re: ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/11/2014 21:06:30 MST Print View

My favorite rain/wind gear thus far. Jacket 6 oz pants 4 part? 20 bucks

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/11/2014 21:08:40 MST Print View

Jeremy, these might be moderately lightweight, but they are not thought to be terribly durable. Well, I don't think anything is when you get this light.


Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Luke's Ultralight on 01/11/2014 21:15:07 MST Print View

Luke's offers everything from PAC-Lite Goretex to Silnylon and Pertex. He has Breathable, WP/B and wind resistant offerings. I am with bob. I don't like rain pants, and I prefer, like Dale, simple. My favorite pants are nylon about the weight if Pertex or a little heavier, with elastic waist and ankles, slash pockets. I have the Montbell dynamo and like them but they are long on me. My old Golite Trunk pamts are my favorite year round.

J Dos Antos
(Damager) - M

Locale: Redwoods of Santa Cruz Mts
Re: ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/11/2014 21:16:19 MST Print View

When I lived and hiked in SoCal, I never wore rain pants, just wind pants. I bought a pair of Montbell Dynamo wind pants 2 years ago and they are still going strong. They are simple and surprisingly durable. My size M weigh 2.72 oz on my scale.

BPL member Dale Wambaugh posted an alternative to the MB pants, from a site called Dance World. They are basically the same materials. The size L weigh 3.5 ounces. A few BPL members have posted favorable reviews. Here's a link to the pants:

BTW, I am not affiliated with Dance World, though I do have amazing grace and sculpted limbs, so the assumption can be forgiven.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Re: ALTERNATIVE TO MY RAIN WIND PANTS on 01/11/2014 21:34:45 MST Print View

For summer in the Sierra I like a rain skirt, er, kilt... don't mind if my legs get wet from the knee down and the ventilation is great...

available in sil/ny, cuben, or nylon from various vendors...
I've also made my own... very easy to do.. and cheap!


Dale Emery
(emeryd) - M

Locale: Montana
GoLite Tumalo Rain Pants on 01/11/2014 22:27:47 MST Print View

I have used the GoLite Tumalo Rain Pants for the last two years, they are holding up great. My son stole them to bike to school in Golden. They weigh 7 oz and are $50.00 when they have them in stock.

Lindsey Sommer
(lgsommer) - M
ULA Rain Kilt on 01/15/2014 17:51:42 MST Print View

I second the above comment on the rain kilt! I use the ULA one, and while it makes quite a fashion statement, it folds up small and is easy to get on without having to step into anything. If you're okay with looking slightly silly, it's definitely worth checking out!

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
rain quilt on 01/15/2014 19:02:07 MST Print View

If it's going to be wet, cold and windy I take some Rab Demand event pants. Otherwise I use a rain kilt

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: rain quilt on 01/15/2014 20:50:51 MST Print View

Better than a rain quilt.

; )