Comments on: Best Lightweight Rain Jacket 2021 https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/ The Ultimate Guide to Lightweight Backpacking and Backcountry Adventure Travel Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:03:15 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-121333 Fri, 24 May 2019 17:55:19 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-121333 In reply to Anne Glaser.

Hi Anne, sorry but I don’t know of a rain jacket or coat that has a clear face shield/mask. For the most part since backpacking and hiking are moderately aerobic, I am fairly sure that such a face mask would turn the entire hood of the jacket into a foggy steam bath. Seems more of a feature for standing still or going a few city blocks than for a long hike outdoors. Best, -alan

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By: Michal Baven https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-120866 Mon, 20 May 2019 15:54:29 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-120866 Montbell Storm Cruiser looks outstanding as compare to all other jackets. Its a breathable and fully water proof jacket. I like its color and price is reasonable.

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By: Anne Glaser https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-120074 Sat, 11 May 2019 23:18:53 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-120074 Do you know of a rain jacket or coat that has a clear face shield/mask? I saw someone with one walking the streets of NYC last week and thought it was perfect!

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-80828 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:24:31 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-80828 In reply to Wayne Grunberg.

Glad you found a jacket that works for you. Best, -alan

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By: Wayne Grunberg https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-80783 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 17:56:17 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-80783 In reply to Alan Dixon.

Thanks. I bought a Marmot Spire with the flap. Several co-workers have broken waterproof zippers making the jackets near useless. As an experienced backpacker I’ve learned some things are getting too light. Some even too small, try operating a small PLD with cold hands.

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-80717 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:52:41 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-80717 In reply to Wayne.

Hi Wayne, nice to hear from you. The industry consensus seems to be that a waterproof zipper (really highly water resistant) with a backing flap works well, saves the weight of an external flap and the bother securing and un-securing that flap with velcro or snaps. Thus, external zipper flaps are rapidly disappearing from much of backpacking gear — even on tents. My experience is they work better than a standard non-waterproof zipper with an external storm flap and are far less fussy to use. So I would suggest you put zipper configuration aside and pick a jacket from the category that meets your needs needs and your budget. If you would like a suggestion(s) for a particular category I would be happy to help. Wishing you warm and dry hiking. Best, -alan

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By: Wayne https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-79955 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 21:24:56 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-79955 Hello. I own a Marmot Precip and it’s fine for warmer temperatures. I’d like to get a Gore-tex, or fabric that does the same thing, rain jacket that has a real zipper. Those water proof zippers without the flap, like the OR Foray has, are too much risk on CT hikes for my taste. What do you suggest?

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-60551 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:18:39 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-60551 In reply to Ethan.

Ethan, the safest answer is go large. This is especially true if you want to wear your rain jacket to protect a fluffy down jacket (e.g. in Patagonia). In warmer, let wet climates you might want to go more true to size and have the rain jacket perhaps be a bit snug over your down jacket since using since it’s not likely you’ll use it that way often if at all. Hope this helps, best, -alan

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By: Ethan https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-54543 Sat, 25 Aug 2018 17:53:35 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-54543 Alan love your site, thank you, it’s a fantastic resource I share with friends. Quick question re sizing – how do you size your rain gear? I’m typically wearing a thin baselayer, 100 weight fleece midlayer hoody (microfleece or R1 Hoody) plus a light 3 oz wind shirt – those layers take up little space. I’m also carrying a puffy down or synthetic jacket as my main insulation layer, which I throw on at rest stops and in camp. In winter my down parka has 7 oz 800fp down and lofts quite a bit. Do you size your rain jacket a full size up to size over your down/synthetic puffy layer for max warmth and down protection? Or do you keep your rain shell closer to body size and size your puffy layer to go over your rain shell and all layers under it?

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/best-lightweight-rain-jacket/#comment-37793 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 01:43:54 +0000 https://aland8.sg-host.com/?p=13286#comment-37793 In reply to Gerry B..

Thanks Gerry, that’s good to know. I’ll have to check it out. Best, -alan

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