Breathable outershell

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Lancslad, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    I’m selling a nearly new Hymir smock on here .. very breathable
  2. island

    island Summit Camper

    Was impressed by my GF's Precip. She ordered a bright yellow XS one. It was snug so she returned it for a S in navy blue - less happy about the colour but is better for layering.
    Got me thinking about pit zips (I know, I need to get out more)... My Helium II is nice but has no pit zips. Needs reproof ing too... Starting to think a cheaper fully waterproof rain jacket with pit zips is the way to go.
  3. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'd really like to see some real world comparative tests of waterproof jackets. A few years ago Ride (the motorcycle) magazine got a few mugs to put on rain jackets and had some firemen attempt to drench them. I bought the best buy from that test made by Held and it has never let me down despite riding for 6 hours in torrential rain on the way back from Scotland. It doesn't breath and is too heavy for backpacking otherwise I'd probably use it.

    I've found that most hiking rain jackets I've owned work well for a couple of hours of heavy continuous rain and then something, usually the zip, lets them down and you get wet. What I really want is one that will be good for 6 hours of heavy continuous rain so you can get a decent days hike in without feeling miserable.

    It would be good if members could post their experiences of rain wear in long heavy rain days. Or at least if anyone has found one that works I'd love to hear.
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  4. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

  5. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

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  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

  8. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Looks like the Eco has 'normal' zippers & rain flaps whereas the Featherweight uses water resistant zippers & pockets are cut differently.
  9. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    370 gr in size L according to one review, 480 in size XL according to another and the Columbia site says 280 in size M.
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  10. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I was torn between the Hellium and the Arcteryx zeta Sl but ended up getting a Montbell versalite instead in a sale :laugh: , still tempted to get the Arcteryx as well

    Cant say how good the versalite is, worn it a few times but not in proper rain, I cant say I'm massively confident of it in good old Scottish mountain rain as it's that light and thin, hopefully it surprises me. My XL is 196g has good pockets and velcro cuffs (the main reasons I choose it over the hellium) and pit zips (that I could live without tbh, not something I utilise very often). Pleasantly surprised to find I can also get it on top of my down layers, as I find montbell in general to be quite fitted.
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    200g difference between M and XL - I'm suspicious.
    By same principle, I meant the Ex Outcry waterproofing.
  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

  13. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Indeed. The XL weight is from Section Hiker, I would expect him to have weighed it...
  14. tja

    tja Backpacker

  15. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Yep. Because it is. At the time and perhaps still, it was the lightest non DWR required, backpack waranteed (armourised outer surface) rain jacket. My L is 210 gms. Like it very much. Front vents work a charm.
  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    No pit zips unfortunately.
  17. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Outdry...
    Wet on the outside.
    Wet on the inside :D
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  18. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Just how bad ? I did wonder about buying one ……
    Thanks.
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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I was damp before, then working hard with 500m climb, pouring rain, and 13°C....
    So hardly ideal.
    Little would have coped I suspect.
  20. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    I’ve been impressed with mine
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  21. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

  22. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    He was trying it on the TGO; I saw him in Braemar... He'd have needed it that evening as it peed down.
    I stayed in a B&B :D
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  23. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Nice colour never seen the lime in the wild. The only times I felt unusually damp on the inside were in these exact conditions. Was already a bit damp but made the mistake of having too much clothing on. I should have stripped off a bit. When I managed to be lightly layered (LS capilene baselayer only) worked very well for me. Were you wearing much under @edh ?
    Just noticed you have fhe front vents shut -had you tried them open and shut them due to rain getting in? I've managed to keep them open in some heavy rain. They are fhe key I reckon.
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  24. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Hood is poor bit I’ve put to press stoods either side of hood then one on the top that clips to top of my baseball hat
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  25. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    A short sleeve Arc Motus. Arc shorts. That's it, I run hot when walking. I had a cuben rainskirt on some of the time.
    Agree re. the vents; on this occasion it was not an option though.
    It was the wettest weather I've been in for a few years.

    Anyway.... I'm here now :D
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