Which waterproof jacket

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Micksjoiner, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Currently been using my endura mt500 on the hills , looking for chest and hand pockets and something I can where around town too.
    I've had a look at past threads but nothing has caught my eye thanks.
  2. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    UL rain jackets don't have hand pockets usually ... ;) But I can recommend one without :biggrin: My Outdoor Research Helium II is still in top shape after 5 or 6 years (chest pocket too). A bit heavy for thru-hikes at almost 180gr but I use it regulary for day hikes (when I don't take my cu poncho), cycling and town - doesn't absorb water like some goretex either. And no need to size up :)
  3. Patrick

    Patrick Trail Blazer

    I've just recently bought a Berghaus Fast Hike waterproof, which comes in a 210g and does have hand pockets, though no chest pocket. The hood manages a stiffened peak too, which as a glasses wearer is something I'm loathe to do without. Seems to breath well, and currently beads moisture on the outside like nothing I've seen before - I guess that will wear off like any DWR does, though. Its pleasingly compact stuffed into its integral mesh bag, and seems the right compromise for me between weight and features.
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  4. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've got an SL - impressed. Very well made.
    The FL looks great, but....I already have the other...
    A mate has one. It feels light yet capable (this is bullshit as I only wore it once)...
    All good bits of my jacket minus stuff I don't use. Nice.
    Hood overkill for walking but volume reduces well.
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  6. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I've had the zeta Ar for about 3 years or so, heavier than most at 440g in XL, I love it, been through some proper wet stuff together, still looks in mint condition, it's a tough jacket rather than light.

    I'm planning on getting the zelta sl (when I find the flux colourway on sale) wife has the beta sl, it's very light and she has no complaints about it, but shes only had it a year or so and it hasn't had half the beating my AR has, so not sure about long term rucksack carrying/general misuse
  7. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Last edited: Sep 1, 2019
  8. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    If you're looking for something to ''last a good few hours of Scottish rain'' I wouldn't go too light or too cheap. Wet and cold is horrible.
    Look for deals on Black Diamond or similar.
  9. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    If Sports Pursuit had it in an xl, I would have bought it, even in that blue colour for that price´┐╝, aye the arcteryx site has the size and colour I want, but I'm fae Aberdeen, not paying full price for anything, plus I'm in no rush

    The wifes SL hasn't had to put up with the 2 hours of crazy rain my AR had to a couple of weeks ago, so it's never been fully tested, I was pretty surprised how good the AR coped, unfortunately my ME "waterproof" trousers didnt.

    I was going to get the beta sl, same as the wifes but when I was reading reviews on OutdoorGearLab I discovered that it's been discontinued and replaced by the Zeta.

    There was something that stopped me looking at the FL range, cant remember what, might have been no waist pockets? They're a must have for me but both the SL and FL range get cracking reviews on gear lab
  10. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Experienced 6hrs of walking in continuous Scottish wind & rain earlier in the week & my cheapo Marmot PreCip kept me warm & dry; I've tried lighter jackets (e.g. Pertex Shield+) & wasn't really impressed......IME they wear out (usually shoulders & back) too quickly for my liking.
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  11. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Yep, Marmot Precip are the best of the bunch for the price.
  12. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    What's the sizing like on arcteryx jacket's,I'm usually a medium in jackets
  13. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    I use an Arcteryx alpha FL year round from blizzards to summer showers and it does just fine. I would opt for pit zips next time around through for winter up hills.

    Size wise I would say is true to size im a large in ME and Rab ( non alpine fit ). Large Arcteryx is spot on for me the alpha models slightly taper in at the waist for climbing which suits me as broad shoulder and chest with smaller waist.
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  14. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I take the same size in Arcteryx as I do in everything else, except montane, I've stopped even looking at their clothing now as it never fits, and alpkit base layers/tops are the same (never tried their outerwear though)

    Patagonia, fjallraven, Rab, ME, Arcteryx I take the same (xl) and they all fit perfectly
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  15. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    How's the length of alpha and is the noisy. I'm starting to like the zeta at for back length an internal pocket
  16. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    I'm the same with those companies too, medium it is then
  17. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Length's fine for me @5ft7 half ass cover I would say. Pretty sure the alphas are slightly shorter than jackets designed for general use.

    To be honest noise is the least of my concerns in waterproofs so I don't pay much attention
  18. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    I'm 5'7" too 30" waist and 37.5" chest and 17.5" shoulder width.
  19. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Would say its worth trying on i'm 45 inch chest no idea on shoulders and 34 waist..rugby player shape and a large fits spot on. I've found my shape fits much better into brands from over the pond Arcteryx marmot and so on.
  20. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Thank you (I think) glad you put the link up to the jackets, I didn't realise SP had arcteryx back in, majority is skinny dwarf medium :D but i picked up a couple of base layer tops that I dont actually need

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