Women’s packable UL rain jacket

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Lempo, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I’m after a lightweight, packable rain jacket for the better half. She’s slim built, buxom, 5’7 size 12/medium. She has a gore-tex for bad weather so this would be for travel, day hikes and emergencies. Any recommendations especially reasonably priced ones.
  2. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I have recently got the mens Helly Hansen Loke Jacket from Gaynors. I'm impressed so far - very light and packable but still has that waterproof jacket feel (rather than a bin bag). They have women versions at £49.99 - £59.99.

    I'm usually a medium and their medium is a nice fit on me.
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  3. simplerandomwalk

    simplerandomwalk Summit Camper

    Alpkit Gravitas (or one of their other offerings)
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  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Beat me to it, another vote for Alpkit
  5. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Decathlon NH100 £12.99. My daughter has one of these she can just chuck in her school bag for iffy summer days. Cheap, packs small, good enough as a just in case.
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  6. Daymoth

    Daymoth Section Hiker

    I use a running one from OMM.
    Very light, packs small, has done well in scottish summer downpours. And has done great layered on top of my winter insulation.
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  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Thanks everyone. I put in order for Decathlon one since it was so cheap and see how that works.
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  8. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Mrs Davy is on the hunt for a new waterproof jacket - She doesn't like her Marmot Precip as it is in her words "shapeless" and the hood doesn't provide enough cover for her specs in driving rain.

    She's currently looking at Gore-Tex options:
    • Rab Women's Meridian
    • Montane Women's Pac Plus
    Looking at something a bit more substantial than my old Marmot Essence (the waterproof membrane failed relatively quickly on the shoulders and hood) so whilst weight is a big consideration so is a little bit of durability - hence being wary of the Alpkit Gravitas. It will get all year round use but is more for dealing with showers and the odd wet day rather than multiple days in heavy rain....

    Are the Pertex offerings of the various big brands any good?

    Thoughts welcome.


  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I like my OMM Aether smock but then I got one for a brilliant price. Event is the most breathable 3 layer I've used.
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  10. simplerandomwalk

    simplerandomwalk Summit Camper

    I'm happy with my Rab Downpour Plus, it has always kept me dry in "heavy" rain conditions and almost completely dry in "extreme" conditions, i.e. 6 hours under relentless rain during storm Ali two years ago. I'm kind of attached to it for pretty much saving my life in the latter occasion =D
    To be fair, my general impression is that the most important thing is pit zips. Next is a well fitting hood and sleeves (which most jackets have) and for me side pockets that I can access with a hip belt on.. So in general many jackets fit my bill and I think she can probably got a bit lighter. I would recommend the Downpour Plus.
  11. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    What size is Mrs Davy looking for?
  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    That's interesting Pertex Shield gets mixed reviews.
  13. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    The addition of a BB cap with a waterproof peak (thinned silicone) would be a lot cheaper option.
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  14. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    So despite the above, a new Montane Minimus Stretch is incoming...

    Thanks for input.

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