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    Default Rain jacket recommendations

    I hope to start a thru hike in 2018. I am collecting gear now so that I can do several shakedown hikes. I own a rain jacket that I use when I am fly fishing but it weighs 15 oz. I was hoping to find something a little lighter. Any recommendations?

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    Lots of folks just wear a Frogg Togg unless you're looking for something with some insulation capability.

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    I like DriDuck raingear from Frog Toggs. It's very light, and very inexpensive. It doesn't respond well to abuse, so don't plan to bushwack if you buy it. However, for on-trail use, it's great. I usually only wear it for a bit of warmth over breakfast, or when I go day hiking, I'll wear it on a mountain top if it's a breezy day.

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    +1 on the lightweight rain gear from Frog Toggs. You can even get them at wally mart. Mind you, these are not super durable in the sense that if you are bush whacking, or sliding on your rump down hills, they are bound to tear. I forego the pants and wear a rain kilt I had made out of sil nylon. If you want something more durable, you can look at companies like the Marmot Precip Jacket, or Zpacks Vertice rain jacket. I own a Marmot but not the Zpacks, but if their quality is anything like the rest of the Zpacks stuff I own, it should be excellent for a backpacker.
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    OR Helium II 6.4oz
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    It's not just the wt of your fly fishing jacket you should be concerned. Fly fishing activities are not "active" having on the go consequences. Every fly fishing rain jacket I've ever looked at is not only heavy but rarely very breathable. Look for a backpacking rain jacket that has better breathability and venting traits for on the go heat generating activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    That's a nice piece of gear. Thanks for the link. If only it was more like $69 instead of $169.

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    I own a couple of those plus-$100 name-brand rain jackets. Not worth it at all. They either delaminate right away or they have no pockets and no pit zips. Not to mention that none that claim "breathable" actually are, at least not that a backpacker might notice.

    I've had Frogg Toggs. Also no pit zips and too few pockets and very fragile.

    Right now I have gotten Costco's 32-degree rain jacket for $20. Reasonably light-weight, 5 pockets, but alas no pit zips. So far I haven't had to wear it in a pouring rain, but like it a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I own a couple of those plus-$100 name-brand rain jackets. Not worth it at all. They either delaminate right away or they have no pockets and no pit zips. Not to mention that none that claim "breathable" actually are, at least not that a backpacker might notice.

    I've had Frogg Toggs. Also no pit zips and too few pockets and very fragile.

    Right now I have gotten Costco's 32-degree rain jacket for $20. Reasonably light-weight, 5 pockets, but alas no pit zips. So far I haven't had to wear it in a pouring rain, but like it a lot.
    I've been using the EMS thunderhead for a few years, it has generous pit zips, not terrible expensive ($60 on sale at times) but like all the others it too delaminates...and only two outside had pockets and one inside mesh pocket behind hand pocket. They're just okay jackets middle of the road.

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    I'm thru hiking now. My Frogg Toggs Ultralite 2 rain jacket is outlasting the $100-200 jackets. One girls Montbell jacket wetted out in 30 minutes of a 3 hour downpour. Me...I just had a little bit of sweat moisture but nothing to write home about. Save the money for a hotel and buy the $12 Frogg Toggs jacket.

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    The ghost weighs like 3 oz. don't know how good it is though looks very thin and this guy at Franklin said it isn't windproof but I want to try it and see how it goes but expensive. Cheap rain ponchos that you get in a tiny square shape so not work. Avoid them. They are cheap and lightweight but useless for being on the trail. Running to your car say in town maybe that's what they are good for


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    The old style Frogg Toggs are also surprisingly warm and I use mine in lieu of a puffy for cool evenings.
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    Default Rain jacket recommendations

    I just use my army gortex its good quality and you can pair it with a field jacket liner for cold weather. two birds with one stone

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    Frogg toggs are $20 at Walmart - for that kind of money I can cut my own pit vents.

    I use Frogg Toggs and an umbrella

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    Marmot Precip worked well for my thru. I guess it's a little on the heavy side at around 12oz but I mainly used it for blocking wind. Once I got a little comfortable on trail I decided my puffy was not necessary. Precip+light merino layer was more than warm enough when needed.


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    Default Heavy, but trailworthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by CassSarahSilvius View Post
    I just use my army gortex its good quality and you can pair it with a field jacket liner for cold weather. two birds with one stone
    While I still use my old Army Goretex on occasion, I found it a bit heavy for the trail. They're great if you know you're going to be hiking in colder temps though, as they provide decent warmth on their own.

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