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    Default For you minimalist gram counters - a truly no-frills lightweight rain jacket

    I recently purchased the Salomon Bonatti Race Water Proof Jacket to add to my backpacking gear ensemble. This jacket was designed for runners but was being offered by the local backpacking store. $150 was a reasonable price, I thought, for a hooded rain jacket that weighed 5.2 oz. in size Large (on the store scales) with the tags still attached.

    For people like me, who appreciate minimalist design with a minimum of things to break, this jacket was something that I have been looking for for a long time. There is only the front zipper - that's it. No pockets, no hood drawstrings, no pit zips, no buttons, snaps - no extra anything.

    This jacket purports to be waterproof and breathable. It does have a nice range of motion, with room underneath for layers, at least for my frame, in size large. The breathable technology is named AdvancedSkin Dry. I have not had an opportunity to test it yet, but being Florida, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience a downpour, so I am looking forward to putting it to the test.

    My Marmot Precip is hereby relegated to the car camping equipment stash....
    Long-distance aspirations with short-distance feet.... :jump

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    I recommend a shower test. Everything I've read on this has people complaining that it's not very waterproof. The Precip is heavy, but it doesn't wet out super fast. I'm an Exponent user myself. ~10 oz

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    Frog toggs jackets have the same minimalist design and comes with (albeit crummy) rainpants for 12 bucks on amazon. I appreciate high end gear as much as the next guy but rain gear is going to wet out eventually so why dump the cash on it....I'd rather spend 12 bucks on a rain Jacket and put the leftover 138 towards a sleeping pad or quilt or something...

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    Nothing is breatheable enough to hike in

    It has to have ventillation, or its useless to me

    #1 reason i like umbrella, its much cooler and drier without a hood on head

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    Quote Originally Posted by C4web88 View Post
    Frog toggs jackets have the same minimalist design and comes with (albeit crummy) rainpants for 12 bucks on amazon. I appreciate high end gear as much as the next guy but rain gear is going to wet out eventually so why dump the cash on it....I'd rather spend 12 bucks on a rain Jacket and put the leftover 138 towards a sleeping pad or quilt or something...
    I agree, and usually use a Frogg Togg, but this spring I was heading out on a hike that I knew would be cold & wet, so I bought an EMS Thunderhead rain jacket - on sale, roughly $50, 10 ounces, and it worked super well. I also use an umbrella and a rain kilt - the combo kept me comfortable and dry in an all day 40 degree rain. I'll stick with my cheap Froggs in the summer, but for colder weather or if you want something more durable, fifty buck at EMS will get you a nice jacket.

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    I absolutely agree with you. I've been using Frogg Toggs for over 20 years for hiking and fishing.
    It's lightweight inexpensive and works great.
    Stomped along the AT in '98
    Goin' back someday

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    I had a couple of Frogg Togg jackets but they just weren't durable enough to suit me. I put the Salomon jacket to its first test in a nice downpour the other day and it seemed OK for that short duration. Of course it remains to be seen how it might hold up in the rain for hours. I'll report back when I have a chance to wear it during a long soaker.
    Long-distance aspirations with short-distance feet.... :jump

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    I think this is 2.5L Pertex Shield the same as OR's Helium II so it is WP. The Salomon Bonatti has a back vent and full chest zip. Not so sure if the back vent dumps much heat wearing a high fitting loaded larger backpack. With some of the very UL packs I could see it as having some back venting.

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    I'll 2nd (or 3rd or whatever) the Frogg Toggs ultralight from Amazon for $14. At that price, you can't go wrong. It does seem a little thin though so we'll see how long it lasts on the trail. 1st trip out it rained and so far so good.
    - Trail name: Thumper

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    Everyone has the right to choose their gear so.... Frogg Toggs remind me of a hot baggy recycled garbage bag with worse aesthetics than the old ZP bunny suits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    Everyone has the right to choose their gear so.... Frogg Toggs remind me of a hot baggy recycled garbage bag with worse aesthetics than the old ZP bunny suits.
    Well said sir

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    Just bought a Compass 360 ultra-pak rain jacket at (...of all places...) Dick's Sporting goods. Ridiculously light airy feel. Packs into the pocket. Fabric feels like Harry Potter's Cloak of Invisibilty. Haven't tested it yet. But wanted to share. Cant believe this crepe paper jacket is waterproof! Need to get it into some rain for a field test. I have Frogg Toggs and if this Compass proves to be waterproof, it's way WAY nicer. $34.

    Reported weight: 7 oz. I can weigh it when I get home. Feel preposterously light.

    https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/c...ltrpkjcktblapo



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