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Lightweight and packable raing jacket (Paclite)?

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by Molly, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Molly

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    Hello guys,

    I'm looking for a lightweight rain jacket that can be carried in the city when the rain comes and could be used outdoors. I'm sticking more to the GoreTex Paclite fabric as a lightweight, packable and highly waterproof membrane.

    I want to fit in a ~$150.0 budget and found two possible options so far:

    1) Cabela's Rainy River Parka
    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-GORE-TEX174-PacLite174-Rainy-River8482-Parka-150-Regular/724148.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Drainy%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=rainy&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

    it may be simple cut but it looks like to have all features that one may need in the city or outdoors. If You are not going to Everest :)

    2) North Face DIURNAL jacket
    http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/men-39-s-diurnal-paclite-jacket.html

    i found it for about $150.0 on eBay... I looks like to have a simple cut too but may be a more attractive option to the Cabela's one...

    Maybe someone have experience using two above jackets or can suggest any other options?

    Regards, Yuriy.
     
  2. carrot

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    The Marmot Precip has treated me well for years.
     
  3. TomWelch

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    Marmot Precip is a wonderful jacket and REI sometimes puts this jacket on sale.
     
  4. carrot

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    In fact it already is on sale on REI-outlet.com for $70, down from $100. A very good jacket, and if you treat it right it'll keep you dry for years.
     
  5. Molly

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    And how this Precip material performs compared with Paclite membrane?
     
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    Check out the LL Bean Stowaway jacket as well. I have the Stowaway and my wife has the Marmot Precip. Both jackets are good performers.
     
  7. thedoover

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    I too am a fan of the precip but I wouldn't consider it packable like some other rain jackets. it compresses into a 6-7" square pouch I use but packable to me means pocket sized. I'm a 3x, and truly packable rainwear for someone my size is hard to find.

    I will backtrack and repeat the other sentiments that the precip is a great rain jacket.
     
  8. hafpit

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    Carrot, thanks for the tip. I have been eyeing this jacket for a while, and ordered it at the sale price. BTW, the sale ends today.
     
  9. carrot

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    I don't really know the answer to that question. My understanding is that Paclite is Gore's version of the popular 2.5-layer laminate DWR fabrics. I don't think I've ever used Paclite personally. Precip is Marmot's 2.5-layer laminate and as far as I'm concerned it keeps me dry and happy. I don't believe that Gore has the market cornered on good water resistant textiles or else nobody would use anything else.

    I consider the Marmot Precip jacket packable. Rolled up it will fit in a cargo pocket and is small and light enough that I NEVER consider traveling without it. I wear a Large. It doesn't really have a lot of features but the hood is well designed, the pit zips and pockets offer sufficient ventilation, keeps you dry and is cheap.

    At the kind of prices you can regularly find them it is pretty hard not to recommend. There's pretty much nothing else for $70 this good as far as I've seen. Even at $100 it's fairly priced, although then you have other solid competitors from REI, EMS, and even Patagonia.
     
  10. J4C3

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    Berghaus extreme Ignite,permaloft and Pertex warm waterproof stwos down to nothing at all,most versatile clothing you can get imho
     
  11. julioroman

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    Has anyone used the Columbia Watertight jacket? I've been reading reviews of it on Basspro's website and Dicks Sporting goods. Seems like a good deal at well under 100 bucks.
     
  12. hafpit

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    I wore the Precip on a hike through the hills near my house. The rain stopped after 45 minutes, but I left the jacket on for the remaining 40 minutes - this is the coldest July that I can recall! I remembered reading the tip of opening the "pit zips" and pockets to increase ventilation. I did notice some moisture inside of the sleeves during the uphill segment of my walk, but it evaporated on the way home. I am very pleased with the Precip.
     
  13. julioroman

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    So yeah, remember that Columbia jacket I mentioned? Columbia's idea of "packable" is quite liberal.