Originally Posted by pdizzle
wasn't sure exactly where this would fit or if it was within the forum topic, but i figured people here could offer up advice..
what does everyone like to use for personal rain and wind protection? 3 or 4 season? breathable? membrane (2.5 or 3 layer?)? plastic bags? silnylon or cuben fiber or other fancy space age materials?
I've got a marmot oracle for more durable usage and i'm less than impressed by it, although i don't think its marmots doing...I think its just wp/br membranes in general. It seems like i go on one outing with the thing and wet it out and the next time i go to use it, its lost all waterproofing. They're telling me I need to wash it after an excursion like this to revive the waterproofing, and i'm left thinking why did i spend all this money for extra work when i could just use a plastic bag or poncho in a pinch? or a waterproof/not breathable layer like silnylon? Or a light dwr/wind layer? I'm sort of the mentality that if its raining, your getting wet. It seems to be true even with my fancy rain jacket, once its pretty wet it just holds my sweat in anyway. So why not just accept it and shoot for wet and warm?
Has anyone else had this experience?
or maybe i just need to suck it up and do my laundry
be wet if you are in a downpour for any length of time. The major function of rain gear is to regulate your temperature. That's a personal opinion, I know. You need to keep from getting hypothermia if you are in normal (cool) rain. You also need to vent enough heat to avoid overheating and swimming in gallons of your own sweat. I have Frogg Toggs, a Marmot PreCip jacket, ponchos, and a North Face WB jacket. I value the pit zips more than anything in a jacket. They are breathable in the humid East, even if the fabric is soaked. A poncho is almost ideal, if the wind is not too bad.
My major deal with rain is to wear the right socks and sneakers. Thorlo light hikers and trail runner shoes will pump out more water than you can imagine. If you hike in the rain a lot you may already know this. Everyone's experience may be different. This is mine.