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    Question Rain chaps in light/ moderate/ heavy rain

    Hi everyone,

    I have been trying to decide between rain pants and rain chaps. I will be hiking in the Linville Gorge/ Blue Ridge Mountains in about two weeks. I am trying to plan a 100 mile/ easy 4-5 day hike.

    Does anybody have experience with how well rain chaps hold up under light/ moderate and heavy rains? Standing still to stay dry and hiking through the rain?

    Thanks!

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    Chaps by definition are little more than pants without a hind end or crotch. Knowing this I would not recommend them for rain protection. They might breath well, but won't offer much protection unless you have a really long poncho and then why would you need the chaps?

    Maybe a long poncho and high gaiters?

    I use a dri ducks poncho and frogg toggs rain pants and that works well for me. Just a reminder raingear isn't so much to keep you dry but more so to keep you warm when you do eventually get wet.

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    IŽd second the use of a poncho. It covers your backpack and in my opinion ventilates better than rainclothes. Chaps are a bit easier to get into than pants and also breathes that bit better than pants. Depending on the poncho you can also use it as a tarp/groundcloth.

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