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Old 01-19-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
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Suggestions for rain apparel anyone?

I guess the good thing about living in (formerly) drought stricken California is that hiking in the rain is easily avoided. When we travel of course that will not be the case. We do have good gortex boots as well as jackets and pants for hiking in moderate rain.

I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for ponchos or some kind of overcoat for when it's seriously raining and you have to be out in it. I'm thinking either because you're getting cabin fever or maybe you're arriving/departing your campsite and have to be out while setting up.

I've looked at the ponchos on Amazon and they seem rather flimsy and possibly useless in wind driven rain. But maybe I'm wrong on that? If you have a suggestion, please let me know, and thank you in advance!
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Old 01-19-2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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I got one of these back in 2014 and LOVE it! I got it larger than normal so it covers my fingers and then some, plus I can wear it over coats and such if it gets cold. I got it mainly to use when vending in crummy weather and having to haul stuff in and out to the venue and my vehicle. I'm tall (5'10") and it's plenty long for me as it covers me almost to my ankles. Someone much shorter than me would need to take it up or look at something else. I looked long and hard at various coats before I settled on this one and am very glad that I did. I got bright yellow so you can't miss me wandering around in the rain.

Due to getting a larger than usual size, the hood is super huge and rather a pain to use. I've put my Aussie rainhat over the hood and that worked really well.

I've worn it in drenching Seattle rain and it's the only coat I've ever worn that's gotten so many compliments, esp from those that have to go outside, such as grocery baggers and traffic flaggers! One time I took the bus to an RV convention in downtown Seattle and both days it was pouring rain. Even while standing in the rain waiting for the bus and walking to the show, I still stayed very dry. Once inside the hall, I was able to wad the coat into a built-in pocket area that has straps so I could wear it like a backpack if I wanted to. And I didn't get water on anything else when it was all wadded up.

Yeah, I love this coat! I'm taking it with me on Saturday when I'm walking in the rain in downtown Seattle.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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Look up Frogg Togg. Good Stuff.
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:43 PM   #4
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So many styles to pick from...

I have a Marmot with pit zips and an oversized hold for general use and another similar that folds into its own pocket for taking along hiking when it might rain. Also have a cheap disposable poncho for hiking that stays in the pack in case I don't think the 2nd one mentioned is needed but find out differently. I have 1 pair of rain pants that roll up into their own pocket too, nothing fancy as they get little use.


I've found the frog toggs very noisy, there may be other models though.
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:46 PM   #5
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Yeah, I love this coat! I'm taking it with me on Saturday when I'm walking in the rain in downtown Seattle
Thanks Laura - that looks like exactly what I'm looking for. Coincidentally I'll be walking in the rain in downtown Sacramento Saturday morning!
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:27 PM   #6
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For working in the rain, when standing about, a large overcoat type is fine. If you are planning to be hiking, you want something much lighter and easier to move around it. Gortex stuff is fine for short term use, but not sustained rain. Ponchos are good from the point of view that they give good freedom of movement while providing good overall coverage. Like the overcoat style, you can still fill your boots with water, and if windy ponchos are terrible.

My preference is a good 100% waterproof raincoat and pants. This will provide you with great rain protection, and mobility will be great too. Lots of good stuff out there from all the outdoor manufacturers from Helly Hansen, Marmot, North Face, etc. And do remember, if there is need to put a jacket on, do slip the pants on too. I know this well, as many a time I don't and end up with soaked legs. Those cheaper lightweight ones are good to have around as a backup, easy to don if needed tearing down or setting up camp, store in small pack, and if they get wrecked after a few years, just get another one.

Another advantage of a good two piece rainsuit shell, is that it takes up very little room when stowed, an advantge in our relatively smaller trailers.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:34 PM   #7
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Yeah, I love this coat! I'm taking it with me on Saturday when I'm walking in the rain in downtown Seattle.
Bite your tongue! It's not going to rain. (I'll be walking in it in B'ham.)
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Yeah, I love this coat! I'm taking it with me on Saturday when I'm walking in the rain in downtown Seattle.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
There is a whole ferry full of folks heading to Seattle from Bremerton Saturday including my wife. (I have a prior commitment in Pt. Townsend) Stay dry!
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I'm walking in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. I have my "hat," and I'm walking with two other gals that own all-molded-towables. Be safe!
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:34 PM   #10
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Cabela's sell some nice Gore-Tek rain gear in both men and woman's sizes . I do have a Columbia rain coat and pants which I use when fishing / hunting in the early Spring & Fall but I find them to warm most of the time especially if your doing something active.
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