|cross commuting rain gear question.||buffalosorrow|
Dec 26, 2002 6:45 AM
|I am sick of my stinky, dirty, clear, $20 plastic jacket.
rain jackets are out there?
I looked at the Lafuma apparel, but who needs to spend $200 on a jacket that going to get dirty, wet and torn.
I noticed that in the recent issue of bicycling that a timberland was mentioned.
|re: cross commuting rain gear question.||Sadlebred|
Dec 26, 2002 9:27 AM
|I have a RaceFace Aquanot jacket that I got for $80 on clearance at www.rei-outlet.com. So far, it has been impervious to rain and heavy wind. I have to layer smartly when it's above 40 degrees because I will get too hot.|
Dec 26, 2002 11:47 AM
|wow, I think this is what I am looking for.
Just a few questions to pick your shop savy brain...
-is the jacket a flexable all around rain protection. (can I take it on a rainy hike and not be worried)
-fit, I notice that they have only small and XS sizes left. I am a definate small person, but is the jacket fitted a bit loose to accomidate layers, or is it snug?
I like the green/black color.
Thank you for your input.
|raceface aquanot, a winter layer||buffalosorrow|
Dec 26, 2002 4:04 PM
|I was looking for perhaps something less winter-wise. As I am cold person, I think a waterproof shell would work better for my cold soul.|
Dec 26, 2002 4:25 PM
|Sorry, I'm not sure about the men's sizing. Their women's small was REALLY small. I had to return it and get a medium b/c I planned to layer the jacket over other jerseys. Try some of the catalogs or your LBS in a few months. A lot of the jackets will be on sale in the spring.|
|Thoughts and linkage...||Steve_O|
Dec 27, 2002 6:44 AM
|I have a couple of different jackets I use for commuting. I use the first two jackets mentioned the most (probably due to the fact that I just got the SD Peak Bagger). From what I have seen there is no "Perfect" jacket for all I want to do (yet).
- Old REI nylon windbreaker style jacket with DWR finish. Pros - Not afraid to get it dirty. Cons - No hood, water eventually penetrates on extended rides, lacks ventilation.
- Nike running windbreaker Pros - light, breathable, adds warmth, has a basic hood. Cons - JUST a nylon shell, water does penetrate (quickly), traps condensation.
- Sierra Designs Peak Bagger. An ultralight hiking jacket with Goretex type laminate. Pros - Very water repellent, light, good fit, nice hood. Cons - pricy, no pit zips (can get hot), so nice that you don't want to get it muddy...
My goal was to keep the price at $100 or less and find a jacket with a hood so I can use it for hiking, snowshoeing, etc. I also tried the guys over on outdoorreview.com where I got some good feedback. See link here...
Steve_O "Need a "Do it all" shell... Suggestions?" 8/30/02 8:50am
Good luck in your quest!
|steve-o, what are you thoughts on this...||buffalosorrow|
Dec 27, 2002 4:06 PM
|Looks good to me...||Steve_O|
Jan 2, 2003 1:27 PM
- Breathable laminate should be better venting then traditional clear plastic cyclist rain jacket.
- Big pit zips to let in air is a plus.
- A hood (for me) is a plus for non-biking pursuits. Make sure you can roll it up and secure it with a tab so the hood doesn't act like a big parachute slowing you down on the bike. (From the pict is looks like I can see a tab to roll it up)
- Kelty clothing is usually a good buy since most people only know them for tents and backpacks... I am willing to bet this is why it is on sale.