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wilfwolf

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Posted: 04/13/12 12:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Guys,

i do a lot of walking in the tropics in Brazil and it gets pretty hot and wet. I''m in desperate need of a good, waterproof, stowable, lightweight jacket. Any suggestions? Got to be resistant to heavy rain showers...but not suffocatingly hot for 90 degrees plus daytime temperatures.

many thanks.


I've no house in the city, just a camping tent in the wild.

armyeng

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Check out the company "Frog Toggs" I have a 2-piece suit that I use for riding my motorcycle and have never gotten a drop inside the jacket or pants and it is breathable.
Riding in the Pacific Northwest, I do my fair share of riding in the rain and have not found anything that works better for me.

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Posted: 04/16/12 06:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you checked out backpacker.com? Lots of gear reviews and also forums on all things backpacking related! kathy

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Posted: 04/13/12 04:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gortex. Don't know if they are still in business, but I found it to be the 'best' rain jacket I have ever bought albeit it was expensive at the time.


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armyeng wrote:

Check out the company "Frog Toggs" I have a 2-piece suit that I use for riding my motorcycle and have never gotten a drop inside the jacket or pants and it is breathable.
Riding in the Pacific Northwest, I do my fair share of riding in the rain and have not found anything that works better for me.

Hope this helps.


I've used Frog Toggs for hiking and would NOT recommend them for that purpose. Company claims they're breathable but I always worked up a sweat in them. Actually, I'm not sure that any rain gear is actually breathable. A better place for your question might be Backpacker magazine. I used to read it years ago and they had pretty good gear reviews.


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I have never used Frog Toggs for that purpose, I only use it for riding motorcycles in the rain, so no real chance of working up a sweat. I do know they have a few different lines of clothing for different purposes, but sounds like you have tried it and have more experience with it in that capacity than I do.
Gortex material is used by alot of different companies in their clothing and it works pretty well too, but to me it doesnt breathe at all JMHO

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Posted: 04/22/12 11:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I assume you are speaking of a poncho. I can't imagine wearing a full rainsuit (pants and jacket)in tropical weather. Government surplus stores sell American Made ponchos for about $50. They are one size fits all, usually.

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2nd Froggs Toggs. Never hiked in them, but have worked thru monsoons and snow storms in them. I sweat in any "breathable" rain gear ... especiaally when working, I do construction/remodeling ... and Toggs are by far the best. By far.

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Invest in a high quality jacket that's designed to be breathable. Gortex is a patented technology not a brand. Although, a poncho can work if you care less about design and simply want to stay dry. Here's a current sale on military surplus. You might find something that works for you there.

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You'll be a lot happier with a 2-piece breathable rainsuit than a poncho for coverage and comfort. Marmot, Mountain HardWear, EMS, REI, Sierra Designs, all offer quality breathable rain suits.

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