WHAT KIND OF RAIN GEAR TO BUY:
From time to time, I am asked, "What kind of rain gear should I buy?" Here's my thoughts on "What" and "Why". Get a breathabale rain-suit. A breathable rain suit is a rain suit (windbreaker-type jacket with hood, and pants) that is not only waterproof, but breathes like a windbreaker. It lets moisture out but not in. (Amazing) So you can wear it just like you would wear a windbreaker, and you don't build up moisture from sweat like you would with a plastic rain suit. This breathable rain suit then becomes an outer layer for warmth, eliminating the need for a separate jacket and warm pants for that purpose.
REI has them, but REI is the most expensive place. Sportsman's Warehouse has them and they are pricey too. It may be that you want to go there and look at them and try them on, then try to beat the price elsewhere, like, for instance at:
Also, the following site has been recommended to me. www.sierratradingpost.com
You want one that is packable, ie, packs in a small space (in a backpack). I have two jackets. One is large and long, and one is more form fitting and packs small.
I just love these things for all the protection they give you in a small, light package. Plus, have you ever worn a plastic rain suit for hours or days. Moisture builds up in them from perspiration and you just get wetter and more slimy through time. These breathable rain suits let moisture out, but not in. They are far more comfortable.
A rain-suit, sweat-suit, food and water, good foot-gear, and a small bag of useful items (toilet paper, compass, lighter, chapstick, etc.), is my basic survival kit for hiking.
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