30 dollar Gore-Tex Reversible jacket review. A wild night.

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30 dollar Gore-Tex Reversible jacket review. A wild night.

Post by Woods Walker » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:14 am

By now many have seen those 30 dollar Gore-tex reversible military jackets on sale.

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So how are they? Before we cross that bridge here is a question. How many of you have looked out the window on a very stormy night and thought, it's a wild night, glad I am not out there. Then again but how many wondered, dang, it's a wild night. I want to be out there! So it's a wild night and yes I am going out there. No gear gets included within my preps or kit without being first tested. Often this testing involves harsh yet plausible scenarios. By plausible what's a realistic situation that I might require a gear item for. It's not unreasonable to expect temps in the 50's with high winds and torrential rain at night. How far to walk? I decided a 6-mile night hike through a combination of wide dirt roads and narrow foot paths with hills would be a good test. I hardly ever night hike more than 6-8 miles. Running would probably be impossible so this might take 3 hours. That doesn't sound all that long however time tends to slow down during a wild night. That's possibly one of the draw to going out in them.

Wild night cheap surplus Gore-tex jacket field test GO!

Isn't this nice. The dirt road is underwater.

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Maybe I will try going up hill. There was a path off to the right which is now a waterfall. That's to be expected during a wild night.

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I am not going this way.

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It seems no matter how bad the wind and rain there is always a spot someplace in the woods which is dry. Then again finding that spot if needed tends to be problematic. I didn't need it so here it was.

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Lots of fallen branches. Some a little too big for comfort but that's to be expected during a wild night. Yes I am going to say the words "wild night" a few more times in this review. It can't be helped.

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The jacket had a nice hood. The reversible nature meant there was a double layer with considerable gap between them. The net result was the rain didn't hit any fabric within direct contact with my head or much of the upper body. It seemed like being in a tent. I think the air space added a bit of insulation for that sleeping bag effect. On the down side the inner layer would glare off the headlamp. Visibility was only 20 feet at best even with a bright headlamp. Often snow, rain and condensation from breath will glare the light from a headlamp more than flashlight. More so on a wild night.

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Water rushing over tree roots and at times over my shoes. They're waterproof but not if submerged. I should have worn boots.

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Wide dirt road or narrow foot path. It didn't matter as both were flooded.

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Speaking of narrow it was probably best not to fall off the long foot bridge.

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Branches and stuff rolling down the current.

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When it comes to rain jackets I tend to error on the the side of larger. Why? Water likes to wick up sleeves. You never want the garment under the rain jacket to have longer sleeves than the jacket itself. In some ways this is a bit like having a ground cloth larger than the shelter. It will bring water in. Not a problem here.

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The same applies to the waist. I don't want any gaps etc. These issues become more apparent in really heavy rain or prolonged exposure. Again no problem here.

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Back in the van feeling fairly dry. So the jacket past the field test and earned it's place in my pack. The headlamp also proved waterproof as my previous testing and outings indicated was the case.

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Taking a look at the jacket. It's really just a standard run of the mill well thought out Gore-tex jacket. Mine was brand new with tags made by Adventure Tech. This is the same company that made my Gore-tex woodland camo bivy tent.

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Yup there are pockets, zippers, shock cord things, velcro, snaps and flaps etc etc etc.

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As previously stated I liked the double layer as it gave a feeling of insulation despite there not being any.

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The shape of the hood defected rain from my face but unfortunately headlamp glare often forced me to pull the awning back. Then my nose would get wet. Not really the jacket's fault but an observation just the same.

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When you forget to lower the storm windows on a wild night the rain gets in.

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Conclusion:

There really isn't much to say. It's a rain jacket. It was cheap. It kept me dry. I found it to be far more packable and easier to wear than my standard weight ECWS Gore-tex jacket. Thanks for looking.
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Re: 30 dollar Gore-Tex Reversible jacket review. A wild nigh

Post by TacAir » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:28 am

So... it really was a dark and stormy night.

At least no shooting was involved.

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Post by Woods Walker » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:33 am

TacAir wrote:So... it really was a dark and stormy night.

At least no shooting was involved.

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Post by FlashDaddy » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:12 am

Great review, with great pics, as always. Thanks WW!
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Re: 30 dollar Gore-Tex Reversible jacket review. A wild nigh

Post by Blackdog » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:06 am

No no no, you did it wrong, the correct internet method is to take it out of the box, take a couple of pictures and call it the gold standard :lol:
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Post by raptor » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:17 am

Great post Thank you for sharing it.

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Re: 30 dollar Gore-Tex Reversible jacket review. A wild nigh

Post by Woods Walker » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:26 pm

Blackdog wrote:No no no, you did it wrong, the correct internet method is to take it out of the box, take a couple of pictures and call it the gold standard :lol:
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Post by Canadian Guy » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:35 am

Great review, looks like a good jacket. Quite the "wild night"!

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Post by Garand69 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:33 pm

Ordered a couple for my wife and I. That is an awesome price and they are nicely made.

I ordered our sizes spot on figuring they would be oversize being rain gear but they are not-ish. Not a problem, as they are more warm/cool weather gear, and a heavy sweatshirt or insulated flannel or even better their $26 USMC Fleece Jacket http://www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com ... acket.html would fit just fine under mine and keep me dry and toasty, If you want to fit more under it size up.

Might get more for the 4 Yoots as well, thanks for the review.
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Post by JRR » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:00 pm

I bought one of these. Nice jacket. Too bad they don't make them in men's sizes. I had to give mine to a friend.

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Post by DesertGator33 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:15 pm

Looks like it would have been exactly what I needed this morning, I've used Goretex before in the Service, but this is a phenomenal price, and looks like it's up to par, ty!

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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:11 am

JRR wrote:I bought one of these. Nice jacket. Too bad they don't make them in men's sizes. I had to give mine to a friend.
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Post by oldsoldier » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:31 am

I just picked one up myself, thanks to this thread. They didnt have my size in woodland, so I ordered it in desert (no big deal either way). For $30, cant really go wrong with this!
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Post by Neville » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:30 pm

So how far did you actually hike in those conditions?

I know you said you decided six miles would make a good test.

Don't see where you admitted how many of those miles you actually stuck it out... :shock:

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Post by Woods Walker » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:59 am

Neville wrote:So how far did you actually hike in those conditions?

I know you said you decided six miles would make a good test.

Don't see where you admitted how many of those miles you actually stuck it out... :shock:

In the end it was a bit over 6 miles which took me longer than expected. Personally during wild nights it's best to hunker down which if sleeping out would have been the case.
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Post by Tobias05 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:04 pm

TAG didn't have many sizes left, so I got one in MR.

Since WW did such an astounding review I didn't feel it necessary to try it out for myself.

Instead I just rolled the jacket up and stuffed it in my Get Home Bag :crazy:

Just joking! I did wear it in some light rain while working on some firewood. Fit is a bit snug with concealing a weapon and wearing a fleece, but can't complain for 30 bucks.

Packs down very small, and seems quiet when worn!

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Post by Woods Walker » Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:09 pm

I got an XXL even though wear XL as the sizes seem to run on the snug side. Also bigger tends to be better when it comes to jackets, especially raincoats etc.
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Post by hotlead » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:21 pm

Evan the Diplomat wrote:
JRR wrote:I bought one of these. Nice jacket. Too bad they don't make them in men's sizes. I had to give mine to a friend.
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They run real small, in my experience.

I wear XXL jackets. I ordered one of these (desert/desert digital ) in XXL, and it fit like a large, couldn't even get the zipper to touch.

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Post by Woods Walker » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:12 pm

Tobias05 wrote:TAG didn't have many sizes left, so I got one in MR.

Since WW did such an astounding review I didn't feel it necessary to try it out for myself.

Instead I just rolled the jacket up and stuffed it in my Get Home Bag :crazy:

Just joking! I did wear it in some light rain while working on some firewood. Fit is a bit snug with concealing a weapon and wearing a fleece, but can't complain for 30 bucks.

Packs down very small, and seems quiet when worn!

Thanks for the review WW!
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