slingstone wrote:Veritas, do you still carry that waterproof packable jacket?
What brand/model is it? How well has it worked out for you?
I remember a thread sometime this year where someone was asking about jackets like that.
I remember the thread also, I posted in it I think.
I don't carry the Magellan anymore, but I put it in my other kit that my girlfriend uses. The Magellan works, but it is that kind of heavier plastic that smells like plastic and doesn't breathe at all. The other problem with it is the absence of a pull cord for the hood. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but it is really annoying when the wind is blowing and raining, as it does here all the time. It packs down fairly well, but any nice jacket will pack down that size or smaller. I got it at Academy for $20, they only had one model when I bought mine.
Now, I got a Marmot Oracle
rain jacket. I love the thing. I got it during a closeout sale on altrec.com. I know that the specific one I have is not around, they switched to a new material and that is why mine was cheap. I think it was like $60. Patience is key for those kinds of things.
For example, it was about 34 and raining the other day, and I had on a polypro pull over and the Marmot jacket, and I was fine walking to class, which is about a half-mile. Also, don't under-estimate the value of venting features, like pit-zips and the such. I used to make fun of the more technical gear until I got this jacket, and I have to admit sometimes you actually do get what you pay for.