scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Camping 101
Sun Mar 12 2000 - 12:15:03 CST
In a message dated 3/10/00 1:24:20 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> My next investment is to be a good rainsuit. What do you all recommend?
> I'd like one that is very light weight and very packable, i.e. scrunches
> up very small in a backpack.
GorTex (TM) is very good (and expensive). Other brands with breathable fabric
will be expensive as well.
A much cheaper alternative is the urethane-coated fabric. The material itself
is not breathable, but the jacket usually has vents (which are largely
useless). You'll get a bit wet from your own perspiration, but they do
protect well from rain and wind.
A good rainsuit will be a bit bulky, but you'll have rain protection for legs
as well as upper body. They're far safer than a poncho around the fire, and
don't get snagged on brush like a poncho can. Anybody who has hiked through
wet brush, even after the rain has stopped, can appreciate how wet legs can
get without the benefit of the pants portion of a rainsuit.