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Rain Jacket to End all Rain Jackets

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good News: You can stop looking. You found it. Greatest lightweight rain jacket out there.
The Bad News: Now you will wish it rains every day.

So I have been through my fair share of rain jackets recently, from the technical MHW, budget Sierra Designs, Patagonia Torrentshell and a top of the line Columbia piece. And heads above shoulders this stands above the rest. It has everything one looks for: lighter than a cloud, enough features for a boy scout, soft as a pillow (which is saying something for a rain jacket), and super stylin without being as flashy as a 50 cent album.

I love it. The only negligible thing I have found is the lack of roomy eternal jacket pockets to store that gold you find at the end of the rainbow. Nit picking the zip is only single (love the double zip) and its not the most smooth.

Because my haphazard rain dances, I have yet to climb a mountain in it while raining so I am not aware of the durability. But based on the eye grabbing Patagonia logo on the front it should be rather durable.

I am 5 ' 10" and a [generous] 185 lbs and its a good tight fit. I seem to have arms like a hobbit as most patagonia gear tends to bunch on my wrists. There isnt a lot of room for layering, just a small layer or two. But if I were heading into a raining coldzone I would be armed with my cold weather columbia rain jacket.

All in all this is a beast of a lightweight. I cant wait for it to rain more. And I was able to snag a deal on SAC for around $95.

UPDATE: I have take it all back. I had an epiphany and got the OR foray. Which is the rain jacket to end the rain jacket of all rain jackets. In the end I couldnt get over the lack of double zipper and stickiness (its waterproof). Also the foray fits me a bit better for layering purposes. Id still recommend this in a heart beat though.