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rain gear
Posted by Stewy on Dec 24 2005
I have several brands of rain gear. Cabela's MT050 is comfortable in dry weather and for hiking, but when the going gets wet, it gains weight from absorbing water into the outer fabric. I hate that. Browning GoreTex hydro fleece is better in the wet, but a bit heavy and restrictive. If you're hunting stationary none of that matters. I don't like sitting. What works for me is to carry a lightweight "packable" rain gear set by Browning in my pack, and I wear Simms powerstretch fleece pants and top with temp-appropriate polypro underwear. If it's cold and windy, a Simms wind-stopper fleece jacket goes as well. As long as I'm making body heat, the rain doesn't bother me until I stop to rest, and then the raingear goes on. As long as you can stop the wind, wet fleece is warm.

I love GoreTex. If you have a pack on your back and you're climbing, GoreTex can't breathe enough to keep you dry. But when you're hot and sweaty and stop to rest, GoreTex is the ideal product.


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