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Good rainsuit?

I'm looking for a rainsuit to take with me on backpacking trips. It's gotta be very light weight and compressable. Just wondering if anyone had any good experiences with a certain brand. I've been looking at frog toggs and may grab a set before I go this weekend.

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I'm looking for a rainsuit to take with me on backpacking trips. It's gotta be very light weight and compressable. Just wondering if anyone had any good experiences with a certain brand. I've been looking at frog toggs and may grab a set before I go this weekend.

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Frogg Toggs work well for me on canoe and fishing trips but they are somewhat fragile compared to some of the models that cost big $. Bottom line is do you want something that will last a few trips for $50 or something that might last many years but costs 3-4 times as much?

Personally, I have both but keep the good set in my golf bag and use the Toggs for backpacking and fishing.

A good rainsuit is worth its weight in gold if you're stuck out in the rain for a couple of days. The Toggs have always kept me dry.

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My Toggs work well. I also have much more expensive gore-tex, but I rarely break it out as the frog togs work in most cases.
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Another vote for Frogg Toggs.

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Another vote for Gore Tex. Spend the money, you won't regret it. Especially backpacking. Lightweight, packable, and breathable is huge. A gore tex jacket and pants and a 'seattle sombrero' gore tex hat by Outdoor Research will keep you completely dry, sweat and condensation free, and much happier if you wind up having to pack in the rain.

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Where is a good place to find gore-tex gear?

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www.REI.com, www.cabellas.com, www.campmor.com, or my personal choice: www.gorebikewear.com

I use my gore brand gore tex cycling jacket and pants for backpacking, becuase they're incredibly light and packable (made for stuffing in a jersey pocket when you're on the bike. Most big companies (columbia, north face, mountain hardwear, etc) have simple shell type goretex rain gear, but when you buy the Gore brand, you're not paying for a nifty logo, you just get gore tex protection, which is the goal anyway. Some cycling places have great deals on goretex jackets and pants occasionally also (check brands like louis garneau, pearl izumi, bellweather)...all major bike gear companies have the basic gore tex shell jacket and pants also, and they're cut for movement, which is nice. Most bike jackets also have a drop tail, which I find nice when carrying a pack...the back of the jacket never rides up past the waistline, and all the drips from the bottom of the pack still have some jacket to hit before running down to the pants, and it's easy to hike in them because they're not low across your legs in front. Bike spefic pants, obviously, are cut for movement also.

check www.nashbar.com, www.pricepoint.com, and www.performancebike.com for deals on goretex bike gear.

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I'm looking for a rainsuit to take with me on backpacking trips. It's gotta be very light weight and compressable. Just wondering if anyone had any good experiences with a certain brand. I've been looking at frog toggs and may grab a set before I go this weekend.

Taylor
thats a great brand, especially for the price.

ive got several frog togs suits, and they perform just as well or better than my $200 goretex suits.

they sell the suit, jackeyt and pants, at bass pro shops near me for about $40


I kayak about 500 + miles a year, every weekend year round regardless of weather, and ive used most all of the outdoor gear at one point or another. I HIGHLY recommend Frog togs, even if I had to pay double what they cost id still be a happy camper. great product

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I think I'm going to try the frog toggs, I'm reading alot of good things about them and they're in my price range. Maybe when I move back with my parents and have some more cash coming in I might check out some gore tex stuff.

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www.REI.com, www.cabellas.com, www.campmor.com, or my personal choice: www.gorebikewear.com

I use my gore brand gore tex cycling jacket and pants for backpacking, becuase they're incredibly light and packable (made for stuffing in a jersey pocket when you're on the bike. Most big companies (columbia, north face, mountain hardwear, etc) have simple shell type goretex rain gear, but when you buy the Gore brand, you're not paying for a nifty logo, you just get gore tex protection, which is the goal anyway. Some cycling places have great deals on goretex jackets and pants occasionally also (check brands like louis garneau, pearl izumi, bellweather)...all major bike gear companies have the basic gore tex shell jacket and pants also, and they're cut for movement, which is nice. Most bike jackets also have a drop tail, which I find nice when carrying a pack...the back of the jacket never rides up past the waistline, and all the drips from the bottom of the pack still have some jacket to hit before running down to the pants, and it's easy to hike in them because they're not low across your legs in front. Bike spefic pants, obviously, are cut for movement also.

check www.nashbar.com, www.pricepoint.com, and www.performancebike.com for deals on goretex bike gear.


Gore tex is awesome. I used it when I road my street bike year round in Washington State.

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^^the biggest advantage on the bike (and with anything really active like that) is the breathability. I've used other "waterproof/breathable" products, and they really lack at either one of those things or the other. If you're soaked with sweat when you get off the bike anyway, what's the point? Most waterproof stuff just doesn't breathe well. Most stuff that breathes well just isn't waterproof. Gore Tex nails that balance.

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^^the biggest advantage on the bike (and with anything really active like that) is the breathability. I've used other "waterproof/breathable" products, and they really lack at either one of those things or the other. If you're soaked with sweat when you get off the bike anyway, what's the point? Most waterproof stuff just doesn't breathe well. Most stuff that breathes well just isn't waterproof. Gore Tex nails that balance.
Yep exactly wh i went with gore-tex after awhile. I tried a bunch of the lower price stuff and I felt like I was in a steam suit. I used to do heavy backpacking trips in CO and would die if it rained. Finally at summer camp one year i borrowed my friends gore-tex jacket and i was sold.

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Gore tex is awesome. I used it when I road my street bike year round in Washington State.
Agreed, I use my Gore tex when I ride, and I also have a set of Frogg Toggs for golfing and fishing.

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