2 Wet Days of Backpacking...

Reviewed by Newbie Backpacker from Michigan on Saturday, June 28, 2014
I purchased this item for a backpacking trip. We experienced two wet days on the trail; one lasted for about 6 hours, the other closer to 8 hours. On the second rainy day, my $120 waterproof shoes started taking on water. However, this coat, paired with the rain pants, kept me dry. Since it is unisex, the sizing is a bit difficult. I am a size 14, 40F woman. The XL jacket fit everywhere but the sleeves. The sleeves were a bit long for me, which resulted in a little residual water creeping into the cuffs. Otherwise, the jacket remained completely dry and held up to being repeatedly tugged on by my pack and by me. This also doubled as my windbreaker/coat for the trip, and it worked fantastically. My husband bought the Columbia rain gear at nearly 3 times the cost; my rain gear held up just as well as his more expensive gear. I was also impressed with my ability to easily roll it back up and stuff it back into its carry sack. The jacket came home muddy, and I was concerned about how well it would hold up to being washed in our ancient washing machine. It held up just as well to the ancient agitator in our washer as it did to the abuse it received while backpacking. Well worth the money.
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