Full length two way zippers [including the sleeve all the way to the bottom of the jacket] are ideal. The jacket opens fully flat. It becomes a blanket in an emergency.
Great gear expert. Myopic camera person. Back up dude and show the gear! I am so discouraged with ALL the so-called waterproof/breathable jackets out there. I can hardly climb a hill without sweating like crazy in any of them. Give me an old 60/40 parka (if I could find one!) and a poncho anytime.
How about showing the hard shell "and mentioning" the sizing to make sure it fits over the down or synthetic jacket you will be wearing. I am 56 years old and have been hiking for 40 of those years and have seen so many times the people that try on and buy the outer shell without ever trying it with their insulated jacket. Doing this in the outdoors in too late and then their insulated is compressed and doesn't work.
OK, I'm an old guy. My gear tends to be old stuff I like. For raingear, wind and cold protection I have a military Goretex jacket and pants set. It's the woodland camo which kinda makes me look like a redneck, paramilitary freak, but the stuff sure works. If outandout survival is on the plate this is my goto gear. Funny thing is I got the jacket as a gift, (new) and found the pants (new) in of all places a Salv. Army store for cheap.
do yourself a favor and check out EVENT jackets from Westcomb and Rab. Waterproof and amazingly highly breathable. Not like the other so called breathable jackets out there.
If there was time to add more content...the addition of a quick description and comparison of some of the materials (Gore-tex was mentioned) would help - a lot of competing materials on the market. Defects and faulty workmanship were quickly addressed, but I don't remember anything on the importance of buying a jacket from a company that stands behind its product, perhaps a necessity when recommending an investment $200-$400. My go-to jacket is a Patagonia Stretch Metabolic - purchased for about $150 on-line.
i mean affordable, $20-$70 affordable.
get a frogtog rain coat there affordable, breathable, and durable.
it would be nice for the camera to focus on the jacket that is being shown so we can see the features. Rather than focus on the person that is talking. Nice guy, but the jacket is why we watch the video
Great info. Can't spend 300 bucks on a rain jacket, but he shows you what to look for. He's not the salesman.
My go-to combo is the REI Taku Waterproof, windproof shell with the Mont-Bell U.L. Down Inner Jacket. So far, so good. Great water protection, even in a down pour in the Tetons. The Down Jacket provides great warmth for only 7 ounces. The combo kept me roasty toasty in Wisconsin with actual temps around 7 degrees and wind chills below zero. Paired with the REI Ultra Light rain pants, you've got a great multi-purpose system.
Tell the cameraman to do something else next time.
No jokes here, This guy knows his jackets. I learned a lot. The photography is a little amatuerish for the occassion but at least this isn't dragging a backback down a road at 60 mph. Good job. Ric ... email@example.com
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