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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Gear Review: Columbia Rainstormer

A bargain jacket with full amenities.

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Columbia Rainstormer (Courtesy Photo)
Columbia Rainstormer (Courtesy Photo)
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Why we like it
This workhorse is one of the best deals of the season, delivering solid protection and durability for a rock-bottom price.

Protection “Waterproofing is top-notch,” declared a tester who lived in the Rainstormer during last fall’s historic flooding in Colorado. Thank a fat storm flap, precisely cinching cuffs and hem, waterproof pocket zippers, and a butt-covering cut. The stowaway hood fits over a climbing helmet, but doesn’t have much of a brim.

Breathability
Some testers loved Columbia’s Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable fabric with Omni-Wick EVAP (a lining technology that breaks up moisture molecules for speedy evaporation). One Wyoming climber wore it in all-day rain: “I stayed completely dry and not at all clammy,” she reports. But another wished for pit zips on sweaty, 50°F runs in the rain and found the pockets offered little venting (though they do sit above a hipbelt).

Durability The Rainstormer’s toughness-to-weight ratio drew praise: “I did my fair share of scraping on a multipitch route in the Tetons—but there were no abrasions whatsoever on the 50-denier nylon face fabric,” says one tester. “And the interior fabric feels silky-smooth on the skin.”

Fit
The roomy cut let testers move and reach freely and layer up comfortably without being overly baggy when worn over just a baselayer. But it’s still a bit loose for anyone looking for an athletic fit.
$120; 12.2 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; columbia.com



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ssejhill
Jun 03, 2014

Corey I completely agree. How does BACPACKER consider this to be a bargain??? $120 is no bargain. BACKPACKER, you have no clue on what people consider a bargain. Your magazine and website is loaded with "bargains" which are ridiculously high. I love your articles But if you are going to put something out as being a bargain it REALLY better be a bargain. Bargains should be much lower: rain jackets - less than $40, down sleeping bags - under $80, tents - under $90, packs - under $75, ...

If you are looking for a real bargain you can find a couple rain jackets in the $25-40 range at CAMPMOR. Check out the Campmor Storm Venture Waterproof/Breathable Parka or the Campmor Men's Cascade II Rain Parka

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CoreyR
Jun 03, 2014

Wow, Only $120 for a packable jacket??? ...and this is your idea of a "bargain" one. I'll jump right on that.
And this would be why I do not subscribe to your magazine!

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