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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Budget Apparel Guide: $100 Rainshells

Our testers endured a year's worth of wet, cold conditions to find six lightweight jackets that will keep your body dry and your wallet plump.

by: Dan A. Nelson

Sierra Designs Isotope Nano (Courtesy Photos)
Sierra Designs Isotope Nano (Courtesy Photos)



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Jim
Nov 17, 2012

There are dozens of shells available. I like to read customer reviews at sites that sell them. I suspect budget shells are all adequate for hauling around in the bottom of the pack and use in the occasional 3-season rain storm. For winter I believe the 3 layer (like the Helly Hansen Vancouver) is worth the extra weight. IMHO

John
Oct 09, 2012

How small do they all pack?

Robbie
Sep 23, 2010

I don't know 100$ for a "bargain" rain shell is a bit much. I also suspect these are all imported from 3rd world countries. Meaning anyone who actually will have to pay for this gear is paying 1000% markup.

colin penno/ penpor612@gmail.com
Sep 14, 2010

Yes. What jackets were tested?
Where was GoLite, etc.?

Eric Graham
Sep 14, 2010

Just wandering if the Patagonia Torrentshell was tested even though it runs $119.
What jackets were tested?
Thanks

Tim
Sep 14, 2010

Link for the Marmot is broken....

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