to trust someone talking about rain gear while surrounded by cactus and desert shrubbery.) Sierra Designs has taken ventilation another step further with its Elite Cagoule Jacket and Elite Rain Chaps, new for. Regardless of marketing claims to the contrary, the breathability of WP/B fabrics is utterly inadequate relative to a normal rate of perspiration when hiking, especially in warm and/or humid conditions. Personally, Id rather only publish content in which Im deeply confident. While comfortable, the boot is overkill for most hikers and hiking trails. What We Dont At 330, its out of reach for most backpackers.
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Because other media fail to tell the truth. They have a fair amount of give in the ankles, which we found helpful for maneuvering on rock and in tight spots. First, since I may not even need my rain gear, Id like to keep down its weight and volume. An umbrella is useless in high winds or when bushwhacking, snags when on poorly maintained trails, takes out of commission a hand and arm, and creates noticeable drag. A poncho is a decent and understandable choice when hiking on-trail in mild temperature and high humidity, such as was the case in Quebecs Chic Choc Mountains in August 2004. And in multiple places I have forcefully explained the technological flaws of gore-TEX and other branded and proprietary waterproof-breathable fabrics. The same story is felt underfoot, with plenty of flex for quick scrambling, as well as sufficient protection for multi-day trekking over tough terrain. For irregular and short-lived rain events such as that one, his minimalist OR rain jacket was perfect. My rationale for these choices is simple. I used a prototype last summer but not enough for review, and I dont yet have production pieces. In the field, which is the only test that I care about, gore-TEX and other WP/B fabrics fail, especially with long-term use and in prolonged wet conditions.