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Old 05-23-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Bomb proof Rain Gear

Most on the forum know me as a fly fisherman who spends lots of time on the ponds. I was out for last week's deluge, which was as intense a rain storm as I've seen in the 'Daks. Sheets of rain driven by the wind while I was out there in my float tube looking fruitlessly for a brook trout. It did me in. My Mountain Hardwear rain jacket wetted out. I got cold and wet.

I was not the only one. Glen in his expensive Cloudveil and UpstaeDave in his Patagonia rainwear got equally drenched, wet out an uncomfortable. I've owned rain jackets from North Face, Arcteryx, Marmot and Patagonia. All were great for a very short time (< 1 season) and then suffered the same fate.

I prepared for this trip by washing my shell (techwash followed by two rinse cycles), applying DWR (ReviveX) and putting it through the dryer for 60 minutes.

So do any of you have a bomb proof rain gear suggestion, either a new product or a method of re-treating? Or is everybody else as irritated as me over the manufacturer's claims and less than stellar performance after the money has been spent?
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