Hiking Affordable Rain Jacket

Best Hiking Rain Jacket

Hiking Affordable Rain Jacket I recently reviewed Outdoor Research’s alpine shell, which uses OR’s proprietary AscentShell fabric. You make Ascentshell by spraying nano-sized polyurethane fibers over an electric charge, which creates a thin, breathable membrane that is then sandwiched between a durable face fabric and a comfy interior backing fabric.

Like Futurelight, the MicroGravity is soft, stretchy, and fabric-like, without the crinkliness of traditional DWR-laminated fabrics. (Unfortunately, unlike Futurelight, it is not PFC-free). I’ve found it to be the perfect pick for a chilly, Pacific Northwestern spring. I’ve worn it hiking, biking, and walking my dog, and it keeps even the hardest rains out.

It also broke the wind while biking in the rain at 18 mph and was roomy enough to fit a fleece hoodie underneath. The chest and hand mesh pockets provide additional ventilation, but AscentShell was breathable enough that I didn’t need it. Even while biking hard uphill with the pockets zipped, I didn’t get uncomfortably sweaty.

Best Affordable Rain Jacket

Hiking Affordable Rain Jacket Mixed Of Rain Jackets just less than $100, it is tough to find rain jackets that offer better value than the Rainier. It uses high-quality laminate waterproofing instead of the less expensive coating many cheaper rain jackets tend to rely on. (Read more below on laminates and layers.) Rather than bonding a waterproof, breathable membrane below the shell fabric, manufacturers will save money by just coating the inner surface with a waterproof, breathable film. It’s less pricey but also less durable than three-layer construction.

The Rainier has many great features that are tough to find in rain jackets at this price. For example, it’s made from recycled nylon and has venting pit zips. It’s also seam-taped, has a weatherproof center zip, and has an adjustable, packable hood. For casual day hikes and traveling, the Rainier jacket is a great choice.

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