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Waterproof Jacket

Hi there,

I'm looking for a waterproof jacket, not for motorcycling, but rather to pack in my landie for my RTW trip (and for use previous). I'm after all the usual things such as waterproof, breatheable, and not too bulky.
What I have found with my previous waterproofs, is that after torrential rain the water seems to seep through. This may be because of my last requirement, cheap!

Any recommendations?

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Assuming you don't want to wear plastic (which is definitely waterproof ), then "genuine" Gore-Tex wins every time. Although there is many other "waterproof" membraned clothing on the market, my experience is that they're never as good as the original! For something light, packable, but still 100% waterproof, try something with the Gore-Tex Paclite membrane.
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Or Sympatex, this membrane been around for years and i've found it to be excellent, if not so common as GoreTex. I'd also recommend Salomon's in-house material (Climadry?), and for bike kit Frank Thomas.But for cheapkit - the good ol' clear plastic poncho.
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Try fishing tackle dealers for some gore-tex gear. Also from my experience if your in and out of the landy, winching or tyre changing get some gore-tex trousers too. I imagine you've already got seat covers or vinyl seats.
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Flexothane is a very light waterproof material and it also fits your criteria , cheap
Have a look here to get a rough idea Foul weather rainwear waterproof workwear Flexothane Thermal coverall
I have a single skin jacket and trousers, totally waterproof and very light.

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Why not pay a visist to your local agriculteral merchants..?
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Ditto

Visit the Ag dealer and you won't be ripped off.
The only stuff that worked for me ,year after year in shit , mud ,gore and torrential Welsh rain was Barbour .Quality counts !
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Or Sympatex, this membrane been around for years and i've found it to be excellent, if not so common as GoreTex.
I've had really poor experiences with Sympatex under "severe conditions" , which is why I won't buy it anymore. I've found Gore-Tex to be capable of withstanding several hours continuous rain riding at speed, whereas under the same conditions, Sympatex can leak, especially when not brand-new.
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Hi,

I'd agree with others here that say that Gore is probably still the best on the market, although having not used every material in the world, I'd hesitate to state it as pure fact!
I've had a number of jackets over the years and they've all performed well. I've just bought a Paclite in a sale (£150 to £100) which is excellent and I'd suggest very good for things like travelling. It's a The North Face Flight Series jacket, weighs nothing yet offers good protection. Paclite gets a little clammy compared to other forms of Gore in my experience, but I think that might just be due to it's lack of a proper 3rd ply on the inside.
The thing with all these materials is you have to look after them. Gore won't work if it's dirty, the pores get blocked and the dirt also acts to wick moisture INTO the jacket! Lots of people have discovered their jacket mysteriously stops leaking after it's been washed!
Gore also have an excellent warranty, I've had two jackets replaced after several years of hard use because of relatively moderate leaking.
I also use my Paclite as a liner for my Tuareg jacket when I'm on the bike, and it performs very well.

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Good point Matt ,Goretex doesn't work when it gets dirty ,Land Rovers attract mud and muck like a magnet ,hence I don't see it as being very good .

Caminando ,the question was not about motorcycle clothing .
["" I'm looking for a waterproof jacket, not for motorcycling, but rather to pack in my landie for my RTW trip "" ]

I still say that Barbour is good ,one of the reasons being that it will take abuse ,a lot of waterproof fabrics simply do not work in anything other than ideal ,ie clean and non abrasive , conditions .Many synthetic fabrics will cause condensation inside the jacket and you will be just as wet .
I have been getting filthy and wet for a living for 35 years so you never know ,I might have learnt a thing or two - or maybe not ?
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Flexothane Have a read up on it, you know it makes sense
It does everything that the others do. And stop bitching ladies


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Flexothane Have a read up on it, you know it makes sense
It does everything that the others do. And stop bitching ladies


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Who's bitching ?
There is a lot of good advice here from several people .
Pick the advice that suits your needs .
I don't think I've ever heard of the Flexothane you mentioned ,so I might even check it out -is it tear resistant ?.

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Who's bitching ?
is it tear resistant ?.



Yes



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Waterproof

Another vote for gore-tex, i like mountain equipments jackets always fit me well nice and light and hve never let a drop through. They can be a bit pricey but i think you get what you pay for.
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Thanks for all the advise

Great - thanks for all the advice. I 'm off to go and do some window shopping first of all. Leaning towards goretex, but will check out Flexothane and maybe Barbour too. Although, from what I have seen about barbour is does lean towards the landed gentry look. Not sure my garden is big enough to qualify me for that!

Thanks again all, always quality advice here.
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