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snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:10 PM
From: SW
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 17:58:23 -0500
Remote Name: 12.224.28.251

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Hi everybody I'm new to the board. I've tried to read back as far as I could to catch up and I have learned alot. However I did not see any info on what you guys use for light weight rain gear and I mean rain gear that you can hunt in not just for an emergency. Where would you draw the line for weight of a jacket and pants? I just found a deal on the Browning "Pac jac and pants" the pair comes in at 3.0 lbs and pack into a small sack that measures approx. 12x7x6 inches. I also picked up Brownings light weight fleece coat weighing in at 1.2 lbs. Thanks, SW

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:11 PM
From: MW
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 21:09:42 -0500
Remote Name: 24.237.139.108

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You cannot go wrong with Frogg Toggs....both jacket and pants weigh 17 oz. COMBINED. Cheap, last about 3 years to heavy use....and you cannot get a lighter rainsuit.

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:11 PM
From: Nick
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 21:42:56 -0500
Remote Name: 208.11.82.228

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Welcome SW, I too have been looking for a lighter raingear parka and pants. I came across an article in Anchorage Newspaper that led me to a review on Backpackerlight.com on raingear. Frogg Toggs were included on this review but another company called Red Ledge makes a parka called Thunderlight. It got top honors from all reviewers. I have no experience with them but the review compares several contenders. Hope this helps. If you try any of these, let us know your thoughts.

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:12 PM
From: JohnT
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 22:39:34 -0500
Remote Name: 67.4.58.202

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I have the Browning raingear you mentioned. It has worked great and is light enough that you don't leave it home. You're on the right track. If it isn't light enough, it doesn't get taken regardless of how high tech it is.

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:12 PM
From: muddy_spud
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 22:40:08 -0500
Remote Name: 63.165.128.38

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I also will recomend the frog toggs. I have 2 years of moderate use with mine and they are lite enogh that the go in my "possibles" pouch so I am never without them. They have saved my bacon on a couple of occasions. The tan color is neutral and they are relatively quiet in comparason to some of the other rain gear I have used.
Harry

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:13 PM
From: Levi
Category: Category 1
Date: 22 Dec 2002
Time: 23:10:16 -0500
Remote Name: 67.1.65.75

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Dittos Harry's comments about Frogg Toggs gear. Have used mine pretty hard this past summer and through hunting season with good results. Material seems to become more plyable and quiet the more I wear them. Hard to beat the price also.
Levi

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:13 PM
rom: MikeM
Category: Category 1
Date: 23 Dec 2002
Time: 15:46:47 -0500
Remote Name: 64.33.161.4

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Levi, are they quiet enough for bow hunting? Tried them on brand new and they were pretty noisy. Did you do anything special to break them in?

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:13 PM
From: steve
Category: Category 1
Date: 23 Dec 2002
Time: 16:06:49 -0500
Remote Name: 64.126.66.244

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i used the browning packable stuff in alaska for 3 weeks this sept. it worked great for the first 1/2 day of continuos rain than it soaked thru. the good thing is that it will dry quickly. but it is not good for long raines.

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:14 PM
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Category: Category 1
Date: 23 Dec 2002
Time: 21:56:21 -0500
Remote Name: 67.1.65.78

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Mike, wore them during rifle season and thought they worked good. Now that mine are broken in they aren't near as loud as when they were brand new. However, they are still considerably louder than material like wool or cotton. For my style of rifle hunting this small amount of noise is negligible. For a bowhunter though they might be too noisy for that close action you guys experience. Hope this helps.
Levi

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:14 PM
From: SW
Category: Category 1
Date: 24 Dec 2002
Time: 14:33:50 -0500
Remote Name: 209.95.35.33

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Thanks for the posts on the rain gear. I'm going to have to check out the frogg toggs for ultra lite packing. My thought on the noise while bowhunting (relating to the frogg toggs)is that during a rain you may be able to get away with a little more noise. Thanks again, SW

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:15 PM
rom: MikeM
Category: Category 1
Date: 25 Dec 2002
Time: 15:27:30 -0500
Remote Name: 64.33.161.4

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Thanks for the imfo. I'll have to give it some thought. My current stuff is 3 pounds and I could wouldn't mind sheddding a little weight.

snowdevil
01-09-2003, 05:15 PM
From: Oz
Category: Category 1
Date: 25 Dec 2002
Time: 18:12:14 -0500
Remote Name: 209.161.167.67

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SW, Welcome! I'll say dittos on the Toggs, used 'em hard through a Brooks Range sheep hunt and the approaches are generally harder on gear than the high country except the sharp rocks, and they held up well. I bought the "black" color they sell and it is more of a medium dark grey and turned out to be a perfect color to blend into rocks with. It would work well in shadows and dark timber etc. I would be interested in learning about the Red Ledge Thunderlight. I have a piece or two of Red Ledge gear and so far it has held up well-decent quality. For out-and-out everyday all day rain in perpetually wet country, only "rubber" works without question, We've had good luck with Helly-Hansen Impertech, it's an OK compromise for weight/price/durability. Hope this helps, good luck Oz

ART338
03-02-2003, 07:14 PM
Where can a person go about buying Frogg Trogg rain gear. Did a search on both goggle and ask chives and came up with nadda.

03-02-2003, 08:10 PM
I got them at Cabela's a couple weeks ago.

MikeM
03-04-2003, 07:41 PM
Try http://www.froggtoggs.com/Products.html sorry if it doesn't work as a link. Maybe someone can clue me in on how to copy and paste.

Sgathak
03-05-2003, 12:12 AM
you guys might be interested in this page...

http://www.backpackinglight.com/index/28/

Gore-tex worshippers beware.

Nevada Dan
03-05-2003, 10:58 AM
Sgathak,

That's an interesting Link. The author certainly came up with some rather innovative grassroots testing procedures.

03-09-2003, 01:10 AM
Cabela's carries a Helly-Hansen Mountain Parka for $50.00. Mine has been to Mt. Shasta twice and Mt. Whitney and Mt. White (the true highest peak in the lower 48)plus two seasons of rain forest hunting for Blacktails, and a couple of Eastern Oregon Elk hunts with snow. It is not noisy enough to make a difference when rifle hunting, especially when it is raining or snowing. it comes in Green, not Camo. I use wool pants because they dont scrap in the low brush, and because I happen to love the pair I have, but they are too heavy.