Over the years I’ve tried numerous rain jackets. I’ve found that when hiking hard, in cold or warm weather, there is just no such thing as “breathable.” I’ve used expensive “breathable” jackets from companies like Marmot, Arcteryx, Patagonia, etc., and I’ve yet to find one where I’m not soaked after a climb.
This year I’ve decided to take a basic silnylon jacket with me on my Colorado Trail hike. The only requirements I had when looking to find the jacket – light weight, pit zips, a deep hood, and a loose fit. I checked several manufacturers, scoured numerous reviews, and finally settled on the LightHeart rain jacket, size XL, color – cranberry. They had good reviews from sources I trusted, like Sectionhiker.com, and LightHeart is a small entrepreneur/manufacturer – another plus. I always like to support the “little guys.”
I received the LightHeart jacket last week, and was pleased with the quality. It met all of my requirements, and was well made. The hood was nice and deep for my large head, with a brim to keep out the rain. It is so aggravating when the really light jackets just cinch up around your face. I always feel like I’m in a large sausage casing.
I also appreciated the nice long pit zips. They are really like side zips they are so long.
The only pause for me were the two pockets on the outside of the jacket, with no zippers. I use hiking poles, so I don’t really put my hands in my pockets much. I also won’t be able to put my snacks in them, but they are nice and deep.
There are two waterproof pockets inside the jacket, which is nice. I can put maps, phone, etc., in these.
I do swim in the XL a little bit, but I like rain jackets looser. They always bunch up under my pack, and I don’t like to feel constricted when I’m hiking. I also like a rain jacket that can easily fit over several layers in colder weather. The added benefit of this one is that it is also so long that it may even cover my shorts!
I’m looking forward to trying out the jacket. My favorite thing about it, was the small tag that clearly stated it was “NOT BREATHABLE!”