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post #16 of (permalink) Old 09-19-2020, 12:12 AM
Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Lake Country, BC
Interest: Backpacking, hiking, Skiing, Mtn Biking, Windsurfing, Dirt Biking
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Originally Posted by russellcoffin View Post
The biggest difference is that the wind jacket will be highly breathable (20 cfm plus) while the rain jacket will be clammy once active. Rain jacket does the job when sitting at camp. A wind jacket should be max 150 grams, and you can find cheap ones for <100 grams. The Patagonia Houdini and Arcteryx Squamish are on the heavier and pricier side
I think youíre thinking of a different jacket (maybe the OR Helium??). The Patagonia Houdini is around 105-115gr. I have 2 and got the last one on sale for $80. I absolutely love it. I wear it as a wind jacket, bug or sun protection and even as a rain jacket in light rain as it keeps me just warm enough but not clammy, like you mentioned Rain Jackets do when hiking in. Once it stops raining my body heat dries it out really fast. Itís one of my favourite pieces of gear. I carry one in my hiking bag and one in my bike bag
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