I’ve owned a pair of Golite Tumalo Rain Pants for over a year and use them for 3 season hiking because they’re so lightweight and such a great deal ($50/pair). I got to use them for nearly 6 days of continuous drizzle, rain, wind, snow, sleet, and hail in Scotland last month which is the first full-on test that I’ve been able to perform of their multi-day wearability and performance in highly adverse conditions. That’s really where the rubber hits the road when it comes to breathable waterproofs in my honest opinion.
The Tumalo pants did really well in those conditions, surprisingly so considering how leery I am about manufacturer’s claims about breathability. They kept me dry and I didn’t notice any perspiration accumulation while wearing them although I was backpacking through mountainous backcountry, non-stop for 10-12 hours a day. They didn’t wet out or chafe, they provided excellent wind protection even in gale force winds, as well as an extra thermal envelope in cold weather. As far as I’m concerned the GoLite Tumalo rain pant is a best buy and I’m likely to stockpile another pair or two because they’re so inexpensive.
GoLite’s Tumalo rain pants are 2.5 layer pants (8.6 oz in an XL) made using GoLite’s proprietary Trinity breathable layer sandwiched between a nylon face and a printed backer fabric for better durability. Trinity replaced Pertex in 2012, because according to GoLite, it is more waterproof and has better moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) results.
Despite their low price, the Tumalo rain pants have some nice features including 12 inch high calf zips with a rain flap that make it easy to put on the pants and take them off without removing your boots or hiking shoes, a right hand thigh pocket with keychain keeper, a drawstring waist and cord lock and full seam taping. There’s even a model of Tumalo Rain Pants with Full Zips for just $10 more if you prefer more venting and want to use them in winter and need a longer zipper to get them on and off while wearing large mountaineering boots.
- 8.6 ounces in size men’s XL
- 32 inch inseam
- 12 inch calf zippers with rain flap for added protection
- velcro tabs on leg hem
- right hand pocket with waterproof zipper and keychain keeper
- draw cord waist with cord lock
- fully seam taped
- color – black
Disclosure: Philip Werner owns these rain pants and paid for them with his own funds.
Written: June 2013.