LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket Review

Lightheart Rain Jacket ReviewThe LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket (MSRP $99) is a lightweight ripstop nylon waterproof rain jacket made the old-fashioned way, without any so-called breathable fabric. Coated on the outside with silicone and on the inside with polyurethane, this maintenance-free rain jacket won’t wet out like much more expensive waterproof breathable jackets that are coated with Durable Water Repellant (DWR) and need to be periodically reproofed to keep keeping you dry. (See: Why does Rain Gear Wet Out? and Why Does DWR Suck?)

LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket

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No Frills Rain Jacket

The LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket is made with polyurethane coated silnylon that never wears off like the DWR coating on a Gore-Tex jacket. Pit zips and a fully adjustable hood provide excellent comfort and mobility, while weighing just 7 ounces.

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Weighing just 7.0 ounces in a size large, the LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket is fully featured with all of the bells and whistles you’d find on much more expensive jackets. I’ve been wearing mine for months in a wide range of temperatures and there’s precious little that this jacket can’t do.

The LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket has an adjustable hood with an extended brim.
The LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket has an adjustable hood with an extended brim.

It has an adjustable hood with side cord-locks so you can cinch down the opening, along with an extended brim to keep rain off your glasses and forehead. The front zipper has a fold-over rain flap to keep water off the zipper and can be zipped up over your chin to keep water off your face in blowing rain.

There are two large pockets on the inside of the coat, handy for carrying a hat or gloves, that are large enough that you can stuff the jacket into one when not in use. In addition, there are two handwarmer pockets on the outside that can be used while wearing a backpack hip belt, along with elastic and velcro cuffs on the arms to keep the rain out.

Since this rain jacket is not made with a “breathable” fabric, it has two 15″ long pit zips that run under the upper arm and down the torso that are used to vent hot air, even when it’s raining.

The jacket has 15 inch long pit zips to vent heat
The jacket has 15 inch long pit zips to vent heat

I’ve worn this jacket in everything from freezing rain to heavy thunderstorms and it will keep you warm even if you’re hiking in the pouring rain. When water hits the surface of the jacket, it beads up and rolls off as you’d expect, rather than soaking the fabric and chilling you. The fact that the LightHeart Rain Jacket is coated in silicone and polyurethane, means that you never have to worry about a DWR coating wearing off or having this jacket wet-out, the most common point of failure for rain jackets made using waterproof-breathable fabrics.

But there’s no denying the fact that this jacket retains a lot of heat when you’re active. While that’s a good thing in cold weather, I start to sweat when the temperature is about 60 degrees or higher, with or without rain. My view: there’s a big difference between sweating on the inside, where it’s warm, and getting soaked from the outside, where your body heat can’t offset the cooling effect of a garment that’s been soaked through by wet-out.

Unlike most waterproof breathable jackets, the seams on the Lightheart Gear jacket are not seam taped. They’re bound which is sewing technique used to finish seams on single-layer jackets and clothing. While the seams are not technically waterproof, they’re unlikely to leak except in extreme conditions. If its a concern, seam seal them.

If you’re like me and sick of waterproof-breathable rain jackets that don’t live up to expectations, I suggest you give the LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket a try. This jacket has found a home on my backpacking gear list and it might just restore your faith in rain gear.

Disclosure: LightHeart Gear provided Philip Werner with a sample jacket for this review. 

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  1. Roleigh Martin

    Great review, I hope you’ll try out the Sierra Designs Cagoule ( ) and compare it with the LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket. I’m curious to know what you’d think comparing the two.

  2. Yes, that is a good jacket well made and designed. I could wish for a slightly wider/stiffer brim over my eyebrows. This would add a slight bit of weight, though.

    One thing you did not mention was long term use. I do not think the silicone/poly is the best for this, though it is easy to manufacture. Only time will tell. Once the poly is damaged, there is no way to repair it. So, my belief is that a jacket made from silnylon, then coated again with a 1:10 mix of 100% silicone caulk and odorless mineral spirits will be just as waterproof, far easier to maintain in that state, and, somewhat lighter (between 5-6oz.) I recommend two coats of sealant, ie one on the inside and one on the outside. (It might need an overnight delay between coats.) After 7-10 years, If it ever starts to leak/wet out, it can be coated again.

    • You’re handier than me, I guess. As for repair, the transparent glossy “color” of tenacious tape is waterproof.

    • So Marco, can you recommend a jacket like that? No problem for me to do the silicone/mineral spirits thing on any nylon windbreaker-type jacket, but the issue is the waterproofness of the zipper.

      • Well, I guess you answered your own question. IMHO, I am with Philip on this one. Any silnylon or PU/sil wind breaker/rain jacket will leak a little. Breathable jackets don’t work over a couple weeks out, a little dirt/body oil contaminates the WPB barrier making them leak/and seal up anyway. Zippers can be a problem but, usually I am bent over slightly, anyway (I have my pack on my back and it requires a slightly stooped posture to balance it.) Stopping the rain and repelling the large majority of it is all that is really required.
        Getting wet from sweat is not as bad as getting soaked with rain, especially freezing rain. On a cold day, I will often wear the rain jacket to hold in heat, which it does whether it is raining or not. Often I hike with the zipper open part way anyway, mostly to cool off. Soo, my chest is usually wet/sweat soaked anyway. I don’t see a zipper without a flap as a major problem. A $15 wind breaker can easily be made into usable rain gear. Down to below freezing, it works. Colder than that, it is just a matter of brushing off snow/ice before it starts melting. Lightheart makes a good jacket covering 99% of my needs.

        Philip, yup, tape works well for major rips and pokes.

    • Actually, looking through the LIghtheart website, I see that certain colors are silicone/PU but other colors are only silnylon. Plus you can get longer sleeves. Wow, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks Philip!!

  3. I’m glad to see the ever-increasing number of folks who concur that a true waterproof jacket is far better than an expensive, wet-out, so-called waterproof “breathable” jacket. I get a bigger size for more ventilation and, if it’s warm rain, just go without. This jacket sounds like a good one!

  4. Looks really promising. I too have sworn off DWR jackets. I have been using froggtoggs but they are not very durable. This looks like a great alternative. By the way the “brimmed hood” looks rather strange in that picture, does it fit well? I’ve had a couple hooded jackets that seemed really awkward once cinched down.

  5. David Schwaiger

    I have been thinking about going to a completely waterproof jacket myself. I usually backpack in the winter when it is not warm. I don’t like for it to get over 50 degrees when I am backpacking. I almost always get soaked from an all day rain. I wind up cold from the soak through where I wouldn’t be if I were just sweating.

  6. That looks incredibly hot especially for Florida.

    • People hike in Florida?

    • Do you even want a rain jacket in Florida? In Costa Rica in rainy season, I would just wear a waterproof sombrero to keep rain off my face and let the rain soak the rest of me – it felt better to be soaked with rain rather than just soaked with sweat.

  7. I like all the features except the color. Green or brown would be perfect.

  8. I saw on Light heart’s website that the seams on the jacket are “bound not taped”, but they make no mention of whether they need to be sealed with silnet or similar. Did you seal yours Philip? If not, how are leaks at the seams prevented?

    • You don’t have to seam seal it. The bound seams (lost sewing arts) do it for you. Judy should explain that better since it’s confusing if you’re not a fashion sewer.

      • Judy "HeartFire" Gross

        The seam is first sewn like any other seam, then it gets folded over on the sewn line, and encased in a strip of the same fabric the jacket is made from- technically it is not waterproof, theoretically, the seam could leak, but I’ve never had any problems with it leaking. If you were concerned about the seams leaking, the only one I would suggest you seam seal with SilNet (from the outside) is the neck seam at the back of the hood. This would be the only place water might pool. The Royal Blue and Espresso brown colors are the Sil-PU fabric, they shed water better, and are opaque so a long distance hiker can wear them while doing laundry and not be concerned about ‘show through’. the other colors are silnylon, the same as I use on the tents. These are more transparent , but also weigh on average ab out 1 oz less than the Sil-PU.

      • This may seem picky but… Do you plan on offering the PU coatings fabric in any other colors?

      • Judy "HeartFire" Gross

        Josh, Not in the immediate future, but that can always change – what color/s would you be interested in? (Understand that I have to buy a few thousand yards of the fabric at a time)

      • I’m not privy to your sales data, but I would assume offering either black, camo, or some shade of grey (such as pewter) would appeal to a wide array of consumers.

      • Seconding the pewter.

      • Thirding the pewter.

  9. Good points.

    I just read all the old posts linked to and was reminded of a couple of things.

    (1) Around 1980 I went to a presentation at REI (at the original Seattle store in the converted warehouse). It was about a group that had bicycled around the world together. Their consensus was to get the heavy-duty, nowhere-near-breathable yellow jackets and pants, because the main problem for them was staying warm. And after that came durability.

    Hiking needs are different though. I wouldn’t want to wear three pounds of rubbery rain gear, especially the bright yellow stuff.

    (2) A pack cover works for me. I’ve used one of those 4-ounce “contractor cleanup” bags with a couple of slits cut in one side for the pack’s shoulder straps. But most of my backpacking involves using a hammock, with the pack inside with me and under my knees. Even though I always keep an extra plastic bag set aside for the pack, I still don’t like it wet. Then again, I haven’t faced the challenge of being out in days of rain.

    (3) For day hikes at least, an umbrella is peerless. Superb. I hiked several winters in western Washington in layers of synthetics (including cycling tights) under an umbrella. Even getting splashed when passing a waterfall, I stayed comfortable. The fabric spreads the water out, the stretchability of the fabric keeps it tight against the skin, and after five minutes, even if I’ve just gotten my legs soaked and am still wet, I felt fine. And you are close to 100% breathable.

    (4) I did one four-day backpacking trip wearing fleecy-type clothes under a lightweight, Nik-waxed wind shell (Montane Featherlight Smock and pants, circa 2002, total weight, 6 oz.). Had off-and-on rain for three days, got sort of wet, but the shell kept off most of the rain, the fleecy stuff under kept me comfy, and I quickly dried out whenever the rain quit. (Nearest equivalent today: and Overall, a bit similar to the Buffalo Systems soft shell ( approach.

    (5) Lots of stuff is possible. I hiked around 20 miles up the Hoh rain forest in early February, 1981 in jeans, a flannel shirt, an early Gore-Tex jacket, and coated nylon rain pants, and survived. Didn’t get wet, didn’t sweat much, had a bivy sack to sleep in and a couple of shelters to stop in along the way. I did get swarmed by mice one night, but that’s another sort of problem.

  10. Luke’s Ultralight made me a custom coat with extra long sleeves (serve as mitts) for about the same price as well! I use it also as a VBL upper layer in the winter. Quality stuff.

  11. Perfect timing. Also, hold a cookie when you take another picture all cinched up in that jacket.

  12. Great post Philip,
    as an oldie I well remember the urethane proofed cagoule which kept the rain out as well as a marine oilskin but cooked you to a turn in warm weather. Then came the ubiquitous Helly Henson slick skinned jackets in a many colors which were totally water proof and with good ventilation, these were far better. Both of these were kept for many years of good service. Then came waterproof breathable jackets! The first I had was rendered useless by gasoline fumes within the first month and I was totally disillusioned so replaced with a “Barbour” thorn-proof oiled cotton game jacket which was superb until consumed by a forest fire! Then came a succession of breathable waterproofs none of which are as good as advertised if used extensively for over a year. Many were returned to retailers as totally useless for purpose i.e. keeping you warm and dry. Now I have a urethane proofed rain poncho and a trekking umbrella plus a urethane proofed smock for emergency use. Weight wise the poncho weighs 300 g and the smock 275 g which is a great weight saving over many of the previous garments. My humble opinion tally’s with yours, urethane and silicon win hands down in the wet.

    • The Cagoule!!! My goodness. Thanks for the memories.

      • In Scotland in the ’60s we all used neoprene coated nylon cagoules year round, in heat and in Arctic cold.

        Given our climate rain or blizzard was routine, but we had good layering and while a lot of water condensed inside the shell, I never remember being wet or cold against the skin.

        These fancy modern shells may work for dog walking, but on long trails the DWR soon gives up, so you’re going to wet out and breathability is lost.

        There’s a lot of logic in going back to the future and reviving the impermeable shell. The answer lies in skillful layering, venting, and control of sweating through regulation of pace, I think, rather than in some magic fairy-dust fabric.

  13. +1 on Black or Grey

  14. looks great! :) I need a light jacket myself :)

  15. I’m interested to know whether you think this is a good winter shell. I would like something that can breathe for exercising in the snow but that will still provide some vapor protection from snow covered branches, falling snow, etc. This seems like it is really only good for times when there is a lot of rain coming down and wet out is inevitable.

    • I won’t be usin git as a winter shell even though its my three season coat. I prefer the OR Foray jacket for that. I’ve been using it for years. It has huge side torso length vents and pockets that don’t interfere with the hip belt. The LHG jacket is good for times when it rains a lot. While my winter shell does get rained on occasionally, I mainly wear it for wind protection and warmth when active.

  16. I’m 100% with you on the problems with the so-called waterproof/breathable gear, and after circling back to this post a number of times, I’m tempted to give this jacket a try. I wonder if you can comment, though, on the difference between a waterproof/breathable jacket that has already wetted out and one like this that (while it can’t wet out) doesn’t pretend to breathe in the first place. Is there a difference in warmth between being sweat-soaked in this jacket vs being sweat-soaked in a wetted out waterproof/breathable jacket? Thank you!

    • First off – this coat has giant pit zips which help reduce internal condensation inside the coat. But in the event you get sweat-soaked you will stay warmer since cold rain will not pool on the exterior surface of the jacket. It rolls off the silnylon. That’s how a DWR jacket is supposed to work (but doesn’t).

  17. Philip, thanks as always for the in depth reviews. I’ve been eyeing this for a while and finally pulled the trigger (end-of-year sale helped).

    One question which I could not figure out from the pictures – how does this interact with a backpack hip belt? Some of the Sierra Design models for instance have the fold over flap that accommodates the backpack belt, as does your OR Foray if I remember correctly. In one of the pictures, it looks as though you’ve fed the front of the belt under the jacket.


    • Nothing special – as you expect, it goes under the belt. I find the fold over flap often more hassle than it’s worth. I have a SD trench and it’s ungainly.

  18. I bought the Lightheart gear rain jacket and received it today. Sizing was awesome. One very fatal flaw though. There’s a flap on the inside that the zipper constantly gets stuck in. I’ve NEVER seen a jacket with a design like this. I suppose it’s there as another layer of protection against rain sneaking in through the zipper, but the flap and velcro tabs on the outside of the zipper should be adequate. I literally broke the zipper completely off the jacket and ruined it not 5 minutes after receiving it in the mail. I sent an email saying I’ll either send it back or throw it in the trash depending on what she recommends. Seems like the design completely ruins the jacket. I zipped and unzipped it numerous times before the catastrophic event occurred, and not one time could I get the zipper and the way up and down without the inner fabric flap getting jammed up in the zipper. No way in the world I’d consider using this jacket :(

    • Didn’t you read the instructions for using the zipper? Just kidding. Many of the jackets I own have the same construction. Doesn’t happen to me.

      • I’ve never had a jacket with that issue. Crazy….. That entire inner flap needs to go. Curious if I’ll get an email response. If not, I’ll just throw it in the trash. Sucks, because the sizing is perfect for putting on over even my puffy jacket.

      • I’m sure Judy will reply. She does care about her customers and her reputation.

      • I received one for Christmas and haven’t had a problem with the flap. It does require paying attention while zipping up, though, I’ll grant you that.

      • I found two video reviews online, and both guys snagged it the first time they pulled the zipper up. One guy edited it out and the next thing you know it was all the way zipped up as he continued his review. Haha. Probably a learning curve. From a design perspective, why not just put a waterproof zipper on there and get rid of both the inner flap, outer flat, about 5 velcro points, and simplify the entire thing? I’m no designer, but it seems like it would make it easier. Maybe she has a reason for keeping it as is though… Beats me.

      • Ask her.

    • After reading the recommendation in this blog I also purchased a Lightheart gear jacket back in August and experienced the exact same problem. The zipper would not close easily without catching on fabric. I brought it on a 8 day trip hoping the problem might resolve itself with use but found it very frustrating to deal with particularly when trying to adjust the zipper while walking. When I emailed Lightheart about this problem they told me they would be happy to fix it if I sent my new jacket back to them.

      The quality of the product is excellent but I question why a simple test on the zipper could not be done before sending this product to a customer. The time, cost and effort to return the product is prohibitive. If this is a known issue with the construction, a new jacket should be sent to the customer with a return postage envelope.

      • Some people have problems with that zipper, others don’t. ( I don’t) Suggest you contact the manufacturer with your input to help her out.

  19. Follow-up: Judy repaired the zipper and removed the inner flap at no cost. Zips ups super easy. I up-sized hoping to be able to fit it over a puffy, and it turned out to be a perfect fit. I’ve never dealt with Judy, but I’m officially impressed :)

  20. I started the PCT this past year with the Montbell versalite. Got pretty annoyed pretty quickly because I had cold rain dripping down my neck in the first rainstorm, and I couldn’t return it because of their (no) return policy. I effectively paid $150 for a windshell that doesn’t breath super well.

    I picked up the lightheart jacket in Oregon and used it through the border. Worked perfectly fine and I have no regrets. I thought the quality, utility, and durability were perfect for the price point. It just felt ‘dependable’. I layered it with a microfleece through washington and was able to control my temperature effectively by venting with the pitzips, the front zip, and removing my hat. No major issues with the storm flap getting stuck. I was usually damp, but never wet, and it was unclear if the dampness was due to condensation from the inside or small leakage through the seems. Kinda irrelevant though, cause there ain’t no staying dry in continuous rain.

    I personally never used the pockets and could have happily done without, though now that I’m off the trail the pockets are nice. I found the jacket length and arm length to be a tad short, but it certainly wasn’t a big issue. The $50 for the custom length is bit steep and does harm the cost/benefit ratio a good bit.

    Philip, I picked this jacket up based on your review. Thanks!

    • I agree. I just received mine and love it with the exception of the arm length. The arms are just too short but I’m not sure it’s worth $50 for the custom length.

      I’ll have plenty of time to see how it performs next week as I’ll be adventuring in the rain.

      • How did you find it on your adventure in the rain. Looking at getting one and there aren’t many reviews yet ( I like to read a lot of them…).

  21. Late in the day I know but have used the Sil/PU jacket in Espresso and find it brilliant. Many ways to vent up to about 15C and worn over a Patagonia R1 and thin wool shirt it is great. Dries in a blink if wet on inside and finishing is excellent. I concur with all the positives listed here and have had no problem with the zip or anything else some listed as negative. Also wear casually in our winter here now and it looks fine. Also a dream to deal with the owners and shipping to Australia was completed expediently. I wish all products and service were this good. Thanks for confirming my research Philip, it was after reading your review I decided to take a punt.

  22. Got one of these recently, and I’d say your review is spot on. I like it a lot and it looks a lot nicer than I thought it would. I’d suggest two changes — 1) a waterproof zipper instead of the flaps, and 2) something to make the bill of the hood stiffer. Even so, this is the best rain jacket I have ever had.

  23. Langleybackcountry

    Another strategy with this type of jacket is to carry another super light layer like a running jacket that breaths really well but may have a DWR coating to make it mist resistant. I wear it under the rain layer, so the sweat condenses against the rain layer, but not on my base layer. Having that also gives you a lot of outer flexibility over a wide range of temps for just a few ounces.

    • A good point. I wear my rab windveil under a poncho and it works very well for condensation. Breathability is key and in my case, being sweaty mess most of the time, this with a long sleeved base layer is great for the rain. Oh, I thought I would say a thank you Philip for a marvellous sure, so much advice and help it really is appreciated. I’ve been a reader for about a year now. Thanks.

  24. Jason A Taormina

    How low do the pit zips go? I’d like a lighter, 3-season replacement for my Foray, but I’m a huge fans of the side zippers that go all the way down and let the belt buckle on the inside. Can you do that with this jacket?

  25. You’ve given me a lot to think about here. I have been looking hard for the most breathable jacket I can find as my current one just gets so wet inside on even the shortest hike. Now I am beginning to wonder if this is pointless exercise, and whether I should just ignore the breathability of the material and go with something lightweight with good venting. It would certainly be a cheaper option!

    Either the Lightheart Rain Jacket or the AntiGravityGear Rain Jacket – which both look more or less the same in terms of features and are about the same price. Neither are breathable or use DWR treatment.

    • It’s pointless. I’ve given up.

      • Have you any experience with the AntiGravityGear rain jacket? Superficially it looks very similar to the LightHeart one but is even lighter. Also on sale at the moment so a bit cheaper.

      • I think I owned one a long time ago, around 2007. Can’t remember a thing about it, except that it was blue and was a pullover style with a zippered map pocket on the front. No idea whether they still make it.

  26. I’m curious, do you still you a wind shirt/jacket or can this rain jacket replace the wind shirt?

    • I still prefer a wind shirt over the LHG rain jacket, but I have on occasion used the LHG as a wind shirt because I’m not inclined to pack both on the same trip/hike. The LHG jacket is much warmer and far less breathable than a very thin wind shirt.

  27. Thanks for the review. I ordered one with the Black Friday 15% discount and it was promptly delivered. It is exactly what I was looking for. The quality is remarkable. I got the medium and had no trouble using it with my puffy underneath. I am looking forward to testing it during the next cold rain. Your review was very helpful.

  28. Hi there, I’m looking for a good trail running jacket for the PNW. With the longer exertion times and heat expenditure, do you think this thing would be a sweat bucket? I almost bought the UD Deluge, but decided to look more… the UD Ultra Jacket V2 is my top contender right now… almost bought one today, but then came across this post… thoughts?


  29. Okay, you’ve convinced me to give up my FroggToggs UL2 rain jacket(s) after an 8-year affair for the LightHeart. I do have some of those expensive “breathable” rain jackets, but those are reserved for quick work assignments outside (I work as a photographer for a daily paper), or when I’m walking the dog at the local park – I just don’t trust them on big hikes. It seems like a switch is flipped and those jackets decide to stop doing the job they were made for.

    Thanks for the review and putting the jacket on my radar.

    • And, I just went back to the site and ordered the rain mitts this morning to complement the jacket I ordered yesterday. The seed’s been planted … watch it grow.

  30. Have you used their rain pants before? I’m in the market for a new pair and the price for the weight is amazing. I’m a little worried that they’ll be way too warm given how non breathable they are.

  31. Rebekah G Pierce

    I recently purchased a Lightheart rain jacket and had terrible results. I spent 4 solid days in the rain and every time got soaked from pits to pelvis. The rain got in through the unsealed pit zips and where my pack belt goes over it. Has no one else had this issue? The company will not let me return it because I used it. I loved everything else about the jacket, but obviously cannot use it as a rain jacket.

    • I don’t mean to doubt you, but are you sure it leaked and it wasn’t sweat and condensation that was making you wet? Rain jackets are not really intended to keep you dry, as much as to keep you warm. It’s ok to get wet and it’s to be expected if you’re carrying a backpack while wrapped in Silnylon in 100% humidity. You just want to avoid evaporative cooling of your skin which is why you wear a rain jacket (which really shouldn’t be called a rain jacket, anyway).

    • I think the front zip is the weak point of this jacket. I got this jacket a few months ago and today I tested it for 30 minutes in pouring rain and heavy winds. The result was that the area behind the front zip was completely soaked. Also, the area of the pit zips was a bit wet, but only just a little bit. I’m 100% sure the wetness is from the rain coming in and not sweat, because the rest of the shirt I wore underneath was completely dry. I’m also quite sure the water didn’t come in through the neck opening, as I had the hood fastened quite snug.

      I think the problem is that the wind blew the outer flap open (the 4 velcro strips were not enough with heavy wind), letting the rain in. My jacket doesn’t have the inner flap. I surely can’t be the first to use this jacket in heavy winds, so I’m curious whether others have this experience as well.

    • I had high hopes for this jacket, but it leaks around the pit zips during a heavy rain. Both sides leaked, but on my jacket the right side was much worse. It was in the 40’s both times it leaked and I was uncomfortable. Fortunately I was just out on day hikes (I love hiking in the rain). I was very disappointed. I used it on a few backpacking trips in the summer and it worked fine during light rain, but you definitely do not want to use this when hypothermia is a concern. I also have a Frog Toggs Extreme Light and it is 100 % waterproof.

  32. I really perked up and paid attention when you discussed the “polyurethane coated silnylon”. The only jacket I have found so far (after literally several HOURS of reading reviews and looking at jackets) with this approach rather than the ubiquitous Gore-Tex and its mimics. Can you briefly list any other rain jackets (other than this Lightheart model) with this polyurethane coated silnylon? Maybe some jacket with a bit more “substance”? This one looks so lightweight. I also don’t like the shiny materials or their colors. Thanks Philip.

  33. Warbonnet makes the Stash Jacket in more subdued colors. Less shiny side by side. No pockets though and not any more substantial, they use 30D silnylon.

  34. Thank you Phillip for a thorough review. I love this rain jacket more than I expected to. Ordered a size large enough to go over a Lukes’ Ultralight down jacket. I carry a plastic poncho that goes over everything if rain gets too intense, but have yet to need it. This jacket works well in heavy rain. Vents well for heavy exercise, keeps me warm if I need to batten down the hatches. Summer hiking in the Sierras = afternoon thundershowers. I like that I can close the front with the short velcro tabs on the exterior storm flap instead of the zipper, allowing for more ventilation. Mine has no interior flap. I wear a ball cap to keep the hood from encroaching on my field of vision. I agree that “breathable” fabrics don’t breathe. I don’t get over heated easily, but I do get cold easily. This jacket works for me.

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