Wet weather jacket advice please

#31
Yeah I got mine as a gift through work , before getting it I would have never thought about spending anywhere near that for a jacket but after owning it for a couple years now I could almost see spending that just for the quality and comfort of the jacket.
Nice gift from work, well if the quality is there, then it's worth it. How are you getting on with it?

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#32
I Have been using an oilskin coat with a cape for many years...... hose it off and oil it once in a while..... from Australia, meaning made in Australia, not from any where else, meaning Asia. It is tougher than an hard boiled owl, warm waterproof and even used it to lay on so as not to get muddy when examining under the truck. It goes with me in the truck always... every season here in the NE.
Been seeing a lot of people wearing the oil skins lately. What do you think? Do you get a lot of moisture build up when it's raining?

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#33
Nice gift from work, well if the quality is there, then it's worth it. How are you getting on with it?

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love it , use it all winter for snowshoeing and winter travel, in the spring and fall for rainy hikes . it's been a couple years and all the zippers still work like new .
 
#34
Been seeing a lot of people wearing the oil skins lately. What do you think? Do you get a lot of moisture build up when it's raining?

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Be aware that some are oil cloth, some are waxed. Never had an Australian, but have worn Barbour and Filson for a number of years. Have a no name (that I remember) oiled one, great water repellent, left stains on my cloth seats and any papers that touch it. Comfortable other than the sleeves need to be longer and the hood is too small. Filsons are tough but crude compared to Barbour. Both Filson and Barbour weigh a ton, and if you are in a heavy rain/drizzle for a long period, they all eventually seem to leave you damp. Religious following of a re-treatment regimen will minimize it but if it's an active sport you are involved in, expect stress points to get damp. (top of your shoulders and elbows) Never had a Filson that didnt shrink with age when cycled through repeated rainstorms. Havent noticed shrinking in Barbour.

I get moisture build up in anything that is waterproof if I am active, waxed or oiled is no different. Goretex and Event are pretty similar, Sympatex is more waterproof but I really sweat in them.
 
#36
love it , use it all winter for snowshoeing and winter travel, in the spring and fall for rainy hikes . it's been a couple years and all the zippers still work like new .
Thank you Smileyshaun, will take a look when I'm looking to spend some good money on a jacket.

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#37
Be aware that some are oil cloth, some are waxed. Never had an Australian, but have worn Barbour and Filson for a number of years. Have a no name (that I remember) oiled one, great water repellent, left stains on my cloth seats and any papers that touch it. Comfortable other than the sleeves need to be longer and the hood is too small. Filsons are tough but crude compared to Barbour. Both Filson and Barbour weigh a ton, and if you are in a heavy rain/drizzle for a long period, they all eventually seem to leave you damp. Religious following of a re-treatment regimen will minimize it but if it's an active sport you are involved in, expect stress points to get damp. (top of your shoulders and elbows) Never had a Filson that didnt shrink with age when cycled through repeated rainstorms. Havent noticed shrinking in Barbour.

I get moisture build up in anything that is waterproof if I am active, waxed or oiled is no different. Goretex and Event are pretty similar, Sympatex is more waterproof but I really sweat in them.
Thanks perterra, never thought of including Barbour in that list. I used to have a Barbour years ago. I suppose it may make sense, but agreed very heavy. Good hard wearing jacket though and I did re wax it myself.

Am looking for something lighter than that.

Have just got myself a Berghaus Arran to see me through before spending serious money. It's better than I thought, seems to be very well made, useful pockets, warm and dry too.

See how it bears up to good winter weather, a decent downpour and my dogs dragging me through the brush backwards.

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#39
Been out in my first serious downpour in the Berghaus Arran and this jacket keeps impressing me.

Kept me warm and dry, while walking my hounds without feeling clammy.

I paid £130 ($165) for this as a stopgap to getting a more expensive jacket and I'm now thinking I don't need to get the more expensive option, as I'm not convinced that the expensive jacket is going to improve on this.
 
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