My last hiking trip was extremely wet. And my raincoat did not help me.
On the one hand, I will impregnate my rain trousers. On the other hand, I'm thinking about buying a new rain coat. Or a hardshell.
For everything except the shoes, I will do the following:
- Put the inner to the outer to reduce possible damage to the material (German: "Auf links drehen")
- Select "gentle or delicate cycle" (Schonwaschgang)
- Use "Fibertec Uni Pro Wash Eco Waschmittel"
- Put it in the dryer.
Then I will use the spray "Deichmann nässe blocker hybrid".
In order to test how effective the spray is, I coated a piece of paper. I couldn't see a difference in the paper when I put water on it, but you can easily see where I coated the paper:
All hardshells should be water- and windproof as well as breathable. They all have 2 front pockets.
Water resistance is measured according to DIN EN 20811:1992 by the height of a water column (JIS L 1092 B). I've read that everything above 10 000 mm does not really make a difference, but it is important how breathable the material is (e.g. if you stick in your sweat or if the sweat is transported out of the jacket).
For longer hiking trips, 3&nsp;layer hardshell jackets seem to be recomendable as they are more breathable than the 2 layer constructions.
What I have
I have a 2 layer rain coat from "Tec Wear" / Rodeo (C & A). It weights about 700g, has a detachable hood, two front pockets which I use for gloves. Additionally, it has one side front pocket and two innner pockets which I likely never used. The volume is hard to estimate ... probably something around 2 L.
The seams are not welded (see article how to do it yourself):
What I looked at
|Name||Price||Layers||Water Column||Breathability||Weight||Volume||Detachable Hood||Inner pocket||Self-pocketing|
|Montane Air Jacket||250 EUR||3||20 000 mm||12.000 g/m²/24h||350 g||1.5 L||✘||0||✘|
|Men's Zebru UL 3L Jacket||250 EUR||3||20 000 mm||?||198 g||0.8 L||✘||0||✘|
|Men's Croz 3L Jacket II||300 EUR||3||15 000 mm||?||331 g||?||✘||0||✘|
|MARMOT - Red Star Jacket||195 EUR||3||? mm||?||425 g||1.8 L||✘||1||✔|
|Men's Kofel LW Jacket||200 EUR||2||10 000 mm||?||384 g||?||✔||0||✘|
|Men's Furnas Jacket II||144 EUR||2||10 000 mm||?||630 g||?||✔||0||✘|
|Men's Yaras Jacket II||160 EUR||2||10 000 mm||?||390 g||?||✘||0||✘|
|Men's Escape Pro Jacket||136 EUR||2||10 000 mm||?||543 g||2 L||✔||1||✔|
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