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  • OR Helium raingear?

    Anyone have anything to say about this? Good/bad/indifferent? Looking for a new backpacking (not bushwhacking) rainjacket.
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    My wife has the helium II. She likes it but isn't as warm as I am. My helium pertex bivy is very stuffy. I need to put a footbox vent on it. Our rab down winter coats have pertex shells and they are great.

    Depending on the price more then anything. It's waterproof and light for sure. Check in sierra trading post. I think I got hers for like 60$ on there


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      Thanks, how well does it breathe? It has no pitzips. I'm looking also at the Patagonia jacket, 6oz heavier but with zips and a little less plastic-baggy looking/feeling.
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      • #4
        It breaths well for her she really likes it. I use a challenger rain coat though but I'm a furnace. Nothing really breaths though. In our gear closet it seems. I'm to the point that rain gear is only to stay warm. It will protect to a point but you likely to wet out your base layer from perception wearing rain gear.

        Best thing to do is tee shirt and rain coat and keep on moving if it's cold. We also both use ULA rain kilts instead of pants above freezing. Not feeling stuffy around your legs helps a lot in the big picture for us.


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