I was wondering if anyone’s done this experiment, that is, before I go and spend more bob.
I’ve now had my third jacket fail on me. Have owned TNF, Columbia and even Gore. Depending on use 3-5yrs max before they wet out, membrane disintegrates, seam tape delaminate and so on. Also, they’re mostly like saunas when in use. I have not owned a 3L jacket, which seem best solution for durability. Have tried umbrellas, ponchos and just being a tough guy too. The latter being my simplest solution yet. I’m tired of the Waterproof/Breathable (WP/B) bullshite and it’s concomitant costs. Point being that these WP/B items soon stop working as promised and then turn into wet hot expensive sacks.
So it’s fairly well established you’re going to get wet. Main issue being hypothermia. Smaller concerns are rashes, fungal infections, maceration etc. Hypothermia once you’re wet and wind robs you of heat via conduction (extreme case scenario). Drying out at some point is key. And warming up.
Has anyone tried using an effective windbreaker instead of a rain jacket/shell?
With a good base-layer of course.
My thinking is…
It should be windproof-ish (thus mitigating heat loss via said conduction once wet)
It will dry quicker (thus mitigating…)
It will be more “breathable” (arhh that term), thus allowing evaporation from base-layer.
It will be cheaper.
It will be smaller, lighter.
If any of you have tried this out I’d like to hear.
Thinking about std windbreakers with a hoody.
p.s. I used to cycle a bit about 10-15yrs ago, in Jhb. Often getting blasted in thunderstorms and always wearing a windbreaker. Now I recall that I managed fine, never froze, cycling in effect mimicking wind chill (a little) and that I’d dry quickly too. but I’m also sure I’d take shelter at times and that a hot shower awaited me end of day. So I was less concerned. But Jhb is not the Drakensberg escarpment.
I’m also not especially worried about being wet, to be frank. For me, when it gets really nasty I just pop up my tent and drink hot chocolate.