20 Beginner-Friendly Ways to Drop Weight By Comparing The Backpacking Gears

20 Beginner-Friendly Ways to Drop Weight By Comparing The Backpacking Gears

2. Rain Hoodie instead of Waterproof-Breathable Jacket

Rainy Hoodie vs Goretex Jacket

Weight Savings: 10 ounces
Cost Savings: $80

Anyone who has spent more than a few hours outdoors in the rain knows that you will eventually get wet, no matter what you’re wearing. Those expensive, waterproof breathable jackets will either wet through, or you’ll sweat them out from the inside.

So why pay so much more for “technology” that doesn’t really keep you dry and weighs twice as much?

Lightweight rain hoodies and “windshirts” offer slightly less protection but weigh (and cost) much less than heavy duty, 3-layer Goretex shells. Plus they are much more breathable, so you can actually hike in them without sweating up a storm. They’re perfect for hiking or hanging around camp in light to moderate rain without ending up drenched in sweat.

My recommendation: Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket.

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