Need Help With Quite Light Packable Rainwear

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  1. Left Hand Dave

    Left Hand Dave Well-Known Member

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    The rainwear I have used for years (ES1) bow hunting is shot and I need to get new so when I go back out elk hunting I don't get wet. Seems like I have found noisy light packable rainwear and quite not so packable. So what have you guys found that is real quite and yet packable?

    Thanks for any help you can give me
    Dave
     
  2. tuscan

    tuscan Well-Known Member

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    Kuiu works well for me.
     
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  3. Left Hand Dave

    Left Hand Dave Well-Known Member

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    Thanks tuscan is there a specific model or line?
     
  4. Horse

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    Kuiu Chugach line is what I’ve been using. It’s the best rain gear I’ve used.
     
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  5. ktgoodman

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    Sitka makes a quiet set of raingear, Titled, Thunderhead. It is not as packable or light weight as the Cloudburst set, but it is more quiet. Spendy for this goretex stuff.
     
  6. Hand Skills

    Hand Skills Well-Known Member

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    Arcteryx is ok, but a garbage bag is lighter. Nothing quieter than fur.

    Raingear that is light, breathable, waterproof all day, and quiet is a unicorn. Pick 2.

    I have an arcteryx sidewinder (made in Canada, not sure about the switch to Chinese manufacturing)... They make each model in several different weights. I find their heaviest weight ( SV series, or XCR gortex) the best compromise north of the 49th, but nothing beats an oilskin for horseback.
     
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  7. Locknload

    Locknload Well-Known Member

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    I carry Browning camouflage Gortex jackets and pants with me all over the world. They make a matching flop hat. I have an evergreen pattern, a fall leaf pattern and my favorite, the yellow grass pattern for grass lands, birds and ducks/geese. One liner fits all for cold climates. The surface is soft so it does not scrape or make sound when going through brush. If you need a pair of waterproof boots with a fairly smooth sole, for quiet stalking, try Carolina Thinsulate. I wear one outfit with the boots on the plane, no more lost clothes to start a hunt.
    Ed
     
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  8. ronstone09

    ronstone09 Well-Known Member

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    i found some ultra lite tough raingear at yhe Columbia sportswear store ! they were a little over $100 !
     
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    Quiet? I have a Sitka Vapor SD hoody that will fit in a pocket, and is pure Goretex, no backing, so the weight is only a few ounces. They are very comfortable.
    It works but you will pay for it.
     
  10. tuscan

    tuscan Well-Known Member

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    chugach for packable, yukon if you'll be all day in it
     
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  11. Left Hand Dave

    Left Hand Dave Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate everyone’s input. I have been looking up all the suggestions and as ktgoodman said some is quite spendy but I know you get what you pay for. I will have to see I may have to look for something a little less expensive this year and save up for the fancy stuff.
     
  12. dmj

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    Core 4 element. Not sure they are even in business anymore. But you can still find there stuff for sale. Probably isn't as packable as some of the suggestion listed. I have been packing one of their water proof jackets for 5 plus years. It's always on my pack never take it off. Fairly quiet, comfortable and should be able to pick one up for under $100. Good luck
     
  13. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    This. I have a full set of Chugach for early season, and two sets of Yukon for late season. My kids like to steal my Kuiu, so I have to have multiple sets.
     
  14. MELEX

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    I have found that most do not understand "quiet" from a bow hunting perspective. IMHO if you run your nails over it and it makes a voosh sound it is unacceptable. I know what I use, I would not consider "packable". I am not a brand specific kinda guy. So I look for certain features. For my bow hunting rain gear it has to have high nap poly with some type of proven membrane like GORTEX. I have some old Browning stuff that I love. It is getting more and more difficult to find high nap gear. I guess people are tired of the stickers that grab hold. The last stuff I purchased was Rivers West. It is not high nap, and I regret it, but it was all I could find. It works well for shedding water, but the membrane crinckles and of course I get a voosh sound with branches and such.I know I have not given much help in your quest, but I thought I would throw in my 2 cents.