I ask for one reason, how many of us, have experienced rain with exactly the same consistency as what a shower head is pumping out?
Anyone have any experience with the Russell raintamer ll jacket? They have some on eBay now.
http://www.astm.org/Standards/D7017.htm, fun topic but not worth $37, sorry
I guess FR raingear at least is leak tested at 30 psi for 3 minutes. A shower is about 15 psi average I think.
I think you are right ScottR, if it is raining shower hard and blowing sideways I am holed up somewhere, hopefully indoors. I am not a crab fisherman or whatever. If they have tanker planes dumping, hopefully I am very far away, lol. Maybe running through the sprinkler is a better test, lol. The car wash can be a little dangerous and might even rip the seams, not sure how you went about that one.
Last edited by Againstthewind; 08-11-2014 at 06:20 PM.
I should have been a little more specific I guess, I didn't go through the automatic car wash( the bristles would tickle) I Ty-wrapped the hose spraying full bore to the wall and stood in it twisting and turning every which way to see if I could get them to leak. I was testing out some new gear and wanted to see if it would fail. Like Scott has mentioned probably the best test is to be in the rain it's self. I was in rain for tens days straight on an antelope hunt last year and never got wet, the last night I slept in my rain gear pants and jacket because my tent was so saturated with water my sleeping bag was wet(since purchased a downtek one) I slept warm and dry. The right kind of equipment could be a lifesaver in the backcountry, if you can afford it don't skimp on quality rain gear.
I have seen rain alot worst then my shower! lol Anything can happen in the high country. Last time I hunted high country I got rain or snow everyday of the hunt and it was mid sept. All I am saying is go prepaired with good gear and when you are nice and dry during a rain storm in your rain gear you will not regret the extra $100 you spent on better rain gear!
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I've said this before on here.....this rain gear I have may not suit the mountain hunters, but Rivers West is by far and away the best I've ever owned. The reason I say it may not suit certain hunters is because it does seem heavy. Especially wearing it while walking. The very first time I wore my RW it came an absolute down pour. Best test I could have given it and I was dry where I had the RW west on, but my gloves and hat got soaked and they were supposedly waterproof. Sure showed the weak points of my wet weather gear that day. RW is also rip proof which works well for the briar thickets we hunt here in KY and Ohio.
After reading RUTTIN's blog entry, and owning some Core4 gear, I wouldn't think twice about trying their rain gear out as well.
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I live in northern Iowa and at my local Fleet Farm I picked up some British Surplus Gore-Tex rain pants and jacket. The total was $80 I believe. They appear to be new and unissued. I have not personally tested them. And I am not persuasive enough to get my wife to do the carwash test for me.