Hi All. Planning a Europe trip, March till...some late time in 09.
I was just wondering what everyone uses for their waterproof layer? Do you have a lightweight, real compact shell like the GoLite Virgo (or a rainbird etc) or is your shell part of a bigger jacket, eg: North Face Shell and zip-out fleece combo?
What other options are there?
Basically, what keeps you dry and why do you prefer that over all else?
Could be anything from a plastic poncho to a coffee shop!
I use a light rain jacket, I believe it's a Marmont.
i have a waterproof rain jacket from helly hanson that stuffs into its pocket. its very lightweight, doesn't take up too much space and is easy to layer. if you're in a pinch though, you could always use a trash bag!
It doesn't matter what everybody has, question is what you are going to need.
For travel in Europe from March to December you can either use a Softshell or a hardshell with zip-out fleece.
I prefer a good hardshell, since it offers wind and rain protection and (with the zip-in fleece) gives warmth too. If you got something like this, take it along.
The budget option to this would be a sweatshirt and a plastic rain poncho, maybe combined with a cheap jacket for the really cold days.
Softshell jackets are an option, but they would need to be wide enough that a bulky sweater would fit under it if it got cold. I got a cloak that I really like - it is essentially a loose-fitting windproof shoftshell jacket with a nylon rain poncho draped on top of it. It is winter/3-season gear though so for summer I got a thin and lightweight hardshell. I hardly ever use this hardshell though.