GOR-TEX Lightweight Waterproof Jackets

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1. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am in the process of trying to choose a gor-tex jacket for my RTW trip. I have managed to narrow my selection down to a choice of two as I want a lightweight, easy packable breathable jacket.

Option 1: Berghaus Paclite Smock - Price £110

GORE-TEX® Paclite Helium

'New' Paclite Micro Tape Seams offering maximum breathability
Minimalist smock design with half-length zip and hook and loop fastened double storm flap
Hood with volume adjuster and wired visor
Mesh chest pocket
Elasticated hem drawcord with one cord pull to keep weigth to a minimum
Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
Mesh stuff sac
Weight: 275g


Option 2: The North Face Prophecy PacLite Smock - Price £110

Body: Nylon ripstop Gore-Tex PacLite fabric (40D 2.59 oz/yd²)
Abrasion: n/a

Waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed
Performance fit
Fully adjustable attached hood
3/4 length centre front zip
Velcro adjustable cuffs
Left Napoleon pocket
Hem cinchcord
13mm skinny tape
Avg Weight: 275g

I am not sure which one to go for or which is the better of the two? The North Face one is new for 2005, the Berghaus has been around since 2003 (I think). As you can see they are both the same price and weight.

Please help me to choose one!

Thanks a lot

Matt. ;)

2. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

ugh is that how much they cost!

black plastic sack for me then !

If theyre that similar, just go for the style you prefer, at that price they should all be as good as each other?

3. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I'd go with option 1, the hood with the volume adjuster & wired visor soundz good as well as the mesh pocket & stuff sac

4. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hi, i just recently bought a Marmot Lightweight Goretex jacket with hood and zipped pockets

I got it on sale rack for £79! Its light as well!

Check out a local sports shop or two, ya might pick something up a bit less! all depends wot your after specifically and how much ya wanna spend! i guess £110 plenty for a light jacket!

5. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I bought a cagoule(sp) from my local army surplus store - HM supplies. Only £15 and is just what I need. Folds into a sac the size of a kingsize twix and is fully waterproof with pockets and hood and things! Its great. I say, if its gonna rain I just use that to keep the water off and wear warm clothes whilst sat in a bar until it stops!


6. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I just bought a paclite Goretex jacket , bought a North Face "Stowaway" its 488g apparently, but it doesnt feel much so 250 must be fly away. Its nice and I like the style too.

Just dont ask how much it costs :(

I did get 10% off its RRP with a YHA card though.

7. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

oh and this is all your fault Matt_25, I'll be expecting a cheque in the post in compensation!

8. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I have been travellign now for 3 months with my Berghaus Paclite Smock Jacket.
I have to say that it is absolutely amazing, of course it is extrememly waterproof, never leaked on me thank god! The wire hood is a really good feature, and there are other tabs you can pull to bring the hood smaller and smaller over your head whilst keeping the comfortable hood.
I have been in the Andes for a couple of months where sometimes it has been POURING on me, in the lake district with it just smashing down on me, and it has held out.
I fully reccommend it as a quality jacket, i wear my helly hanson thermal, my light polartec north face fleece and that jacket and I am roasting. Very good buy,
Go and buy it!!

9. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys for all your comments...yesterday I went into a store to try on a Berghaus paclite smock because I didn't know whether I was size M or L...good job I did as I was going to order a medium but it turns out a large is better for me.

I have also found a place online that is currently selling them for £95 so I am gonna go for the Beghaus one in a large!



10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


Went today at lunchtime to buy my paclite jacket and I had to fork out an eye-watering €299 for it. I'm still smarting. The guy at the cash desk practically had to wrench the credit card out of my hand.

Well, I'm assured that this is the only investment I need to make! Forget sleeping bags, travel gizmos, etc...apparently you shouldnt leave home without one of these, so .....

Someone please convince me that I've done the right thing buying it.