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Waterproof Layer, What keeps you dry?

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1. Posted by Oliver08 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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!


2. Posted by Red_Dragon (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I use a light rain jacket, I believe it's a Marmont.

3. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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.