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What packable waterproof?
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:11:33 am »
As per title really.

This is to replace my aged Montane Velo, which is deader than a dead thing (while, mine's dead and jogler's is on it's last legs and a bit big), and seems to be discontinued. Needs to pack to the same size or smaller, this is the main requirement.

Breath-ability is not really a requirement, if I've got to the stage I'm deploying this I've probably been riding in the rain for a while and am soaked anyway, so boil in the bag is probably coming as a relief. Must have looong sleeves, in a perfect world long enough to wrap hands in.

Not crazy money, it's a rare use item.

What does the panel recommend?

EDIT: and not bright yellow or green either.  :hand:

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 11:23:58 am »
For occasional use I have a 20€ Decathlon effort, which rides in a cut-down water bottle. Never used it, so no crit.
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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 11:44:09 am »
I've yet to find a decent packable waterproof, I have a Showers Pass which passes the waterproof bit but fails the packable.
If you'll compromise the proof for resistant, there's a better choice in packable.  I'm currently using an Alpkit Arro which was a Christmas gift - it truly is a magical jacket, in that if i take it because it looks like rain, it doesn't.  It's been fine in a bit of drizzle and is a good windproof, I can't say more than that.   Seems to be similar size and weight to a Montane Velo (Was that waterproof?  I had a Montane that wasn't, but can't remember which.)
https://www.alpkit.com/products/arro-mens

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 11:53:41 am »
I've yet to find a decent packable waterproof, I have a Showers Pass which passes the waterproof bit but fails the packable.
If you'll compromise the proof for resistant, there's a better choice in packable.  I'm currently using an Alpkit Arro which was a Christmas gift - it truly is a magical jacket, in that if i take it because it looks like rain, it doesn't.  It's been fine in a bit of drizzle and is a good windproof, I can't say more than that.   Seems to be similar size and weight to a Montane Velo (Was that waterproof?  I had a Montane that wasn't, but can't remember which.)
https://www.alpkit.com/products/arro-mens

Nope, more resistant but totally windproof, I suppose waterproof is the wrong word because nowt really is excepting sowesters. As stated, I'm already wet by the point it comes out (it'll pass, it'll pass, blue sky over there, turn left) so it is more about an extra windproof layer with some water resistance. Packable is the big requirement. That looks good and a bit smaller than Decathlons offering.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 12:37:27 pm »
Not quite as small as a featherlight velo, but ime better waterproofing and keeps me warmer in the cold is my OMM waterproof, bought for running and riding. Packs into its own placket and will easily fit in the pocket of a jersey
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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 01:04:51 pm »
This is what I'm trying to pack it into. At the minute I've got my Velo and a tube in it and don't want to change my storage. I've grown to hate stuff in my pockets.

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 03:14:23 pm »
Not quite as small as a featherlight velo, but ime better waterproofing and keeps me warmer in the cold is my OMM waterproof, bought for running and riding. Packs into its own placket and will easily fit in the pocket of a jersey
This one?
https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/mens-clothing-c1/mens-waterproof-shell-c51/waterproof-jackets-c203/halo-jacket-p9503
Lighter than The Montane Featherlite Velo, and hence at least potentially as small-packing

There are also the various Gore Shakedry jackets, which are properly waterproof/breathable and small packing, but are expensive and fairly delicate.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 04:28:02 pm »
Not really waterproof, but the Montane Featherlite Trail jacket is probably a quite similar thing to the Featherlite Velo. https://www.montane.co.uk/products/men/windproof/featherlite-velo-jacket/104
Or go for the smock version, which is a bit lighter weight.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 05:06:07 pm »
I've had an Endura Helium for a good few years and it's an excellent jacket that fits close, keeps out rain and packs down small.  It's started letting the rain in so I've replaced it with a Santini, but it's a bit bigger and wouldn't suit your spec.  The Endura is £90 RRP but you can generally pick them up for about £50 these days with a bit of hunting.

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 05:51:26 pm »
I've got, and used, a Paramo windproof smock (Fuera I think). It did me a decent enough job at Pedal for Scotland last year which was the wettest ride I've done for a bit and the only time I've bothered to put it on. Currently failing your colour criterion (and it really is a drab green), but otherwise probably fits the bill.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 10:13:32 pm »
For occasional use I have a 20€ Decathlon effort, which rides in a cut-down water bottle. Never used it, so no crit.

I have a £6.99 Decathlon effort that got some decent use in Flanders weather last week and passed.

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2018, 10:54:39 am »
Thanks folks. I think the plan is:

1) Go to Decathlon with the saddlebag and try and stuff things in it.
b) Failing that order a Helium jacket from CRC (£35 in white) and try and stuff it in the bag. I like Endura stuff.
iii) Failing that - Alpkit

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 10:22:43 pm »
https://www.castellicafe.co.uk/mens/castelli-sale-rail/jerseys-and-jackets/castelli-tempesta-race-jacket-waterproof-shell

I bought one of these and was sceptical. They are fantastic. 100% waterproof, packable and very breathable. I wore one for most of my arrow attempt and my jersey was almost dry under the rain top.

Make sure you follow the care instructions.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2018, 02:22:13 pm »
I have the previous version of this (and I really like it):
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/castelli-squadra-windproof-jacket/
It's super thin and packs very small, but it's a windproof not a proper waterproof.

I made the mistake of buying the equivalent from Specialized in XL - it was too big and when it was windy it sounded (and felt) like a sail - I couldn't hear the person next to me thanks to the noise. The Castelli is size L, and I suspect that sizing is more important in these super thin things than is immediately obvious.

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2018, 02:27:16 pm »
Thanks but I'm not a fan of Castelli gear, I find the price versus longevity is usually wanting.

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Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2018, 02:31:35 pm »
The Endura Adrenaline Racecape does the job. Similar to the Castelli... £30-40 depending (See Google)

Re: What packable waterproof?
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2018, 02:39:07 pm »
Thanks but I'm not a fan of Castelli gear, I find the price versus longevity is usually wanting.
That was £28, which was better than the £45 Specialized.  Then again, their clothing tends to be spendy too. :(