/ Packable windproof, waterproof jacket for multi pitch
Any gore packlite jacket will pack down small but they're not renowned for being massively breathable. If you don't sweat much this might not be an issue but if you run hot you might find you're more comfortable in a windproof anyway.
Montane Lite Speed jacket.
Available here for a very good price:-
Packs down to the size of an orange. Has a hood and full size pocket. Comes with stuff sack and mini krab. Windproof and very light. Quite waterproof as well. Very breathable. I played an hours football in pouring rain and was still quite dry. Very good bit of kit IMHO. 2 work colleagues have bought them and been very happy with them.
Got a Marmot Precip jacket for sale, size m,colour bluey grey. £25+postage. It's not the lightest anymore, but it's light enough (around 330g) and fully waterproof
Thats a hard one to do
People rave about Montane Minimus and Rab Volt jackets, but i wouldnt want to arm jam in them, but the face fabric looks good for general use, I would happily use one for emegency multi pitch caught in rain type jacket
Tougher then you go eVent or gore or neoshell etc, which means spending more and you could still tear it
It's not totally waterproof, but it is shower proof and windproof and fast drying.
Montane Minimus or Outdoor Research Helium jackets are perfect.
ME do some really good lightweight waterproofs:
For a 'just-in-case' waterproof, you might look at the Berghaus Elite AQ2.5 half-zip pullover, seen in TK Maxx (Reading) recently for £50. Here's a review by someone who seems to have bought it for the very same purpose.
It's a pretty niche beast, so, if you find one in your local TKM, you could gamble on it being knocked down to £33, or further...
As gear boy wisely points out, durable, lightweight and packable are somewhat mutually exclusive requirements.
Should probably have a squizz at Marmot. Their precip jackets are pretty good as a just in case jackets.
Al alternative would be a driclime with a hood. Find them to be pretty weather resistant and still work well with holes in them. Lighter than Vapour Rise too.
Its a shame Needlesports don't still do their old skool pertex windproof (or at least I don't think they do ?) - superb bit of kit whick folds into its chest pocket. Not sure what I'll do when it finally dies.
My climbing partner happily uses his el cheapo 'Mac in a Sac'
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