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Affordable rain suits

rainsuitQ. I’ve been having trouble finding a quality rain suit that does not cost an arm and a leg. Can you help, Gear Guy?
— Wet Will, Fayetteville, Ga.

A. Dear Wet Willie, um, I mean Will. It is tricky finding a good affordable rain suit. One of my favorite rainwear brands is Helly Hansen ( Check out the Mandal Jacket ($30) and the Tvedestrand Bib ($30). If you’re not a bib kind of guy, and you should be because bibs keep you drier than pants (think: no rain down your rear), Helly Hansen also has the Flekkefjord Pant ($24). This stuff is what the crab fishermen in Alaska wear. It’s coated with PVC polyester, so it’s totally waterproof and so durable that you’ll grow out of it long before it’ll ever wear out.

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3 Comments on Affordable rain suits

  1. eagle7-25-10 // December 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm // Reply

    at Philmont my entire crew used dry ducks they cost about $10 and are lightweight, however they do rip easily, but i was suprised that mine did not rip. i have been using the same pair and going on campout for about a year now

  2. Texas Scout // March 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm // Reply

    DO NOT use ponchos, they arn’t worth your thoughts even!

  3. thanks ill look there

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