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Clothing - rain protection. There are many waterproof jackets available. Here are some lighter weight rain protection options. I am not an expert in this space but the trade offs for wet weather include effectiveness of water repellance vs comfort - especially regarding sweating.  The more expensive items have a breathable membrane such as Goretex or the more modern and highly regarded Event fabric. If you are going to a cold location in particular, then I would recommend that erring on the heavier - longer style of protection. You do not want to be cold and wet. I have chosen a Rab Latok for a multi day walk in Tasmania.  I hate being cold.

Waterproofing information: Durable waterproof repellant (DRW) article at Wikipedia

AntiGravity Gear Poncho Villa

AntiGravity Gear Poncho Villa
Dimensions: 64" x 64"
Diagonal Length: 90 in
Weight: 5.7 oz/163 g
Material: 1.1 oz Sil-nylon
Packed Size: 5" x 9"

AntiGravityGear Ultralight Rain Jacket

AntiGravity Gear Ultralight Rain Jacket
Weight: 4.6 oz/130 g (Size Med)

ARCTERYX Beta SL rain protection


The hip length ARCTERYX Beta SL is an excellent all-around GORE-TEX® PACLITE® jacket that is ideal for hikers, bikers, or those who require lightweight and packable storm protection without all of our Ascent specific features. With a trim fitting Drop Hood™ and lowered hand-warmer pockets, this piece is a great choice if climbing helmets and harnesses aren’t in the backpack

Fit: Athletic, Waist length
Materials: 340NR 2-layer GORE-TEX® PACLITE®
Weight: 314 g / 11 oz (M)


Equinox Gazelle Anorak

Weight: 6.7 ounces (190 g)
Shell: 1.1oz ripstop with silicone


Frog Toggs Dri Ducks ultralite

The DriDucks® suits are constructed from an ultralight waterproof, breathable, non-woven polypropylene construction. The patented bi-laminate technology with "welded" waterproof seams and unmatched sweat-free breathability is a great value in affordable rain wear.



Go Lite Virga

The 8oz 2 layer, waterproof-breathable, full-zip Virga jacket offers what you need and nothing you don't. Super packable and very durable, the featherweight Virga offers less fuss and more fun with an elasticized hood and hand pockets. It's the ultimate in ultra-lite storm protection for all your fast-packing trips and ultra-lite travels.

Med size weighs 258 grams / 9.2 ozs


Integral Designs Event rain jacket

Integral Designs Event

Designed to provide protection from rain and wind, the Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket is a lightweight, fully waterproof unisex shell that is comfortable to wear all day long.

Small - 34-36 in (chest); 8.5 oz (242 g)
Medium - 38-40 in (chest); 8.9 oz (251 g)
Large - 42-44 in (chest); 9.5 oz (270 g)


Kathmandu Packaway Anorak

Lightweight and waterproof with low bulk for travel. The Packaway Anorak is fully seam sealed and features a long front zip with rain guard for extra protection, hood with drawcord adjustment, water resistant zips and drawcord hem.

100% Nylon with DWR

Weight Mens Size L 320g

Macpac Prophet XPD Jacket eVent

3 layer event

820g - Size medium

Marmot Aegis

Weight: 0lb 14oz (397g)

Montane Lite Speed weatherproof hiking jacket

The wind and shower-proof Montane Lite-Speed is the lightest weight hooded, performance sports jacket in the world

Weight: 160g / 6oz - Medium

Montbell Particle

3-layer SUPER HYDRO BREEZE™ technology
40-denier Ballistic® rip-stop nylon
Waterproofness: 20,000 mm
Breathability: 15,000 g/m2/24 hrs
Size: XS/ S/ M/ L/ XL/ XXL
Color: BK/GM(Black / Gunmetal)/ BK/RB(Black/Royal Blue)

Weight: 11.8 oz. (335g) (stuff sack included)

Mountain Designs - Photon rain jacket  - with integrated hood.

Mountain Designs - Photon - with integrated hood.

2.5 layer fabric with Inner Surface Technology to enhance against-the-skin comfort
External chest pocket
Underarm pit zips customise ventilation
Two large front pockets sit clear of pack hipbelts
Elasticised drawcord hem to seal in the warmth

Fabric: Repel™ Storm fabric 2.5L

This is the first jacket I chose. It is not ultralite at 444 g (on my scales) but it is relatively robust.

Mountain Hardwear Quark rain jacket

Mountain Hardwear Quark

The Mountain Hardwear Quark Jacket is like a force field, only lighter. Fully welded, fully waterproof, highest breathability rating, four-way stretch. Under 10 oz. Simply amazing. jacket. MemBrain® Strata™ fabric sheds water and breathes easily to keep you dry. Hand warmer pockets featuring water resistant zippers, DriClime® lined collar and cuffs, PitZips™, and an adjustable hood that rolls into the collar, all add up to an essential backcountry companion.


Outdoor Research Helium Jacket

Very light compressible storm shell is so light it practically floats, or at least it’s so light that you won’t notice you’re carrying it until a sudden downpour bursts into your day.

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 6.8 / 193g (size large)

Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket

Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket

2.5-layer, 2.5-oz 100% nylon with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
323 g (11.4 oz)


Rab Latok

3 Layer Event jacket

Weight: 520g / 18oz


This is my current rain jacket.


Rain Shield The combination package will keep you dry from head to toe. Packs into a compact stuff sack. 3M™ Microporous Fabric.
Weight: Jacket = 5.7 oz., Pants = 4.15 oz., Stuff Sack = .5 oz.

Sea to Summit all in one tarp-poncho shelter

Sea to Summit all in one tarp-poncho shelter

Ultra-sil is 3 times lighter than standard fabrics
Seam sealed
Siliconised Cordura® Fabric
Slippery finish for easy packing
Double stitching for extra strength
Easily converts from rainwear to shelter
Guy points on sides and corners
325 grams
Packed size 12 x 10cm
145cm x 280cm extended tarp shelter size


The North Face Mountain Light rain Jacket

The North Face Mountain Light Jacket

Average Weight: 742 g (26.2 oz)
Centerback: 30"
Fabric: abrasion: 70D 134 g/m² (3.95 oz/yd²) 100% nylon plain weave Gore-Tex® Performance Shell 2L
Fabric: body: 50D 94 g/m² (2.77 oz/yd²) 100% nylon ripstop 2L Gore Performance