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    light rain jacket suggestions?

    I don't need a rubber fisherman jacket, just something light that will keep the rain off if I get stuck walking in a little rain or have to change a tire or whatever and maybe cut some of the wind. All I usually find around me is REI level stuff (I think that is overkill for me) or walmart stuff that fits like a trash bag. Anybody found something that would fit a slimmer fellow without being a balloon? I am 5'11" and about 155.

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    If you are ok with the technical look, I would recommend the Patagonia Houdini jacket. Not super expensive, extremely light (packs into its own chest pocket), reasonably water- and windproof, though definitely not something you'd want to rely on in a severe downpour for more than a few minutes. Quite a slim fit, to the point that I actually had to size up, which is fairly rare for me particularly in outdoors-oriented outerwear. I got mine in a dark, not-quite-navy blue (Dolomite blue) which seems to go with just about everything.

    A possible downside is they are designed to be extremely streamlined and packable so there are no standard pockets at the waist, just a single Napoleon-style chest pocket.

    Alternatively, the Patagonia Torrentshell is about $20 more expensive and a bit more substantial (feels more like a true rain jacket, whereas the Houdini definitely feels more like a windbreaker) without feeling like you're wearing a suit of armor. I've had one of those for the past 7-8 years or so and it's held up reasonably well. And it has pockets.
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    I have a mac jacket from Old Navy that would fit your requirement. Stylish. Cheap. Works to keep the rain off. Might be worth checking out. Cheers.

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    i have been wanting something just like this for a bit. Im here for all the recommendations and have nothing to add lol.

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    Search Eddie Bauer packable jacket or Uniqlo pocketable parka

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    cool, good stuff to look at, thanks

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    Saw these jackets from Baro, a Canadian company, on Huckberry a little while back and eventually pulled the trigger during a sale from their own site. Just got back from a very rainy few days in Seattle and the thing was money. I've worn it with a suit, and jeans and boots or whatever and I love its versatility. Doesn't pack into its own pocket or anything (for that I'd recommend the Outdoor Research Foray Gore-Tex Paclite) but it folds into a fairly compact package, much more so than a regular mac or trench. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Doctor View Post
    Saw these jackets from Baro, a Canadian company, on Huckberry a little while back and eventually pulled the trigger during a sale from their own site. Just got back from a very rainy few days in Seattle and the thing was money. I've worn it with a suit, and jeans and boots or whatever and I love its versatility. Doesn't pack into its own pocket or anything (for that I'd recommend the Outdoor Research Foray Gore-Tex Paclite) but it folds into a fairly compact package, much more so than a regular mac or trench. Highly recommended.
    How would you rate the breathability?


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