Repost: OR- EMS THUNDERHEAD JACKET- Evan Cook
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EMS THUNDERHEAD RAIN JACKET
BY EVAN COOK
October 22, 2007
NAME: Evan Cook
EMAIL: evan.cook AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: gunnison, colorado
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 145 lb (65.80 kg)
ARM LENGTH 28 inches (72 cm)
CHEST 33 inches (84 cm)
I have been backpacking for about 5 years. My past experience with
hiking has been in the Adirondack mountains and currently in the
Colorado Rockies. I mostly go on weekend hikes with the occasional
week long trip in the summer. The terrain I cover is mostly
mountainous. I usually day hike with a light pack carrying rain gear,
water and food. When I go on longer overnight to multiday trips I
carry a pack weighing 35-60 lbs(16-27 kg)
Manufacturer: Eastern Mountain Sports
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.ems.com">>
Model: Thunderhead Rain Jacket
Fabric: EMS System Three
Available Sizes: s,m,l,xl
Available Colors: Russet, Black, Orion, Vineyard
-Made in China
Listed Weight: 12.1 oz (343 g) for a large.
Measured Weight: 11.1oz (315g)
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1">> From EMS.com
This is EMS's summer backpacking/casual use rain jacket. This jacket
has two large side pockets that are great for storing extra energy
bars or whatever else I may want. There are pitzips which are great
for core venting when things heat up. The hood has two drawstrings
which are great for adjusting the hood, which can be used with a
helmet. The brim of the hood is a nice extra. It helps keep the rain
off my face. This jacket can be stuffed into one of the side pockets
which is a nice feature. All the seams are taped and the zippers have
storm flaps. There is also a drawstring for the waist which helps
keep the wind out.
Size: I have a size small jacket and it fits snug. I can layer a
midweight fleece under this jacket comfortably, but anything more than
that is too much. My chest size is 33 inches (84 cm) and there is
enough room in that area for movement. My arm length in 28 inches (72
cm) and the sleeve length of the jacket is 34 inches (86 cm), so the
sleeves are a bit long, but this just allows for a greater range of
Fabric Care: Machine wash cold, drip dry in shade. Low iron if needed.
My Hiking/Camping Locations
Mt. Elbert: I hiked Mt. Elbert with this jacket in May 07. The
elevation ranged from 10,000 feet (3,048 m) to 14,433 feet (4,400 m).
The temperature ranged from 20 F to 50 F (-7 C to 10 C). The winds
gusted up to 20 mph (32 kilometers per hour). There was a rain snow
mixture falling for about an hour. I was on the mountain for a day
hike, and camped at the base for one night.
Mt. Crested Butte: I hiked Mt. Crested Butte in September 07. The
elevation ranged from 9,375 feet (2856 m) to 12,162 feet (3,707 m).
The temperature ranged from 30 F (-1 C) to 60 F (16 C). There was
about two hours of light rain followed by a strong thunderstorm with
brief heavy rain. I was on this mountain for a day hike.
Currently I do most of my hiking in the Gunnison Valley of
Colorado. Here I do both day hikes and overnight trips.
Moab, Utah: I camped in and around Moab, UT for two weeks in May 07.
The elevation was around 4,025 feet (1,227 m). The temperature
ranged from 45 F (7 C) at night to 75 F (24 C) during the day. The
average rain fall in Moab for May is .7 inch (1.8 cm).
I have used this jacket many times hiking over the past year, but one
of the most demanding was on Mt. Elbert in Colorado. The day started
off with a wet rain/snow mix. I was hiking with a day pack on and
traveling towards the summit. The light rain and snow lasted for
about an hour. This jacket kept me bone dry. Then once we got above
the tree line the wind began to pick up and the temperature dropped to
about 20 F (-7 C). With this jacket on I only needed a light fleece
on underneath to stay warm. This jacket blocked the wind and kept me
warm and dry the whole time.
On Mt. Crested Butte I hiked in a light rain for two hours. During
this time I had my day pack on. The jacket kept me dry, but I had to
open the pitzips because perspiration began to build up inside my
jacket. Around the summit a thunderstorm moved in. This was a brief,
but intense storm. The rain fell hard for about five minutes. The
jacket performed very well. I cinched down the hood and kept on
hiking. The brim of the hood kept the rain from dripping on my face,
which is a nice feature. This jacket held up and kept me dry and warm
the whole time.
I also used this jacket when I camped in and around Moab, UT in May
07. I kept this jacket in my daypack for thunderstorms. During at
least 5 of the days a thunderstorm rolled through camp just before
dark. The rain only lasted a few minutes and then passed. This
jacket worked well at keeping me dry. Every time I put this jacket on
during this trip I had the pitzips open. This allowed me to vent and
keep as cool as I could with a jacket on.
I used this jacket as a backup rain jacket on summer backpacking
trips, as well as on some cold fall and spring days as a wind shell.
I have been in some short bursts of rain, but no extended rain falls.
For my use, this jacket has kept me warm and dry for the most part.
The only thing I don't like is that if I wear this shell against my
skin in warm weather, I get a clammy feeling. I believe this is
because the jacket doesn't breath that well. To fix this problem I
just open the pitzips. This seems to help control the climate inside
the jacket and take away most of the clammy feeling.
The durability of this jacket is great so far. I have owned this
jacket since April 07' and hiked with it about 20-30 days. Since then
I have climbed a few mountains in Colorado with it along with some
multi day hiking trips. I also use this jacket for around town wear
when it is raining out. Overall I haven't noticed any major wear on
Overall this jacket performed well. It does what a $100 rain jacket
should do. I was impressed with the durability of the fabric,
especially in cold weather. I think this is a great recreational rain
Things I Like
This Jacket performed very well. One of the useful features are the
pit zips to control the temperature. The waterproofing on this jacket
does its job and keeps me dry. This jacket also packs down into its
own pocket so it's easy to stow in my pack.
Things I Don't Like
The zippers on this jacket get snagged a lot and are light weight.
They could stand to be a little more user friendly. Also, this jacket
doesn't breathe very well. It doesn't take much activity to get that
clammy feeling under the jacket, but that's why there are pitzips.
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