- Apr 2, 2011I have rarely needed the rain pains in June-July-August so I stopped bringing them. The storms never last that long. Usually by the time I used to be able to get them on, it stops or slows down. I wear Columbia or REI convertible pants or gym shorts and they dry quickly. If it's a heavy rain I sit it out either in a tent or drape my tent fly over me as a jacket. I do bring a rain jacket, but I usually use this as a windbreaker if there is a cold wind, like on top of Whitney, or if I am setting up a camp in the rain and the tent fly is in use. But everyone may have their own preferences. I tend to skimp on the clothing a bit and have never been disappointed.
--- In email@example.com, "clairehiker" <clairehiker@...> wrote:
> I layer just like Viraj suggests, and also use the down sweater or vest for a pillow.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Viraj Ward <birdnlady@> wrote:
> > Ditto, John on the rain pants. I can't really think of a reason not to bring
> > them (isn't rain protection a ten essential?), and I use them every
> > evening on Sierra backpacks for the added warmth. I'm sure you will be happy to
> > have them. I invested in a down sweater for my top layer system besides a
> > SmartWool top. It's an option if you want more warmth instead of the added bulk
> > of fleece. You might be surprised with how cold the nights/early mornings can
> > be.
> > Viraj
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