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Best rain shell/jacket for running?
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Somehow I've managed to live in the PNW for 11 years and never actually owned a rain shell that I can use for running. Does anyone have one they love? Preference is for something lightweight and easily packable in a hydration pack for when not needed - can layer up and down underneath as needed. Thanks!


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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [lilpups] [ In reply to ]
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First of all, how is that even possible? ;-P


I have a Pearl Izumi one that is my go-to. I've had it for a while, so I can't remember the exact model, but it's very similar to this one. The zip-off sleeves are a very helpful feature for variable temps (or you can throw the sleeves in your bag/pocket and add them when it starts pouring on you mid-way through a long run – ask me how I know!) Since you are in Seattle, I'd cruise into Oiselle's store in U-Village. I have been very impressed with their stuff and I bet they'd make a great rainshell. (I have a lightweight rain vest that I got at a sample sale that is really great.)

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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [mdraegerpnw] [ In reply to ]
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I had an Outdoor Research Helium 2 jacket that was superlight weight, probably lasted 2-3 years before it started wetting out. packs up pretty small into its own pocket.
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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [lilpups] [ In reply to ]
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The Brooks LSD jacket might well fit the bill. I have an older model that just packs into its own pocket and has a clip - very small, soft and lightweight. I've worn it for a 6-hour race in mixed rain/snow before and in hours of freezing rain. Never used the hood as I always wear a hat, but it packs away nicely in the collar.

I've never had a chance to even try one on, but I know a ton of ultrarunners and fastpackers swear by the Patagonia Houdini.

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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [lilpups] [ In reply to ]
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I have the Patagonia Houdini -- it's water repellent not waterproof but works great for me on rainy days.
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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [SoCalTricurious] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks - I'll check out both the Brooks and the Patagonia. Appreciate it!!


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Re: Best rain shell/jacket for running? [lilpups] [ In reply to ]
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I'm obsessed with my Saucony shell it's perfect for an outer protective layer to turn anything waterproof but it can also bunch up to fit in my pocket! It's amazing.
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