Our ultralight rain jacket is designed to be lightweight, packable, and easy on the wallet. New features include a more durable 70D fabric (siliconized inside and out), a double-ended (two-way) waterproof front zipper, and improved hood fit. This backpacking rain jacket features an oversized fit, 17″ long waterproof pit zips, adjustable drawcord waistband, and combination elastic/velcro adjustable wrist closures give you all the options you need for a comfortable fit and strategic ventilation.
All rain jacket seams are bound (not taped), which encases the entirety of the seam to prevent water leakage*. All zippers on the rain jacket are waterproof with a PU backing. Please note, considering our intense waterproofing standards, this rain jacket is NOT breathable. However, the pit-zips and two-way bodice zipper do offer plenty of relief when you need some air flow.
These rain jackets are cut generously to fit over your layers, and make an excellent top layer for rain, snow, and wind protection. See FAQ section at the bottom of the page for “Wash & Care”.
*To completely repel water at the seams, we suggest applying sealer before use. We recommend: SilNet
Caring for Your Rain Gear & Shelters: Helpful Tips
Spot clean with a soft cell sponge and only enough mild, unscented detergent to get the job done
When cleaning your SilNylon or SilPoly gear, avoid machine washing or drying. The best practice is to hand-wash or spot clean with a soft cell sponge and only enough of a mild cleaning agent to get the job done; we recommend “Dr. Bronner’s” unscented soap. Avoid household cleaners such as detergent, dish soap, bleach, spot removers or laundry pre-soaking products. Most of these cleaners can impair the gear’s coating, as well as attract bugs and wildlife with the perfumes they contain. Spot cleaning (bird feces, tree sap, etc.)
Tree sap (or pitch) is perhaps one of the most difficult things to remove. Avoidance of trees that drip sap is your number one strategy but can be unavoidable at times. Try not to allow pitch to remain on your gear for extended periods of time and remember to gently work it off with the least amount of detergent and scrubbing necessary to get the job done. Once hand-washed, hang your gear in the shade to air dry
Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays can speed up the natural degradation of your gear’s coating. Also, machine dryers can generate enough heat to impair the performance of your gear. Dryers can also stretch the fabric, stress the seams, or cause excessive abrasion during the tumbling process (especially if the gear contains zippers or cord locks). Wait until your gear is fully dry before storing. For long term it is preferable to store your gear in a breathable bag or container large enough, so the gear will not be extremely compressed for long periods of time. Storing your gear when not completely dry for the long term long will cause mold and degradation of your gear’s DWR coating. Seam seal your gear or apply supplemental DWR coating
Seams, even ones that are bound or taped, are vulnerable areas on water-repellent or waterproof gear. To avoid possible leakage at the seams over time, you may use a Seam Sealant. Additionally, if you find you ever need to re-coat worn areas to re-waterproof or extend the life of your gear, you may easily do so with a coat of paint-on or spray-on DWR Sealant. Brands like “Gear Aid” and “Atsko” offer sealants for specific areas, fabrics and coatings. If you’re treating an item coated with Silicone (i.e. AGG Rain Gear), be sure to use a Silicone based DWR spray. We recommend “Atsko Silicone Water-Guard”.
No matter the product, it’s important to monitor and maintain your gear for optimal performance.
We are asked from time to time if our rain gear is, or should be, seam sealed. The answer is, it is not seam sealed but you certainly can. The seams of our rain gear are sewn in a manner to discourage leaking and fraying. They are very well constructed and reinforced seams. But clearly the fabric has been sewn and therefore has been pin pricked several hundred times leaving potential for leakage in extreme situations. But arguably, in such conditions, it is hard to tell if your gear is leaking or if it’s just crazy wet outside. Our recommendation is this. Wear it first without seam sealing (after all, that stuff adds weight). If you find you need it, seal away. A tube of Seam Grip + Sil will do the trick. None of us here at AntiGravityGear have seam sealed our rain gear. We have never felt the need.
We have jackets made twice a year. Colors choices, fabric availability and acceptable die lots come and go, so we can not guarantee a certain jacket color in a certain jacket size will be restocked in the very near future. We work hard to choose colors which are more universally appealing unisex colors.