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Rain Coat/Pant
Michael Burns, Photographer
California | Ca | USA | Posted: 11:05 AM on 12.22.08
->> Went through the thread and did not find what I was looking for:

Am looking for a quality rain coat and pant. My old one has failed after several years of use.

Recommendations on good and lasting rain coat/pant

Thx
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:30 AM on 12.22.08
->> I love my North Face gore tex jacket, and my Nike gore tex golf pants.
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Mark McIntyre, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 11:50 AM on 12.22.08
->> Boathouse makes very good rain gear. Never got wet after using their products.
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 11:52 AM on 12.22.08
->> I've got a set of Cabela's Guidewear and love it. I've been in some really nasty stuff with it and I've always stayed dry. They make this GoreTex based set in a couple of different weights, some with insulation, some without. You can find similar at Bass Pro Shops. These sets are made for outdoors people that need solid protection and good comfort and movement. (like on the deck of a bass boat for 8-10 hours in pouring rain...)

I'd also recomment bibs for the bottoms rather than pants. If you're up an down on the sidelines the last thing you need to worry about is your rain pants creeping down and water coming in. Bibs will be much more reliable.

Mike
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 12:51 PM on 12.22.08
->> I was a NAIA Championship game this wekeend and it was downpouring and I saw and talked to a guy that was wearing Mountain High outfitters pants and jacket. I was wearing my Marmouth but it fits very loose and was thinking that something that fit snugger would be better to shoot in. I have columbia pants. The pants are also good for wearing when its cold and the wind is blowing they make for a good wind breaker. Also while you are buying yourself some rain gear I hope you have or already have thought about protecting your gear. I saw a guy the other day with a 200 1.8 lens and MKIII and his plastic bag would only fit over the lens , I said hmmm, it looks like after paying alomst $7,000 , $200 would not have mattered. I guess some people dont have there priorities right.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 2:00 PM on 12.22.08
->> The North Face and Mountain Hardware make great waterproof clothing, boots and such...Dan.
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Kevin Johnston, Photographer
Oden | MI | USA | Posted: 2:14 PM on 12.22.08
->> "I saw a guy the other day with a 200 1.8 lens and MKIII and his plastic bag would only fit over the lens , I said hmmm, it looks like after paying alomst $7,000 , $200 would not have mattered. I guess some people dont have there priorities right."

He's the guy who is beginning to realize "shooting for free" just isn't going to cut it...lol
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Allen Lester, Photographer
Norfolk | VA | USA | Posted: 2:23 PM on 12.22.08
->> The Bass Pro Shops' Pro Qualifier Gore-Tex is a top of the line coat that is hard to beat. It has a ton of pockets, an optional liner and matching pants. I tried one on in the store and was "hooked"....

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_734...
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Joel Kowsky, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia / Morris | MO/IL | United States | Posted: 2:25 PM on 12.22.08
->> I'e got a pair of goretex pants from ArcTeryx. They're bibs too, so I don't have to worry about them starting to slide down if I'm running around at a game. A little pricy, but well worth it in my opinion.

I've got a nice rain jacket from Patagonia.
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Nell Redmond, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 2:37 PM on 12.22.08
->> Look at www.campmor.com. I purchased a really nice waterproof jacket/pant set from them a couple of years ago on sale. They carry most major brands and have some pretty good discounts.
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Brian Cripe, Photographer, Assistant
Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 2:48 PM on 12.22.08
->> They're pricey, but gear by Arcteryx is absolutely incredible quality. I've had raincoats by North Face and others break down over time, but my Arcteryx gear has keep going strong. Worth every penny, especially those days when you're shooting in a blizzard or monsoon.
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Mike Last, Student/Intern, Photographer
London | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 3:04 PM on 12.22.08
->> Arcteryx also has a 'soft' GoreTex opposed to the usual GoreTex which can be a bit stiff. Its awesome material and gives you some extra movement inside the jacket.
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David Lovell, Photographer
Adelphi | MD | USA | Posted: 3:27 PM on 12.22.08
->> I recently got the REI Shuksan Jacket with eVent fabric, and matching pants. I've shot in several downpours since then, with absolutely no trouble. Was warm and dry and shedding water like crazy. Nice dull gray color to stay low-profile.
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Michael Burns, Photographer
California | Ca | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 12.22.08
->> thanks all.
I've shot with plastic bag couple years ago. It indeed works but I'd rather to feel comfortable than making the plastic bags to work right.
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Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | usa | Posted: 5:23 PM on 12.22.08
->> Michael,

I don't have any brands to recoomend but I just purchased a rain jacket and pants from a friend of mine who rides a touring motorcycle. Look into finding a BMW or Decati motorcycle dealership. This is were he bought this, unfortunalty no brand labels other than gortex. The one I have has zippers and an overlapping velcro on all pockets, and main zipper. It is ment to keep you dry riding a motorcycle at high speeds in the pouring rain. I have been in monsoons with this and not a drop on me.

Just another option other than the typical outdoor stores.

Jim
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 6:56 PM on 12.22.08
->> Without a doubt, I would recommend North Face. I have the Summit Series Mt Light Jacket and Mt Light Pant one of the best rain/cold gear I've ever owned. Only in extreme cold have I ever even closed the pit zips in the jacket shell or put he fleece liner in. Expensive yes, but never a regret, great construction and function.
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James Lee, Photographer
Vincent | OH | USA | Posted: 10:37 AM on 12.23.08
->> You got a lot of great advice on these and am sure you will find a great set. The only thing I'd like to add is to buy from a retailer that has a foolproof return policy. I know that L.L. Bean, REI (with membership) and Cabelas will allow you to return almost anything with no questions asked and I hear good things about Backcountry.com. Even the best gear fails on occasion and it's nice to know you can replace it.
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