As hunters, one of the most important requirements of our gear is to keep us dry. Nothing can create more discomfort or potentially be more dangerous than gear that gets wet and stays wet. Below are guidelines to help you select the perfect set of rain gear for your hunt.
Hunting Conditions- What weather conditions will you encounter on your hunt? Is it an early season archery hunt and the chance of rain is minimal, or will you be hunting up north and likely encounter some sort of precipitation every day? Will you be glassing from mountain tops or busting brush? The more often you wear your rain gear, the more durable it will need to be.
Hunting Style– What style of hunt are you going on? If you are backpacking into a remote area for an extended period of time and will be constantly on the move, weight is a huge factor. If you are hunting from camp or being dropped off by boat or plane and the weight of your pack is not as critical, then features and comfort should be a deciding factor.
Longevity– How often do you use it? Durability doesn’t just have to do with how well your rain gear holds up to brush, but also how well it will hold up to everyday wear and tear. For someone who spends most their season in the field, durability should be something that tilts your decision.
Weight vs. Durability– Typically, as weight increases so does durability. The Teton is our lightest rain gear, but is not designed to be used for busting through thick brush. The Yukon is our heaviest and most durable rain gear, but do you need the extra weight? Finding a balance between weight and durability is a key factor in the decision-making process.
Below are the four rain gear sets that we offer:
Jacket: 29.2 oz / Pant: 25.8 oz
Fabric Weight: 256 g/m²
The Yukon rain gear is an extremely durable 3-layer hard shell that is designed to be worn all day, keeping you completely dry and protected throughout your entire hunt. Reinforced elbows, knees, and seat protect the vulnerable parts of the gear. Since these are mainly worn all day, we added cargo and hand pockets on the pants, and two chest and hand pockets on the jacket for additional storage.
Jacket: 18.9 oz / Pant: 15.5 oz
Fabric Weight: 161 g/m²
The Chugach NX rain gear gives you the perfect combination of weight, durability, and breathability. Using a lighter Primeflex face fabric than the Yukon, the Chugach NX still offers 4-way stretch for unrestricted range of motion. Minimizing the features to keep the weight down, the Chugach pants have no pockets, and the jacket has one chest and 2 hand pockets. Being our mid-weight rain gear, the packable Chugach NX is a perfect balance of lightweight durability.
Jacket: 8.1 oz / Pant: 5.9 oz
Fabric Weight: 92 g/m²
The Teton rain gear offers the perfect balance of performance, features, and price. At under 16 ounces, this is an impressively lightweight and packable 3 layer system. Using Toray’s Sport Division fabrics, we have created high performance rain gear that is light in your pack and on your wallet. Using TSD’s membrane with a waterproof breathability rating of 10,000mm/10,000g/m²/24hr, the Teton rain gear will keep you dry in virtually any storm.
Jacket: 8.9 oz / Pant: 7.5 oz
Fabric Weight: 106 g/m²
The Ultra NX rain gear was designed specifically to reduce weight for hunters that rely on keeping their pack as light as possible, and is worn primarily when waiting out sudden storms. With a 30 denier nylon face fabric, the ULTRA NX was not designed to be worn regularly while busting brush.