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I've always worn a super old FJ rain jacket. I'd say it's _at least_ ten years old, but to give you a reference to style, the bottom part of it around the waist has a full elastic band (think of old Starter jackets). So, it works great, but it's heavy and hot and it makes swishing noises every time you move (and the damn elastic waist!!!!). It's not comfortable, but do you know what's worse then being slightly uncomfortable?? Being soaked. And this thing works amazingly well to keep me dry.

 

Anyway, I picked up a relatively new used Hydrolite jacket. It feels like nothing is there!!!! It's so light and feels fluid. It feels more windbreaker than rain coat! My question then, does it work as well as what's in my head or is it intended to only be used in slight mists and maybe not thunderstorms?

 

I'm just shocked how different these two jackets are, but I know technology moves quickly.

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I have a Hyrdolite jacket that I use. It's a model with cut off sleeves and I use it during the summer. I also have Tour XP jacket and I also have a Galvin Green jacket and a ProQuip jacket. The Hyrdolite is just fine and for summer use or layering on top of a jumper it is brilliant.

 

If this thread is picked up, you will invariably get guys saying that you have to have Galvin Green and you have to have GoreTex and they do make a really good product but I have never had any issues with any of my FootJoy waterproofs.

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Thank you, guys. I think this is what I needed to hear. I could just go stand in a rainstorm, but I don't really need to give my wife a reason to think I'm more crazy than she already thinks I am.

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TaylorMade RBZ 4H 22*
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