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Sierra Designs Hurricane Jacket : Econo Downpour Savior

I appreciate sunny weather as much as anyone but sometimes a trip must go on, rain or shine. Such was the case yesterday when a long anticipated trip to a remote lake happened to coincide with the first significant end-of-summer rainstorm. My Sierra Designs Hurricane rain shell had been sitting unused for a couple of months of dry weather, but it was finally time to cut off the tags and test it in the field.  

I wore my Sierra Designs Hurricane Jacket over a wool t-shirt, starting my day with the shell all zipped up. After not too long on the trail I had to open the pit zips to get some ventilation going.   The pit zips stayed open for the remainder of the day and did a gangbuster job of keeping me cool without letting moisture in.

We spent much of the day crawling through wet brush, which provides even more opportunities to get wet from all angles. Lucky for me, the Sierra Designs Hurricane jacket has an ample hood; I had it on for much of the day to keep my beanie from getting soaked and to keep water off my glasses as much as possible.   The generous cut of the hood was perfect for hanging around at the lake and for going downhill. On the uphill portions of the hike I just folded it back a couple of inches and it let me see better for navigating.  

The Hurricane is Sierra Designs' entry-level rain shell, but I was very impressed with how dry and warm it kept me in conditions that were soaking wet and quite strenuous,  (See shopping links below.)

Available in a variety of colors in men's and women's styles.   

Bottom LIne: This is an affordable and effective piece of gear for someone who wants to be prepared for the outdoors but doesn't want to break the bank getting outfitted. --A.S. (Sept '10)

BUY ONLINE : $74, click here for men's and women's jacket.

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.



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