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Old 11-14-2010, 03:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Attention all PNW boarders (specifically Washingtonians and Oregonians where the temps are warmer and the snow is wetter) gotta question for you all:

What water proof rating do you wear?

You can also post here in answer to a second question: what water proofing do you wear and how do you like its performance in our wet conditions?

I ask because I used a 5K last year without knowing jack about waterproofing all year going to Snoqualmie (45 min from Seattle) and Stevens pass (90 min from Seattle), and it performed great. However, I also went <10 times so I encountered only a small sample of all the (potentially wet) conditions presented to us in the pacific northwest. I am planning on going up many more times this year and am considering getting a jacket with upped waterproofing. So, do you all think I need higher than 5K to do all right here in rainy Seattle?
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wear goretex. I spend a lot of time riding though, in any conditions. 5k is a little low if it is rainy. As long as you don't crash often you Will probably be ok.

Usually for pnw conditions, I tell my friends to look for 10k gear at the minimum.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For jackets I've been just fine with 8K and 10K. Personally I place more emphasis on pants, since I spend alot of time sitting on the lift and hiking for pow, so I go for at least 20K or Goretex there.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I ride in Vancouver i would assume we get the same wet heavy snow...last year i rode with my thirtytwo shiloh jacket which is 8k...i moved to Van at the end of feb (hadnt ridden all season because of injury) and still ended up riding 40+ days. i spend a lot of time in the backcountry, and even rain and not once did the inside of my coat get wet.

like mentioned above get a good pair of pants because of the sitting, kneeling, trekking you do through the snow. but my 8k jacket worked amazing last year, so well its going to have a season 2.

hope that helps.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like to stay dry, and living in Washington, I've ridden in the straight rain before. Because of the way the weather here is, I have a 25k jacket and 20k pants. I don't like getting wet when I ride, just staying warm. 5k seems way to low to me, but I still crash, and hike, and sit, and it rains sometimes. My 25k Columbia jacket and my 20k Ripzone pants are going on season 2 now, and going strong.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i have gear from 5 to 20.. DOC (depends on conditions)

i suggest u have a gear bag.. couple pants couple jackets and switch em out depending on the conditions.. i wear my 5 k puffy on super cold dry powder days and my 20k on typical NW sloppy days
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm with Triple, I stick with at least 20k or Gore-Tex pants for the chairlift and strap in sitting I do as well as the hiking. I still stick with at least 15k shell jacket as well, but it's not as important as the pants IMO.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a 8k insulated jacket, a 10k shell and a 15k shell. The 10k is what I ride on a usual day thats below freezing, the 8k on days that are colder than 20 or so and the 15k if its raining. The 15k seems to keep me mostly dry, but I think a 20k or better would be best in a full downpour. Like everyone else is saying definately get some pants that are 15k or better
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses everyone! I think I will continue looking for a >= 10K jacket for this coming season and if something comes up, then great. If not, I'll survive the rain should it come. My pants haven't given me trouble at all so far but they're pre-2007 and I can't find any information on them (threw away tags long ago).
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