What windproof Jacket?

JBiggs

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Looking at input for a windproof jacket for glassing. Glassing from September-November. I currently use my thin rain jacket but when it gets cold it gets real stiff and loud. Looking for windproof as well as waterproof. I have all the layers and puffy for the temperature range. Looking at the Kutana storm shell, maybe the guide dcs or axis jacket even though they are not 100% waterproof. Not looking at KUIU as the main company but have wanted to try their stuff for awhile. So what have you guys been using?

Thanks, John
 

MokeBerserker

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Curious as well. So far the only kuiu jackets ive tried that break the wind and are waterproof are their rain jackets. I got rid of the guide dcs jacket as it didnt break the wind, was not built to be waterproof, and weighed a lot - their most overrated jacket. I have the kutana 3defx and its a good early to mid season jacket but breaths well and like the guide dcs, only water resistant. I use the chugach rain set for wet weather, and it blocks wind well too. Kutana rain set would be good too, my buddy runs it with a strongfleece mid underneath. Cant say anything about other brands which is why im curious. Kuiu is still young and refining their products.
 

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quieter rain gear? I have some KUIU Chugach and I've used it to break the wind down into the single digits no issues with noise doesn't get crunchy. I run fleece underneath with a puffy vest when glassing.

Any wind breaking shirt or jacket for me is too hot when moving or bulky.
 

wildcat33

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Chugach is what I use. Sized up to fit over a puffy. Its a good jacket..... but, Im really not that impressed with Kuiu quality for the price compared to the "rei brands" like mountain hardware, Arc Teryx, NF, etc.
 
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JBiggs

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quieter rain gear? I have some KUIU Chugach and I've used it to break the wind down into the single digits no issues with noise doesn't get crunchy. I run fleece underneath with a puffy vest when glassing.

Any wind breaking shirt or jacket for me is too hot when moving or bulky.
Yeah WCBquieter then what I have right now. Its like more of a single layer plastic rain jacket so when it gets into the teens and single digits it almost seems like its brittle and loud if you know what I mean

Thanks for the replies so far!!!
 
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TBHasler

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Jetstream by Sitka is the best wind blocking jacket I’ve come across. Not fully waterproof but unbelievable wind protection and good warmth as well. Much quieter than waterproof shells.
 

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Jetstream by Sitka is the best wind blocking jacket I’ve come across. Not fully waterproof but unbelievable wind protection and good warmth as well. Much quieter than waterproof shells.
^^^^^^This^^^^^

If you want very quiet and total waterproofness, Sitka Thunderhead; however the outer fabric does wetout and subsequently gain weight.
 

TBHasler

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Yep - had the thunderhead for a year or so but it has no venting capabilities other than unzipping main chest zipper. No pit zips
It’s a great late season option but I wouldn’t want to be active in it, ever. Is quiet as well
 

Erictski

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Pnuma 3L rain jacket that I just bought is the quietest waterproof jacket I have ever had. I don’t yet know how it will be when it’s cold but it is quiet in the house.
 

mrbillbrown

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Sitka Jetstream when I need a wind proof soft shell jacket. Windproof, water resistant, and huge pit zips for venting heat and temp control. Been perfect so far.
 

scfreeman66

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Another vote for the Jetstream. I wear mine 90% of the time that I'm in the woods.

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