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    your favorite light, breathable rain jacket?

    Right now I have two options: my old PDM rain jacket that I bought in the mid-80s. It's still going strong, fits in my jersey pocket nicely, but it doesn't really breathe well. Then I have my Burley rain jacket, which is great for commuting when it is cold and pouring, but doesn't stash in the jersey well and it's overkill most of the time. So I'm now looking for something somewhat between the two, though it would be nice if it was still stashable. I'm in Seattle so it needs to be fairly water resistant, but breathability is important, too. Extra points if you can keep it under $100. Currently I'm considering the Pearl Elite Barrier jacket. What else is out there?

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    Light, breathable, waterproof, cheap- pick two.

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    My Descente from about '91 or so. Still the best jacket I've ever tried.

    You're welcome to any of the half dozen other pretenders I've bought but never use.
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    * not actually waterproof.

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    If you're not looking for a cycling specific jacket, but I'm guessing you are, maybe a Marmot Precip.

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    Maybe I can be of more help here than I was with laptop bags.

    I have this jacket from Castelli:



    It's around $90, so right in your price range.

    It's made out of some weird fabric, so it's not straight-up impermeable plastic. Very thin, seems to breathe OK, and it has mesh fabric in the pits to help with ventilation.

    I live in PDX, so a similar climate to you. Handles rain showers great. Not sure it would hold up to rain that lasts for hours at a time, but for riding in on/off showers it works well.

    It folds/rolls up really small, I don't have a problem stashing it in a jersey pocket when the weather on a wet ride turns the corner and gets nice.

    I'll use it down to the mid-40s with other layers on. Keeps in a decent amount of heat.

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    A love my Arc'Teryx Visio, meets the criteria well except for price. Retail is ~$300, scored mine for $100 and LOVE the thing. Super compact, very light and very waterproof.

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    Sugoi Versa jacket. it also converts to a vest. Coolest part is that the sleeves and neck are held on with magnets, not zippers so it's totally possible to turn it into a vest while on the move. Going from a vest to a jacket is a little more challenging but can be done.

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    Showers Pass.

    Not exceptionally cheap, but the best jacket out there.
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    I've yet to find a rain jacket that is breatheable in any way. I've just converted over to wearing wool in the rain. It stays warm.

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    Arc'Teryx FTW.........I'd love to fine one I can get for $100.

    Definatly a case of getting what you pay for.

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    Great list guys, thanks. Will see if I can find some of these to try locally.

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    A snuggie, cus I aint going out in the rain. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck View Post
    Showers Pass.

    Not exceptionally cheap, but the best jacket out there.
    +1 Made from "Event" fabric.
    It is a Schwinn. Bought it new in Sixty Two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    Light, breathable, waterproof, cheap- pick two.
    No kidding... If you expect to wear it fairly often, then there are better places to save money. Marmot Precip is great for general stuff, but not particularly good for NNCing (fairly big for the size even with layering, no longer in the back than front).

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    Ended up getting the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket for $65 from Amazon.

    Amazon.com: Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Jacket: Sports & Outdoors

    Just got back from a 1.5 hour Seattle rain ride--alternating between drizzle and pouring, and 45 degrees. Stayed totally dry underneath but didn't get sweaty, either. Jacket seems to crush well for the jersey, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski View Post
    Ended up getting the Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket for $65 from Amazon.... Jacket seems to crush well for the jersey, too.
    Huh? Does that mean it's easily squished into a jersey pocket?
    (shout out to mah Emerald City peeps!)
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    Ive got a White Sierra that Ive had for a few years. Dunno if it is what you're looking for as it doesn't fold up and fit in a pocket but it's pretty light and so far waterproof (haven't had it in a downpour though). Been wearing it on the boat here in Savannah and with a sweatshirt under and the hood up it keeps me pretty warm too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRRoubaix View Post
    Huh? Does that mean it's easily squished into a jersey pocket?
    (shout out to mah Emerald City peeps!)
    It means it's easy to carry in your jersey pocket when you don't need it.

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