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Old 01-30-2011, 01:37 AM
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Rain Wrap / Skirt / Kilt

If you use a rain wrap or skirt rather than rain pants, please share your experience (pros/cons) here.

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Old 01-30-2011, 02:53 AM
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I just got mine a few days ago. I haven't had it on the trail yet but it is definitely easy on and off. While it doesn't provide 100% coverage it would be sufficient for most of my hiking situations.
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Anyone have an update, thoughts, or experiences to share?

I like the reduced bulk and weight of a rain kilt, and the ease of putting it on and taking it off.

When it's very cold and wet, I have opted for lightweight rainpants.

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Old 06-27-2015, 07:33 AM
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Wrapping It Up

Last week I did a few section hikes on the Appalachian Trail. I spent a few days at a well known hiker hostel in Dennis Cove near Hampton, TN. The second day was a rainy morning and a small group of young thru-hikers gathered on the hostel porch gearing up to start the day.

One guy pulled a heavily worn section of Tyvek from his pack and wrapped it around his hips several times before tucking the top edge in at the waist. Noticing the heavily soiled condition of the material I asked if he had been using it as a ground cloth. He said he had when he started down in Georgia. Heavy wear had caused it to leak, so instead of throwing it out he found it functioned well enough as a rain skirt.

I thought his duel use of the light weight product was smart and might serve well as equipment for shorter section hikes.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:39 PM
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I went to Trail Days in Damascus this year. Saw a couple of hikers wearing a kilt (not just a rain skirt). I spoke to one of the hikers at breakfast about his kilt and was so impressed that I bought one after returning home (have not used yet). Also liked what Colin Fletcher had to say about it in his book (he used a sheet of plastic). I am told the kilt helps keep warm in cold weather. I plan to wear my kilt when backpacking whether rain or not.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:26 PM
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i've now done this a time or two with improvised ones.

way more comfortable than rain pants, i tell you what.

can be a bit of a bear to get adjusted right though.
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