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View Poll Results: Which do you most prefer for rain/shell jackets?
Hand Pockets 11 84.62%
Chest Pockets 2 15.38%
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:43 PM
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Rain Jacket / Coat and Pockets

Do you most prefer chest (napoleon) or hand (lower) pockets for rain/shell jackets/coats?

I have jackets that have chest pockets, hand pockets, and both.

I've found chest pockets to be handy for flat items and minor ventilation.

If I had to choose one or the other, I'd opt for hand pockets, because I don't like the bulky appearance* and interference with pack straps that loaded chest pockets could cause.

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Old 12-07-2014, 06:54 PM
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For day hikes or general use I like both. I like using the chest pocket for my phone or small items. NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:46 PM
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:05 AM
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My first rain jacket had hand pockets and the placement seemed so natural and I really loved those p NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:40 AM
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I like hand pockets, but they need to be lined with a waterproof material on the inside to make me h NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:28 AM
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Never thought about it, but-

I recall that when I have worn a shell that has a chest po NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:48 PM
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I've had both, and what I like I guess is in between. The so called kangaroo pocket most commonly se NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:27 PM
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I really prefer both but I'm the oddball that voted chest pocket.

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:57 PM
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I have found that I prefer the chest pocket if it's actually raining out. I prefer that pocket in ge NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:13 AM
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Being a female, chest pockets can be awkward, for obvious reasons NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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