Wrap it Up: We Review Rain Skirts, Kilts and Wraps
The problem: Rain pants are hot and annoying to get on or off. The solution: Rain wraps. They go on and off in seconds, have excellent ventilation and pack down to almost nothing. (Bonus: They're usually cheaper than rain pants!)
The problem: Rain pants are hot and annoying to get on or off.
The solution: Rain wraps. They go on and off in seconds, have excellent ventilation and pack down to almost nothing.
Bonus: They're usually cheaper than rain pants!
Lightheart Gear Rain Wrap
If you like gear with multiple uses, this fits the bill. The waistband is fixed, not elastic, so it lays flat if you want to use it as a picnic cloth, a seating area, or even a tent footprint. You can even throw it over your shoulders as a pack cover.
Our reviewer appreciated the secure, easy-to-operate snap at the waistband. At 3.2 ounces for medium, it's slightly heavier than the other two options. But it’s durable and well made and should last you for many miles on the trail. $55; lightheartgear.com.
Ultralight Adventure Equipment Rain Kilt
This one hits all the bases.
Waterproof? Check. Our reviewer wore this in a light drizzle that turned into a more consistent rain, and she stayed nice and dry all day without her legs getting hot.
Adjustable fit? Check. ULA suggests those over 5’8” get the large, but the medium’s elastic waistband provided more than ample room for our reviewer's 5’10”, 180-pound frame. Plus, it’s long enough that if worn with tall gaiters, you’ll get full leg coverage. Ideal for hiking through wet, brushy areas.
Integrated stuff sack? Check. Bonus point for the Velcro that seals it shut into a dollar-bill sized pouch.
Lightweight? Check. At 2.9 ounces (for the medium), it’s worth more than its weight in gold, but at 30 dollars, it won’t break the bank. $30; ula-equipment.com.
Mountain Laurel Designs Rain Kilt
If you care about every gram, this is the option for you. The medium weighs 2.3 ounces for the Sil-Nylon version or a minuscule 1.7 ounces for the Cuben-Fiber version.
Our reviewer tried out the kilt on a long backpack trip, which made the light weight especially valuable. The waist band cinches tight, but can also be released to lay flat. The kilt could even work as groundsheet for those who want to go ultralight. $35 Sil-Nylon, $70 Cuben Fiber; mountainlaureldesigns.com.
Be sure to also check out our review of products to help keep clean, protect, and waterproof your gear.