The introduction of waterproof, breathable fabrics have made outwear one of the most rapidly evolving pieces in the outdoorsman's gear arsenal. I can hardly imagine another piece of equipment used by sportsmen that has improved as quickly in such a short span of time as technical outwear. In fact, year after year, it seems like things just keep getting better and better in this gear class.
The RedHead XPR Gore-Tex PacLite rain gear is a prime example of this outerwear evolution. This suit got a good workout last fall during the deer rifle and fall turkey seasons. These hunts took place around Stockton Lake in Missouri where I was constantly cutting through think brush and thorny undergrowth.
Given that the suit was new at the time, I cringed as briars and thorns scraped against the exterior of the suit while trudging slowly through the brush. After making it through my first few outings without a hitch, I starting plodding right through these thorny clumps and never ripped the material. Unlike most of my other hunting garments, the XPR Gore-Tex PacLite material doesn't seem to be a magnet for stick tights and other clingy, prickly plants either.
The suit did a fantastic job keeping me dry, but that's to be expected. Gore-Tex is 100% waterproof, meaning no water can penetrate the Gore-Tex membrane -- period. And every outdoorsman I know that's used Gore-Tex rain gear has praised its ability to keep rain and moisture better than any other material.
Given the fact that Gore-Tex is already the undisputed champion of waterproof garments, it is the breathability and packable nature of the PacLite rain pants and jacket that impressed me the most. I've owned heavy parkas and boating pants before, but this was my first experience using lightweight Gore-Tex garments. They are an absolute pleasure to hunt in.
While moving through the woods on what most would consider warm days for fall deer hunting, I never felt the heat build up inside the PacLite pants and jacket. These garments are extremely breathable, allowing perspiration to evaporate to keep you cool and comfortable, even when on the move. And when the sun came out and rain cleared up, the PacLite pants and jacket fit nicely inside my hunting pack with plenty of room to spare.
If you want to be prepared for wet weather on your next outing and would like some rain gear that's packable, durable and breathable, try the RedHead XPR Gore-Tex PacLite jacket and pants. There are many wet-weather garments out there that will keep moisture out, but none offer the comfort and durability of this lightweight Gore-Tex gear.