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Comparing Rain Jackets-Pros-Cons-Uses

 I'm having difficulty deciding on an all around rain jacket, so I'm interested in hearing opinions on which would be a better rain jacket and why it's preferred.  I'm currently trying to decide between these two (I'll also consider other jackets).  Both of these jackets were purchased in close price proximity-with the REI Drypoint being slightly lower in price:

Marmot Eclipse EVODry Jacket - Women's

REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Jacket - Women's 


Opinions appreciated! Thanks!

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@SClimber it'll be helpful to know how you're using the jacket - around town? Hiking? Running? For any aerobic activity, where you're likely to be sweating, breathability is a critical feature of your rain jacket - in case you're interested, we've got an Expert Advice article on how raingear works!

Between the 2 jackets you list above, there are 3 main differences:

  • The Marmot jacket used a proprietary waterproof technology (EVODry) while the Co-op jacket uses Gore-Tex - both are great technologies, we just know that some folks prefer having Gore-Tex technology as it's been around a long time and has been rigorously tested for waterproofing and durability
  • The Marmot jacket is a 2.5-layer laminate whereas the Co-op jacket has a 3-layer construction - in that Expert Advice article you can find explanation of these different approaches - you'll see that the Co-op jacket weighs less
  • Finally, one or the other brand may fit your body better - cut in the shoulders, length in the arms, length in your torso - these are all personal preferences but are important for ensuring you love the jacket

We hope this information helps you narrow down your choice!

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