User Review: Cabela's Rainy River Gore-tex PacLite Parka
Fabric: Taslanized lightweight nylon
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89 (on a sale)
Cabela's Rainy River GTX Pac Lite Parka is (at today's $100 price) still the best bargain out there for a breathable rain parka. Gore's Pac Lite is now its second most breathable laminate, after the new Gore Tex Pro laminate.
All drawstrings are elasticized with tethered toggles, adjustable with one hand.
The parka hood can accommodate a climbing helmet and has a drawstring at the back of the hood for adjustment.
The hood also has its front drawstrings whose ends are captured by fabric loops so wind won't whip the ends into your face.
The only two pockets are flap covered, zippered, diagonal slash chest pockets but they are huge and backed on the inside with mesh. Since there are no pit zips (You want pit zips at THIS price??) the pockets become the venting mechanisms and work quite well.
Two hemline drawstrings are toggled at each side of the bottom. Wrists are Velcro adjustable W/ elastic inserts on one side.
The front zipper is protected by a full length flap and your chin is protected by a soft, velvet-like piece. It's the small details like this that make the Rainy River parka a great bargain.
My one nitpick is that the front zipper flap has only two snaps, one at the top and one at the bottom. It needs about three more snaps, which I will soon install.
I recommend buying the TALL size to get better "butt coverage". Cabela's is one of the very few to offer lightweight Gore Tex parkas in TALL sizes.
Cabela's also offers Rainy River Pac Lite pants that have cuff to knee zips. As with REI products, if you don't like it send it back to Cabela's for a full refund, even a year or so after purchase.