User Review: Frogg Toggs DriDucks Rain Suit
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Lightweight (10.4 oz total), very packable, full rain suit that's breathable and comfortable to wear, and is washable! For $20 this can't be beat!
- Light weight
- Very packable
- Took a few nicks bushwacking, outer layer is maybe too soft, but holds up
- No pockets on jacket or pants
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this lightweight rain suit. I bought it for a recent hike through the Green Mountains AT/LT (October 2012), and it surpassed my expectations!
Together, the whole suit weighs in at only 10.4 ounces! They give you a little stuff sack for it, although, to save weight, I generally leave most such bags behind unless they're mission critical (hey, it all adds up).
The XL fit me well with room to wear other jacket and pants underneath. I am 6'2" 220 or so, with a 36 waist. The pants were a little long, but once your boots are on, they're fine. I tried on the large size suit, which fit me well, but the jacket was a little tight when moving and didn't leave much room for bulkier clothing underneath. The Large size pants actually fit me really well, but I had had to go with the XL set (no mixing and matching) and have been very happy with it.
On our recent trip we got some rain and so this suit got some use. It is comfortable wear and the fabric breathes. The jacket has a good zipper and a hood with with drawstrings.
The only drawbacks I found were that there were no pockets on either the jacket or the pants. I would pay a little extra for a couple jacket pockets, but understand that they would add to the costs. Either way, since I wore these over other gear that had its own pockets, it wasn't a huge problem. Plus, having less holes means less places for water to get in, so it is what it is.
Other than that, the fabric or maybe its coating, it's a bit soft for serious bushwacking, as we ventured off trail in a few spots and the suit took a nick or two. Mind you, I was mindful of this and tried not to snag much, and when I did, tried to minimize the damage.
The bright side is that the suit held up and the nicks didn't go through. A little duct tape would fix these if need be in the field. But, I am happy with the weight to durability trade off plus, they are machine washable!
All in all, it is well worth the $20 (yup only $20!), so even if they only last a few more trips they are a great set to have!