Vest

12:31 a.m. on April 25, 2019 (EDT)
Adam Niziol @Lakeffectathlete
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Looking for a good warm , waterproof, gortex and breathable vest for a cheap price. What would you suggest.

1:38 a.m. on April 25, 2019 (EDT)
pillowthread
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Warm, light, cheap...pick two.

Hopefully you can find an older Marmot at a second-hand shop. Might need to buy a jacket and mod the sleeves yourself.

8:47 a.m. on April 25, 2019 (EDT)
hikermor
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Does anyone offer a gore-Tex vest?  What would be the point?

10:39 a.m. on April 25, 2019 (EDT)
Jake W
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I was gonna ask the same thing. Ive seen xc skiing vest made of soft shell to cut the wind but a gore tex vest seems like the worst idea ever.

12:02 p.m. on May 1, 2019 (EDT)
Zalman
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I too am baffled by the intention behind a waterproof vest. What's your use-case Adam?

10:41 a.m. on May 2, 2019 (EDT)
ppine
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Buy a down vest.  If it rains put a plastic trash bag over it.  When the rain stops take it off. 

2:08 p.m. on May 3, 2019 (EDT)
andrew f. @leadbelly2550
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i have used fleece vests - somewhat warm, very breathable, not waterproof. I have used down vests - very warm, water resistant, not at all breathable. there are or used to be good merino wool vests that were moderately thick, quite warm relatively breathable and able to shed some precipitation, but the brand i knew best for this is no longer in business.  

there may be some workout clothes that have very light sleeves but a vest-like portion, hybrids. 

9:26 a.m. on May 4, 2019 (EDT)
ppine
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A wool Flison vest is very warm and will last a lifetime.  Breathes the best of any fabric. 

7:31 p.m. on May 4, 2019 (EDT)
Old Guide
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I often wear a 'Codet'[Canadian] wool vest which is about identical to a 'Johnson'[Vermont].

I believe 'Woolrich' has both lighter and heavier than the two above.

10:31 a.m. on May 6, 2019 (EDT)
ppine
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All good choices.  Ever wear Stanfield's wool under wear?

10:17 a.m. on May 8, 2019 (EDT)
Alicia MacLeay @Alicia
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I sometimes use a water resistant vest for trail running. It keeps your core drier in the rain/snow if needed, and obviously is still quite breathable. It's unlined and uninsulated, because it's for running. (Mine is the Arc'teryx Cita Vest, though there are others out there; I had another from The North Face ages ago, for example.)

I also know of ski patrol vests that are highly water resistant and sometimes insulated, though not necessarily waterproof (for example: The North Face Powder Guide Vest, though I think this one is uninsulated, and the 10-20 Patrol Vest, which is waterproof and insulated).

Those are two very different examples with lots of other options in between. So clearly knowing the intended use of a vest is important.

What types of activities do you want the vest for and where and when would you use it, Adam?

12:57 a.m. on May 30, 2019 (EDT)
ppine
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There is no cheap goretex. 

I have never seen goretex that breathes well with exertion. 

6:41 a.m. on May 30, 2019 (EDT)
John Starnes
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Lakeffectathlete said:

Looking for a good warm , waterproof, gortex and breathable vest for a cheap price. What would you suggest.

 You might try some of the fly fishing vests. What they are made of ???? Who knows but would probably be in line with what you are looking for.

9:16 p.m. on June 3, 2019 (EDT)
Old Guide
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ppine said: I never have. Never seen it either:)

All good choices.  Ever wear Stanfield's wool under wear?

 

11:38 p.m. on June 4, 2019 (EDT)
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Look for an Eddie Bauer First Ascent down vest. Their down is DWR treated to be very water resistant. They typically go on sale at at 40% reduction.

Also LL Bean has very good DWR treated down vests that go on sale.

Also I have a 200 weight fleece vest and a 300 weight fleece vest. these are for when I'm moving and sweating a lot as in backcountry skiing or snowshoeing.

Eric B.

4:46 p.m. on June 6, 2019 (EDT)
ppine
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Wool can get wet, it won't burn in a fire, it won't smell to high heaven, and we can grow more.  I like down vests in dry conditions, but not the wet. 

I am serious about the plastic garbage bag.  Works like a charm. 

10:29 a.m. on June 13, 2019 (EDT)
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Vests; when its Winter on your body but Summer on your arms ;)

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