Thoughts on this paddle top??

Looking at cutting gear and lightening my pack as I have a couple 100+ mile treks planned this summer. In the past I have always taken a paddle top and a uber light rain coat on trips. I did this for two reasons 1)Being as I like the how much better a rain coat breaths over just a dry top 2) I like having a hood.

This might be a good compromise between a dry top and raincoat. But ya know what they say about something that does everything good does nothing great. Sierra Trading Post has them on sale for $60 for men’s and $55 for women’s.

Just looking to bounce some ideas of people here. Never run more than Class III stuff anyways and in conjunction with pants and a spray deck on my packraft ought to be pretty comfortable through most of the splashy stuff and having a hood on the rainy days with miles of slow Class 1 run to get to the next place to start hiking over to the next drainage seems like it’d be pretty nice.

So thoughts??

It has no wrist, waist, or neck gasket. It is not viable thermal protection if you swim.


I’m not sure about the jacket you post about, but I recently used a Stohlquist Torrent ST during two months in PAtagonia.
I, too, wanted a realtively lightweight top that could work both backpacking and paddling. I am/was very pleased with this jacket. It performed better than any raincoat I have ever had while hiking. After a few hours of splashy whitewater in a driving rain, however, I did get wet underneath. Still pleased. Short of a drysuit you have to expect some wetness in very wet conditions. I was also surprised at how fast it would dry out.