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ZPacks Rain Kilt
Updated April 2013!

Specifications:

Weight: 1.9 oz (54 g) for 38" waist  /  2.1 oz (60 g) for 50" waist
Length: 27"  (68 cm)
Width when opened flat: 52" (132 cm)
Waist Size: Up to 38" or Up to 50" (97 cm or 127 cm)

Description:

The Rain Kilt provides ultralight waist to knee rain protection. Combine it with a Cuben Fiber Jacket, or Poncho.

  • Constructed from waterproof Black 1.0 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber which provides good abrasion and puncture resistance that can stand up to wear and tear.
     
  • New! The back of the kilt can be opened or closed with a waterproof separating zipper. The zipper will never blow open or leak, and you can unzip it as necessary to allow for a long stride.
     
  • The 38" waist kilt has a conical shape to allow a longer stride at the bottom while fitting a smaller waist. The 50" kilt is a rectangle shape. Both sizes have an elastic draw cord at the waist which can cinch the waist down to any minimum girth.
     
  • When opened flat the kilt can be used as a small ground cloth for breaks or for storing gear on wet ground. The kilt has reinforced tie out loops at the four corners, and at the center of the sides for other uses.
     
  • The black material is slightly see through, but could probably be worn on laundry day if you aren't too modest.
     
  • Packs up tiny. Just roll the kilt up and secure it with the waist elastic. No stuff sack necessary.
     
  • 1 year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship on all ZPacks gear.
Rain Kilt
1.9 oz (54 g) / $59
Waist Size




Joe Valesko's Rain Kilt Review:

In 2012-2013 my wife and I thru-hiked the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. It was about 1,900 miles (3,054K) and it took us 120 days to complete.

For the sake of testing, I carried both a pair of our WPB Cuben Fiber Pants, and a Rain Kilt. The kilt had the new waterproof zipper design, rather than the velcro closure we used on the kilts in the past.

It turned out that our New Zealand trip was very warm, the temperature never went below freezing in the four months we were there. The rain kilt really shines on warm days when it just too hot to put on pants. I had the choice of putting on rain pants or the kilt, and 95% of the time I found myself reaching for the kilt when the rain started. I really liked how quick and easy it was to get on and off, and I got plenty of airflow from underneath, so I never overheated. It kept my shorts dry, and that is all I needed when it was above freezing.

The zipper at the back was a great improvement. I didn't have to worry about rain blowing in, or having it come apart. I also could unzip the zipper just the right amount for my longer stride when taking big steps uphill.

If I were to go back and do the Te Araroa again I would leave the pants at home.

If I were doing a different thru-hike where I expected snow and sub-freezing temperatures I might opt for the WPB Cuben Fiber Pants.



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"The Kilt was fantastic on my 6 day trip in Tasmania. It was easy to don, and easier to get off. I love this. It worked great and did its job to keep me dry from my knees up. The most value simply came from its wind-stopper capability. I hike in running shorts, which are very, very breezy. In windy, snowy 35-40F temps I lose alot of heat from my groin area. As soon as I put on the kilt the breeze was blocked and I began to warm instantly. I wore it climbing up mountains... you name it... and then some, to the point where I forgot I had it on. I had no issues with the stride length. Sometimes, when striding large, I just reached its maximum allowable stride. Unzipping about 10cm fixed everything. So I simply left the skirt unzipped about 10cm from then on and never had another issue."
-Jason Q. from Australia

 
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Who we are:
Joe Valesko founded ZPacks in 2005. He designed and tested all the gear, and has thru-hiked over 9,600 long distance miles including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Te Araroa Trail, and TGOC Scotland. Joe is available to answer any questions about gear recommendations, sizing, trail info, or anything requiring an experienced opinion.

Matt Favero receives your orders, oversees production at our shop, and ships out your orders. He has hiked much of the Florida Trail, parts of the AT, and TGOC Scotland. Matt handles most routine emails about your order. We love feedback and suggestions about our gear!

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