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Tyvek rain gear

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Offline Keepa

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Tyvek rain gear
« on: October 20, 2019, 01:24:05 PM »
Three weeks ago I purchased a tyvek disposable coverall to test as a rain suit. It has not rained since then, but today it is. So I put the suit on and stood out in the rain for 10 minutes.

Here's what it looks like:



It weighs only 5.3 ounces and costs around $10. You can find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E7M4ORG

It kept me totally dry. It has elastic bands on the hood, cuffs and leg bottoms. It has a flap over the zipper. It is windproof.

You can cut it in half and just use the top as a windbreaker -- don't pay mucho dinero for a windbreaker.

It is not breathable, but you cut a slit under the armpits to help with that.

It is tyvek, so it is puncture resistant and has good tear strength. This suit doubles as a groundsheet. This is now my rain suit and groundsheet.

In comparison, the Frogg Toggs Ultra Lite 2 weighs 10.4 ounces and costs around $16.

Here's a picture and video:



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« Last Edit: October 20, 2019, 01:37:08 PM by Keepa »

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Offline blubear

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2019, 07:32:27 PM »
I thought tyvek allowed vapor to escape to the outside, thatís why itís is tacked onto buildings?
Not a bargain gore Tex hmm?

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Online wrangler88

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2019, 07:52:49 PM »
I think there are different types of tyvek. We have these same suits at work that are available to us when power washing/etc. But most people prefer no to wear them because they are super hot and you end up just as wet from sweat. The pit zips may help some.

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Offline Keepa

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2019, 09:35:24 PM »
I thought tyvek allowed vapor to escape to the outside, thatís why itís is tacked onto buildings?
Not a bargain gore Tex hmm?

Gore tex would be much heavier, more expensive and would probably not survive being extensively used as a ground sheet.

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Online wrangler88

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 01:23:47 AM »
Using it as a ground sheet is a good idea. Great multi use gear.

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 07:08:56 AM »
I can see a future trip report with someone saying the government must be conducting some secret experiments in the Bend.  They may even have some blurry long distance pictures of a man in some scientific looking suit disappearing over a ridge in a light rain.....

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Offline roadtrip

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 07:15:07 PM »
Keepa, thanks for trying it out and letting us know how it works so far. I was looking at those at some point back in my gear search. Price and weight are great. If only they came in camo

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Online Reece

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Re: Tyvek rain gear
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2019, 08:04:03 PM »
Snow camo!


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