Was out walking with my kids yesterday and when I left home I had a good feeling it would start to rain but we went anyways. Planed time for the walk, 1 hour. I didn’t bring any rain gear for me or my older son and as for my daughter she’s got all the rain protection she need sleeping in the stroller. I did this because I wanted to try how much rain my Arc’Teryx clothes and gloves would take before getting soaked and the same for my sons soft-shell jacket.
I was wearing a Arc’Teryx DRAC Jacket and a pair of Arc’Teryx Tactician AR Gloves. Under this I had my trustworthy Patagonia Nano Puff Down Jacket and a Helly Hansen base layer. Waist down, TAD Gear Force 10 Cargo Pants and a pair of Haglöfs Vertigo shoes.
After like 10 minutes it started to drizzle and I put the rain cover over the stroller. Another 10 minutes passes by and the rain starts to intensify, nothing much by now. The Arc’Teryx jacket looks good, filled with water drops that stays on top of fabric of the jacket. If you pull the fabric all the drops will fall of the fabric – all good! The Tactician AR Gloves are starting to get a little dark around the knuckles.
15 minutes later the sky really opens up, it’s now poring down. The jacket is still doing it’s job after 20 minutes into this heavy rain, no dark spots on the fabric telling me that I’m not gonna get wet anytime soon. The gloves however is now really dark on the back of my hands and I can feel that the tips of my fingers are getting a little damp from holding the stroller. My TAD Gear pants are now soaked on the front of my thighs and on the back of my calfs.
Another 5 minutes later my gloves are getting damp all over but I’m not wet. The jacket shows some dark spots on the most exposed parts, the shoulders. Pants are still soaked… I should have treated them with some of that special fabric stuff that you put in the washing machine, lesson learned.
Coming up on the hour after pausing in a small bus shelter when the rain was the most intense I finally arrives at the store where my fiancé is picking us up. The gloves are damp on the top of my hand, the palm shows nothing but the leather is still darkened. The tips of my fingers are now wet. The jacket is now darker on the shoulders and on the arms but no worries here. The inside of the jacket is a little moist/damp but nothing of this shows on my Patagonia down jacket which normally shows if it’s the slightest of rain outside buy getting darker quite fast.
Here are a few pictures that I took when arriving at the store.
All in all I’m once again very impressed with the quality of the Arc’Teryx DRAC Jacket. I’ve had it now for over a year wearing it out in the woods whole weekends in the cold winter and in the summer etc. It’s a very versatile jacket and it has replaced my cold weather issued GoreTex jacket (US Army) as it has proven it’s weather resistance time and time again and a important fact, it’s much smaller than your standard cold weather jacket. The soft-shell really closes out the elements and at the same time you have good ventilations through the front pockets with mesh inside and pit sips.
The Tactician AR Gloves I bought primarily as a part of my cold weather kit but I must say that they are more at home than with me. I often carry them to/from work in the colder months, driving my car. I had hope them to be warmer but when it starts getting close to 0 degrees Celsius they aren’t really up for the task (Note, I always get my hands cold when I’m out and about and I’ve struggled to find good gloves). But in the fall/spring they’re great. I would just like to get a tip what to treat them with to get better weather resistance.
So if you’re in the market for a new soft-shell jacket the Arc’Teryx DRAC Jacket is definitely the way to go!