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August 08, 2006

The Rain Jacket Test: Patagonia Still Dry After A Three-Day Storm

Peter_wet_rat It’s one thing for a rain jacket to keep you dry for a few hours, but finding one that will shield you from three days of steady rain is another thing entirely.

While in New Mexico last week, I fished through a monsoon from hell. After three days of never getting to dry my gear out, I am thrilled to report that my ultra-light Patagonia Deep Wading Jacket kept me bone dry the whole time. The jacket has two big pockets, an inside zippered compartment, and a roomy hood. It's light enough that  I forget when it’s in the back of my vest. Note the wet rat photo, shot by my wife from the inside of our truck on the banks of the Cimarron River.  She would not leave the confines of a dry vehicle to take the photo.

The jacket really came through in a tough spot; it’s absolutely worth the $195.00.  Hit this link to get one. http://anglersall.imoutdoorshosting.com/store/product680.html



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Last year I purchased a set Frogg Toggs (pants and jackets) the material is awesome and does a fantastic job of shedding water. I was in New Mexico fishing in early July and I stayed dry almost the entire time.

Enough of the good here comes the dissapointment of the trip. During the first monsoon morning my father-in-law and I were both wearing our frogg toggs for the first time. We were both fishing having a good time, when it happened. My father in law bent over to grab a trout and all you heard was RIIIIPPPP. I was laughing so hard at him because he just ruined his frogg togg bibs he was wearing. Needless to say he was upset. Not much later I was cleaning fish in the river and as soon as I bent over RIIIIIPPPP. Now guess who isn't laughing. I was pretty ticked off. The rest of the trip my upper body stayed bone dry by my lower body was soaked. Once I got home I called Frogg Toggs to see what they could do but since I purchased them last year they said there was nothing they could do. I guess I'll have to upgrade to the Patagonia suit next time.


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President Bush refuses to help a 100% service connected disabled veteran. Why? The State Of New Hampshire has had my Veterans Medical stopped, block my having contact with NH Veterans council rep Mary Morin, Declared me a terrorist under the Patriot act and took my freedom for 6 months before dropping the bogus charges, took my freedom again for writing a public official to ask why, Had the NH court fine me $20,000.00 to scare me with no trial, Interfered with a free election when I ran this past Sept., Governor Lynch charged me $200.00 for a 30 minute unrestricted coffee break to air my complaints, took my money and then refused, for the second time last week had the NH State police harass my wife at work to stop my free speech, and now my wife wants a divorce unless I stop volunteer helping this Madbury NH family. These are Constitutional crimes committed by the State of NH. The case sounds unbelievable but it is happening. Newspapers across the United States refuse the tell the public.
In 1974 I completed my 31 month overseas tour. I was dropped off into a society that I did not belong. From a traumatic Brain injury I had no memory of life prior to the Marine Corps. I met my family and friends when I returned to the world. Twice more I was injured in combat support missions. I killed other human beings as an American Advisor on convoys. I to this day feel guilty for coming back alive. I volunteer to help others as a way to say thank you to those veterans that never make it home. When a Madbury NH family from a different town than me(whom I did not know) calls me and asks for help, I go. The Madbury selectmen do not deny under oath to using government power to run residents that they do not like out of Madbury for personal reason. The NH courts and government protect these selectmen. I dropped out of high school at 17 to join the MC. I am just a dumb ass Marine whom believes in what so many veterans have given their lives for. You the people across the United States must understand what is happening in NH. President Bush is allowing the State of NH to inflict pain and suffering on a 100% disabled veteran to stop this veterans free speech. The State of NH can manipulate the truth to make me look criminal, but “Truth is a powerful weapon” and some day will be told. I volunteer because I care. My country comes first, my family second and my self last. This is why I do not obey Governor Lynch when he orders me to shut up.
Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi
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I am almost 76 years old and a veteran of the "Korean Conflict", the first war in which the politicians of America lost their guts and decided to play for a tie. At that time, our elected leaders really decided to "negotiate" with terrorists, something that all of our changing governments have continued to do, to this very day.
WWII was the last war in which anyone gave up and surrendered, other than the war with Panama.

I have long held the belief that America began its decline into oblivion when its government decided to negotiate with terrorist idealogies and nations. At this point, I no longer believe that the nation I once loved and served to preserve is reclaimable. It is now for sale to the highest bidder, and its citizen and its veterans have no rights to the proceeds.

What our nation's elected officials, at all levels, have done to Sgt. McDonald is small potatoes compared to their real agenda. They are in the process of selling our entire nation, for personal gain. Take a look at what happened to the two border guards who attempted to stop a Mexican from smuggling dope into our country. by shooting him as he tried to flee. They got 10 years,in a U.S. Court, to be served in a federal jail 1000 miles from their families. The dope smuggler is free as a bird and suing for damages. Take a look at the failure of our national congress to stop the unlawful invasion of our nation by foreign nationals of other nations. Take a look at how much money has been contributed to our elected officials in return for their refusal to budget adequate funds to enforce existing immigration laws. Take a look at how much it costs to seek national public office today. Where do you think that money comes from? Why do you think it is "donated"? Are you naive enough to believe that those who give large sums expect nothing in return?

Wars, death and the destruction of innocence, continue uninterrupted, while the profits of "the military industrial complex" quadruple every decade. Most of those who "volunteer" to serve do so because it is the only way they can excape from the lives they are forced to live in America's city ghettos. How many of the sons and daughters of the wealthy elite of our nation are currently serving their nation in its military. How many of our elected leaders have served. Read Frank Schaeffer's new book "AWOL", to find out.

Why do you think our nation continues to ask its finest young men to continue to risk their lives and limbs in foolish wars that have no ending. Wars that they did not start and which continue almost unabated. It does so because doing so is in the best interest of furthering the agenda of the world's wealthy elite. Those who must die, or suffer for the rest of their lives, in the overall scheme of things to insure profits, are only one small step above the human "road kill" that is perpetrated by members of the National Truckers Association,on our nation's interstate highways every year.

Dead, crippled and wounded warriors have been treated as "used war material", by those who initiate and profit from war, since wars began. Only a fool would expect those elites to spend any more of their obscene wealth than is absolutely necessary to look after expended used war material.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are ideals that expired before most of us were born. Those grand ideals will not arise, like a Pheonix from the ashes, of their own free will.


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Teak Phillips

Peter, for several years I've had a similar jacket made by Simms. It's great, not only for fishing but for around town, too. It's easy to have too many jackets, and one nice light-weight membrane jacket is a good answer.

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Great review. I'll be sure to post a link from one of my favorite outddor gear review sites:

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Sounds like a great jacket. Thanks for the reveiw.

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