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I am looking to get a thin rain coat. I have a good one for the depths of winter (it needs water proofing again), but it is way too hot to wear it any other time. (I am a portable radiator.) My hope is that it would be thin, so not too hot, and that it will pack down into a small size so I can store it in my bag whilst riding. (I like to do long rides so may not want it all day.)

I do 70/30 offroad to on road riding, as much off road as I can get but I don't have the best selection of hills at my door step.

I am happy to build up my layers so that the coat is only there to stop the rain. Main points I guess are:

  1. stops the rain
  2. will not get me too hot
  3. packs away small for transport when not needed.

I swear I saw a good review of half a dozen or so such jackets a while ago, but for the life of me I can not find them anymore. Does anyone know of a good jacket, or even better, links to good reviews to be able to look at the best options?

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@ʍǝɥʇɐɯ - What question is this a duplicate of? If this one, I think it's different enough that it's okay. (That question is asking for budget jackets and this one needs to be packable.) But putting the season in the title is a good idea, will do. –  Neil Fein Aug 31 '11 at 19:14
    
Can anyone can think of a better word for the title than "not for winter" that means spring-summer-fall? (ʍǝɥʇɐɯ, okay if I delete these comments once this is all resolved?) –  Neil Fein Aug 31 '11 at 19:20
    
See also Summer rain jacket recommendations. –  ChrisW Sep 1 '11 at 2:28
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Recently introduced by 'Altura' (the poor British man's 'Endura') is the 'Pocket Rocket':

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This jacket is distributed by Zyro and widely available in British bike shops. Visit a stockist and try for size wearing what you expect to be wearing underneath, i.e. more than a T-Shirt. Remember that when buying from the LBS you may pay RRP rather than 'online price', however, you won't pay postage, have to wait or be bereft of a coat if a seam goes and you need to take it back. (Altura seams are pretty good b.t.w.)

Available in black, yellow or red versions of hi-viz, the reflective parts of this jacket will dazzle on-coming motorists. A neat feature are the thumb loops that enable you to keep the sleeves tucked under your gloves.

IMHO a lot of 'breathable' does not work, so there is no point bothering with it. There is some rating of breathability for this jacket, but you can expect some 'boil in the bag' aspect. Waterproofing is claimed 100%, just what you asked for.

A pack-to-nothing jacket is truly useful to just have. It is also nice to have a relatively plain jacket without any fancy colours or extra seams. This jacket keeps it simple. The pack size is exactly what you want, i.e. very small:

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You can dangle it on the handlebars if you are in casual clothes and without a bag. If you get this jacket, expect people you know to want to permanently borrow it. Also expect to see other people on bikes with a jacket remarkably similar to yours.

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extremely helpful info.. Thanks –  Jon Aug 31 '11 at 15:59
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Looks like it will fit nicely in a bottle cage too –  Ambo100 Aug 31 '11 at 20:06
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I'm a fan of the Marmot PreCip. It's light, cheap (relatively), has pit zips which you will need for riding in warmer weather, a hood, and it packs up fairly small. Mine has been very durable as well.

http://marmot.com/products/precip_jacket

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Wirecutter recommends this as the best cheap rain jacket, they did their research, and I believe them. It's very similar to the REI ultralight jacket I use everyday. thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-everyday-rain-jacket –  Benzo Mar 25 at 14:01
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As mentioned above, breathability can be a problem in the UK, and when you're honking up a hill in warm, wet air nothing is going to breath very well. Pit zips are a key feature on a jacket - winter or otherwise - and will increase a garment's versatility.

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