I bought my REI Pinecliff Rain Coat a few years ago and I have travelled with it frequently. Here are my thoughts on it:
I have worn my REI Pinecliff Rain Coat many times in the rain, and it has held up well. If I am in a tropical storm for an extended period of time some water might get through, but otherwise it keeps me nice and dry.
My REI Pinecliff Rain Coat is great in a variety of different temperatures. It is a bit uncomfortable to wear on a humid summer day, and it doesn’t provide enough warmth for below freezing temperatures, but it works well for most temperatures between those two.
I like the option to have the hood when it is raining, and I like the ability to take it off when it isn’t. Unfortunately one of the buttons on the hood attachment has broken, but it still work ok for me as of now.
Lots of pockets-
Originally I was going to purchase either the Baubax travel jacket that was prominently featured on Kickstarter, the Scott-e-vest jacket featured on Shark Tank or the REI Pinecliff Rain Coat (that I ended up buying). However, after reading some negative reviews about the Baubax jacket I decided to trust the reputation of the REI brand and go with their jacket. I do think there are some good Scott-e-vest options, and Baubax has come out with a new edition of their jacket, but the REI Pinecliff Rain Coat has held up well for me. It has 6 different pockets that I can use to carry a variety of different things in.
The REI Pinecliff Rain Coat has been very durable for me. With the exception of one of the buttons on the hood attachment breaking, there are no real signs of wear and tear after a couple of years of use. It is nice to have clothing items I can wear for a variety of different activities or throw in a bag without worrying they will get damaged.
If I ever do get my REI Pinecliff Rain Coat, I can just throw it in the washing machine, let it hang dry, and it is good as new.
As I mentioned above, one of the buttons on the hood attachment broke, but there are no other signs of wear and tear after a couple of years of use.
Rain can soak through in a downpour-
If you are stuck in a tropical storm for an extended period of time water will eventually soak through. However, if you are planning on being stuck in a tropical storm for an extended period of time I would recommend a high performance jacket instead anyway.
Not good for every temperature-
As I mentioned above, the REI Pinecliff Rain Coat is not good for below freezing temperatures or for extremely hot temperatures, but it is good for a wide range in the middle.
My REI Pinecliff Rain Coat has been and continues to be an excellent jacket, and I would highly recommended it. It is not available to directly purchase through REI anymore, but it can be found on some re-sell sites (for an even cheaper price!).
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