Submitted: 08-31-2009 by CRB
I spent 3 months paddling SE Alaska, I carried no rain jacket to save space, and used the Kokatat Gore Tex Paclite Storm Cag as my primary Raingear, in conjunction with a drysuit.
Having spent a substantial piece of time watching how the Gore Tex paclite responds to rain and sun I can now encourage everyone to save money and buy the Tropos version.
Basically, Paclite Gore Tex is worthless. I encourage Kokatat to use the good stuff. The movement away from XCR or the top end Goretex may be cost effective for the company, but worthless in the field. Paclite responds exactly the same way that old gore tex from the nineties did. It just didn't work for long. The Storm Cag is a great design, great idea, but for expeditions involving -Rain- Paclite just gets soaked.
Kokatat, use better material, raise the price, and we will all thank you.