How to choose a waterproof jacket, tent or backpack - Understanding waterproof ratings

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The Trail Hunter
Published at : 23 Nov 2020
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What waterproof jacket, tent or backpack is right for your next adventure? HOW ON EARTH DO WE CHOOSE? In this video, I'll explain how to choose the right waterproof jacket for your next wet and wild hiking trip, why the waterproof rating and hydrostatic head test matter, and how to understand what they mean.

I'll show you how the tests work and why you may want to decide to spend a little extra cash on a jacket, tent or backpack with a higher waterproof rating than than a cheaper one with a lower hydrostatic head for while you're out hiking, backpacking or camping.

Thanks for watching, do take a look at my gear links below, you'll be supporting the channel by using them :)

I also created Thrunotes, a waterproof, tear-resistant, recyclable notebook designed specifically for thru-hiking: https://thrunotes.co.uk

Kit list as of June 2020:

Backpacks
Atom+: https://bit.ly/31oHlFF
ULA Circuit: https://bit.ly/37XbigX

SHELTERS
Stratospire 2: https://bit.ly/317A9gS
Zpacks Solplex: https://bit.ly/2CtyJmr

SLEEP SYSTEMS
Katabatic Sawatch: https://bit.ly/3fWSxNM
Katabatic Palisade: https://bit.ly/3ewt5OL
Neoair Xlite: https://bit.ly/2YrKSB4

FOOTWEAR
Altra Lone Peak 4.0: https://bit.ly/2B5fHm8
Gaiters - Altra gaiters: https://bit.ly/37ViBFY

CLOTHING

Waterproof shells
Rohan Helix: https://bit.ly/37ZKbSo
OR Helium 2: https://bit.ly/3fVmzBq
Frogg Toggs: https://bit.ly/2Nqlrth

Insulated jackets
Patagonia Micropuff Hoodie: https://bit.ly/2YwQZ7f
Trespass Rustler: https://bit.ly/3i0HODx

Base layers
Ice Breaker base layer: https://bit.ly/3eGSdlG

Shirts
Rohan Expedition: https://bit.ly/388teWl

Shorts
Patagonia Striders: https://bit.ly/2Npw2EX

Hats
REI desert cap: https://bit.ly/3hWUKdJ
Berghaus beanie: https://bit.ly/31dGvvi

Sunglasses
Sungods: https://bit.ly/2zZ0wKG

Gloves
Salomon gloves: https://bit.ly/2ByVMMf
Ski gloves: https://bit.ly/383TCQX

Socks
Injinjis: https://bit.ly/3dwpmPG
Darn Toughs: https://bit.ly/3hX28G2
Sealskinz: https://bit.ly/3hXAnNG
NB Flat Knit: https://bit.ly/31e0Dx1

Mosquito net
Smidge: https://bit.ly/2B8d9DH

Buff
Camino Buff: https://bit.ly/31awGho


FILM AND SOUND

Phone
iPhone 11 Pro Max: https://bit.ly/2NosT83

Drones
DJI Mavic Air 2: https://bit.ly/31oIn4v
DJI Mavic Air 1: https://bit.ly/2VbNn8E

Cameras
Canon M50: https://bit.ly/3eyCPrQ
Sony RX100V: https://bit.ly/2NqQOUy

Mics
Röde Micro: https://bit.ly/2Npt1nX

Tripods
Gorilla Pod 1K: https://bit.ly/31c74Rf
Gorilla Pod 500: https://bit.ly/3ewApts
Manfrotto Action: https://bit.ly/2Ys689O


NAVIGATION

GPS units
Garmin InReach Mini: https://bit.ly/384Keg4
Garmin GPS Map 66i: https://bit.ly/3dxY4bI

Compass
Silva Field: https://bit.ly/31aS3iD


WATER TREATMENT

Filter
Sawyer Squeeze: https://bit.ly/2YwRJt3

Purifying drops
Aquamira drops: https://bit.ly/3euuQM9

Water storage
Cnoc Vecto 2L: https://bit.ly/31e1AFB


ELECTRONICS

Power banks
20,000mah: https://bit.ly/2NnBQyA
13,000mah: https://bit.ly/3hZhvOg

GPS tracking watch
Garmin Forerunner 35: https://bit.ly/3drJUc9

Wall chargers
UK : https://bit.ly/2BxbgQW
US : https://bit.ly/3dpUIrb

Data
Apple SD reader: https://bit.ly/2VfnnsW


EQUIPMENT

Lights
NU25: https://bit.ly/2Z5S70p
H2R Nova: https://bit.ly/2BB5fCV
Tiki: https://bit.ly/3hXBKfi

Ice axe
Grivel Helix: https://bit.ly/2Z6e0Nm

Trekking poles
Alpine Carbon Cork: https://bit.ly/3hXWiUL

Traction
Microspikes: https://bit.ly/3fQC5hV

Stove
MSR Pocket Rocket 2: https://bit.ly/2Vfl4WL

Spoons and knives
TITO titanium spoon: https://bit.ly/3ey0oAT
Victorinox mini classic: https://bit.ly/2Yr7dP8

Poop trowel
Deuce of Spades trowel: https://bit.ly/3i7H3c6

Sit pad
Kumfie pad: https://bit.ly/3euvJnX

Tent stakes
Tarptent stakes: https://bit.ly/3hZik9O
MSR Mini Ground Hogs: https://bit.ly/3ew7VAe
OEX Y-shaped stakes: https://bit.ly/31bAnnd

Tent poles
Zpacks carbon fibre tent poles: https://bit.ly/3du14pM

Ground sheet
Polycryo ground sheet: https://bit.ly/37XLmBW


STORAGE

Pack liners and pods
Atom Packs DCF pack liner: https://bit.ly/2YrMPxo
Heacy-duty rubble sacks: https://bit.ly/31dqPba

Dry bags and stuff sacks
Sea to Summit 4L Nano: https://bit.ly/3hVi8Z3
OEX 2L dry bag: https://bit.ly/3dx6qjX
Katabatic Gear silynylon stuff sack: https://bit.ly/3expU9n

Pouches and wallets
Zpacks DCF Wallet: https://bit.ly/2VgbQcL
Zpacks DCF utility pouch: https://bit.ly/2CuHAEq

Food storage
Loksak OPSak: https://bit.ly/2Nq2VkD
Ziploc freezer bags: https://bit.ly/2Z8GOVz

MISC ITEMS
Bodyglide: https://bit.ly/2Nt5Wka
Carmex lip balm: https://bit.ly/31bqBRW
Lifesystems Nano first aid kit: https://bit.ly/37XVv1v
Croakies eyewear retainer: https://bit.ly/2B8fmit

FOLLOW ME:
Website: https://www.thetrailhunter.com/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/the_trailhunter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_trailhunter
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