I am new to this forum, but not new to Alaska. About 20 years ago I was working as a forestry technician for the U.S.F.S. on Baranof and Prince of Wales Islands. My co-workers and I came up with the following clothing list for working in the field:
Polypro Long Underwear
Filsonís Double Tin Pants
And possibly a commercial pvc coated cotton jacket stored in our cruising vests as a backup.
The logic behind this was that we moved so much in the brush, that the heavier commercial raingear was too bulky and hot for regular field use. Anything other than commercial gear or Filsons would not last. The brush would tear it up too quickly.
The Filson double tin pants were great in terms of handling the brush, but we had to dry them out each night, and re-coat them with wax every few days. They were never water proof, but could repel most water if coated well with wax. I could also never get more than one season of use out of them because even they wore out (mostly from rot due to being continually wet.)
I have searched through the forum and found that the same problem still exists. You can either choose to get wet from sweat (pvc coated commercial gear) or wet from the rain (Filsonís, Gore-Tex, etc.) Many have advocated the new Impertech gear, but I doubt it would last long in the brush (seems too thin for my tastes.)
With that said, has anything changed in 20 years (besides perhaps merino wool for long underwear?)
I was wondering if anyone has tried the newer commercial grade pvc coated synthetics like Grundenís Harvestor series?
They make a parka and a bib. I was thinking that they might be a little better than the older pvc cotton duck versions.
I was also wondering if anyone has tried a heavier nylon based rain gear like the one Viking sells?
It seems that 600 denier nylon might be better for brush resistance (at least it would not rot from being wet like the Filsonís) I could not find out much about its water resistance.
I would appreciate it if anyone could comment about the above two products, and/or what has worked for them.