Zpacks Rain Kilt
Rain Kilt - $59
Regular Waist: 1.9 oz (54 g) / Fits up to 38" (97 cm)
Large Waist: 2.1 oz (60 g) / Fits up to 50" (127 cm)
Length: 27" (68 cm)
Width when opened flat: 52" (132 cm)
The Rain Kilt provides ultralight waist to knee rain protection.
Combine it with a Vertice
- Constructed from waterproof Black 1.0 oz/sqyd Dyneema
which provides good abrasion and puncture resistance that can
stand up to wear and tear.
- The back of the kilt can be
opened or closed with a waterproof separating zipper. The zipper
will never blow open or leak, and you can unzip it as necessary to
allow for a long stride.
- The 38" waist kilt has a conical shape to allow a longer stride
at the bottom while fitting a smaller waist. The 50" kilt is a
rectangle shape. Both sizes have an elastic draw cord at the waist
which can cinch the waist down to any minimum girth. Either size
will cinch down on a small waist if necessary.
- When opened flat the kilt can be used as a small ground cloth
for breaks or for storing gear on wet ground. The kilt has
reinforced tie out loops at the four corners, and at the center of
the sides for other uses.
- The black material is slightly see through, but could
probably be worn on laundry day if you aren't too modest.
- Packs up tiny. Just roll the kilt up and secure it with the waist
elastic. No stuff sack necessary.
- 1 year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship on
all Zpacks gear.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
Joe Valesko's Rain Kilt Review:
In 2012-2013 my wife and I thru-hiked the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. It was
about 1,900 miles (3,054K) and it took us 120 days to
For the sake of testing, I carried our
a Rain Kilt.
It turned out that our New Zealand trip was very warm,
the temperature never went below freezing in the four
months we were there. The rain kilt really shines on
warm days when it just too hot to put on pants. I had
the choice of putting on rain pants or the kilt, and 95%
of the time I found myself reaching for the kilt when
the rain started. I really liked how quick and easy it
was to get on and off, and I got plenty of airflow from
underneath, so I never overheated. It kept my shorts
dry, and that is all I needed when it was above
The zipper at the back was a great feature. I didn't
have to worry about rain blowing in, or having it come
apart. I also could unzip it just the right
amount for my longer stride when taking big steps
If I were to go back and do the Te Araroa again I would
leave the pants at home.
If I were doing a different thru-hike where I expected
snow and sub-freezing temperatures I might opt for our
"The Kilt was fantastic on my 6 day trip in Tasmania. It was easy to don, and easier to get
off. I love this. It worked great and did its job to keep me dry
from my knees up. The most value simply came from its
wind-stopper capability. I hike in running shorts, which are
very, very breezy. In windy, snowy 35-40F temps I lose alot of
heat from my groin area. As soon as I put on the kilt the breeze
was blocked and I began to warm instantly. I wore it climbing up
mountains... you name it... and then some, to the point
where I forgot I had it on. I had no issues with the stride
length. Sometimes, when striding large, I just reached its
maximum allowable stride. Unzipping about 10cm fixed everything.
So I simply left the skirt unzipped about 10cm from then on and
never had another issue."
-Jason Q. from Australia
"My rain skirt combined with my
kept me bone dry on
my very wet JMT hike. Best $60 I spent on gear. Lot of fellow
hikers wetted out in pretty good rain gear. -Eric K.
"I've had a chance to use the rain kilt and I love it! It works
great and keeps my legs cool while hiking. My legs get so hot in
rain pants. Thanks Joe." -Rich S.