Ever vigilant for lightweight and compactable equipment for rappel fires; Koldsmoke has come up with one alternative to the yellow rain gear they’ve had in their leg bag since rookie training. The Marmot essence jacket and pant are so far the lightest and most water resistant system we’ve been able to research. Although expensive at around $400 full price for jacket and pant (I’ve seen it cheaper all over the internet but that would be the most expensive for the whole set up) a lot of other options are slightly heavier and cost about as much for one component. The pants are 5oz or about 142 grams, the jacket 6oz, 170 grams, 312 grams total. Membrane strata is the technology, and is very breathable and water resistant according to Marmot. As I’ve used my rain gear a handful of times during my career at Rap, and is mandatory to rappel with, I’d recommend the Marmot Essence pant for extreme lightweight infrequent use rain wear.