Today should have been the death of an old friend, but it may only be retirement, we shall see. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm willing to wear things that are basically rags if I like them.
However, for serious use, the Gumby Suit is definitely gone. It doesn't owe me anything. I bought it from Camp-Mor about 27 years ago. Since it's all green, early on it was dubbed the Gumby Suit.
When I bought this it had a coating that made it water-resistant. It was never truly waterproof, but it was pretty good. After the coating completely disappeared, I would spray it with silicone and that would make it fairly impermeable for a couple of wettings.
I don't like ponchos. Nothing really keeps me dry anyway because if something keeps the rain out it holds the sweat in and I get wet from the inside. Including Gore-Tex. I've never thought that was as wonderful as many people claim, and it's heavy. The Gumby Suit weighs, in total, 15.4 ounces. And it rolls up into two little packages like this.
One leg had a major blowout, which I mended. There are multiple snags, tears and small burn holes in it. It's not that I haven't been looking for a replacement. I've been hunting for something else for at least 8 years. Everything is too heavy and/or too big. So, I just kept mending this and limping along. If you put me in nylon, I'm really warm, so I use it as a top layer for winter hiking. This suit no longer does much against rain, but I've gotten by.
But the kicker to make me do something now is that the zipper on the main pocket has completely given up the ghost. That's just not going to work. So...
I had to make a decision. The deal is, there is a product called silnylon which is nylon impregnated with silicone that it absolutely waterproof. And it's very lightweight. It also has zero ability to breathe. When it was first developed there was a huge rush to make rain gear of it, and almost as quickly abandoned because of that lack of breatheability.
Other nylon products are going to have the same issues as the Gumby Suit- not really waterproof. I only wear the nylon if I'm out in either really cold or really wet. I've decided to go for the ability to stay dry from the outside. We'll see how big of an issue the breatheability is.
And, it can no longer be a Gumby suit, because the new one will be blue. It will also be even lighter in weight. That's a huge plus!
Today I made a pattern for the new pants from the old pair. That's pretty easy with pants without taking the old garment apart. So, the pants are only retired. Not sure I'll be able to do that with the jacket (anorak style) because it's got more complex pieces, and it's easy to get things that don't fit right if you don't take the old garment apart.
Tomorrow I'll buy the zippers (hopefully), and make a decision about cutting up the jacket or trying to make a pattern without destruction. It's just so hard. When I actually find a product of any description that I REALLY like, I don't want to give it up, ever.
Here's what I got done today. Stay tuned.
In other news: Actually, I worked at the paper today because someone else wanted the day off. That and the above have consumed most of the time.
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