Nobody expects to be lost, stranded, or unprepared, but it happens. From freak storms, to plummeting temperatures, most of the time we are not properly dressed for the impact of mother nature. The Hideaway Jacket from Unchartered Supply Company can be that piece of gear that gets you through and keeps your motivation high, as there is nothing like being wet or cold to sap the will to march-on. Having any covering can be the fine-line between life and death, the Hideaway is a good solution to address the problem. The jacket is waterproof, can cut down the wind, and has strategically placed pockets that can be used to stuff available insulation, like leaves, moss, newspaper, Styrofoam, or any other material that has insulated properties. The jacket is extremely portable, can be stuffed in your cargo pockets while out on a hike, in your glove box, or in your go-to (Bug out, Get home, EDC, etc.) bag.

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At the time of this research, it is summer time in New England, and storms can appear quickly. Average temperature during this test period was between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I was unable to test the jacket’s ability to keep you warm by using available insulation. I will provide a follow-up to this article during the winter season.

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To begin the waterproof testing their website did not have any specific details regarding the ratings, material, coatings, etc. To be somewhat accurate for all of you that do research before buying survival gear, I used common ratings for waterproof and breathability. Since Unchartered Supply Company didn’t mention or provide any specifics, a quick Internet search on waterproof ratings, and you can find many of the outdoor companies and outdoor clothing manufactures provide these ratings for every type of material. The following information was obtained from Sierra Trading Post.

A fabric’s waterproof rating is directly related to its ability to withstand water under pressure in a controlled, laboratory setting. In other words, more resistance to pressurized water equates to a higher waterproof rating.” Waterproof ratings are measured in two ways.

  • pounds per square inch (psi)
  • mm/24 hours

Common water-resistant fabrics can withstand between 3 to 5 psi of water pressure, which is fine for a brief, light rain shower. A Gore-Tex® shell can withstand about 40 psi of water pressure. This higher rating can become necessary if you’re kneeling on snowpack or carrying a heavy pack in the rain, which puts additional pressure on the fabric.