Frogg Toggs Poncho
There are a lot of poncho and rain suit options on the market, but Frogg Toggs is one of the most affordable and maintains high quality consistently. This high breathable material does not stick to you while your Camino hiking causes you to sweat.
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reason to purchase for the camino:
Find the best Camino rain jacket or rain gear option is a big deal. You will face rain on the Camino at some point, and keeping yourself and your gear dry makes it a much better day. There are some weeks where you might have rain for 7 days straight. Rain jacket and pant options leave the backpack straps (even with a pack cover) open to the elements and often don't have the breathable design to have sweat dry. Poncho's are the way to go since they go over top of your backpack as an extra layer of redundancy even if your backpack is waterproof. You boots or shoes will get wet and your legs are exposed to the weather. If you wear shorts this won't be an issue. You could consider getting a pair of waterproof Frogg Togg pants in addition to the Poncho. Overall, this poncho is breathable, has comfortable fabric, lightweight, and lasts for multiple long treks.
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About the gear list Curator
It's always good to know who is designing an optimized backpacking list since you should be getting information from experienced backpackers that have not only done wilderness backpacking, but also the Camino itself. There are distinct differences between wilderness backpacking (i.e. Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail) and then walking the Camino de Santiago.
About the Camino Gear List Curator:
Caleb has hiked the entire Camino Frances in the fall of 2016 and has done many wilderness hikes along the Appalachian Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Machu Pichu, and other smaller week-long treks. His hiking style tends to be a lightweight backpacker rather than an ultralight backpacker. His pack base weight for wilderness thru-hikes tend to be around 15-18 pounds rather than ultralight backpacking weighing below 10 pounds. He also does not recommend the base pack weight above 22 pounds. In general, the Camino is unique because you can cut out some heavy pack items such as a tent and substitute more hygiene products or clothing. The Camino is different from other thru-hikes since it has higher hygiene expectations in it's hiking culture. This list allows for a handful of luxury items and targets the necessities for a Camino hike. If you are planning on doing the Camino in the winter or the Primativo, make sure to read the description of each product to see if you should get it in those circumstances.