I like to be organised with my outdoor clothing and equipment. I also like to keep things neat and tidy, with minimal extraneous kit to do a job. I suspect you are similar.
These days you can get some very lightweight stuff-sacs and packing systems but the lightest packing system remains no packing system at all.
Here is a neat trick to pack your outdoor jacket so it stays tidy and takes up less room in your rucksack.
This method only takes a few seconds and helps keep you organised while out and about.
Step 1: Lay Out Your Outdoor Jacket
Step: 2: Fold in the Arms of Your Jacket
Step 3: Fold and Roll the Body of the Jacket
Step 4: Pack the Body of the Jacket Into the Hood
Step 5: Stow Your Jacket Neatly
Folding Breathable Membranes
This method can be used to fold and stow cotton smocks, or Ventile, Gore-tex, Event and similar material jackets. It works with heavyweight jackets such as the Swazi Tahr and Norrona Recon (used in the pics above) as well as lightweight mountain jackets such as the RAB Super Dru. It also works with softshell jackets.
Please note: Repeated folding of breathable membranes such as Gore-Tex or Event in exactly the same place can weaken the membrane there. So it is best not to make the folds in your jacket too sharp or to fold each time in exactly the same place. Just fold loosely as in the pics above and you’ll be fine.
A Final Tip on Zips
You may have noticed the zip of the jacket in the photos above wasn’t done up. I always pack my jackets with the zip open. This means if I’m cold and or need to put on my jacket quickly, I don’t have to fiddle getting the zip open first. This doesn’t sound much but if your fingers are cold, it can make a big difference to how quickly you get inside your jacket.
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