I have a Columbia 100% PVC rain jacket. It has a nylon lining.

Can PVC material be used as an effective windbreaker? Are there any side effects (such as making me sweat a lot more) that could discourage me from using it as a windbreaker?

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A rain jacket is a good windbreaker as well. The main downside, as you pointed out, is that it will not breathe as well as other fabrics.

This shouldn't be an issue as long as you aren't doing a lot of high-output activities (ex: climbing, hiking uphill with a heavy pack for hours). Regular hiking and the likes should be fine.

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    I have found anything more active than playing cards in a PVC rain jacket is likely to cause condensation. But I sweat easily.
    – Lost
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 4:49
  • @LBell - Agreed. PVC rain jackets just don't cut it for most outdoor activities. I start sweating just thinking about wearing one. They are also easily susceptible to tearing.
    – montane
    Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 22:30

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