Frogg Toggs is a fairly new company (founded in 1996; www.froggtoggs.com) that makes lightweight raingear that's very affordableunder $100 for most pieces. Their stuff is largely marketed to the hunting, fishing, and golfing crowd. Frogg Toggsthe clothingare made of three-layer polypropylene that has "welded" seams (literally, melted together through the use of ultrasonic sound waves) rather than stitched seams. Products include a basic jacket ($40), a windshirt ($36), and several rainsuits for hunting or fishing ($100).
The stuff is exceedingly lightten ounces for the basic jacketand completely waterproof. It's also pretty breathable, and although the material feels a little like heavy, soft paper, it's reported to be pretty durable. But, it's not really cut for high-performance outdoor use. While I haven't worn Frogg Toggs myself, other users complain about the oversized cut, the poor-fitting hood, and the lack of ventilation (e.g. pit zips).
That said, it seems ideal for occasional use when backpacking, and for more static activities like fishing or even hunting if you're sitting in a blind. I'm not so sure it's suitable for mountaineering, wilderness backpacking, and the like. Meanwhile, I'll have to actually get in one of their basic jackets to pass more conclusive comment in the future. But for $40 you can't go that far wrong!
Lead Photo: courtesy, Frogg Toggs