if your out in wet conditions long enough you’re going to get wet to some degree either from sweat or precip. Andy Kirkpatrick has a few good articles on his site about keeping emphasising comfort over waterpoofness. In wet conditions I like pile or micro-gtid material next to skin with a wind shell over. something like patagonia r1 + houdini combination or rab vaporize if you prefer integrated. Then simple srain shell over that. the pile/wind shell combo stops condensation from rain jacket from chilling you and provides warmth when damp.
The myth of the waterproof shell
Rab Latok 3L e-Vent jacket, “The ultimate waterproof”: soaked through within 2-3 hours of heavy rain while hiking. My gf’s 2L Goretex Mountain Equipment (UK, not MEC) jacket also got soaked through.
Burton AK 3L Goretex jacket, “Built guide-tough”: soaked through within a few hours of boarding in heavy, wet PNW snow.
Is this just par for the course if the conditions are sufficiently bad? And is what I mentioned above really that bad, i.e. PNW rain/snow? The Rab jacket is old (2012) but in good condition and I treat it with DWR after every wash. The Burton and Mountain Equipment jackets are both 2016 models that have seen days rather than weeks of use.
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