Rain gear is a tricky thing.
Modern backpacking rain gear allegedly keeps a person dry from the rain yet allowing moisture to escape.
However, as any person who backpacks extensively can tell you, this is just BS.
Some rain gear soaks out too quickly. Others do not breathe at all and leave you sweaty. Or are bulky. Heavy. Fragile. Etc. Etc.
As with all gear, rain gear is a compromise between price, function, durability, lightness and what particular goal I have in mind for a trip.
What I do find that works surprisingly well is something inexpensive, light and packs easily: UltraLite2 Frogg Toggs..formerly known as DriDrucks.
Minimalist rain gear. No pit zips, no pockets. A very thin zipper.
A suit weighs ~11+ oz for the medium size. That’s jacket and pants both. The price? A princely $20. A good piece of gear for a person on a budget..or for the person who realizes that a lot of extra money spent on gear does not always translate to “better” gear.
The suit does not wet out as easily as other very light rain gear and breathes reasonably well.
The gear does have its limitations, however. They are fragile. Best for non-bushwhacking. And for constant use, they would not last too long in my opinion (Though many a duct tape clad Appalachian Trail thru-hiker would say differently. Duct tape is magic after all…)
But for my Rockies hiking on trail or even off-trail tundra walks? I love the DriDucks.
If you decide to get the suit, note they size very large. Get a size down from what you normally wear. Also, I find the pants need some TLC. I use wind pants instead. Finally, the jacket can be bought separately for $15, but for an extra $5 the pants are nice to have. I keep mine in the emergency car kit and throw in my pack for a day hike sometimes.
If I am going to be bushwhacking, I’ll bring my trusty GoLite Tumalo.
But for the price, lightness and functionality in certain conditions?
Love the DriDucks jacket.
Disclosure: Purchased with my own filthy lucre