Engineer, lifelong hiker: Most of the US and Canada; many national parks.
- A water-resistant and breathable windbreaker is better than any rain gear most days. I keep a front-zippered poncho in the pack for hard rain. The ventilation cannot be beat, and it can never wet out.
- If DWR sucks so much, where are the permanent water resistance treatments like EPIC?
- I like light gear as much as the next engineer, but I add water bottles to my pack and go rucking some days.