@Gerrienel …(bit of a digression from yr original post but…)
My experience has been that staying dry is a temporary arrangement with the sky. Granted, I have not sold my other kidney and invested in hard-shell sent from heaven. Rain gets in coz that’s what water does, it’s sneaky. “Try be comfortable when wet” is something I read somewhere, rather than aiming at being “Warm and dry.”
R5300 for a jacket (BD Highline) seems to put a lot of eggs in one basket.
Perhaps any of you who own high-end shells disagree, I’d love to hear thoughts. To that end I’ll ask @Arno how different you found the BD Stormline to the FA Hurricane, as I know you’ve reviewed/used both? I have been looking at the Stormline, seems a good bit of kit.
I do find myself often walking in warm and rainy conditions, used poncho before, but that’s really an ‘in the jungle looking for meaning’ kinda item…or, flappity-flappity-flap. Hiked days with a brollie, also not great in wind, but useful for shade too and doubles as a walking staff.
For my part I’ve owned a North Face jacket whose seam-tape delaminated very quickly and currently a Columbia with Omnitech, not bad for a lightweight ‘rain-jacket’ but after half a day of persistent but gentle rain I was wetted through and through.
So maybe the investment is justified? I don’t know, to be frank I’m a terrible consumer and a bit jaded about all of these “must haves”. Cynical even. There’s always the point where I feel like blurting “So what you’re saying is this piece of plastic is superior to that piece of plastic?”, remembering that people climbed massive mountains dressed in woolies and oilcloth; comfort seems to be the call of the day now. And not a bad thing to be. Anyway, waffling now…but I’ll find that write up and post it for interest’s sake, the writer tackles some of the ideas we’ve been fed to have about weather, and it’s a good read.