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A couple comments -
>Sounds like goretex is "out" for boots, but is it "in" for jackets/parkas?
There are some people who like Goretex boots. I buy boots only for durability
and comfort, and ignore the Goretex/non-Goretex issue. With 9+ EEE feet,
I don't have the luxury of a lot of chices in boots. But I've stopped
manufacturers claims about the "magic" of Goretex, too.
>I have searched the catalogs for truly light jackets and can't find any
>that aren't really expensive. I have a coated nylon jacket (7oz) which
>is basically a plastic bag with pit zippers. It definitely keeps tha
>rain out, but the sweat in. I have hiked in the rain with goretex too,
>and still got wet either from the rain or the sweat. thank god for
>polartek and polypro, which kept most of the wet off my skin.
>Is there any good way to stay dry other than staying in the shelter all
>day? Or do you just suck it up and go, no matter how much you spent
>on your rain gear??
As someone once told me - Suck it up and hike. Personal opinion - the only
purpose in rain gear is to keep you "warm wet" rather than "cold wet". I use
a lightweight Goretex parka for winter (yes, there is a place for Goretex!!)
and a coated nylon jacket for warmer weather.
>and to Jeff, Bob, Jim and all other free-footed folk... sorry about bashing
I don't use running shoes either - but I know some who do so happily.
About equipment - the only absolute is that there are no absolutes.
Have a good day,