I've read a few posts on hear referring to Rivers West Gear and I just wanted to make a few comments without stealing other threads.
Rivers West was a BIG NEW THING back in Michigan when they came out with it. Bow hunters, me included, were ecstatic about the stuff! It was supposed to be lightweight, quiet, breathable and waterproof!
I was lucky enough to know a few folks who had purchased this somewhat expensive gear. At their expense<grin>, I learned that it is great gear…if you plan to stand in the rain for only a short time and/or you manage to keep the water off and away from the seams. When it does become saturated with water (and it will), you will appreciate the fact that you invested in a weight-training jacket because you will have about 50 (no scientific data to back that number up) extra pounds on your back to help prepare you for next sheep season. If you intend to use it the next day, be prepared to build a really big fire to dry it out because it is reluctant to do so easily.
I am not up to date on the most current line, maybe they have since developed a better product (I hope so!), but the gear I have experience with was not worth the money. Sorry to be so blunt, but wanted to make folks aware of what looks to be attractive stuff.
Anyone out there have a different experience, I’d be interested to know if they have improved?