I have been updating my equipment this winter and have bought a jacket with the features very similar to the Mountain Hardwear Alchemy jacket and pants that are similar to the Mammut Champ pants (I even might still buy the Champs or the Sitka or Sporthills)
I am wondering for those of you that have such softshell-type jackets and pants--do you still wear and/or take along raingear like the Helly Hansen Impertech or do you rely upon these softshells as truly your only outer shell.
I am trying to keep my overall backpack weight down but don't want to be totally drenched and miserable and was wondering it these softshells can be relied upon through it all or only during mild rain/drizzle and actual raingear like the HH Impertech is still a must.
I have both a sheep hunt as well as a coastal goat hunt planned for this fall--was thinking that maybe for the sheep hunt the softshells would be alright but with the expected continuous rain and wet vegetation along the coast I maybe would buy and take along a set of Impertechs.
Thoughts on this set-up?