I have been racking my brain over the past few years trying to do the impossible, select one set of outer wear for all seasons. It has to stand up to the riggors of sheep hunting the high country, all terrain for moose & bou and everywhere in between. There's always that inherent problem, the need for rain gear, the need for something lightweight, the material to be soft & supple but tough as nails... It just seems there is nothing out there that fits the bill. There are many fabrics now that excell in one or two seasons/conditions, but they all don't fit the bill for an all season application. Take HH Impertech, they're designed as somewhat breatheable rain gear. Not an all season coat. Sitka has three models to choose from, great if you want to spend some serious coin, but can't offer "one" to meet all seasons/conditions. River's West; ah no comment...
What I have seen though are a few trying to step up and offer the "one."
Cabelas tried with their Mountain Extreme Softshell, but the review have not been pleasant.
There are some fabrics that use teflon & DWR as a water repellancy, but you can still get wet. Gore-Tex is a saturation suit, 3-layer laminants tend to not breathe too well and lock in external moisture (results in wet gear both inside & out). Dry Plus, never owned a garment with it.
Many deciding factors/variables, but no real "winner" in the only one concept.
Last year, my brand spankin HH Impertechs leaked. I then went to my Marmot Precip (it became saturated). Little upset & wet I was! Layering is another seperate subject, so please take that out of the equation.
What are you currently using, what would you like to see from the industry? I am fed up with having to bring too much gear when "one" should do the trick. Opinions/comments welcomed!