rivers west is good if you don't walk or climb. You will get soaked from sweat. the stuff just doesn't breathe. Sitting on a stand all day the stuff is awesome.
riding on a 4 wheeler is where this stuff excells.
If you are an active hunter gortex with pit zips is still your best choice in my opinion.
The soft shell materials are ok as long as the wind is less than 30 mph. After that the wind just blows thru. But walking nothing breathes as good as the soft shell. Think riding on the 4 wheeler to where you hunt.
right now i am using the cabelas mto50 and i took the jacket to a seamstess and added the pit zips. It is hard to find a good "technical" rain gear in camoflage. Sitka is trying to fill that market but they use a soft shell. I am just not sold on the softshells yet for hunting.
I will also admit that i have about 12 different rain shells from different sports and vendors. I am still a xcr gortex fan with fleece underneath. The clothes you put under the rain gear are almost as important as the rain gear it self.
I am strictly talking mountain hunting here. I have no expierence in hunting anywhere else. I am not a rubber fan. I sweat to much in rubber, but after a solid week of rain, nothing will keep you dry.
I would also like to thank you Tim. As I am an active hunter, (i don't own a four wheeler and my stand sitting is minimal) and looking to do more and more backcountry hunts your advise is very valuble.
So you would say go with the MTO50? I might also see what sitka comes out with in 2008. I saw a catolog on some forum and they are really expanding their line it looks like. I'll try an put a link in, hopefully it works http://www.sagecreek.com/images/sitka2008cat.pdf I think the Nimbus stuff might be good for me. Let me know what you think.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...