Of late I have discovered the hard way that some so called hi tech waterproof clothing basically isn't. Since the drought was declared I have had the opportunity to test several that I have purchased over the years whilst having to go out and walk the dog.
Compass marine breathable/waterproof offshore suit, purchased five years ago, leaks like a sieve . . . it was cheap but quite probably a waste of money.
Musto, coastal jacket now reaching the ten year mark and has done sterling service over the years and now also leaks like a sieve . . . . not so cheap but had good wear out of it before it deteriorated to the sad state it is now in.
a high street brand coat, breathable/waterproof, purchased last year, leaks badly, very unimpressed total waste of money.
This morning we have had fairly steady fat rain so having been disapppointed by all the others I reached for my trusty plastic yellow suit, purchased 1990, cost IRO £30 iirc, result dry as a bone if a little sweaty. The make of this wonder garment . . . . GUY COTTEN . . .
Not bad for a suit that was bought 22 years ago and has been used for dog walking, sailing, fishing and is now borrowed regularly by my son for all sorts of horrible work.
Am I expecting a little too much from sailing clothing or any clothing that is supposedly breathable/waterproof, I know Guy Cotten is hardly breathable.