Woe is me, I'm paralyzed by indecision and need your help.
I'm planning a 7-day backpack in the San Juans in CO in early September, some scrambling and off trail, no technical climbing.
Cannot for the life of me decide what pants, or combination, to bring.
Here's the choices.
-15 oz. Patagonia soft shell pants.
-12 oz. coated nylon full zip Campmor rain pants.
-lightweight, or mid weight Capilene long john bottoms 6.5-7 oz.
-Could possibly buy some PreCip pants, or Patagucci pants, 10-12 oz, $90. I've ruled out the Reed as not durable enough. Had ordered some Montbell torrentflier (7.oz) off prolite, but fit is not good.
1) Do I dare leave the rain pants at home? My gut feeling is not to. Could be miserable in just the softshell in a cold windy storm. Could I mitigate that by bringing long johns? Weight=22 oz including long johns.
2) Bring rain pants and long johns, but not soft shell and use the rain pants as wind/bug pants too? Downside is they don't really breath, and my experience is that so-called waterproof/breathable doesn't really breath that well either. Weight =19 oz.
3) Bring rain pants and softshell, but not long johns. Use soft shell as wind/bug/warmth pants, leave long johns at home? Downside is weight, and sleeping in soft shell which could be muddy. Weight=27 oz.
My rain coat is a PreCip. If I had the wherewithall to sew a WP/B Cagoule w/ pit zips my problem would be solved...
Any advice? Many thanks!