First, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a new member to the forums and to Backpackinglight.com. Secondly, please excuse any newbie or novice mistakes I may make and feel free to comment so that I may take note.
Okay, now down to the good stuff. I am currently in search of upgrading my rain gear from an old Columbia Titanium shell, which I have had for 6 years at least, and my Sierra Designs Hurricane pants.
Current complaints regarding my gear which I hope to improve upon with this next purchase is that the Shell tends to wet through, after about an hour or so of rain, and the pants are extremely warm with no way to vent.
The criteria I am using for this next purchase is that each individual item must be GTX Paclite, weigh under 16oz., cost under $200 USD and offer ventilation in the form of a zippered opening (i.e. pit zips, vented pockets...).
The two current systems I am looking at, with both pants and jacket, are the Marmot Minimalist and the Outdoor Research Foray.
If you have any experience with either of these systems, or know of another company offering a similar product, please feel free to educate me.
I realize many of you swear by ponchos and Frogg Toggs. These are not bad choices by any means, and I have used both in the past (ponchos being my preferred choice), but these will not suffice at the moment.
My body stats are Ht.-5'11" Wt.-160lbs. Waist-31" Inseam-32" Chest-39" Sleeve-33-34"