After a recent holiday to Tasmania (Aus) I found that while day hiking my softshell jacket with fleece underneath worked great during a 2 hour drenching rain. The softshell wetted out but I failed to notice it because water didn't seem to get through the fleece.
This made me reconsider my clothing system for weekend trips.
Does anybody only take a windshirt and not a completely waterproof layer on weekend/24hr trips EVEN if there is a possibility of rain ?
I've been wondering if this is possible if you use some sort of fleece layer for when the windshirt wets through or alternatively just accepting getting soaked but packing a set of dry baselayers to change into when in camp.
I hike in Australia in Queensland so there isn't concerns about snow/ice/freezing. Temperatures maybe get down to zero celsius (32 Fahrenheit) at wintertime. Mostly 10 to 30 celcius (50-80F) temps though.
I'm considering changing my packed clothing system from:
polyester/polypropylene Thermal top and bottoms(sleeping clothes/protect sleeping bag/extra warmth, 250g combined) 8.82 oz
Puffy synthetic jacket (cheap heavy local brand Mountain Designs Bonfire, 510g) 17.99 oz
Waterproof completely non breathable polyester rainjacket (cheapo brand, 250g) 8.82 oz
total 1010g (35.63 oz)
polypro thermal bottoms 110g (3.88 oz)
100 weight microgrid fleece top 240g (8.47 oz)(instead of previous thermal top, can use to sleep in or layer on shirt for warmth)
Puffy synthetic vest 280g (9.88 oz) (again cheap local brand, Kathmandu Chillzone v2)
Windshirt 150g (5.29 oz)
and if it rains just use the windshirt to block the wind and change into dry clothes later or layer fleece then windshirt if worried about cold.
total 780g (27.51 oz)
P.S I think Softshell jackets are perfect for travelling as they are dressy enough to wear around town and useful in light rain and wind.