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I sweat while paddling, setting up camp, and wood gathering. So I know I will not stay dry no matter.
For that reason I've been bringing two sets of rain gear.
The first is an inexpensive breathable splash jacket I got from NRS with an inexpensive pair of breathable rain pants I got from Campmor. Those go over my paddling clothes as needed. So long as I'm working I stay fairly comfortable. Sometimes my paddling clothes get dryer even. Quite often those are damp inside when I take them off.
The second is a urethane coated rain suit, Jacket and bib overalls. Those go over my dry clothes when the hard stuff is done. Those keep me fairly warm and plenty dry so long as I remember to change if I'm back to cranking.
That has worked well for me in the Adirondaks, VT, NH and Maine.
I've had too much trouble with DWR finishes to want to pay for expensive breathables. I hope the ones I have last a few years.
1 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Wall Mount Boat Racks
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