In 2007 , just before I entered wet and cold Washington, I replaced my ripped up 12.99 DriDucks with a 120.00 dollar rain coat from REI. It blocked the wind better than my Dri Ducks and was more durable, but it also weighed more.
Then, this year I was hiking in the rain and it didn’t keep me one bit dry.
I brought it back to REI. They asked me if I ever washed it. “Nope, ” I proudly said. They said you have to wash raincoats or they quit keeping you dry. Something about dirt and oil clogging the pores.
I did it but I haven’t tried it out since.
The Tech wash and the water repellent cost more then a new set of Dri-ducks.
I’m thinking of going back to Dri Ducks and garbage sacks.