After getting a lot of rain and needing to do a lot of chores outside, we're starting to think that some rain gear might be in order. Our area gets something like 25 inches of rain per year (technically, we're "mountain desert"), and I think a lot of that can be counted as snow. In the past, we just wore our cotton jackets, got wet, and dried them later. But those are way too heavy this time of the year. I remember wearing rubber stuff when young and it didn't take much work until you were just as wet on the inside from sweat. That goretex stuff is nice, but mighty expensive. Nylon needs to have stuff sprayed on it regularly, doesn't it? I suppose those $5 vinyl things could be a short term solution, but was hoping for something longer term. Any suggestions?