So, about 10 years ago I was planning an European vacation and wanted some kind of light jacket that could handle the rain. I drank the cool-aid and ended up buying a (expensive), branded Gortex Jacket and had the chance to use it extensively. The fabric is noisy, kinda rough against the skin and sorta works . .. . I think. I could see water beading on it, but my skin still felt cold and clammy. After a while, dark spots would appear, indication water soaking thru. Zippered up, it got hot quickly. Also, if it got windy, you felt it. Found out you also have to treat it periodically, with some special spray and wash it often, with special soap. Got me wondering if its the spray that's important rather than the actual material. Anyways, not that impressed considering the cost. After a few years, the jacket developed some bubbling in the material, and true to their word, the company sent me a free replacement. This new jacket has the same qualities, so its not a "one-off". I'm wondering if all this hype is just that. Hype. I don't think I would ever buy another Gortex jacket and just stick with something actually waterproof and deal with the ventilation issue. Also, having a waterproof jacket does nothing to keep your pants dry in a rain storm. Curious what other people's opinions are?