A reader asked: "I am in search of the perfect hooded rain slicker... would you be kind enough suggest something appropriate."
For me, Patagonia has been my default company. I have several Men's Patagonia Storm Jackets and, even though I am not fond of the black shoulders and arms in my current jacket and not many of their current colors, they do a great job at keeping me dry.
I put the question to our hard-core sailing friend, who competes in (and wins) so many of the big races, about his choice for a recent event. His reply was:
I wore my Grundens, but I was probably the only person of about a thousand sailors in the race who did. Most wore Henri Lloyd, Gill, and Musto. Those three are the best brands, and they are all comparable. They all are made of Gore-Tex and "breathe" which is their claim to fame. But, when the frigid water had been pounding for five days and nearly everyone was soaked to the bone, I asked the boys, "how's that breathing working out for you?" Needless to say, I was the only person on our boat (or any other boat that I heard of) who slept on deck in the icy spray - warm and dry.
So I will be checking out his references. The search goes on.