I once had a guy give me a hard time on a caribou hunt we were guiding for getting out my HH guide coat and putting it on over my Wranglers and Value Village Pendelton wool shirt. He was getting dressed in the same tent in one of the $1200 super fabric camo suits and assured me that I’d be miserable while his state of the art gear would see him dry and refreshed at the day’s end.
It was pretty hilarious when we came back to camp after a full day of hunting, butchering, and packing meat in a steady drizzle. I was dry and pretty comfortable and guess who was soaked. The icing on the cake was when he decided to dry his wonder suit on a clothesline over the fire, gust of wind sent them into the blaze and they were gone forever.
I had kind of the same thing happen on a fishing trip. It was a rainy day, and an open bat.
One of the guys was bragging about his fancy Simms wading coat and Waders, and how it was the greatest thing ever.
Guess who was soaked thru and almost hypothermic by lunch?
I was perfectly dry in my Grundens.