Looking for information about rain gear for hunting and fishing.
So it's that time of year again-- the time prior to trout fishing and turkey hunting seasons, when I examine my gear and upgrade it. And what I really need is a new rain-proof jacket, and am having some trouble finding out information that isn't just marketing. I have some pretty specific needs for what I'm looking for. In April in Minnesota it can be very cold and very wet, so I need rain-proof, not rain resistant. Warm is good, but frankly not a complete necessity, as long as the outer gear can fit over warm layers. It probably needs to be camoflauge, as well (although if the perfect item is not camo I can work around this). I'm leaning towards this jacket
at the end of the day, so don't think I'm completely lost in this.
So I suppose my question is really as much theoretical as it is asking for recommendations: What, in general, makes good rain gear? Is it:
* the quality of the outer coating? or
* the ability of the gear to keep water away from the skin and interior layers? and
* how does one maximize the water-proofing necessary for concern #1 while making sure that the jacket can breathe and expel moisture after the rain stops? and
* what do **professional** people that have to deal with cold rain generally wear? North sea fishermen, or Pacific Northwest (Southwest, if you're Canadian) surveyors/loggers, or fellow hunters, or the like (or people-who-know-people), please chime in.
Any extra tips are more than welcome (hats, gloves, pants, etc). I'm not a novice. I've been doing this for over ten years, and I'm looking for advanced tips on staying dry, warm, and comfortable.
Bonus sub-question: I have a Filson tin cloth hat, and it worked fantastically well, until the paraffin wore off. How do I get it back to its former glory?