Looking for some more advice.
I'm confused by the soft shells and hard shells sold by various manufacturers.
For example, Patagonia has a jacket they call a Rain Shadow, hard shell, waterproof, 13oz breathable- they say..
They also have a soft shell they call a Houdini "sheds rain, gets you through a squall, highly breathable 3.5oz" they say.
The last goretex parka I had, about ten years ago, was also "breathable," but not really. It's was fine as long as I stood very still. Start moving and it was like being wrapped in saran wrap.
Then, my solution was an 8oz windshirt. Kept rain out for about 10 minutes. Then if rain continued I pulled out a poncho.
Has the tech improved? Are the hardshells really breathable for a person walking on a trail with a pack? Are the softshells really water repellent beyond the slightest drizzle?
Any input welcome. Am putting together a new outfit for summer in EU, much walking involved, various climates, from northern Spain, very little rain, to northern France, far amount of rain.
Primary focus is ultra light weight. Ten oz matters.
Am in recovery from serious illness, cannot carry much or walk hard. Yet.
Thanks in advance,