It seems that light jackets or wind breakers/shirts are very popular, especially of the breathable water resistant variety. Nevertheless, these are not water proof and will soak through sooner or later. It seems to me the role of wind breaker and outer shell can be filled just as easily by a waterproof rain jacket (as well as for rain protection), so I've never really understood why someone would carry the extra weight of this very specialized piece of gear. Can someone explain this to me? Do people only carry this type of jacket when they're sure there won't be rain and thus don't have to carry rain gear too?
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