Originally Posted By 4evrplan

It sounds like you don't consider wearing either a raincoat or a wind shirt, rather possibly both (depending on scenario). So, they're really separate layers in the same system, not alternates of the same layer. (1)base (2)insulation(s) (3)wind-shell (4)rain-shell versus ...(3)shell-opt-A/shell-opt-B.

I will simply say that I am happy and satisfied with my system because it covers my needs and desires well and I do not intend to change it. Because you seem to be happy and satisfied with your present clothing system, I recommend you do not change it. That makes the most sense to me.