1.Heading into winter and am in need of rain gear for me to wear for backbacking in the great Pacific Northwest. Any suggestions? Something better than a black plastic garbage bag (with head and arm holes) but something less than $1,000 goretex ultra-tech titanium zootsuit with built-in GPS.
2.I have heard of two ways of keeping the backpack dry while on the trail. One is that everything in the backpack should be individually wrapped in plastic, or some such material. The second is putting a bag of some sort (black plastic trash bag with arm holes) over the entire pack. I hike on well groomed trails with Boy Scouts so I'm not as concerned with snagging the bag on branches, etc. Maybe a good compromise would be to at least use extra protection for the sleeping bag and spare clothes in the backpack and then use a overall cover. Any thoughts.