Ok, I am riding more and more in the rain, and I am willing to throw down for a rain jacket that would keep me as happy as possible on a 6-10 hour ride in the mountains. I am not willing to bag Devil Mountain Double, or any day of the cent cols challenge due to rain.
The issue? I tend to get pretty warm. Even if it is around freezing I generally climb in a vest or just a jersey and no gloves. If it rains I generally climb in that Assos Microclima vest thing, which works well enough. The issue is what to wear on the way down a long descent and then for any flats. My waterproof does not breathe that well, and ti is not particularly warm. Last summer I froze descending the Galibier in a cold rain storm (turned to snow the next day and several cyclists had to be rescued due to hypothermia).
Othan than HTFU, what would be the best compromise of waterproof/breathable? Gore Paclite seems ok, but apparently Gore has some new shell and EVent gets a lot of good press. My initial candidates are:
New Castelli EVent Pocket liner jacket
Hincapie Event shell
Castelli Gabba WS rain jersey (Castelli | High Speed Race Wear » Blog Archive » Bicycling: Gabba Jersey Gear review)
Would Rapha be more epic? (I kid, the lightweight softshell and lightweight jersey are my favorite pieces thus far)