I'm frankly amused when I see folks wearing the same weather
gear in summer, fall, and winter. Yes, they probably have different under layers, but it still doesn't make sense to me. I have multiple sets and they keep me very comfortable.
* Hot. Maybe I just get wet. I'm wearing board shorts, so the that doesn't matter. I might pull on a light waterproof pull-over jacket and certainly a hat.
* A little cooler. I have light Goretex hiking-type rainwear. Layers if needed.
only. Windbreaker top and bottom. These are reasonably water
repellent, enough for occasional spray. I also have spare clothes on board.
* Rain. Either the light rain gear
or the more standard rain gear
. Depends on how much rain.
* Rain and lotsa wind
. Dry suit. No leaks
anywhere. Full agility.
Winter (near freezing)
*Wind only. Still mountaineering gear, but a little heavier. Soft shells or wind gear.
* Rain. Standard rain gear.
* Rain and lotsa wind. Stay home. But seriously, a dry suit. Falling in is deadly and full rain gear makes it too hard to move in rough conditions.
So why do folks were the same rain gear all the time? It ain't the money