So after all that consideration I grabbed a REI Verita rain jacket on my way through San Diego.
- cost was reasonable
- looking like a pumpkin wasn’t all bad
- reviews are positive
- packed size was on the smaller end of things
- fit was perfect [men's large]
- if it all goes pear shaped I’ll return it on my next trip to the US and get a Gore jacket
The lack of vents kind of freaks me out, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I tried on a Gore softshell and the men’s large fits me well, but they didn’t have any of the Gore waterproof/breathable jackets in stock. Strangely the Shower Pass Club Pro men’s large fit me great while the Elite 2.0 I tried on in Victoria didn’t fit well.
Thanks for all the feedback. I’ll let you know how it works after the spring is over on Vancouver Island….=-)