My girlfriend an I are off on a 12-18 month trip around the Americas at the beginning of 2008. We plan on spending about 4 months in North America including Mexico, maybe a 1-2 months in Central America and about 8 months in South America, maybe longer. We have friends in Brazil and Mexico, so may stay longer.
We're looking for decent waterproof jackets (probably Gore-Tex) but we're getting confused with all the different fabrics. From what I know there's Gore Tex, Gore Tex XCR and Paclite. However, when I look at the different ranges of jackets from the big names there seem to be so many Paclite and XCR variants with names like Saturn, Helium and loads more.
What should I be looking at? We're willing to spend up to about £150ish each. Btw, the reason we're looking now is that we figured we'd be able to get decent year-round mountain jackets for less in the summer sales. Plus we could do with decent ones for hikes in this country anyway.
From what I've read the Paclite jackets are less durable than XCR, and a 2 or 3 layer is better for prolonged use with backpack in more extreme conditions. I think I'd be better off going for a 3-layer XCR jacket. Am I on the right track? Any particular jackets worth looking at for this kind of trip? Is EVent worth a look?