Originally Posted by cornishchris
So whats the favourtite jacket out there on the market for you all at the moment?
If you're going any distance, in anything but the finest weather, then IMHO there is no substitute for a breathable drysuit.
I doesn't matter what features you build into a jacket, unless it's somehow designed to be worn over a drysuit then I would be unlikely to buy one!
I've tried various combinations of waterproofs and floatation suits, and the only thing that will keep you dry is a drysuit. However good your technical jacket is, it's not actually going to keep you dry.
What might be useful is some sort of waistcoat that would effectively convert a standard gas lifejacket into one of those aircrew style survival vests with pockets for gear. It could be a bit "warry" for some people though.