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Hiking in Rain Gear?

I get hot and sweaty wearing my raingear while hiking. End up taking it off and being thankful for my quick dry clothes. In Washington there are enough trees to block the worst of it so my question is when do you wear your gear and what do you wear?

Others have told me they swear by a rain jacket and gaiters or if able an umbrella.

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Been using plastic ponchos for three years now; not an expert by any means; covers my pack; keeps me dry in almost all wet weather; very hot, but kept me moving.

One advantage is that if your backpack soaks up water/weight, its covering that so it wont be so bad. 

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