"Right now I'm experimenting with an OR wilderness cover as something more useful to me than the raincoat I never use but time will tell on that...."
I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on this after you've used it for a while. Intriguing product, for sure. And while there have obviously been poncho-type products on the market for a long time that can accomplish what the Wilderness Cover does, most of them are cheap junk. Like everything else from OR that I've owned, this looks durable and good quality.
And I'd second the general thoughts on raingear. The only places I've really committed to hardcore raingear was when I was working in Alaska and Patagonia, some of the rainiest places on earth. Otherwise, keep it breathable and keep moving.