With the hat I wore for rain since I wasn’t wearing a sun hoody.
Win wearing one of our first fleeces. On the Appalachian Trail we used them constantly.
On the PCT we wore long sleeve sun hoodies and our rain jackets as wind breakers when it was cold
There is a lot (and so little) to say about rain jackets.
In warm to hot weather, anything will do. Sweat or rain are your choices. Many people learn to just hike without rain gear at all.
Colder weather? Hypothermia will get you.
My Arc’tryx handled heavy cold rain very well.
But. It is heavy. I still love it, I just don’t backpack with it anymore.
Instead I use lighter gear. Which lighter gear depends on the trail.
So much of life is a “it depends” situation. Rain gear isn’t any different from anything else.
So. On review I’m probably not going to spend more than $12 on gear before we do the Sierra section.