I've seen a lot of people (on other forums too) talk about the gear they're going to get, and clothing always seems low on the list of concerned gear to obtain. And when it's mentioned, I see a lot of people talk about BDU's and other similar clothing. I think BDU's would be great for times when camo is needed. But don't forget, a lot of it is just cotton. Cotton is great for casual wear. It's light, and breathes well. But ever been out in the rain in a pair of blue jeans? Once wet, they offer nearly no warmth. Take forever to dry, and if that happened out in the woods, would likely rot. Down is worthless once wet (I'm a hardcore down enthusiast, but I'm just saying). Gor-tex and Membrain jackets are great. Nothing really rivals in waterproofness outside of some brightly colored rubber piece that has no breathability. But the problem with gortex and membrain is that they'll eventually tear. It happens with casual hiking, let alone wearing them all day, every day from fall to spring. If your out in the brush (which it sounds like a lot of people plan on doing) it wont take long at all, for sharp twigs, a couple trips, sitting on the back of it while resting, etc. to cut and slowly tear it open. I'd be surprised if any jacket you get lasted more than a year in such an environment. I think the best option would be to go with wool. Wool still keeps you warm when it's wet, it's durable and so on. And of course, you get what you pay for. I'm an avid hiker and have owned a lot of different outdoor gear. I live in the puget sound area, and I definitely known the benefits of a great rainshell, but in a complete SHTF scenario or worse, it just wont last. I bought a Filson Double Mackinaw last november. Wearing just a t-shirt beneath it keeps me very warm down into the teens, completely blocks out wind and holds off light to moderate rain for several hours. Even when it finally soaks through, I still stay warm. Absolutely amazing piece and I plan on adding in a pair of bibs and so on. There are a lot of wool companies out there, like Woolrich and such. But Filson has been known to make some of the highest quality wool garmints in the world. They also have parafin waxed cotton canvas clothing to, that will outlast a good carhartt 10x over. I highly recommend you check them out and think about adding some wool to your BOB or general supplies.