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Re: Foul Weather Gear for Small Dudes
Tbird, there are all sorts of Gore-Tex Extreme Wet Weather guaranteed gear that work for sailing. Genuine Gore-Tex with a guarantee is also guaranteed for life, if it leaks Gore will replace it if the manufacturer doesn't. And Gore comments that a lot of the cheap "Gore-Tex" sold on ebay and shipped from China, is simply counterfeit junk. If you're not spending a month in mid-ocean, it might be very much worth looking at.
But you're lucky to be a small, when there is a clearance sale (usually in fall, not spring) and a model change, there are usually smalls and xxLs available, nothing else.
I'd also suggest looking at women's sizing. At least one company from New Zealand used to put all their zippers in "women's style" so depending on brand, you might or might not een notice the zipper is on the wrong side by US standards.
With any of it, you'll need to try it on, the fit of the hood and collar is a very personal thing.