I'm seriously lacking in appropriate rain gear. I have a yellow rain slicker, it does not breathe and I suffocate. I have a thin nylon windbreaker that allows me to not overheat, but becomes saturated and clings like wet saran wrap to my skin. I have a rain poncho that twists, and strangles me like a boa constrictor. I run HOT HOT HOT at the posting trot. You could fry an egg on my head. I've ridden in the rain in the fifty degree range in a soggy tank top, and been temperature A-Okay, until I stop. If I'd get an unplanned dismount, I'd become a casualty of hypothermia . The only product I've tried and been satisfied with at all is a borrowed Frogg Toggs rain jacket. I don't like "heavy" garments, or bulky garments, and my relative dissatisfaction with rain gear has resulted in a general lack of preparation. Indeed it seems a little strange to be focused on a cold rain when it is so hot and humid you want to run around in your skives. I actually prefer cool/cold weather riding to summer riding. So I'm finally taking a step to flesh out my gear in that regard at least a little bit.
My first purchase was a Frogg Togg's Jacket. These are pretty light. Breathable. Shed rain effectively. Welded waterproof seams, hood folds up into the neck, zippered pockets. It wads up enough to stuff in a pommel/cantle bag, and the price was right at Cabella's. I was less than thrilled with the color choice of lavendar or pink. So assuming that lavender makes my skin take on the skin tone of two day old cadaver, I went pink. Priced at $29.99 compared to most breathable rain jackets hitting you very hard in the wallet.
My next purchase was a New Balance Tempo Long Sleeved T-shirt. Priced at $19.99 from The Sierra Trading Post.
Next in my shopping cart from the same vendor was Kenyon Polarskins Base Layer Bottoms priced at $12.95.
polyester that slips comfortably beneath your other layers for extra warmth and breathability." Sounds convincing enough to give them a whirl, and considering the alternative in my winter drawer is NOTHING, worth giving a shot.
So I'm halfway there. On the shopping list still is a rain cover for my helmet. Non-bulky thinsulate gloves. I also need to rain-proof my lower half somehow, without creating a comfort (non-rubbing/chafing) issue. A fitted vest with zip pockets would be good too. I like layers as you can peel them off if you get too warm.
Now I have to get ready to ride and worry about being "too hot." ☺
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association