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July 7, 2013

Rain Gear

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.

The New Balance Tempo long sleeved shirt has moisture-wicking Lightning Dry® fabric, UPF 20+ sun protection and reflective accents for safety in low light.  The real bonus was it is black.  I like black.  Black makes me happy ☺

Next in my shopping cart from the same vendor was Kenyon Polarskins Base Layer Bottoms priced at $12.95.
Granted...they aren't silk, but "constructed of lightweight, moisture-wicking 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."  ☺


2 comments:

  1. Wow! The Frogg Togg's jacket sounds great! I also have an issue with finding something waterproof without suffocating in it. Thanks for the info.
    Bionic Cowgirl

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  2. My feelings about rain and cold weather completely changed from abhorrent to tolerable when I discovered appropriate base layers. Its amazing what investing in underlayers will do. Also, I can wear my bottoms base layer under my tights, which means I can wear my summer tights year round without investing.in winter tights. American trail gear makes some nifty waterproof chaps that are also warm that I would get if.us needed additional warmth. I feel like chaps would let more air.in and keep me dry without being too hot? Anyways, I find that the right underlayer stopped the wild temp fluctuations between moving and stopping.

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