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The four seasons bring their lot of weather variations…and one of those is rain! That’s why it’s judicious to have a good raincoat and rainwear in your arsenal to be ready to keep out the rain, especially during spring and fall. Follow our tips to pick out the right rainwear for you.
In this article, you will discover:
What’s the number one thing to keep in mind during rainy days? Staying comfortable and dry no matter what. To achieve this, gear yourself up with rainwear that includes the latest technology and design.
A windbreaker is not necessarily a rain jacket, just as a winter coat is not a spring coat.
To make sure that raindrops bead on the outer layer of your raincoat rather than penetrating it, it must be made of a naturally water-resistant fabric such as polyester or nylon, and made with a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. These different materials and technologies allow for repelling water to different degrees, so it’s important to know your needs before purchasing a rain jacket. Will you be standing under the rain long? Do you need to stay 100% dry? Ask yourself these questions in order to make the right selection.
As far as the cut goes, it should also be suited to your needs. You might want a longer raincoat that covers your thighs if you’ll be doing light hiking, or you may prefer a shorter cut if you’re out running or jogging. Ponchos are also an interesting option, as they offer freedom of movement, but they won’t protect as well from the rain, especially if there is a lot of wind.
Or, perhaps you’d like to select a shell to keep the water out. But, between a hard shell and soft shell jacket, you aren’t sure which to choose. Here are some guidelines:
First off, it’s important to understand the difference between water resistance and a choice that is entirely waterproof.
A jacket or clothing item that is waterproof completely blocks out water and resists heavy rain. Drops of water do not penetrate through the jacket. Water resistance allows for keeping you dry in the rain for a certain amount of time, but in a rainstorm, you will become more humid or feel damp.
Almost all raincoats and the majority of winter coats and mid-season jackets have been treated with a water repellent treatment. It doesn’t last forever, so it’s important to maintain your technical clothing properly in order to make it last. You can also reapply a treatment when you notice that your jacket has begun losing its waterproofing abilities. It is possible to apply while washing using a cleaning and water repellent product.
The immense comfort that a good pair of rain pants can offer shouldn’t be underestimated. If clouds are roaming the sky, take the time to slip on your Gore-Tex™ rain pants – or other type of light and breathable pants (legs have a tendency to emit lots of heat) such as nylon with DWR, and you won’t have to fear the rain one bit. Avoid pants that are solely water repellent and opt for a waterproof mention.
It is advised to wear waterproof pants if you’ll be going biking, hiking, or climbing over several days in the rain.
Finally, think about wearing leggings, hiking pants, or a baselayer made from synthetic materials under your rain pants in order to maximize your comfort.
While certain models also use Gore-Tex™ technology to deal with unforeseen weather conditions (hiking in the rain, for example), rain boots designed for everyday life that you’ll need simply to skip out on puddles in the street are made of rubber.
When it comes to fishing boots or boots worn for use in a watercraft, they are almost always made of rubber.
Short or tall, with colourful designs or neutral, lined nor not, rain boots are your best ally to get through transition seasons. Select flexible, lightweight ones for more comfort and you’ll be all set to jump in those puddles!
Finally, should you wear rain boots with or without socks? It’s all a question of comfort, but it’s recommended to wear them with a pair of merino wool socks or socks made from synthetic materials. This way, perspiration can be evacuated easily and your socks will dry quickly. It’s even more important if you are wearing rubber boots that don’t breathe at all.
You should opt for a jacket with good breathability, especially if you intend to be in rainy conditions for longer periods of time. Don’t wear too much clothing, no more than if you were to be going jogging on a sunny day, to avoid excess sweat. Opt for layering so that you can adjust and adapt as the weather changes, and as your level of physical activity becomes more (or less) intense. Finally, make sure that your hiking boots or trail running shoes are also waterproof.
Well, that’s that. You’re dressed from head to toe with waterproof layers. Why not check out water-resistant accessories that could make your life even easier?