most effective rain gear system /items

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Autumn Flower, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Only don the waterproof when raining....don't wear as your main jacket.....microfleece or primaloft for example
    for most of time.
    That extends jacket life....only use this type of gear for long trips where weight on back is priority....such as French Alps at this very blissful moment....:joyful::joyful:
    In U.K. I use a more durable waterproof
  2. Autumn Flower

    Autumn Flower Trail Blazer

    Yeppp... makes perfect sense... thx and enjoy the French alps :) :)
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  3. Autumn Flower

    Autumn Flower Trail Blazer

    @Fair Weather Camper that wrap around skirt sounds extremely interesting. Never heard of it... right now it is not an option as I dont know anyone who could make it or have time to learn but might look into it in the future.

    Those mountain runners and people who cycle their bikes up HUGE mountains are totally nuts to me... of course a big dose of 'I want to be able to do this too' mixed in. I too used to think winter swimmers are crazy few years ago... never though I would end up one; let alone trekking across the alps on my own :) :)
    Crazy is nice and what is crazy to most might actually be sanity and a very natural thing to do... enjoy your pre-craft, upcoming trip and the 'crazy' - looking endeavours you are into :woot::woot:
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  4. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    For sure... :)

    I am, in fact, one of the sanest people I know.. :confused:

    I'm just waiting for the rest of the world, to catch up with my way of thinking :D

    Cold water swimming sounds, like a fine idea in principal, immunity boosting etc etc.. But to me, it is nuthin but a pain fest... Total Owsers, to hands and feet:frown:
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  5. Autumn Flower

    Autumn Flower Trail Blazer

    That is EXACTLY how I feel about these people running and cycling up mountains

    Yes I wanted to say something along that line too haha

    Here is to the crazy ones:


    (I Love this video very much)
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  6. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    I can definitely vouch for the.....'Sanity'.....of FWC....:hilarious:

    Oh, and Autumn Flower, if it's another useless piece of nonsense from me, :rolleyes: get a waterproof that's much bigger than you think you need.
    I have a Large!!!!!.....size OMM Aether
    Loathe anything tight fitting
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  7. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Oh Annie, you silver tongued charmer... You do say the 'sweetest' things. :rolleyes: :)

    A fault I've often found on women's waterproofs, is the skimpy underarm / shoulder cut... As if designed for someone who's never hefted anything weightier than a teaspoon :oops: But then go too large, and there's acres of redundant circumferential material. :o o:

    Maybe another crafting project, to add to the ever-growing list.. :angelic:
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  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I buy large waterproofs…….no point in finding you cannot fit layers (sometimes lots) underneath. Also sleeves long enough to hide my hands from the wet.
    Advantage of being a small female I can buy mens large (even XL) if I want :).
  9. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    But mens waterproofs generally come in such dull colours Cathy. :(

    Already have lots of hard-wearing murky coloured jackets for work... I like pretty things for days off :shy:

    Ripstop by the roll do some very lovely fabrics nowadays... Pink n purple paisley waterproof? Well why not :cat:

    But long enough sleeves to cover hands a definite bonus :)
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  10. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Agree Cathy....
    Large and long sleeves and always Mens :wink:..... NEVER EVER buy skimpy useless Women's gear...:rolleyes:
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  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Unless it's Dead Bird and I want it for posing around town :D
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  12. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Oh I say, that's a bit harsh... i yesterday had a totally unresisted moment with some gloriously lilac Fjallraven lady-shorts, stretchy and hardwearing - and just the thing for sliding down rocky inclines in a semi-controlled manner... (they were also in the sale, will probably outlast me - yes i know; i might even die in them; if i don't desist from being so annoying - and they are such a pretty colour...)

    Is a hard working farm gurl not to be allowed any nice things? :frown:- Should she content herself always,with the usual burlap sack fixed about with baler twine?

    Even on her holibobs? :oops:

    Oh OK ; I've got a purple one of them too...:dude: But it does go so well with the bonnet; on a summit ; doncha think? :biggrin:
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  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    2 (excessive I know :oops:) of the guys waterproofs I have are a most delightful shade of my favourite bright blue :cool:
    ……….and so is the Dead Bird - but I don't use it on the hill as it's Paclite :bag: and too 'fitted' in shape - so best left for posing in town :angelic::angelic::angelic::biggrin:
  14. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Wearing waterproofs in town :eek:, whatever next....
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  15. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Mmmn, would that be delivery drivers polo shirt blue?? Or boiler suit royal blue.. Doesn't really do it for me, so much... :watching:

    Got a lovely forget-me-not, M. E. number, right now though, just roomy enough... :)

    I know; :o o: us crazy gurls huh?

    Before you know it, we'll be going about the place, toting darling umberellas
    :rolleyeses:
  16. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Wearing waterproofs in town is surely better than the clowns wandering around shopping centres with a -40 £1000+ Canada goose jacket when it's 5°C outside? It might rain, but the temp isn't gonna drop 30° while you shop for skinny jeans.
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  17. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Well yes ; Craige; it's easy to mock; but have you not seen that movie "The day after tomorrow"?? :cyclops:

    Your well rugged shoppers, are exhibiting a level of disaster preparedness, that can only be dreamed of by some of us on here. :bucktooth:
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  18. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    If it gets that cold you can always do a skywalker and get inside a larger person/cow whatever is available
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  19. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    This is precisely why, I always try to select a hiking pardner, everso slightly larger than myself... And ensure that I have well honed blade to hand... :whistling:
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  20. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Shades of the film 'Rob Roy' :nailbiting:
  21. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Don't worry Cathy... You'd be quite safe with me... You're wayy too little, to provide very much in the way of emergency shelter :)
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017
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  22. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Lots of potential walking buddies slowly back away whistling :eek::biggrin:
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  23. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker


    "lots?"

    You mean there was some kind of queue forming?? :biggrin: - Lorks! And haven't I just gone, and blown away all those chances? :oops:

    Typical ... :frown:


    time for a cracked version of "Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?" whilst beating a hasty retreat methinks...
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
  24. Parky Again

    Parky Again Backpacker

    The most effective rainwear is a large bin liner. Find something that weighs less and packs smaller.
    The most practical is a large bin liner depending upon how long you think you may be be wearing it.

    That is dependent upon ambient temperatures and rain temperature.

    Any membrane waterproof = plastic bag when warm and it rains. Do the condensation shuffle.

    Shortish nasty heavy showers - plastic bag

    All day rain - anything but never forget the simplicity and downright effectiveness of an umbrella.

    It all boils down to how wet is wet and how wet do you feel really uncomfortable. Rain wet or condensation dripping.
  25. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    There's a lesson there: never let your guard down when hiking with someone who has experienced the first signs of hypothermia.
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