5 Items for a Rainy Day Adventure
5 Items for a Rainy Day Adventure
“There’s no bad weather, just bad gear.” Turn a rainy forecast around with these 5 recommendations.
Rainy weather can be a real disappointment, especially if it’s forecasted on the days that coincide with your dream trip. But the reality is that it’s possible you’ll run into rain no matter where you’re traveling, at any time of year, so a good attitude and even better gear is key. Here are a few of the items that will make your adventure enjoyable no matter what the elements throw your way.
REGULATE YOUR TEMPERATURE WITH A SMART BASELAYER
Icebreaker Zone Heavyweight Base Layer Long Sleeve Half Zip Hoodie
This recent release from Icebreaker is our new go-to base layer for everything from walking the dog on a drizzly fall day to backcountry ski touring in the alps. With thermally-mapped fabric zones for different areas, this piece traps heat where you need it and releases it where you don’t (like your armpits, for example). A snug-fitting hood takes temperature regulation the next level, and a 1/3 zip allows you to quickly vent when you’re trekking up hill. We especially love the techy finishes like underarm gussets, flat lock seams, and a dropped front and back hem for added coverage. Quick-dry items like this are especially useful underneath waterproof layers on cold, rainy days!
FORGET THE UMBRELLA, WEAR A WEATHERPROOF JACKET INSTEAD
Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket
There are a million great rain jackets on the market, but none are quite as handsome as the Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell. This highly functional three-layer jacket checks all our boxes—it’s stretchy, completely waterproof, and well-ventilated so you don’t overheat. The two-way waterproof zipper keeps you dry on the most intense days, while the hood is large enough to cover a helmet so you can take it with you no matter the activity. The best part? This jacket was constructed with the environment in mind and all emissions emitted during production and transport are compensated for by Fjallraven.
DON’T FORGET TO WATERPROOF YOUR PANTS
Arc'teryx Zeta LT Pant
Built specifically for hiking on a rainy day, these Zeta LT pants manage to be not only highly functional but palatable to look at, too. Arc’teryx combined formidable N40p-X GORE-TEX fabric with C-KNIT backer technology so that you’ll stay dry through the toughest conditions. We especially like the 3/4 length two-way leg zippers that let you pull these pants on right over your other layer without even having to remove your boots! Now that’s a waterproof hack we can get behind.
PROTECT YOUR TOP WITH THIS PACKABLE HAT
Filson Tin Cloth Packer Hat
Crafted by a company based in the rainy Pacific Northwest, the Tin Cloth Packer Hat is the rugged outdoorsman’s top choice when it comes to keeping you dry from the top down. Made with a tough waxed canvas that won’t fail when the conditions turn rough, this is a great choice for anyone looking to stay dry–and stylish–while out in the elements on your next hiking or fly-fishing adventure.
MAKE GAITERS A GO-TO IN YOUR ADVENTURE PACK
Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters
If you’re planning to hike in a soggy environment but don’t want full-blown waterproof pants, gaiters are the answer. Outdoor Research offers this great pair that will keep you protected not only from soggy trail edges but scratchy ones, too—making them a staple in any hiker’s pack year-round. We are also a big fan of gaiters for snowshoeing for those travelers headed to places like Alaska and Antarctica.
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