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by Diane Spicer
Hiking rain gear tips.
Ah, yes. You've found one of the most important pages on this website.
It takes background research, trial and error, thoughtful experimentation, and lots of experience to put together a rain gear system that works well for you every month of of the year.
But why not short cut all of that arduous work?
Then you can stomp around in wet weather without putting yourself at risk for hypothermia - or a foul "wet hen" mood.
Before you start off into a wet, foggy day you need to know exactly where you're going, how to stay on track, and when to turn around before you get into trouble.
So I strongly suggest that you read these Hiking For Her articles first:
If you're comfortable with your ability to use wet, foggy, soggy hiking trails, it's time to tackle what you're wearing to keep yourself warm and dry.
There are a lot of ways you can save money on hiking gear.
Don't cut corners with flimsy rain clothing, both hiking rain jackets and rain pants.
Hiking For Her's top 3 reasons to invest in high quality, durable hiking rain clothing:
A few words about the importance of each, shall we?
Have you ever noticed how chilled you feel when your skin is wet, even on warm days?
Now magnify that effect when you're literally miles away from shelter, thick fluffy towels, and a change of clothing.
When your head and feet get cold, your entire body experiences a drain of precious body heat.
This leads to uncontrolled bodywide skeletal muscle contractions - a.k.a. shivering.
And if it escalates, you're in trouble.
So wearing moisture proof, full coverage clothing as an outer layer is a good investment in your sustained hiking ability, regardless of weather patterns.
A lot of hiking enjoyment is mental.
If you're bummed out or crabby because you're cold and wet (and shivering), you're not going to want to hike again - ever.
A lot of thought and planning has gone into hiking clothing technology to guarantee your comfort, and that's part of what you're paying for when you purchase higher end rain jackets, rain pants, and waterproof boots.
Pay the price in the store, or on the trail.
Shopping tips here:
Is it possible to find a rain poncho for a few dollars in the bargain bin at the nearest big box store?
Yes, it is.
But I wouldn't want to trust my comfort and safety to it during a downpour when the trailhead is many miles of mud holes away.
And that's why I urge you to buy the best hiking rain gear that you can afford for the terrain and climate you will encounter..
Along with high quality comes durability, meaning pay once and wear it for many seasons.
Anyone who ventures forth where rain hikes are a distinct possibility, I'm talkin' to you!
But feel free to ignore this advice if you're a casual, fair weather day hiker.
Or you don't mind replacing stuff.
If you're curious about what I wear on the trail, you can find a list of my favorite hiking rain gear right here.
It will help you sort out the difference between water resistant, water repellent, and water proof materials.
Staying dry when everything around you is wet is an art, a science, and a whole lotta know how.
Now that you're on the right track for the best hiking rain gear choices you can make, you'll need some ideas for how to approach wet hiking conditions.
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