Staying Dry Head to Toe

I am a big fan of rain wear because I absolutely hate to get wet when I’m out in the rain! You’d think that being born in Oregon and growing up on the Oregon coast would have made me quite unaffected by the rain and probably somewhat waterproof. But I have to admit that the complete opposite is true. Sure I was wet everyday because I loved to be outside, and outside meant rain. When I was older and had the opportunity to visit other climates I discovered that people who lived where rain wasn’t an everyday occurrence didn’t see the point of getting wet when it rained. In fact some people didn’t bother to go outside at all when it rained. Of course that’s pretty extreme behavior, but I do believe that you can have fun in the rain, and staying dry by wearing proper rain gear certainly helps with the experience.

When we think of rainwear the first things that come to mind are rain jackets, rain pants, and rain capes. And those are definitely important items to think about when we’re making plans to get back out on our bicycle in the approaching spring showers. But what we often forget when planning our rain gear strategy is that it’s a very good idea to be covered from head to toe, and not just in the middle, in a downpour. There’s nothing worse than soggy shoes and a wet head to make you feel cold and uncomfortable, and that can happen even while wearing your rain jacket and rain pants. Helmet covers and shoe covers, often the forgotten items, will complete your head-to-toe coverage, and are definitely must-have components of your rain gear. We’re having a special on helmet covers in April and May.

Helmet covers and shoe covers are small items with big benefits.  They are easy to stow on your bicycle because they don’t take up much space and they are easy to put on. And let’s face it; every drop of water your rainwear sheds is one less drop of water on you!


One Response

  1. My challenge is quite the opposite- “how to stay wet while riding.” Living in Tucson, Arizona, we have very dry hot weather. Unfortunately I’ve never seen a bicycle jersey made with cotton. The way I stay cool in 105 degree weather is to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wet at least the sleeves. This keeps me nice and cool and I just repeat every 15-20 minutes or so. I can go for hours using this routine without feeling hot. Polyester shirts dry too quickly and don’t hold the water. A cotton shirt serves as my portable evaporative cooler.

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