How to Choose Hiking & Backpacking Equipment : How to Choose Hiking Rain Gear & Stay Dry When Hiking

How to Choose Hiking & Backpacking Equipment : How to Choose Hiking Rain Gear & Stay Dry When Hiking


Hi, I’m Kate I’m here with Zoar Outdoor
on behalf of Expert Village and we’re going to talk about hiking today. We’re going
to be talking about rain gear, this is the most essential piece of equipment you should
bring on every hike whether it’s 2 hours or 10 hours. There’s always a chance of
rain. When I go out I like to have straight up rain pants, these aren’t breathable but
they’re waterproof. So you can expect to be pretty good to go for at least 10 hours.
The other option is of course Gore-Tex, these things are waterproof breathable but because
they’re breathable they won’t be waterproof for 10 hours, they’ll be pretty water proof
and then damp for the next 5 hours. So pants are the most important part and most people
forget them because you just think about a raincoat but you want to have pants, keep
yourself dry and keep yourself happy. You want to have a raincoat, the raincoat should
have a hood, mine has a nice brim on it. If you don’t have a nice brim to keep the rain
out of your eyes, you can also wear a hat, this works well under your hood. Raincoats
are optional, you can wear ponchos, they’re not really good at high elevations they’ll
be flapping around everywhere but it’s also an option, anything to keep yourself dry.
If you are going out hiking and you know it’s raining, you’re probably going to want to
wear gaiters anyways. Your boots are going to get wet and hopefully they’re waterproof
but gaiters are going to prevent anything from supping down in the top layers of boots
when you walk through the puddles and you walk through the mud. Lastly you’re going
to have a backpack and everything inside that backpack, whether it says its waterproof or
not has a chance of getting wet, so you should really consider bringing a pack cover that
is waterproof, that as soon as it starts raining you can just throw it on your backpack and
most of your gear will stay dry, it’ll be hard to get to your gear but it will be dry
and that’s pretty important when you’re hiking, whether it’s a long day, multiple
days or 2 hours, this is really important to do that.

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