Tips for Optimizing your Rain Gear

Rain Season is here, and for many of us, that means hours spent walking or labouring in the rain. Good rain gear is critical, but even the best of the best can’t keep us 100 percent dry in sustained precipitation.

Whether it’s a trickle down the neck, or self-generated humidity, everyone is guaranteed to at least get damp eventually. However, there are lots of minor adjustments you can make in how you wear your rain gear that will help keep a little more water out and get you that much closer to 100 percent dry.


  1. Wear a cap under your rain jacket’s hood. - This creates an awning to keep rain out of your eyes and from trickling off your face and down your neck. Look for synthetic caps that dry quickly and absorb little to no water.


  1. Leave your pit zips open as their default setting. - In most light-medium rain, the venting benefits of pit zips will outweigh whatever tiny amount of water can sneak in under your arms. Only in heavy rain, in a strong side wind, or when bushwalking is it worth closing the pit zips.


  1. Tuck your undershirt into your rain pants. - Just like cuffing your sleeves or pants, the goal here is to prevent the hem of your shirt from draping below your jacket or becoming exposed to the elements if your jacket should ever ride up. Another benefit is that rain pants often have an elastic waistband that is uncomfortable to wear directly against your skin. This helps prevent chafing


  1. Store your rain gear on the outside of your pack. -  It’s important to keep your rain gear handy so it can be accessed as soon as the rain starts. Comparatively, storing rain gear inside your pack’s main compartment will cause you to get wet while you fish it out, and even worse, allow water to enter the pack.


  1. In very light rain, wear your hood like a collar.  - Any time the rain is bad enough to justify a jacket but too warm or light enough to justify wearing a hood, it’s worth rolling the hood up like a collar. This prevents rain from collecting in the hood like a bucket and from pouring down the back of your neck when the rain gets worse and you decide it’s time to wear the hood.


  1. If possible, when putting a rain jacket on, take another layer off. - Rain jackets are warm and sweaty enough with only a base layer, especially during warmer months. If you were already wearing a mid-layer, let your rain jacket replace it, not add to it.


  1. Set the elastic draw cord hem to prevent jacket ride up. - Most rain jackets can cinch at the hem, but tightening doesn’t always make it less likely to ride up as you hike. Every jacket interacts differently with every body shape and every backpack. Next time you’re wearing your jacket, see if tightening or loosening at the hem helps keep it in place better.


At Tradex international we sell the best rain suits, to suit any outdoor working environment.

Not only are our rain suits perfect for any rainy weather, but they are manufactured to last longer and protect your clothing 100% from getting wet.



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