I wanted gaiters for years, and was paralyzed by the staggering number of brands and features. Finally, this summer, I purchased a pair of Outdoor Research’s Women’s Crocodiles from Backcountry.com out of fear of a very rainy vacation. As is usually the case when I plan for the worst, my vacation had nothing but sunny days and beautiful weather. However, I was perfectly prepared for the rain we had in NYC today.
I got a whole new rain outfit for my son, and I’ve been really happy with what I got for him:
- North Face Zipline Rain Jacket – on sale right now at Backcountry.com and use the “SAVE 50” coupon code to take another 50% off!
- Patagonia Torrentshell Pant – also on sale right now!
- Hi-Tec Reno WP Jr Waterproof Boots from Shoebuy and got additional savings by signing up for their mailing list.
I have been checking out umbrellas, and I haven’t found the perfect one yet, but what I have found is that you should avoid umbrellas that have an “auto close” feature. All that means is that a button collapses the umbrella spines, but I find them significantly harder to compress into final closing than a non-automatic closing umbrella! Currently, I am testing a Knirps umbrella from Germany, which is preternaturally lightweight, but supposedly lasts forever. Let me tell you, for the price, it better last forever! Ugh.
Currently, I use 66 Degrees North ski pants as rain pants (which I am happy with) and a 66 Degrees North rain jacket (which I am not happy with – it leaks). I was very happy with the child’s rain jacket and pants from 66 Degrees North, but my son grew out of them.
I plan on testing a Knirps Wind Trench Coat when I can get my hands on one.
One more thing I need to add to my rain repertoire is a waterproof backpack cover. I have no ideas for that so far. Suggestions welcome!