Saturday, February 14, 2009

FIeld & Stream 2-piece Solid Rainsuit

In January, I headed for the inauguration equipped with warm clothing, but I didn't own anything properly waterproof or windproof. My dad got me this jacket and pant rainsuit (thanks, Dad!) in case weather that day was inclement. It didn't end up raining, but there was a bit of a breeze, which this suit blocked handily.

Back home, I've had more opportunities to put it through its paces. My city is the rainiest in the USA (sorry, Seattle, we get four times as much rain as you), and I also frequently go up the mountains, where we get some high winds. Today, I wore the set over a t-shirt and shorts for my bicycle ride to work in scattered light rain, wore it again in cold and wind at 9,200 feet, and wore it again for my ride home in torrential rain, getting only my face and feet soaked - everything else stayed dry!

Since this rainsuit doesn't have vents or "breathe" a whole lot, it will feel hot if worn during physically strenuous activity somewhere warm, and since it isn't insulated, keeping warm somewhere very cold will still require a warm layer under it. Those are really the only caveats.

On the positive side, other than blocking wind and rain very well, it has a hood, diagonal pockets in the jacket, cargo pockets on the outsides of the pantlegs, a roomy fit for easy movement, lower leg zippers to make it easy to put on or take off over shoes, and pantleg cuff snaps to keep it out of my bicycle gears. 

You can find this set at Dick's Sporting Goods, typically for less than $80.

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