Finally, a rainy morning that gives me the chance to test out my rain gear. I put the cover over the backpack and topped that with my bright orange poncho and off I went. With the backpack under the poncho I look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Add the trekking poles that push up above my pack on my right side and it looks pretty funny. But then, this isn’t about looks.
There was a little wind and varying rain so I was happy with the test conditions. As instructed in one book I read, I wore my baseball cap under the poncho hood to keep rain out of my eyes and off my glasses.
Most important of all, my feet are dry as a bone. I will credit my Oboz Sawtooth BDry’s shoes for that. Any second thoughts I have had about wearing trail runners are gone.
My pack is also dry which is another huge relief.
I was surprised at how wet I am. The sleeves of my top were wet as is my upper chest. My lower legs are very making me think I will test out wearing my rain pants next time I do a wet-run. I also think I will try out my rain jacket instead of the poncho. I like the poncho concept as it seems like it would be more comfortable and cooler, but as many people claim, it doesn’t keep you totally dry.
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