Raingear for Touring

Did you ever find yourself wet and cold after a day out pedaling in the rain missing serious rain gear? Or maybe you are like us, only reluctantly shopping for new gear and trying to recycle older stuff that we’ve lying around? Well, we slightly adjusted after cycling through non-stop rain for 6 days in Wales. Our year’s old water-resistant pack away jackets gave up after 30min, wet shoes and socks gave our feet a cold hug and trousers we didn’t pack at all. Never again!

So here is the new waterproof (no pun intended) plan:

Glasses

Keeping your eyes open when you’re freewheeling down a mountain in the rain is more difficult than it sounds. Glasses are the perfect solution to keep the splashing water out of your eyes. The easiest way is to keep your sunny day sunglasses on your nose, but if yours are as dark as mine you might want to consider picking up some Clear Cycling Glasses.

Mine was £3.99 from Decathlon. Lucy uses her sunglasses.

Waterproof Jacket

The sheer amount of options is overwhelming and you can easily sink hours into researching and comparing. Level of waterproof- and breathable-ness, weight and price are the categories to which it comes down to. The heavier you go, the more waterproof you get, the lighter you want to be, the pricier it get’s. You know the gist…

After doing some research, we decided on the Refuge and Atlas jacket from Showerspass. Being the most expensive piece of clothing we ever bought, these jackets offered everything we looked for.

The Atlas jacket comes with an hi-viz map print, which glows in the dark
The Atlas jacket comes with an hi-viz map print, which glows in the dark

The Refuge jacket has an expandable bum flap
The Refuge jacket has an expandable bum flap

Showerspass specializes in rain gear for cyclists and it shows in the impressive quality and useful hidden features, like an extendable back flap, adjustable hood, and full-length ventilation in the front. Without going into to much detail, so far we are really happy with our choice and wear the jackets on and off the bike all the time. One of the owners even delivered the jackets personally, because we happened to be close to their office, which gave it a special personal touch.

Trousers

Not really fussed about trousers that much. Sure you can splash out another £100-£200 for excellent waterproof trousers, but at this point, we did not want to spend that.

 

We’ll packed simple pack away water-resistent pants for ~£12 to keep at least a bit of the rain away. Maybe one day we’ll complete our Showerspass outfit with matching trousers.

Socks (yes, socks)

Okay this is a category of which existence we did not know: Waterproof Socks. Let’s get 2 things out of the way first: Yes, they feel a little weird. But yes, they work like a charm. Putting them on feels like sliding into a wetsuit but once in you can literally stand in a river and your feet remain warm and dry.

We both prefer to wear normal trainers while cycling so overshoes were not the perfect solution for us as once wet the shoe would slowly suck up all water eventually, leaving your feet in a cold puddle.

 

Putting the order down at Showerspass, we added them without thinking twice. Their Crosspoint Waterproof Crew Socks were ~£27 but there are a few slightly cheaper options out there, i.e. Sealsinkz.

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