Gear Guide: Hiking in the Rain

Do you love hiking in the rain? Or have you ever gotten caught in a downpour? This is the gear for your next hike in the rain, whether it is expected or not.

As pretty much anyone who’s ever gone hiking will attest, rain happens. Even when the forecast calls for a day of sun, Mother Nature doesn’t feel obligated to follow suit—which is why a solid rain shell is a must-pack for any outdoor outing.

But there’s rain…and then there’s torrents of rain, something most fair weather hikers look to avoid. But for the hearty among us, braving the conditions—pelting rain, swollen creeks and rivers, trails transformed into sloggy, boggy messes—also delivers a more singular, less crowded experience, one marked by surging waterfalls, explosions of color against the gray horizon, which makes the hardcore hiker feel alive.

READ: Top 5 Rainiest Hiking Destinations

We sent three women from the She Explores community to one of the wettest spots in the country, the Olympic Peninsula. While there, they tested gear to see if it would keep them dry and protected while they were on the trail.

Check out their adventure here:

These are their favorite pieces of gear that kept them dry and protected while they were on the trail:

1. WOMEN’S CONSPIRACY™ III TITANIUM OUTDRY EXTREME ECO SHOE

Built for top-of-the-line performance and comfort, this speedy yet sturdy trail shoe also minimizes your environmental footprint. It’s technically proficient with waterproof-breathable construction, superior cushioning and advanced traction. It’s also eco-conscious, with recycled materials, reduced water usage and waste, and no PFCs intentionally used in its construction.

2. WOMEN’S OUTDRY™ EX ECO JACKET

Meet our newest innovation: Our first high-performance environmentally friendly rain jacket with no PFCs intentionally used (may contain trace amounts). Waterproof, breathable, and fully seam sealed, the OutDry™ Extreme Eco Jacket is the ultimate earth-smart raingear. Dye-free fabric saves over 13 gallons of water per jacket in the manufacturing process while the 100% recycled fabric is made from 21 recycled plastic bottles.

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