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 Post subject: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:53 pm 
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So now that I'm doing Couch to 5K, I don't want the weather to stop me from running, but man, it rains so much here in Portland!

I have a rain jacket but it's not designed for exercise and has no vents, and I have no waterproof pants or shorts.

Can you recommend some simply, inexpensive rain gear for jogging?

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:08 pm 
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I bought an awesome weatherproof jacket from MEC
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442621942&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302704149.

You can order them online, they have free shipping on this specific jacket. It is by far the best rain jacket I have ever had. It's super comfortable, has air vents under the arms that unzip quite a bit, nice ddep pockets, small hole for you headphones, a tie at the back of the hood to adjust for your headsize... COmpletely waterproof, I have never felt wet in this jacket, it is windproof as well. I am about a size 7-9 and have a large, it is a little loose but I am not swimming in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:12 pm 
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Yeah, Bike shops have good outer shells that have vents and reflectors etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:41 pm 
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I like getting soaked. But I don't really like running. Sorry, so so unhelpful.


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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
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I always see people jogging in ponchos. Not exactly fashionable, but really inexpensive, vented and keeps most of your body dry.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:21 pm 
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I was going to suggest a poncho - never seen people running in them, though. I just bought one for riding my bike in; $49.
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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:36 pm 
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vijita wrote:
I like getting soaked. But I don't really like running. Sorry, so so unhelpful.


haha. Well, I know who to come to when I need advice on getting soaked while walking in the rain.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I don't think I like the poncho idea because of the swish factor. I do like the jacket Momo suggested but I can't afford that much. Something in the $25-50 range would be better.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:49 pm 
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Not sure exactly what you mean by swish factor, but if I understand correctly, the poncho I linked to has snaps under the arms for the option of sleeves, and a belt on the inside for the option of attaching at the waist, which it doesn't mention in the description.


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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:52 pm 
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unless im running more than a few miles i dont really worry about it. i have a rain jacket (a nike one and it was aroudn $80-90) but i still get wet. my core stays mostly dry. i actually worry most about my socks because im prone to blisters. again, a couple of miles and i dont really worry about it, more than that and i tuck an extra pair of socks in my waistband if i dont have pockets, or i'll do a loop and change into dry socks back at my car/house. my friends who train for longer races will sometimes do a "drop" - they'll plan out a route and drive to a point a certain distance in and drop water, snacks, whatever.


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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:53 pm 
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i have this concern as well. but mostly for my feet.

that seems like the quickest way to become uncomfortable on a run. not to mention trying to dry out a pair of shoes so that they arent disgusting and having to put them back on in a day or two.

guess its something that one just has to deal with?


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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:32 pm 
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I have no advice for the jacket since I need to find one too, but for the wet shoes, I believe the best way to dry them out is to stuff with newspaper.

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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:43 pm 
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I think of it as natural air conditioning! But then again, I heat up really quickly and don't mind the rain. I found a Nike jacket on clearance at FM that breathes really easy and I don't feel that I'm dragging around a sopping wet jacket while running in the rain.

Good luck!!


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 Post subject: Re: Staying dry while running in the Pacific Northwest!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:34 pm 
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I've never worn anything special for rain -- I figure I'm drenched in sweat by the end anyway, whats the difference.


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