The dog days of summer are about to be a distant memory as we transition into fall. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we are known for our very wet weather; the pending season change means rainy days are on the horizon. This does not mean my days of enjoying the outdoors are coming to an end, however. With proper gear, and a positive attitude, I refuse to let a few raindrops keep me indoors.
Here are 5 of my favorite pieces of gear for helping keep wet weather at bay.
Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket
The Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket is perhaps the most comfortable and reliable rain jacket I have ever owned. Earlier this season, I was stranded outside in a torrential downpour for more than 2 hours. The Force Equator Jacket proved its weight in gold, as it kept me warm and dry. Not only is the jacket functional enough for a day of fishing on the river, it also is stylish enough for daily wear in the city.
The jacket features a 3-layer polyester shell with taped seams and attached hood. Its patented Storm Defender membrane is both breathable and waterproof, while the FastDry technology helps wick away moisture. A drop-tail on the back of the jacket provides extra backside coverage, while hook-and-loop closures on the cuffs keep the sleeves in place.
The Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket, available in both black and wild pink, comes in a wide range of sizes, from XS to XXL. The jacket runs a little big, and I found ordering a size smaller than I normally wear offered the best fit.
Badlands Pack Water Proofing and Scent Suppressant System
I rely on my backpack to keep my most important gear items dry and protected from the weather when I am in the field. I use the Badlands Pack Water Proofing and Scent Suppressant System as an extra measure to help ensure my pack stays dry. Not only does the Badlands spray provide a layer of waterproofing, it also contains odor-eating microbes to help minimize smells.
The Badlands Pack Water Proofing and Scent Suppressant System is easy to use. Simply spray down your pack and allow it a few hours to dry. Yes, it really is that easy!
The Original Muck Boot Company’s Women’s Woody Max
The Original Muck Boot Company’s Women’s Woody Max have become an essential part of my wet weather wardrobe. These durable wet-weather boots boast a comfortable fleece lining, and a 5mm Neoprene bootie that is flexible and lightweight, yet sturdy and durable all at the same time.
The Women’s Woody Max keep feet comfortable within a range of -40°F and 60°F, making them an optimal choice for almost any hunting adventure. These boots are available in Mossy Oak Break-Up pattern, and come in women’s sizes 6 through 10.
The Original Muck Boot Company’s Women’s Woody Max are available from major retailers nationwide. You can find the retailer nearest you by clicking here. The Women’s Woody Max will also be available soon directly from Muck Boot website.
Glacier Glove Lightweight Pro-Tactical
When I am shooting outdoors, it’s imperative my hands stay warm and dry. For safety’s sake, I want to maintain control of my firearm for proper aim. Wet, shaking hands can make this a little difficult to achieve.
The Lightweight Pro-Tactical glove by Glacier Glove offers the perfect fit to help keep my hands warm and dry, while helping maintain a solid grip on my firearm. Made of black G-Tek 1mm Neoprene with a synthetic leather palm, these gloves fit tight yet comfortable on my small-framed hands.
McNett Tactical Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel
When the wet weather wins, I rely on my Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel from McNett Tactical to get myself dry. This compact, absorbent towel soaks up large amounts of water, more so than the standard issue towel.
Super lightweight, the McNett Tactical Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel packs easily into my backpack. What I like most about this towel is that it is more than just a towel, it’s potentially a life-saving multi-tool. The towel is made of wind proof material, and will serve as an emergency blanket or wind block if I find myself in dire circumstances. The large swath of fabric, complete with patented seen grommets for tie downs, will also serve as a sunshade or sling.
The McNett Tactical Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel is available in a variety of sizes, including Medium (20 inches x 40 inches,) Large (30 inches x 50 inches) and Extra-Large (35 inches x 62 inches,) as well as a variety of colors, including OD Green, Navy, Sand and Coyote.
The versatile Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel is available from most major outdoor retailers. Click here to find the retailer nearest you. The Ultra Compact Microfiber Towel is also available directly from McNett Tactical.
MSRP: $19.95 – $29.95