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By Rachelle Thorne
Thinking about the upcoming rainy season now that spring has arrived? You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers”, so don’t let a little—or a lot—of rain discourage you from experiencing the stirring wildlife and progression of wildflowers as you venture outdoors. And let’s be real, West Virginia is a whitewater mecca for a reason—it rains a whole lot year-round.
Our mission at Pathfinder is to keep you hiking, biking, running, and playing in puddles like you’re a kid again (if you’re playing in puddles, you better share those pics with us!). Whether it’s 32°F and raining or 90°F and raining, we’ve got plenty of stylish options to keep you comfortable and dry. You’ll never have to think twice about getting outside in our monsoon season, or any rainy climate.
Unless you opt for a large poncho, tarp, or trash bag and duct tape (more power to you!), we can give you water repelling super powers that are cleverly hidden in our rain jackets, rain pants, and waterproof footwear. Put all three together and you can defeat all the raindrops!!! The upside of our raingear is that it’s waterproof and windproof, yet breathable to prevent you from becoming a human greenhouse (imagine wearing a trash bag while running). You will have to play around with what you wear underneath your rain gear, to figure out what works for you with varying degrees of exertion and temperature, but whatever clothing you choose should be quick drying and breathable. Additional helpful rainy day accessories are gloves, gaitors, a backpack cover, and dry bags. And if your rain super powers are dwindling, ask us about the products we stock to reinvigorate your jacket’s ability to repel water.
At Pathfinder, we’re happy to go over any of our rain gear to explain how they work and find items that suit you best based on the activities you need them for (i.e. backpacking, trail running, day hiking, mountaineering, etc). Gore-Tex, H2No, and DryVent are a few of the waterproof, breathable technologies used in the gear we carry. These fabrics are essentially two to three layers combined into one: an outer layer coated with a durable water-repellent finish; a middle layer as a waterproof, windproof, and breathable membrane; and a use-specific liner. Combined with fully taped seams, products using any of these fabrics will keep you dry in any downpour.
Don’t wait for the clouds to part and the sun to shine, drop on by and check out what we have in stock, including lots of North Face and Patagonia items! Hurry up, get your gear, and get outside!