Staying Warm and Dry in the Pacific Northwest
Almost everyone knows the saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.”
Curated by Jason Horstman
For anyone who lives in or has been to the Pacific Northwest, you know this definitely applies almost any time of the year, especially during rainy seasons. But this doesn’t have to deter you from getting outside. As long as you’re prepared with the right gear, there’s nothing that stands in your way from enjoying a nice rainy day adventure, whether it’s planned or not. The list of items below is typically what I tend to bring with me and what I recommend in the event that there’s potential for rainfall or wet conditions.
This may be one of the most important items on this list, as wool wicks away moisture and is guaranteed to keep your feet dry and warm, as well as prevent any rubbing with your winter boots. Smartwool makes several variations, all of which are great in their own respect.
If you want a jacket that combines warmth and waterproof, this is a great lightweight option. The 700 down fill and breathable waterproof shell make this jacket great for just about any occasion that calls for cold and wet conditions.
At a little over 10 ounces, this a great lightweight waterproof rain jacket that is also affordable and has great breathability with underarm ventilation. If the forecast calls for a chance of rain, this jacket will almost always be in my backpack.
If you plan on backpacking or camping in wet conditions, I’ve found that the tent and rainfly I own are great for keeping out water, while also being one of lightest double-walled tents on the market.
There’s no better pant shell for a day full of wet winter adventures. The reasons why I love these pants are endless, but here the top ones to name a few – fully waterproof for staying dry in wet conditions, breathable so your legs don’t overheat and sweat, and zippers on the bottom and an elastic drawstring waistband for a flexible fit. Pro tip – if you plan to glissade down a mountain and want to keep your butt dry, these pants will do just the trick.