How to Walk In The Rain and Stay Comfortable with Wool

I love to walk in the rain. There is something therapeutic about the way the drizzle mellows out everything around you. The trick is figuring out how to walk in the rain and stay comfortable. Though I enjoy the rain I don’t enjoy getting cold & wet. Luckily there is a great solution to this…Wool!

Spring Raindrops

Raindrops on a Freshly Waxed Car

It was about 46 degrees and a Medium drizzle as I headed out on a 3-4 mile walk. You usually have the world to yourself walking in the rain since most people choose not to venture out. This is just another benefit of an afternoon walk in the rain! For this walk I wore a knit Wool hat, a Woolx Midweight 3/4 Zip top, and  my Woolx 100% Merino Wool Hoodie. The hoodie is fantastic in a light rain and can be worn for quite awhile without soaking through as it does a great job of shedding a light rain.

Spring Blooms. A Welcome Sight After A Long Winter.

Spring Blooms. A Welcome Sight After A Long Winter.

Even though it was 46 degrees when walking I try to maintain a 15 minute mile and that’s a pretty good clip. Even at these temperatures I can find myself sweating and the Woolx Base layer wicks the moisture away keeping me dry on the inside as well. We’ve all worn rubber or vinyl rainwear and the problem with that is it is hot and sticky. Breathable membrane jackets are much better but it’s hard to beat the  comfort and ease of movement that Wool garments provide. It was coming down pretty good as I started my walk but the water just beaded up and rolled of my Woolx Hoodie.

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

There were all kinds of Spring flowers making their debut along my walk. They were a welcome sight after the hard winter we had in Upstate NY this year. I easily was able to stop and photograph them without a cumbersome umbrella or bulky raincoat on. Again ease of movement is a big priority for me. The older I get the more I dislike bulky heavy jackets. The lighter the better and again Wool is the answer.

April Showers Bring....

April Showers Bring….

30 Minutes into the walk I was still comfy and dry both inside and out. The Woolx zip top was doing it’s job by wicking the moisture away from my skin and the hoodie was keeping the rain off. By now the rain had tapered off a bit so I was able to pull the hood down and go with just the knit cap. My head was dry, warm, and cozy!

Colors of Spring

Colors of Spring

As i was nearing the end of my walk I decided to stop at the local market that is along my route and pick up a few things. I did some shopping and headed back outside for the last leg of my walk home. The rain was picking up a bit so I threw the hood on the hoodie back up and headed home. Still dry and warm.

Tulips In Bloom

Tulips In Bloom

So to summarize just follow the below tips for walking in the rain and you’ll be cozier than if you were on your couch!

  1. Wear a good wicking base layer. I prefer Wool for the comfort and wicking characteristics it provides.
  2. Keep your head covered. Wear a good Wool knit hat or comparable.
  3. A hood on your outer layer is a must.
  4. Wear waterproof hiking boots or shoes. Though a subject for another post nothing will ruin your walk faster than wet, cold feet.
  5. For up to a Medium steady drizzle an outer layer like the Woolx Merino Wool Hoodie is perfect. It will shed all the water you need without the bulk.
  6. For heavy downpours a waterproof membrane jacket may be needed for extended time outdoors.
A Lonely Tulip

A Lonely Tulip

Be sure to follow my Getting Fit at 50 blog post on here to see why I started walking. In the 4 months I have been walking it has almost become an addiction of sorts. If I don’t get out and walk or hit the treadmill at the gym I really am conscious of it.

As I write this it is another rainy damp day here in upstate NY. As soon as I get home though I am putting on my Woolx and taking a rainy walk up in the local park. I enjoy taking in the solitude of an otherwise busy place, sitting for a moment in one of the pavilions and enjoy the sound of the rain on the metal roofs, and watching the occasional faithful dog owner brave the weather to make sure their pet gets a walk. It sure beats watching sitcom re-runs!

Almost Ready To Bloom...Spring is here!

Almost Ready To Bloom…Spring is here!