Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2002
Location: canmore, alberta, Canada.
I found the best way I avoid or delay wet out on rain gear is to maintain the gear .
bought a front end loader washing machine and wash gear daily in summer or weekly in winter and always if sweat happened.Dry in drier to bring the DWR back to peak performance .
have yet to avoid wet out on shoulders from pack straps ,but this only causes dampness in shoulders that will dry out from body heat after finding shelter and adding layer to maintain warmth .
As for wetting from the inside out I plan my layers based on the speed i plan to go and if i'll be doing elevation or flats ,with a group or solo.I'll build my layers and test out on my balcony ,cool for flats and groups ,very cool to slightly cold for elevation .I'll bring a bandana to help regulate my head temp.
I find a soft shell is useless for anything but looking good ...but i'll bring my squamish hoody (only if i start out cloudy with chance of rain)and wear the only pants i own, the gamma LT ,which i'll unzip all zippers and roll up the legs to vent under the rain pants.
I let my hands get wet as i wear fleece gloves and have yet to try anything else.
For boots ,goretex for if i feel like hiking in hot damp feet or non gore that i find ok for a day hike with very damp feet.(i personally don't like gore boots and still wait for solomon to come out with a pair that has ankle support non gore).
As for trail running i go with no rain gear and a nano puff vest for some warmth if needed.
For all hikes and backpacking i expect to be damp the whole time ,its when i'm wet i start to get cold and uncomfortable ,then i'll bail and rethink my kit for next time.
Keeping the rain gear clean ;conditioning the DWR (drier heat);replacing older gear(newer DWR ,i found wash in DWR only brings back efficiency to about 80%) ;bring a tarp or umbrella for shelter to adjust layers,eat,make tea,purify water etc. ;Layer to help keep sweating to a mim.;and having a back up plan if things wrong is the net way i handle rain hikes.
Or move to a drier climate like Alberta where the hiking is just as good only different.