Let's Talk Rain, Ice, And All Things Wet/Cold
First things first, the above is neither a wet or cold situation. In fact, it's a perfectly happy monkey sitting in some mid 80s weather near a beach. Absolute paradise for the monkey, no doubt, but unfortunately for me, a bit of a sour memory. It was here that I was robbed by, for a lack of better words, a pirate on the Caribbean coast...
Now this, on the other hand, is where I think about while I write about wet and cold. The snow has freshly fallen, tracks sink calf deep, and the day is sure to be satisfying. When the next storm arrives, though, staying warm and dry one way or another is essential. Now, remember the last picture of the monkey that probably watched me get robbed? Good! Amongst the many items I had taken (camera gear, GPS, 1920s film camera from my great great grandpa...) was my hard shell jacket. A fairly insignificant item in a bag that I decided to carry most of my possessions in, but increasingly important when thinking about places like the one seen in the second picture.
This all brings me to my real question here...What is your favorite rain shell? I had hoped to buy the Hyperlite rain shell that was only sale recently for 24 seconds before selling out, but alas. Prior to my unfortunate mugging, I was using an Arcteryx shell I'd come to love. Change, though, is healthy, and I'm open to any ideas/experiences that make you truly love your rain shells. Sure, this is kind of a boring subject - just another layer amongst many others - but it's the one that has often made me feel invincible when others are bowing out due to the elements. So let me hear it!!!