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"That was a day I thanked God for quality rain gear!" writes Mike.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of being prepared for foul weather. If you can afford only one top-rate piece of outdoor equipment, let it be your rainwear! You need to be totally waterproof from your head to your toes.
The best is waterproof but breathable fabrics like Gore-Tex or heavy duty rubber or PVC gear worn by people like commercial fishermen, outdoor utility workers, miners, etc.
Cheap, thin, PVC or plastic rain coats and pants are nearly useless. They will split the first time you bend over.
Absolutely worthless are ponchos. There is no way they are going to keep you dry in the wind.
Don't forget waterproof boots. The new neoprene boots made by outfits like Muck and Lacrosse are the best. They are comfortable and warm. Next is the old knee-high rubber boot, then Gore-tex lined boots. There's nothing wrong with plain old galoshes, as long as they don't leak. No matter how warm the weather is, you won't be comfortable standing in the rain in sandals. Even if you don't get cold somehow, the bugs are going to eat you alive and there's no way to keep insect repellent on in the rain.
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