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Old 09-10-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Hey all,
So I moved into an area that is going to be experiencing heavy rain in the wintertime - Vancouver BC Canada. I understand it will be similiar to Seattle.
Can anyone give me some great tips/advice/links on cool raingear? Specifically I'm looking for items that I can bike/walk to work in, but not cycling specific clothing. It has to transfer well to an after-work scenario like a pub etc.
Is there anything clothing wise that is modern, technical, looks well and is somewhat fashionable? I'm thinking North Face, Marmot, etc.? Done the ol' google thing but looking for some expert online tips. Oh yeah $$$ is no object i'll pay good money for great gear.
Anyone out there that will help me get through these horrible 5-6 months?
I'm not looking forward to wearing my outdated Coleman rainpants, they are terrible and at least 20 years old!
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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Exofficio has some travel pants and shirts that dry very quickly. I have a waterproof jacket and pants from them, and they can pass for regular clothing.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Thanks, i'll check them out!
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I have a Rab Latok alpine jacket that's great if you're going to be doing any physical activity when it's raining, like biking. Extremely breathable material and a lot of clever design features. However, since moving here a little over a year ago, I think I've worn it maybe twice. It simply doesn't rain hard very often here, and 99% of the time my regular cloth jacket is plenty. I think Vancouver gets quite a bit more rain than Bellingham, despite being so close. But I have no idea if it's usually a hard rain or very light drizzle/mist like here. I've also found that I get a LOT wetter from biking in rain than just walking. I guess because my arms and thighs are much more exposed due to my riding position.
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