UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #23: RAIN PROOF JACKETS ARE NOT
We at 18milesperhour talk a lot about embracing the weather around you. Being present. Not fighting the elements, but embracing them.
Part of this comes from the 18milesperhour ethos: To ride through the world instead of just passing it by.
Another part comes from where we live. Southern California weather is fairly mild year ‘round so it’s easy for us to have such a cavalier attitude regarding the weather. If there is a Mother Nature, we in the west are the favorite children and a fair bit of the rest of the country gets a regular whuppin’.
And yet another reason we feel this way is because we’ve surrendered to the fact that rain proof cycling jackets, and the companies that claim they function as such, are full of…pardon me…horse shit.
Sure, there are the clear plastic or bright yellow non-breathing ones that create such an intolerably-hot, humid microclimate all around your body that you could grow mushrooms on your chamois. But we’re talking about the super-pricey, highly-technological, supposedly-breathable things that end up as soaked as the rest of your body.
These posh jackets are fine in a mist or even a gentle sprinkle for about ten minutes.
Then, as Rhys says, they’re about as waterproof as a teabag.