Tropical weather raincoat and shoes
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2008 2:05 AM Last Post By: Jehane
Aug 13, 2008 6:08 PM
Tropical weather raincoat and shoesI'm going to be in Costa Rica during the rainy season, and it will be very rainy but also hot. I'm a San Diegan and know nothing about raingear (I did get the hang of an umbrella after a year back east...). Where would I look for a raincoat that is very waterproof but also lightweight and breathable? How much can I expect to spend, and are there any specific fabrics I should look for? I've got my eye on this one but I don't know if that's a decent price or if there's something better out there. I'm hoping to stay under $100.
Also, any recommendations for comfortable, walking-suitable shoes that will be okay in the mud? I'm afraid wellies will give me blisters but my budget is limited so I can't afford super-high-tech hiking boots. I'm a girl and would prefer shoes that aren't hideous, but it's not a requirement.
Aug 14, 2008 12:44 AM
1Marmot Precip jacket is more or less the "silver standard" as far as light, breathable but waterproof and fairly cheap shell jackets are concerned. You should be able to find one at less than $100. That said, breathability really is not going to work there, in a tropical rain sweat can not push out of a fabric anyway, as there is not enough vapour pressure difference.
High boots or wellingtons would work, but are hot and heavy. How about just wearing light jogging shoes, which WILL get muddy (and you feet), then rinse/wash them in the evening and just live with it (natives have survivied barefoot for 10000 years).
Aug 14, 2008 6:42 AM
2Give Frogg Toggs a look. They are quite light and really cheap but breathability and rain protection wise they do well. They are cheap because they won't last all that long and won't handle abuse very well. If you're not bushwacking that shouldn't be a problem.
A good eVent jacket is probably you're best bet but all the one's I know of are $200 (American) plus.
I actually have the jacket you linked to. It's "okay". After a year or so of a lot of abuse it's losing the water proofness though, but I wasn't expecting much for $30 (I got it one sale at the outlet) so it's been good overall. It's pretty hot, but the pit zips do really help. A lot of these rain jacket claim to be breathable, I suppose maybe they are compared to old school plastic style, but still, I'd definitely look for pit zip regardless of how breathable the maker claims it is.
Aug 14, 2008 9:25 AM
3Look at light nylon rain ponchos they are portable, vent well, cheap and cover you up when you really need it. The boot thing has an element of more than rain and mud, they often wear them because of Bothrops asper and his buddies, get a pair of light high top cheap sailing boots you may be very happy you did.
Aug 14, 2008 11:49 AM
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Aug 14, 2008 10:27 PM
6I would recommend highly against wearing a rain jacket in the warm tropics -- regardless of how breathable it is. I guarantee you that within 15-20 minutes of wear, you will sweat so much that you will end up just as wet (soaked) inside!
For walking around town (i.e. not hiking and holding two trekking poles) -- an umbrella makes so much more sense...
Aug 14, 2008 11:25 PM
7Agree with Ben2World. If you are just in towns and cities, take an umbrella. If it's really hot and humid, the last thing you want is to wear another layer. The cheaper ones are waterproof on the inside and the outside (ie. it will hold your sweat in). As for shoes, I'd go for Teva sandals. Closed-in shoes, like raincoats, will keep the wet in - open shoes will let the wet out.
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Aug 29, 2008 2:05 AM
12Agree with the others about raincoats in the tropics. If you must, an umbrella is best, followed by a rain poncho, as it has a bit of airflow. But for the 7 years I lived in the deep tropics, I never used a raincoat or an umbrella. I just got wet. It was usually a relief to be cooled down, and since I would already be sweaty the additional moisture was no big deal. It's not cold enough that you have to worry about getting sick from being wet. If you are hiking, or even just traipsing around the city, recommend wearing quick-dry clothes. That way if it does clear up you clothes will dry pretty quickly just from body heat. Cotton stays wet, and heavy, for ages. Quick-dry clothes are readily available from travel and outdoor stores.
Shoes - get outdoor sandals if you're planning on wandering around town. If you get sneakers you'll need 2 pairs - one to wear and one drying out, cos it's unlikely to dry overnight. Out bush, you'll need proper boots, and LOTS of socks.
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