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Hiking on the west coast of British Columbia

I live on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada on Vancouver Island. Doesn’t it rain a lot there you might ask? Well yes it does. Every year from late fall until spring it rains often, sometimes for days. However, the coast of BC is very beautiful and is well known for its rainfall and but also for it temperate climate. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and love to get out hiking, cycling or just walking the dog in the beautiful outdoors. On the west coast of British Columbia one of the essential articles of outdoor clothing that you will need is a waterproof breathable rain jacket.

What is a good jacket for the west coast of British Columbia? First of all it does need to be completely waterproof so you stay dry and protected from the rain. It also needs to be breathable so you don’t perspire too much and overheat. Breathability becomes more important the harder you are working

Waterproof to keep you dry; breathable so you don't sweat too much.

What makes a jacket waterproof and breathable? Well, a waterproof breathable jacket is made of fabric that stops water from going through it but at the same time allows water vapor to escape. Rain jackets that are waterproof but not breathable will not allow the sweat you create to evaporat and your sweat will condense on the inside of your jacket and make you just as wet as the rain will.

There are many choices today for waterproof breathable rain jackets and a myriad of styles and price ranges. Some jackets have better breathability characteristics than others. You should choose your rain jacket carefully and make sure that it fits the type of activity you do and how severe the weather you will encounter. My wife and I are recreational walkers/ hikers and so breathability may not be as important for us as waterproofness. Athletes and serious hikers or runners should choose their jackets for breathability. For most athletes a base layer under a fleece in rainy weather is actually preferable as a waterproof jacket may cause too much sweating that may lead to dehydration and/or overheating.

So if you are planning to be outdoors on the west coast of British Columbia (or anywhere that it rains), don’t forget to bring your waterproof breathable jacket. You will be glad you did. A British Columbia rain jacket will be great wherever you hike in the rain.

Well thanks for reading this article. I’m off with my wife and golden retriever hiking the hills above our property in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. Oh and by the way we have our British Columbia rain jacket with us.


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