Why is good outdoor clothing important? Well because then rainy weather doesn’t mean you have to exercise inside. Most races aren’t cancelled because of poor weather so take advantage of opportunities to train in the rain.
Doing so builds mental toughness, and you’ll feel more mentally prepared if it rains on race day. We can help to make sure you’re prepared whether you’re running, cycling or just out and about in the rain.
Our full range of outdoor clothing and products include:
As runners and cyclists ourselves, we’re using some of our outdoor clothing products in our training at the moment. Here’s a few of our top tips:
Get ahead with a hat…
A hat with a brim can be a good friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face so you can see, even in a downpour. The SPIbeams LED Hat and Visor will keep the rain off your face and illuminate the path too!
If it’s very cold and wet, then you might prefer a beanie style hat. The stylish Dexshell beanie hats are both waterproof and windproof, guaranteed to keep you protected from all weather.
Team it with a head torch for running after dark and it could save you from tripping over a dodgy kerb and help you be seen by traffic. We have a wide range from market leaders Petzl, KombatUK and Coleman.
A jacket makes a great training partner…
Hardy runners and cyclists need a jacket that is lightweight and waterproof, designed with the active sport-user in mind. We stock the Keela Saxon and Storm Jackets in Men’s and Ladies designs – made from Flylite Aqua fabric, Keela‘s ultralight jacket is capable of withstanding the heaviest of downpours, is extremely breathable, quick drying and has a hood that can fit over a helmet as well as a scooped back to avoid those pesky drips when leaning over on a bike.
The orange version features additional reflective patches to ensure high visibility. We’re enjoying wearing these jackets on our runs – they performed really well during storms Ciara and Dennis!
Dry feet are happy feet…
Try to avoid stepping in puddles as much as you can. Your running shoes and feet will get wet from the rain, but they’ll get absolutely soaked if you step in a big puddle. Waterproof socks are a good idea – investing in a pair of Dexshell waterproof socks will help you go the extra mile
Top Tip: Store electronics in a waterproof carrier. The Ortlieb safe-it waterproof case offers lightweight special protection for your smart phone when you take it along on a ride or an adventure.
Energy gels are a quick and easy way to replenish carbohydrates and help you train harder for longer. We stock the High5 energy gel taster pack to give you a chance to try out a range of flavours from the range. We also have the High5 Zero Tablets – a refreshing, great tasting sugar free electrolyte drink with zero calories for during exercise and throughout the day.
Exercising in the rain will make you feel alive! As you slosh through the puddles and the rain is hitting your face, you’re building mental toughness and realising that you can handle any challenge that comes your way.