I remember seeing a poster quoting this Norwegian proverb ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing’ and it’s really stuck with me. It can be so easy to only get outdoors and be active when the weather is in your favour. This works great in sunny Australia, but not quite so well with the less predictable weather the UK has to offer! I’ve been learning more and more about how important it is to dress appropriately to the weather – bad or good – in order to go outdoors as much as I’d like.
When I first moved to the UK I definitely didn’t own any weather appropriate clothing. A 10 minute walk from the hospital to my accommodation (in the middle of winter) would leave me chilled to the bone and so cold that it would take literally hours for me to warm up again. Thankfully I have learnt something over the past few years and been slowly buying bits and pieces of more weather appropriate clothing. Particularly for during the winter months to keep my cold-blooded body from turning into a living icicle.
I usually ride my bike to work most days unless the weather is miserable which is when I’m more likely to take my car. The car’s a nice backup when riding a couple of km to work, but with my first triathlon and half marathon looming closer the training sessions are quickly adding up and getting longer. I don’t have the luxury to be fussy and not go for a run or cycle when the weather isn’t quite to my liking anymore. I want to finish both events, so need to put in the effort and the hours for it!!
The waterproof jacket I’ve been using up until now has been pretty good, but it wasn’t really designed to be worn cycling or running. Berghaus kindly offered me to try one of their new season women’s velum III Gore-Tex® active jackets to try, and I can hands down say that it is so much better than the one I was using before.
Despite being a mountaineering jacket, it’s clearly been designed with cycling in mind. It’s a little bit longer in the back to avoid any unintentional exposure gaps between your trousers and the jacket. The hood will fit under a helmet, which will be useful next time I go riding in the rain and don’t want my hair to get wet (I forgot about this function on my ride in the rain this morning!). I wore it running in the rain a while ago and did find I slightly overheated then, but didn’t have this problem when cycling in the rain.
I also like how lightweight it is and that it fits into a little stuff pack. The Excalibur half marathon in May has a pretty extensive kit list which you need to carry in case of bad weather. This includes waterproof clothing, so having a waterproof jacket that only weighs around 300g will definitely mean a lighter load on the run!
No more excuses… I’ll be out there training rain, hail or shine. Although I’d prefer it not to hail between you and me!
Disclaimer: Berghaus sent this Velum III Gore-Tex® Active Jacket for my honest review. As always, this post reflects my own opinions which are not influenced by the company. See my disclosure policy for more details.