A good soaking is just part of the adventure. Be prepared for heavy rain, occasional water crossings, or a refreshing swim. Optimal clothing is the key to a joyful trip. Test your clothes for comfort before hiking.
If staying perspiration-free in the rain is important to you while you’re hiking down a trail carrying a loaded backpack, maybe you should pick another sport. You’re going to sweat. Perspiring is inevitable on the move.
For rain or wetland hiking you want functional clothes that can get wet repeatedly and not soak up much water, but let it run off or wick it away. They should be lightweight, quick drying, and above all feel good and comfortable when swimming.
You can build a photo shelter using one as a tarp to hide under. After your trip you can wrap all your wet clothes into a poncho bundle for the way home.
A quality wading shirt isn’t always easy to find. Either they’re too heavy, too light or far too expensive. Each wader has their own preference when it comes to a quality wading shirt. Consider where you go wading before you make your decision.
Many waders have shirts for spring, summer, spring, autumn and winter. Shirts are a bit of an investment, but comfort in the water will give you more joy.
A nice wading shirt repels bugs and sun as well as blend into the environment. You don’t want a shirt that sticks out and gives you away to all of the animals in the area.
Two zipped chest pockets keep your items in place no matter how much you're bending and moving.
The durability make the $30 or $40 for these shirts well worth it.
Well ventilated trekking shoes with robust socks
Cargo pants with drain holes. Good fit matters, not too tight or too loose.
A versatile army poncho is essential for shelter, hiding, and as useful tarp.