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What do you use to stay dry when you have no other choice but to work in the rain?

El cheapo plastic ponchos are not cuttin' it anymore. I need to step up to some real rain gear.

What do you recommend?

You're a mailman for God's sake. Don't you have a line on rain gear?

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Why do you ask? Are you expecting a deluge tomorrow? When I heard the forecast Monday, I went to to block tomorrow off my schedule, but just before I got to it, a 1:30 got booked. At least the house has a nice big, old-fashioned front porch. That makes working in heavy rain a bit more bearable, especially when arriving at the house.

I mostly use a cheap vinyl poncho and a baseball cap. Sometimes I just use a big umbrella, especially if it's humid and I don't feel like sweating.

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I have Pioneer rain pants that I wear in the dirty crawlspaces. Double layer. The jackets are double layer, good gear for working in rain all day. Overkill for a 20 minute tour of the exterior and roof.

I keep a light rain jacket in my truck that I bought at the cycle shop. I might wear that a couple times a year. A light fleece jacket and the ball cap serves me well for wind and rain.

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What do you use to stay dry when you have no other choice but to work in the rain?

El cheapo plastic ponchos are not cuttin' it anymore. I need to step up to some real rain gear.

What do you recommend?

You're a mailman for God's sake. Don't you have a line on rain gear?

Rural Mail Carrier and all curbside delivery from within the vehicle. I still get wet when the rain comes in the door horizontally. It's like, everything is fine but when you turn the corner, you get nailed. I do run parcels to the door but I run in between the rain drops.

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Breathable rain jacket and a umbrella. Yes, I use a umbrella! Honestly in the 20 years I have been doing this, my rain jacket and umbrella have worked well for me. I have rain paints if I need them, but I can't recall the last time I pulled them on. I use the same rain jacket and pants for backpacking. As Kurt noted, REI is a great place to find rain gear.

I also bought a bunch of polypropylene shoe covers, this is the same stuff plastic tarps are made from. I don't have to worry much about my shoes staying clean, this cover does not leak or bleed through like they Tyvek type covers.

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Today I used my clipboard to keep my camera dry. But you know, a nice big golf umbrella would have been really nice. Thanks for that idea Scott.

So, I'm moving up to an umbrella and moderately priced rain pant/coat set. I'd like to find something with decent pockets for flaps on top to keep stuff dry.

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