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Outdoor Adventure Kit Tests

by Pierre, Adventure Kit Reviewer

The editorial team asked me to test a few outfits and give my comments.

I'm a keen swimmer and experienced adventurer, so the team often ask me to get wet for gear tests, many involve repeated soakings over a length of time.

It is important you test your adventure kit before you head out to see if it works as expected. On this page you'll find a few ways you can test your own kit. Wear some thin cotton clothes underneath to detect leaks more easily as dark spots.

Before I did my first real test, they played a funny prank on me. Most new interns endure or enjoy this prank when they join. I found it to be a good fun surprise.

Cycling Cape Prank

When I first started revies for this website, the team asked me to test a hiking poncho for cycling, wearing dry clothes underneath. I'm keen on cycling in the rain, but hiking ponchos are not usually worn for cycling, so this was interesting. I kept the hood down because the weather was hot, even though I knew a little water may leak in.

poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
The sprinkler simulated consistent heavy rainfall.
poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
I got on the bike while the rain quickly soaked the poncho as expected.
poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
Soon I realised the poncho was leaking all over.
poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
It was no longer waterproof and my clothes got soaked to the skin, jeans and sweatshirt, and all.
poncho blue cycling cape rain wet
I was dripping wet from that prank. Haha, very funny.

Hiking Rain Cape

Rain capes and ponchos are essential for many wet adventure sports. They keep you warm, but not always dry. Our team asked me to find out how wet a hiking cape gets. I wore it over rain pants and a swim shirt, a light and comfy outfit I wear a lot, even indoors, and for swimming or other watersports.

poncho blue red garden hose pipe
Here I am still dry and cosy.
poncho blue red garden hose pipe
Starting from the bottom, like when hiking through wet vegetation (Hiker Wash). Still dry except for my feet.
poncho blue red garden hose pipe
Moving up to the top, like when rain or spray hits you. Here most kit starts to leak and you get wet. I was still mostly dry.
poncho blue red garden hose pipe
Simulating rainfall with the hosepipe was fun.

Because I had the hood down, water came in and got my clothes inside got a bit wet.

This was to be expected as the rain runs off your head and right into your collar.

poncho blue red garden hose pipe
Sitting down in the rain was so relaxing. The drops hit the wet nylon cape and ran off.

After half an hour I was soaked through to the skin from sweat and water, but this hiking cape felt very cosy.

poncho blue red garden hose pipe

Hiking Cape Hood

In the previous test I got soaked through the neck opening, because I had the hood down. Now let's see what happens when the hood is up. I wore dry clothes underneath.

poncho hood water test
Here I am still dry inside.
poncho hood water test
Water from above. Not much comes into the face opening.
poncho hood water test
More water from above. A bit more comes in. This is fun!
poncho hood water test
Water spray from below comes in through the collar and soaks my dry clothes a little bit.
poncho hood water test
As more water flushes into the collar, my clothes get wet, but the cape keeps me warm.
poncho hood water test
Summary: The hood keeps you dryer. Some water comes in and gets you wet, but not as much. Get used to wearing a hood. You'll get wet slowly, mostly from sweat.

Cotton Clothes

Tough cotton clothes are great for wet adventure training, like running in the rain or resistance swimming. They soak up more water than sportswear and get heavy to make your workout harder. Our team dared me to get my jeans and sweatshirt wet before they threw me into the pool fully clothed.

cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey
Getting clothes wet for our readers? I can do that all day long. Easy!
cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey
Now, how do I start?
cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey
Got the jeans wet on the front. Now the sweatshirt. This may take a while as it soaks up a lot of water.
cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey
Hey, this is fun. Feels cool.
cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey
With the help from the team these cotton clothes got all soaked.
cotton pool wet sweatshirt grey got thrown into the pool
They threw me into the pool fully clothed. This outfit feels great in the water.

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