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