Gear Geek: April Showers

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Gear Geek: April Showers

Temperatures in spring are variable, but one weather-related feature remains constant: it will rain in April. And while we love that it washes away the pollen, transforming the city streets into rivers of dusty yellow allergy-plaguing rivers, getting caught in the rain isn’t fun. Here’s what you need to be prepared.

1. Helly Hansen Ask Spring Parka, $500; 2. Fjallraven Abisko Eco-Shell, $400; 3. Oliberte Gorilla Wax, $15; 4. REI Travel Umbrella, ?$35; 5. SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag, $170; 6. Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero, $60; 7. SealSkinz Mid-Weight Mid-Length Sock, $50.

Photo: André Benedix, CC-BY

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).