In really adverse weather. It’ll help.
As it’s Spring now, I decided to do a 5 mile light ruck walk in ambient temps of 37 – 40 degrees Fahrenheit with an average wind of 15 mph gusting to 20. Windchill was about 23 – 28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Did it quickly; the cold and wet helped keep me motivated to do a 14.5 minute mile average. Did a little ‘burst’ training along the way (that means I ran for a bit every half mile or so).
Terrain was urban. Side walks with about a mile of grass/gravel and cars doing their level best to see if they could splash me, ‘oh-so-accidentally’…hey, no big deal, I see the humor.
Clothing breaks down this way:
Shoes: Merrell MOAB Rovers – Excellent, very light and kept my feet dry.
Socks: Darn Tough USMC Over the Calf 3 season sock. Ex. Cell. Ent. Warm, dry, comfortable. The shaft got very wet from my jeans being wet, but there was no loss in comfort or warmth. Didn’t even know they were soaked until I got home and took them off.
Pants: Blue Jeans – Pretty well soaked; if this had been real, they’d have tried hard to earn the reputation of cotton: ‘The cloth of death’
T shirt – Nondescript wicking shirt. Did ok with sweat, couldn’t do much about the water leaking on it from the jacket.
Sweater – Old school USMC ‘Wooly Pully,’ which kept me nice and warm, even though it got wet on the left shoulder where the jacket seam leaked and on the lower chest. Haven’t found the leak yet, but it got through. Get one of these while you’re able. The supply is diminishing, and it’s one thing from the 70’s/80’s that’s worth while. Ebay has them in various sizes for around $25. Deal of the day. No kidding.
Gloves – Under Armour thinsulate very, very thin gloves. Did great, even when a bit wet, got my hands warm soon as I put them in my pockets. Need to find a goretex/thinsulate light glove. Somewhere.
Jacket – Tru Spec H20 Proof Gen 2 ECWCS Parka; about 4 years old. Leaked. Like. A. Sieve. Left shoulder and middle chest. To be fair, probably needs a dip in the Nikwax ‘waterproof material’ regenerator, or something. Bottom line, this has got to be fixed or it gets put in the garage sale box. Not a SHTF item. Not the way it sits today, anyway.
Hat – Tru Spec H20 Waterproof Wide Brim Boonie Hat. Simply, it’s not waterproof anymore. Same drill as above. Kept the rain out of my eyes, but as far as waterproofing goes? No. Way. Needs a dip in the Nikwax, “Cotton Proof” I think.
Pack – FILBE Gen 2 Assault pack. Needs waterproofing. Kept it off for awhile, but when I unassed the pack, I checked, and the water eventually worked it’s way through. Everything inside was dry because I put everything in dry bags, but still, who wants to carry water weight when it’s not even drinkable?
Anyway, this is me upon arrival after the walk.
Bottom line of this post? Check your gear in adverse conditions. Make sure it works the way you want it to work now, rather than find out during a SHTF scenario that you’re screwed.
Oh…and do some more PT.