GRIT’s Guide to Rain Gear

GRIT’s guide to rain gear that will keep you dry instead of drenched.

| March/April 2010

  • Rainy Pasture in the Country
    Embrace rainy weather rather than dread it.
    iStockphoto.com/Matt Tilghman
  • Variety of Raincoats
    Different raincoats have different uses according to heaviness and breathability and the work to be done.
    iStockphoto.com/James Margolis
  • Cowboy in the Rain
    Sometimes you just have to cowboy up, and your rain gear can help with that.
    iStockphoto.com/Cynthia Baldauf
  • Gritty and Gritta in the Rain
    Gritty's no fool. He's a perfect gentleman when it comes to ladies like Gritta.
    Brad Anderson
  • Rainy Country Road
    Proper rain gear help keep rainy days beautiful.
    iStockphoto.com/Brad Wieland
  • Xtratuf Boot
    The Xtratuf boot controls the commercial fishing boot market and the market in Alaska. It's the boot of choice on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch show.
    courtesy Xtratuf
  • Dickies Rain Jacket
    A breathable Dickies rain jacket is a great choice on warm rainy days.
    courtesy Dickies

  • Rainy Pasture in the Country
  • Variety of Raincoats
  • Cowboy in the Rain
  • Gritty and Gritta in the Rain
  • Rainy Country Road
  • Xtratuf Boot
  • Dickies Rain Jacket

The scenario is bound to play out on your farm at some point – you run down a mental checklist on a nice spring evening planning must-do chores for the following day. The livestock will need feeding, of course, but the horses also need to be shoed, and cleaning the root cellar just can’t wait.

Then you wake up in the morning to an unexpected rain pounding your roof. Or, more likely, you only have the usual chores to do in the rain, but the goats got out, and you need to go fix fence.

At some point, you’ll have to endure the rain to get necessary work done. That day is coming, so you might as well accept it and be ready. Here are the keys to keeping dry and productive when you could be drenched and miserable.

Off on the right foot

The most important things to keep dry – and with cold weather, dry means warm – are your feet. A good pair of rubber boots will go a long way to keeping you on the job until the work is done. Rubber boots have the advantage over waterproof leather boots – they are less likely to spring a leak at the seams. Also, leather boots don’t stand up as well to blood or other barnyard byproducts. Rubber boots are impervious to most chemicals, and they are easy to rinse off when the work is done. With farm life, blood, muck and manure are often unavoidable – whether you are birthing calves or repairing a frost-damaged water hydrant.



Durability and affordability are keys to maximizing your investment, so rather than picking up a pair of $20 boots at the local farm supply store that will last one rain season, tops, I suggest spending a little extra money for a boot that will last years.

Three quality boots in the $75 to $110 range include the classic Northerner brand, the Muck Boot and Xtratuf boots. All three boots are American-owned, by Honeywell, which has the last American rubber boot production plant, right on the banks of the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois.






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