It Seems to be an Iron Law…

… that it will be raining when I step off the train at Lockerbie, and that it will rain harder as I make the dash for the bus stop, and harder still as I realised that due to the special nature of rural bus timetabling the next bus for Bigtown will not be for 40 minutes and after that there will be three in fifteen minutes. And that the rain will kick it up a notch as the bus stop shelter fills up and again when the bus arrives and everyone has to stand in the rain waiting to get on while each passenger who does get on pauses while they tell the driver that it is a filthy day and while he agrees.

All of which made it an excellent time to be testing out my new and not-at-all rattly expensively breathable* stylish (well I thought so) lightweight bike friendly jacket that I finally got around to buying this morning. It wasn’t the jacket that I thought I was setting out to buy, but the man in the shop was very persuasive and, having looked in about 3 shops I was bored of shopping (I have a very low shopping boredom threshhold) and anyway he gave me a discount so it didn’t cost nearly as much as the price quoted on the web site although it did cost ‘how much?!’ when I told the other half. Ahem. Given that I’ve been wearing a five quid pac-a-mac since some time last century, I think it was more than time I upgraded. So far it hasn’t leaked, although it hasn’t been out on the bike yet, and that will be the real test…

* with a waterproof / breathability rating of 15,ooo mm / 15,000 g / m-squared/ 24h, whatever that means.

11 Responses to It Seems to be an Iron Law…

  1. Dom says:

    How much?! Even with a hefty discount it looks like you’ve a very swish, very expensive jacket. If it doesnt keep you bone dry while cycling underwater I’d be asking for your money back. Can’t help you with the breathability rating unless it’s expressed in furlongs per fortnight.

  2. disgruntled says:

    Actually I was hoping that spending a lot of money on an anorak would trigger a dry winter from the weather gods. In which case it will have been worth every penny.

  3. welshcyclist says:

    Yeah whatever that means? I go by this method, if you’re going to get wet, just get wet. The only jackets I have that keep the rain out are heavy and hot contraptions. Tonight it started to bucket mid commute, I didn’t bother to put the “rainproof?” on, and just kept pedalling in my t-shirt, got thoroughly soaked, but at least I don’t have to dry out my jacket. Of course its very different, if it’s cold as well, then you need the extra cover, but it’s very mild hereabouts, for the present at least. I dare say you’ve a few degrees less in Scotland.

  4. WOL says:

    According to Google, “a “mm/24 hours” rating refers to the amount of rainfall a fabric can withstand in a single day. Thus a 10,000 mm waterproof rating means the garment can withstand over 32 feet (10,000 mm) of rainfall in a single day without letting moisture in. ” Apparently this jacket can withstand an apocryphal deluge. Hope it performs as promised — and that you have it with you when you need it!

  5. WOL says:

    Or would that be an “apocalyptic” deluge?

    • Dom says:

      That really depends on the region. In The South (London especially) it would be apocalyptic, end of the world stuff, 24 hour rolling news covering every aspect. The further North you get the less comment it would get. I think 32ft of rain in a day anywhere North of Leeds is classed as “a shower”. By the time you hit Scotland it’s a “light shower”. Northern Scotland and you’re into “turned out nice again” weather 🙂

  6. disgruntled says:

    Welshcyclist – you’re clearly way tougher than me. I understand theoretically that it’s just water and I’ll only get wet but in the end I find I can’t hack the rain.
    WOL – sounds like the jacket would be able to handle *most* of what the weather gods will throw at me (but I really really don’t want that to sound like it’s any sort of a challenge to them)

  7. Sarah says:

    So, I clicked on the link, and, pardon, how much?!!!

    It better had be flipping waterproof. And breathable. At the same time.

  8. disgruntled says:

    It really wasn’t anything like that much. And so far has proved breathable and waterproof although not yet at the same time. I *almost* want it to rain now.

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