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    #16
    Rayne Shield



    http://www.rehadesign.com/products/w...mbrella-system


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      #17
      My less than 100 euro solution:

      Fits more or less in the palm of the hand



      So basically I have this

      tucked into the same pocket the rain jacket folds up into. It's an Outdoors Research Helium II rain jacket.


      Some poorly attempted photos to show it covering the lap with and without the rain jacket.





      As you can see it covers all of my pants and lower legs as well as pretty much covering my feet because I have a 90 degree front angle and my toes barely stick out beyond my knees. Tucks in neatly at the sides because I have a tight fit between my hips and my sideguards.

      Not the most stylish, but compact, portable and cheap. I think this set of Frog Toggs of which I sacrificed only the pants was like $12 or something. Probably won't keep the cushion 100% dry, as I imagine it will drain down the sides onto the side of the cushion, but should keep my pants pretty dry. Now I just gotta find some good gloves for rain.

      I remember back when I used to ride motorcycles, eventually I got my gear to the point that I was 100% waterproof, even when riding through a torrential summer downpour at 60 mph for 100 miles, once I got to my destination and shed my gear I would be toasty and dry. I need to figure out how to replicate that in a manner that stows away very compactly on the chair and I'll be a happy camper.

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        #18
        I would be thinking of customising a poncho. That would allow you to drape it over the back and tuck the modded sides down the inside of your side guards past the cushion. That would afford protection from the rain for both yourself and your chair.
        I'm stuffed if I would want to be travelling about sitting on a wet cushion; that is asking for trouble.

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          #19
          The rain returned in my neck of the woods and I got to test out my setup. Felt like a proper ass with a skirt draped across my lap, but what else is new, that's how I carry everything.

          Damage report:
          My right knee got soaked. Not sure why. Perhaps it was a little less covered than in the photo above, but it was at least as covered as my left knee which was completely dry.
          The cushion was completely dry.
          The front of the back (the side you lean against) was completely dry
          The back of the back was pretty wet. I'm no seamstress, and I cant figure a way to fashion a piece of the Frogg Toggs material for the back without sewing it together, so I'm thinking about spraying the back of the back with some Scotchguard I happen to have lying around. Might help a bit. On my back the rear face is just a nylon cover that velcros over the real cushion part of the back, so hopefully it would take a lot to leak through this to the foam lining of the back.
          My shoes surprisingly weren't very wet. As you can see in the picture above they're tucked under me pretty much, and in any case the pair of cheap wingtips I'm taking was advertised as "waterproof" so we'll see how true that is. Haven't taken my shoes off yet since getting home.

          Overall it did okay, maybe even better than I expected. I tucked the sides under my cushion as in the photo above, but a good gust of wind hitting me in the face blew up my skirt a couple times. This could have been how my right knee got wet, but again idk why it would just be the right knee if that were the case. I underestimated the amount of water that pooled on the near flat surface of my lap, such that when I went inside my apartment building and removed the skirt, I accidentally dumped maybe half a cup of water on the floor (and partially on the wall).

          Got home and hung up the rain jacket, but idk what to do with the still wet rain skirt so I just plopped it on the floor to let it dry. I suppose I will have to sort this out. I guess I could hang the rain jacket over the back of my chair if I duck into a cafe in Medellin to wait out the weather, but it's gonna be a little tougher to figure out where to hang the skirt.


          Anybody got an easy solution for waterproof gloves? This evening I didn't want to get my leather gloves wet so I stuffed them in my bag before going out in the rain. I have a pair of rubber coated gloves that were like $3 at walmart, but the backs of the gloves is fabric (cotton maybe?) and I'm sure they will get soaked really quick, though they will still have grip in the rain. I pushed home without gloves, but I rarely push any sort of distance without gloves and a couple miles in rainy conditions would leave my hands raw making the rest of the trip rather uncomfortable.

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            #20
            We used an outdoor blanket made by Mambe and attached it to the frame bungee style. They have various sizes that they characterize as for pets and humans, lined and not.

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              #21
              Originally posted by renard View Post
              We used an outdoor blanket made by Mambe and attached it to the frame bungee style. They have various sizes that they characterize as for pets and humans, lined and not.
              When i google outdoor blankets they all look pretty thick. Do they make thinner ones?

              I live in the Southeast and I’m traveling to Colombia (which I hear is pretty rainy this time of year but relatively warm), so I’m looking for something as compact as possible.

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                #22
                Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                That looks like a good set up for keeping lap and legs dry, I've got one on order, thanks for posting this.

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                  #23
                  Let us know what you think about it?

                  Originally posted by giles88 View Post
                  That looks like a good set up for keeping lap and legs dry, I've got one on order, thanks for posting this.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                    Let us know what you think about it?
                    Will do!

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                      Let us know what you think about it?
                      As promised....

                      It's easy to put on, covers my legs well and I'm 6'3". There is a separate lap piece the directions say to use if your cushion is getting wet, but I think it's not necessary if you are wearing a rain jacket. The nylon waist strap is really long, trim it to fit. It's really lightweight, easy to fold it back up into the attached storage pouch. Haven't used it in the rain yet, but I think it's going to be a great piece of kit! If you want a more detailed review, you will have to wait until I get out in some rain.

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                        #26
                        Thanks for that.. appreciated.

                        Originally posted by giles88 View Post
                        As promised....

                        It's easy to put on, covers my legs well and I'm 6'3". There is a separate lap piece the directions say to use if your cushion is getting wet, but I think it's not necessary if you are wearing a rain jacket. The nylon waist strap is really long, trim it to fit. It's really lightweight, easy to fold it back up into the attached storage pouch. Haven't used it in the rain yet, but I think it's going to be a great piece of kit! If you want a more detailed review, you will have to wait until I get out in some rain.

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                          #27
                          https://www.adaptationsbyadrian.com/product-p/333.htm

                          This is a good company w/ good products.

                          Or you could get your honey to ride on your lap, preferably facing backwards.
                          Last edited by rahwheels; 15 Aug 2019, 4:48 PM.
                          Robert


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