Unless your rain jacket is thick and not breathable, moisture is going to find a way through your rain gear during an intense, long-lasting storm. If you don’t do anything, you’ll risk hypothermia. That’s when it’s time pull out your Gossamer Gear tarp! Not to camp, but to wrap it around yourself like a poor man’s poncho! The tarp will provide three benefits:
- A layer of protection from the wetness: now water has to sneak through two layers (your tarp and your jacket).
- A quasi-backpack cover: provides an extra layer for moisture to fight through.
- A layer of insulation: although tarps aren’t breathable, because you’ll wear it as a poncho, there will be enough ventilation so you don’t get wet from the inside and it will trap a bit heat to warm you up.