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Things to Make List, Rain Edition

I think it's time to learn more about various water-resistant fabric options and how to sew them.

For bicycling, it looks like I want a product that doesn't exist - a cross between a gaiter and a shoe cover that is waterproof, and not made of flimsy spandex or neoprene. It needs to extend to cover my toes so my shoes stay dry. Gaiters usually don't - they stop at the laces. I believe I have at least one friend who would also like a pair, if not more than one friend, heh.

If my replacement basket ever shows up for the Jolly Roger, I want to make a water-resistant cover for it, which should also help with prolonging its life by reducing UV exposure. scrottie would like a pack cover, and if I make one for him, I should make one for myself, too, really. And then maybe I can design something that will work better than my current "shower cap" approach for my Arkel shopper-pannier.

I just ordered myself some RainLegs, because I don't like full rain pants, but completely sopping-wet pants are really annoying.

I should probably just push for a REAL visit to Seattle Fabric Supply, next time I'm in town.

This is not going to be cheap, but if it works, it will be SO WORTHWHILE.

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isidorenabi
Jan. 20th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
There's a place on San Pablo that specializes in outdoor fabric - maybe they'd have some ideas? Never been inside myself, but I've been meaning to check it out.

http://outdoorrepairs.blogspot.com/

I don't mind rain pants for short trips, but I've never found the thing that keeps my feet dry (short of biking in rain boots I guess).
rebeccmeister
Jan. 20th, 2017 07:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome! You rock! (similarly, I appreciated learning more about Full Belly Farm, just as a good business to support).

I will visit and report back...at some point... :^)
isidorenabi
Jan. 20th, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yea, let me know!
randomdreams
Jan. 21st, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)
My sis-in-law has been on about wanting something like gaiters so she can jog in slush without ending up with shoes full of slush. I've been thinking about ways of adding eyelets to the sides of the shoe sole that a bellbottom gaiter could attach to.
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