Testing Wildcraft’s Rain Gears in Agumbe, the wettest place of South India!
When I visited Agumbe in September 2016, I was ill prepared. It is also known as the Cherrapunji of South India because it is the wettest place in South India. I was mostly wet as I hopped from one destination to other. This time when Mumbai’s i Travel group invited me for a rainforest expedition, my first worry was not the promised snakes and leeches, but a proper rain gear. Since one of the main agenda was to take shots of well camouflaged tiny reptiles, snakes, amphibians etc, I knew this would be my wettest assignment till date.
As it turned out, I spent 3 days in heavy rains as we ventured at least twice a day to spot the many tiny gems of Agumbe. We even went out on 2 nights. I had to leave my camera behind on the first night, because of the torrential rains. I had no protection for the camera. However, despite our hour long walk in pitch dark under heavy downpour, I managed to keep myself dry, thanks to the Wildcraft ’s newly launched rain gear.
When I visited the Connaught place (New Delhi) store of Wildcraft, I instantly picked the grey pants and dark green windcheater, the combo which promised me protection from rains. The color mattered because I want to blend in with natural tones. So, bright and flashy colors were out of question for me.
I wanted to buy something long lasting and multi utilitarian since I often find myself in rainy terrains during high altitude treks such as Roopkund Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek which I did some time ago.
Its strong material, design and classy looks appealed to me. Fortunately, it turned out to be a good choice. My co travelers complained of their rain coats and rain gears not helping them protect from rain. While after removing the Wildcraft’s rain gears post rainforest expedition, I was surprised to find myself 100 % dry. Despite the fact that I had to bend a lot and even sit on a shallow water stream to click pictures, the water failed to seep in. The sealed seams don’t allow water droplets to seep through the stitching. It is waterproof up to 5000 mm. The zippered pockets were shielded with flaps. It helped me keep my cellphone dry even in extreme rains. What better place to test a rain gear than to try it in Agumbe, known for its excesses with water.
Since the rainforests of Agumbe are infested with leeches, I was also looking for something which would shield me from the nasty blood thirsty weirdoes. On one of the days, I had around 30 leeches outside my wind cheater. Thanks to the strap around my wrist and waist of Wildcraft’s unisex rain Pro jacket, none of them managed to reach my skin. Its PU coated Nylon fabric not only made it rain proof but also aided in better breathability. The superior fabric has nanopores which are small enough to keep rain out but large enough to allow the sweat to evaporate. The jacket also boasts of adjustable cuffs and inner mesh lining. The packable hood also came handy. It kept my head dry even after suffering a downpour. Another great feature is that the entire jacket and the track pant can be rolled into a small pouch when not in use, hence helping me manage my packing. Wildcraft’s Hypa Dry Men Rain Pro Pant (Pewter Grey), which I wore, has similar feature as the jacket mentioned above. Wildcraft’s Men’s Trekking Shoes Amphibia Sphere protected my legs from slushy ground beneath my feet.
My trip to Agumbe would have been messy and clumsy had I not carried the proper rain gear. In fact, it is the most important thing to pack when you are traveling during rain. I am looking forward to carry it to the ambitious Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal and other high altitude treks which I am contemplating doing soon.
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