We created Roo Rain Gear for our rainy Vancouver weather. Never did we imagine it would be handy to a world traveling photographer on a journey through Asia. Turns out it made her list of Essential Camera Gear items, it was that important. You can read more, and check out her stunning photos on today’s Flight Centre blog:
Some of you may already be familiar with the convenience and versatility of our Roo Rain Gear waterproof poncho, but for those of you who aren’t we put together a fun video of how to pack down your poncho after a fun jaunt in the rain.
A big concern for parents and kids alike is keeping warm during the winter months. Whether you are standing outside watching your child play football in the rain, or playing outside in the snow with the kids, how you dress can directly affect how much fun you have.
Below are a few tips to help you stay warm and enjoy the winter months.
1. Wear Silk or Wool
Many people think of silk only as a summer fabric, but the truth is it should be a staple in your winter wardrobe. Silk actually regulates your body temperature keeping you cool when it is hot and preserving your body heat when it is cold. It also has moisture wicking properties to help keep you dry and warm. Since it is soft and light-weight it is comfortable to wear under your clothing so you don’t feel like the Michelin Man all winter. You can often get silk in different weights for lighter or more extreme temperatures. (pictured above is a long sleeve silk top from Bella di Notte)
Similar to silk, wool has the same ability to keep you warm when it is cold outside and cool when it is hot. It can also absorb up to 30% of it’s weight in water without feeling wet. Wool undergarments can usually be found much cheaper than there silk counterparts. I still wear my Italian undershirts that my mom made me wear when I was young, which I hated, under almost everything in the winter because it keeps me the perfect temperature throughout the day. (Pictured above is a wool undershirt from Grace Textile)
2. Avoid Cotton on the Skin
Cotton absorbs moisture like a sponge and takes a long time to dry. Cotton will absorb any sweat and keep your body cold, which is why if you are playing sports, or doing any physical activity it is best to keep cotton away from the skin. It is much better to wear a moisture wicking fabric as a base layer such as silk, wool, or polyester.
3. Wear a Waterproof Layer
While silks and wools are good layers to keep close to your skin, your last outer layer should be a man made waterproof layer to keep you dry from the elements. There is nothing worse than standing outside watching your kid play sports in the rain while trying to balance a camera, coffee cup and umbrella. That is why our Roo Rain Gear waterproof poncho, made from recycled plastic bottles can help to save the environment and you from becoming a wet mess.
4. Keep your feet Dry
Investing in a good waterproof shoe/boot will keep your feet dry and warm. Don’t underestimate the sock either. As mentioned above, stay away from cotton and try wool or fleece on your feet. (Pictured above are Sorel waterproof snow boots, available in kids and adults)
5. Wear a Hat
A large amount of your body heat leaves your body through your head so it is important to capture that body heat by wearing a winter hat. I personally love winter hats, and they are my go to fashion accessory in the winter.
Hope these tips help you to stay nice and cozy this winter. Comment below or tweet us (@rooraingear) if you have any other great tips to staying warm during the winter season.
We took a long time to think of a simple yet practical design for our Roo Rain Gear dog ponchos. The product had to make sense for the dog, as well as the owner, and had to take into consideration the daily routines of both. Not to mention style and the environment had to be considered. We are happy to be able to bring you a product that does all of the above. For a video on how the dog poncho works click here
Here are some other dog products that may have struggled with the challenge.
The Puppy Purse
The Tread Wheel
The dog Umbrella
The Poo Trap
We have had some great questions about how our dog ponchos work, so we put together a short video, starring Roxy the poncho pooch, to explain exactly how to dress your dog to look awesome while walking in the rain….
On November 14, 2014, we had the pleasure of being interviewed by the hosts of What She Said on Serius Xm Radio Station Canada Talks. We had a great time gabbing about rain gear, potty training, and tips on how to follow your dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Click below to listen to the full interview now. Once you have listened you can enter this weeks Win It Wednesday on our facebook page to win a pack of Oops! Undies from our sister company.
So you got your kiddie all covered up in their Roo Rain Gear poncho ready to take on the fall weather, but what about their feet? Don’t they deserve something equally fun and practical?
1. The Fancy Rain Boot
These handmade gumboots from Timber & Tamber are a great alternative to the regular old rain boot. They have the cutest french bow in the back that is designed to keep its shape during regular wear. The boots are 100% PVC free and are made from natural vulcanized rubber.
2. The Classic D.M
Let’s not forget the classic Doc Martens available in kiddie sizes, perfect for both girls and boys. Kids love to look like a “grown up”
3. The Floral Ankle Boot
These adorable booties by Pom d’Api feature a beautiful flowered pattern, glitter suede leather lining at the calf, and a sturdy rubber sole. It also has a hidden zipper for easy on-and-off.
4. The Cool Dude Boot
We can’t forget about those boys! These blue ankle boots by Pom d’Api are made to be keep up with your little one. The rubber sole is cemented and stitched for ultimate durability, and they feature goat leather lining for ultimate comfort.
5. The Super Stylish Boot
I am in love with these faux patent-leather boots from Joyfolie, which are super stylish and easily wipe clean. These boots feature a double bow and side zipper for easy removal.
The wind and rain has started in full force out where we live, and with Halloween just around the corner it’s always a task to get the kids to wear something over their costumes that will keep them dry.
The Roo Rain Gear poncho is perfect for this since it easily slips on top of their costume and can be swiftly lifted up to reveal what is underneath
Don’t forget that you parents need to stay dry too!! We have sizes available for you too here