2020.07.28

イッシー&ウキコの
教えて!山のワンダー Lesson 5and wander journal #12

第5回
雨に降られた日には

kaikai

You know what I think is super cute? The combination of and wander's "Sil Skirt" and "e vent rain gaiter"! It's sort of like Nausicaa from the Ghibli film, don't you think?

tateishitateishi

Yeah, I guess… but it's not just cute, you know. It's actually an excellent rain gear to have on hand.

kaikai

I know that we do offer a wide array of rain wear and gear at and wander, but are there any particular items you would recommend? I'm interested in something that's perfect for both everyday use in the city and activities in the mountains.

tateishitateishi

In that case, how about our "fly rain long coat"? You can fold it into a compact size and it's also very light. Only 12oz (335g) for an L size coat. I see that your bag is always packed for some reason.

kaikai

Yeah, that's why I also wanted you to teach me on how to efficiently pack my backpack, but today, I want to learn a little more about rain wear.

tateishitateishi

Our "sil skirt", that you mentioned earlier, is actually a convenient rain wear. If you combine that with our "e vent rain gaiter", which goes up to your knee, you can keep your legs from getting wet from the rain..

kaikai

That's the Nausicaa style!

tateishitateishi

Okay…whatever you call it, it's worth buying. Putting on and taking off pants in the mountain can be troublesome. Also, if it rains, you don't want to sit on the muddy ground to do that. In my case, I'm starting to get too old to stand on one foot long enough to take on and off my pants, and I'm sure I don't want to slip and fall! It would be no joke if I slip down and have serious injury, or worse.

kaikai

I do often hear you say that your back hurts recently. Aren't you starting to forget things, too?

tateishitateishi

Yeah, it's bad. Anyway, the combination of our skirt and gaiter is very easy to take on and off compared to regular rain pants.

kaikai

I agree. If I'm going to use it on a regular rainy day in the city, skirts would be much useful. I wouldn't want to clumsily take off my wet rain paints in front of a store.

tateishitateishi

Plus, you can wear it more comfortably compared to pants because it doesn't get as steamy inside. What's good about combining these two items is that you can easily adjust to various weather conditions. You can wear just the skirt when it's drizzling or just the gaiter when the grass is wet from the morning dew.

kaikai

I see.

tateishitateishi

By the way, it's been raining all day today.

kaikai

"To be rained upon, caught in wind, or simply trekking the mountain is fun"!

tateishitateishi

You're quoting our brand message! Good for you! Then, why don't we go on your first hike next week?

kaikai

Yes! We can go on a rainy day and try out the Nausicaa style!

tateishitateishi

Um, I'm sorry but I don't think anyone recognizes this fashion as a "Nausicaa style", Ukiko…

Isshi イッシー

Plays the teacher role in this program. A 15-year experienced hiker who heads out to the mountains under the pretext of a “field test” every time he buys a new outdoor gear. A mid-career staff at and wander, who realized that he gained much more weight himself than the weight he succeeded to save over the past 10 years by lightening the gears.

Ukiko ウキコ

Plays the student role in this program. Although she is interested in backpacking trips, she is a new recruit at and wander and still has a lot to learn. Fluent speaker of English and well-versed in fashion but tends to get panicked when she hears too many technical outdoor terms.

text Takashi Sakurai
illustration Mizumaru Kawahara
translation Masumi Tokugawa