How to Choose the Best Rain Gear 0 245

How to Choose the Best Rain Gear

If you’re completely oblivious to the different types of rain gear, then you’re probably going to determine a rain gear’s worth by its price.  However, in most cases, the price isn’t an accurate way to determine a product’s quality and usefulness.

So if you would like to save money and get the best possible rain gear that you can afford, then this article is a definite must-read.

This article will brief you on the various terminologies surrounding rain gears so you can better assess a rain gear’s quality.

So what is a Rain Gear?

Rain gear is any form of water-resistant or waterproof clothing that will protect you from the rain. Heck, even a giant piece of tarpaulin can be considered as a rain gear. What matters is that it will protect you from the rain.

Features you should look out for in a rain gear

You have to take a look at the different features offered by the rain gear. Extra pockets, cool design, and adjustability will determine if a rain gear is convenient or not.

Fully Taped Seams

Just because a rain gear is made out of waterproof materials, doesn’t mean that it can fully protect you from the rain.  There is a minor chance of rain leaking into your rain gear if it isn’t fully seam taped.

Check if the rain gear if has taped seams or not.

Looks

This is purely for aesthetic reasons.  But if you think you look cool or good in a rain gear, then it may be worth trying it out.

Adjustability

This is a very important feature to have.  Check if the rain gear has a drawcord or any form of adjustable features.  An amazing rain gear that cannot be adjusted is useless.

Pockets

Most rain jackets and rain gear today come with pockets. But not all of them have waterproof zippers and hidden pockets. Hidden pockets are useful to protect your stuff from pickpockets and waterproof zippers protect your stuff completely from the rain.

Now you need to know some terminologies to help you determine if a rain gear is good or not. Some terminologies that you should be acquainted with are:

Breathability

Breathability is a very important factor when it comes to rain gear. In fact, most people would prefer a breathable rain gear with minimal protection rather than a stuffy and hot rain gear with superior protective capabilities.

A breathable rain gear allows air to easily come in and out of the clothing.  Breathability also refers to the efficient transfer of water vapor in and out of the rain gear. Most high-quality rain jackets are breathable and the best way to test a rain gear’s breathability is by trying it out yourself.

  • Pros of Breathable Rain Gear

Breathable rain gears simply allow you to be more comfortable and feel less stuffy.  So, in short, you’ll feel more at home when wearing a rain gear with superior breathability.

  • Cons of Breathable Rain Gear

It’s not really a con but rain gear with high breathability also have poor insulation since it is technically letting the warm air out and letting the cold air in.

DWR

DWR or “Durable Water Repellant” is a finish added to your rain gear to make it “water repellant.   DWR finish is very crucial in keeping you warm and dry during a heavy thunderstorm.  DWR coatings give you lots of extra protection. It’s especially useful if you’re wearing water-resistant clothing.

  • Pros of DWR coating

DWR coatings give you extra water protection. That’s it.

  • Cons of DWR coating

Since it is a finish, it may wear after a while. This means that you have to apply again after it loses its touch.

How to Choose the Best Rain Gear
How to Choose the Best Rain Gear

Types of Rain Gear Layers

There are 3 types of rain gear designs used by rain jackets worldwide.  All of them have their various advantages and disadvantages. All of these designs feature an outer layer that repels rain and an inner layer which prevents sweat and body oils from being absorbed by the jackets.

These rain gear designs include the:

  • 2 Layer Design

2 layer rain are usually the standard rain jacket design found all over the world. It contains an outer fabric layer that repels rain and it has a thin liner hanging inside to protect the membrane.  This design makes it easy for the wearer to move and it makes as little noise as possible.  2 layer jackets are often favored by travelers and hikers who prefer a balance between mobility and protection.

  • 2.5 Layer Design

This design uses lightweight and durable fabrics to protect it from the rain. It has a second layer made out of waterproof coating (usually polyurethane laminate). Finally, we have a protective print laid down between the second and first layer. This is commonly known as the “half-layer”

The 2.5 layer design is actually lighter than the 2 layer design. Despite having more “layers”, its lightweight construction and design allow it to be lighter and more mobile than the 2 layer design.

The bad thing about this design is that it isn’t very durable. It is made out of lightweight materials and it usually offers less protection than the 2.5 layer and 3 layer design. It also offers poor breathability as well.

But on the good side, the 2.5 layer rain gear is very cheap and very affordable. So if you like a cheap and effective rain gear that does its job, then you might want to try this rain gear design.

  • 3 Layer Design

Last but not the least (in fact it’s the best!) we have the 3 layer design.  This design features a membrane of rugged fabric and thick liner to offer you the best possible rain protection.  It is generally the most durable, most breathable, and most reliable rain gear design.

The 3 layer design was meant for the harshest and most unforgiving environments. If you want to keep dry and stay dry, then you better get rain gear with a 3 layer design.

The only bad thing about this design is its price. Most 3 layer designed rain gear is really expensive. But we highly recommend that you get it if you have the cash.

Make these ideas as your habits when you out hunting for a new rain gear.

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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 326

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide 0 358

The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide

Who says getting massages is an expensive habit? Buy a foam roller, and you can get a deep-tissue massage anytime you want at no extra cost.

We’ve all heard how stress can be dangerous for our health. We have also learned from countless experts how a good massage can be a wonderful and terrific solution for stress relief.

However, actually getting a massage from a professional masseur on a regular basis can be a bit impractical. It can be an expensive process, and you can’t just get a message the minute you need it. But then that’s why you get a foam roller.

A foam roller is a device that lets you do the proper massage on yourself. They come with special features that can really free your muscles. It’s possible that the benefits you’ll enjoy can include a greater range of motion, better blood flow, and even a shortened recovery time.

Of course, you do need to make sure you know how to use one properly. In addition, you have to get the right model that suits your needs. To buy the right foam roller, you have to pay considerable attention to certain crucial factors.

Density

The hardness or softness of the foam roller can determine just how effective it will be in providing the deep-tissue massage you need. If it’s too hard, using it will be an exercise full of traumatic pain and bruising and your health may even get worse. If it’s too soft, it’s pretty much useless in massaging your tissues and muscles.

If you’re a newbie to foam rollers in general, you err on the side of caution by getting something that’s a bit soft to begin with. At least if it’s not right for you it just won’t work. When you get something that’s too hard right away, you’ll experience so much pain that you may end up swearing off foam rollers altogether.

That soft, low-density foam roller is perfect as long as you don’t feel any pain. Even if it’s not really doing much for your muscles, at least you get to practice your foam roller technique without the accompanying trauma.

Of course, as time passes and your muscles adapt to the roller you’re using, you have to switch to a denser, harder foam roller. You may not have a choice but to switch anyway since soft foam rollers are notoriously apt to deform very quickly. As you switch to harder foam rollers, you’ll find that they have a greater effect on your muscles, while the hard foam roller also lasts much longer.

Some brands come in different colors to denote the density of the particular foam roller models. The soft ones are typically white, while the hardest ones are black. So the darker the color, the denser it is.

The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide
The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide

Surface Texture

While some foam rollers are smooth, others have specially designed surfaces with various protruding knobs and ridges. These are meant to offer different levels of intensity or to focus more on certain muscles.

With a smooth roller, you get even pressure from the whole length of the roller. This is a great choice for foam roller newbies, as in general, the pressure you get isn’t as intense as from a textured roller. That saves you from the pain that can result when your muscles aren’t used to the specialized ridges and knobs. Besides, smooth rollers are typically more affordable, and that’s just sensible for newbies.

On the other hand, the ridges and knobs on a textured roller can imitate how a real masseur can use their hands to target the knots in your muscles and tissues. It’s more realistic, though of course the chances of getting a painful massage increases. However, there are several types of textures so that you can get precisely the right intensity that suits your preference tolerance of pressure.

Size and Shape

While foam rollers are generally designed with a cylindrical shape, there’s really no standard shape or size for them. It can be as long as a sword or small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They can be in various diameters as well. In fact, some aren’t shaped like a cylinder at all.

Here’s a quick guide to the various shapes and sizes:

  • If you’re new to foam rollers, you’re better off with a long one that measures about 3 feet long. They’re easier to control when you’re targeting your hamstrings and quads, and the length is just right to work your whole back. For smaller areas like your calves and arms, the optimal length is about 2 feet. Small ones that measure less than a foot in length are good if you want a portable model.
  • The most common diameter is about 5 to 6 inches, which is just right for most people. If you want a more focused message that goes deeper and harder, you’ll need a smaller diameter of about 4 or even 3 inches.
  • Half round. This resembles a standard foam roller that’s been lengthwise. They’re designed for foot and leg stretches. They’re also great if you have plantar fasciitis using this will relieve the symptoms.
  • Foam-covered massage sticks. They look like rolling pins, and they’re best when you want to focus on your legs. They’re much more precise in targeting specific muscles and in regulating the pressure. They can also be flexible enough to use for massaging your upper back.
  • Foam balls. Aside from portability, one great reason to get this is for body areas that are curved. They’re much more precise than regular foam rollers for areas like the lumbar area.
The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide
The Ultimate Foam Roller Buying Guide

Final Word

With this guide, hopefully, you’re able to find one that suits your message needs perfectly. However, you must make sure that you actually know how to use one correctly.

It’s just like driving a car—the best cars in the world are dangerous for those who don’t actually know how to drive a car. The same goes for foam rollers. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can hurt yourself instead. So start with a long smooth-surfaced roller if you’re a newbie, and then master its use before you go on with the more sophisticated designs.

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