It seemed there for a bit that we were going to have a reprieve from our typical Portland winters, but alas, its back to rain and gloom. Luckily you can ride year round in the Pacific Northwest. As the saying goes, there's no bad weather, just bad clothing. Here at The Farm we're gearing up so we can stay on the trails, winter weather be damned.
The Dakine Shield jacket is a waterproof, breathable outer layer complete with a hood. Made specifically for mountain biking, it has a roomy fit in the shoulder and is long enough to cover your back.
Five Ten shoes are always a solid choice for flat pedal riding, and this year they are offering their classic Freerider shoe in a weatherized version. The Freerider Elements has a DWR treated upper to help repel rain and Five Ten's awesome stealth rubber sole so it still grips your pedals in wet and muddy weather.
I sincerely believe that there's nothing worse than cold water running down your butt crack in the middle of a ride, except maybe a wet chamois. Waterproof britches make all the difference in preventing a soggy butt. Endura has waterproof versions in both a pant length and short version.