Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Camino Cups
Browse our selection of Camino Cups on the forum store
Silver Oxide Camino de Santiago pendent
Camino de Santiago pendant that has a shell on the front, and "Camino de Santiago" engraved on the back. Comes with a black cord. Pendent is slightly larger than a 50 euro cent coin, about 25mm.

Suggestions Rain Gear June/July Porto/Santiago

David Manzo

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Portugese (2018)
Would appreciate your suggestions for rain gear. Walking from Porto (Central Route except for day 1 which is along the coast) to Santiago in late June and early July. Many thanks.
 
Camino Magnets
A collection of Camino Fridge Magnets
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

Donna Sch

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Levante-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
England Camino routes ?2024
I walked the VDLP in June/July and bought a poncho, a windbreaker (the Arc'teryx Squamish) and I was carrying a silver hiking umbrella as well. It rained on 2 occasions with the heaviest being a drizzle and the Squamish was fine for this.
 

Mark Baron

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2014) Via de la Plata (2018)
I walked the VDLP in June/July and bought a poncho, a windbreaker (the Arc'teryx Squamish) and I was carrying a silver hiking umbrella as well. It rained on 2 occasions with the heaviest being a drizzle and the Squamish was fine for this.
Since you hiked in June/July did you use your umbrella for shade?
 

jefferyonthecamino

http://www.barrerabooks.com/ - Guidebooks
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (1994) & (2013 - 2019)
Portugués (2015 - 2019)
de Madrid (2019)
Argentino/Inglés (2020)
Would appreciate your suggestions for rain gear. Walking from Porto (Central Route except for day 1 which is along the coast) to Santiago in late June and early July. Many thanks.
Light rain jacket. I think i had rain once in three consecutive CPs in the summer.
 
Camino Masks
12 different designs, shipped world wide from Santiago.
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
The first Camino I agonised over this forum for ages and eventually took a poncho, it rained for 2 days only, and the poncho was hopeless as it blew up all the time. It was way too long for me, and I had to cut a foot off the bottom with nail scissors. I never tried it before I went.
So the next time I took a coat, it only rained for one day, but there was no wind so the poncho would have been better. It covers your pack as well and you get more comfortable movement.
I guess a heavier weight poncho is probably the best option. They sell them in all the Galecian towns quite cheaply, buying one there was the better option.
I guess I've been lucky with the weather, other people seem to get a lot more rain.
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
I carry a light rain jacket, and it has also sufficed quite well. My pack has a provided rain cover which is semi-effective. Some dampness is not the end of the world though, at least in my opinion. Much worse for me is the consequent thick squelching mud underfoot. Another pilgrim mentioned that they also used a poncho but in a wind it would balloon up and compromise their modesty(!)
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
I carry a light rain jacket, and it has also sufficed quite well. My pack has a provided rain cover which is semi-effective. Some dampness is not the end of the world though, at least in my opinion. Much worse for me is the consequent thick squelching mud underfoot. Another pilgrim mentioned that they also used a poncho but in a wind it would balloon up and compromise their modesty(!)
Yes, mine blew up right over my head, and almost came off. But I should probably have purchased one with a heavier fabric.
 

surya8

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
in June/July I'd be more worried about the heat then the rain. Portugal is usually dry at this time of the year, and Galicia is only 4-5 days of walking from Tui. Even if it rains it won't stay for days like that and dries up fast. Wouldn't take rain trousers for sure, no gaiters either, maybe just a very light rain jacket. Was enough last year in late Apr-begining of May. Sunblock and long-sleeved tops were more apropriate against the sunburns then.
 

Jo Jo

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
CF, July '14 & Sep-Oct '16
Via di Francesco, July '15,
CP Oct. '17, Salvador & Primitivo Sep '19
David,

A general note on raingear--it is not to keep you dry; it is to keep you warm so that you don't develop hypothermia. Heavy rain gear will protect you from the rain, but the sweat inside can get you just as wet. This is especially important on a summer Camino where getting hypothermia is less likely (but not impossible) but sweating inside rain gear is very possible.

That being said, my wife loves her Sea to Summit UltraSil Nano Poncho (about 5oz; not the heavier one that is also a tarp). She is a hobbit and the poncho covers most of her. She had one of those breathable poncho from Eurpoe (Ferrino, I believe), but gave it up as too heavy. The poncho design, which allows air to circulate under it, makes the "breathable" (until it wets out--about 45 minutes) unnecessary.

I've always carried a rain jacket instead because I also use it as my only warm layer on a summer Camino (ponchos, precisely because they get more air circulating, and are not as warm). Currently, the best I've found is the Columbia Caldorado jacket. Better because it uses OutDry, which will not wet out (and therefore lose its breathability). And it has decent vents down the side, although often I just end up leaving the front zipper open to vent (again, I'm not worried about the drops of rain that get on the front of my shirt--when I'm walking I'm generating so much heat that it will dry).

For a summer Camino I agree with the suggestion to not bring rain pants--they would be too hot. Instead, I'd bring a rain kilt. Lighter to carry (2-3 oz), and much cooler. Look at the small cottage manufacturers, especially ULA, Zpacks, Antigravity Gear, Helium Gear, Mountain Laurel Designs and Enlightend Equipment.

Buen Camino,
Jo Jo
 
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.

Joziane

Lifes` moments, memories & aspirations....
Year of past OR future Camino
(2017) Cam.Frances May 17-July2
Walked in Big rain with a light poncho that had a hood in Camino Frances. Very important that the hood had a string to tie under the chin. Under the poncho a hat. This was plenty as the clothes stayed dry, yes there was wind. Ended in Porto in July...no rain there and then. Poncho was light and tiny to carry. All good. However, when the rain did come in Portugal....it was short of a hurricane and people ran for cover....short lived about 20min. but the damage was jawdropping. But in Porto...nothing.
 

Similar threads

Camino Conversations

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.2%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.7%
  • March

    Votes: 60 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 207 14.9%
  • May

    Votes: 339 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 101 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 27 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 30 2.2%
  • September

    Votes: 399 28.7%
  • October

    Votes: 171 12.3%
  • November

    Votes: 19 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 10 0.7%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top