Gear up for the cold and rainy season

There is no way around it, autumn has hit Denmark with rain and wind and much colder temperatures. Being prepared for it with the right rain gear is essential for yourself and your family.

By Inger Stokkink and Bente D. Knudsen

If looking out of the window at the rain, or the sun in between the showers, is not enough to convince you, maybe the updated forecast for the coming three weeks from DMI, the Danish Meteorological Institute, can.

For week 38 the forecast says that Denmark is under the influence of low-pressure systems bringing cloudy, rainy and windy weather, however, at the end of the week, a high pressure system will build up leaving place for more sun and more stable dry weather over the weekend. Temperatures will reach up to 20 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

However, there is no way around it, the next months will bring many days with rain and showers and much cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, the passing warm feel will not last.

So either way – gearing up is needed.

Your choice of waterproof gear will depend on your reason for venturing into the rain.

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For instance if you are commuting, it can be a good idea to shop in stores that sell hunting, skiing or sailing outerwear – specifically made to keep you warm and dry.

However, if you are taking your bicycle, where you generate a lot of warmth yourself, you might be looking more for ventilation than isolation.

Long coats keep your upper legs warm, but can be difficult to bicycle in.

In addition, on a bicycle in drizzling rain and with puddles everywhere, you need waterproof jackets and trousers that go over your everyday clothes.

Your waterproofs need to fit well, because you have to be able to move about freely in them.

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Which material to choose?
The material of your coat defines your comfort and pricing.

Feather light down jackets and parkas keep you warm and allow free movement but they will not always keep you dry in a rainstorm.

Woollen coats can be warm but they can be heavy and hard to move about in.

There are coats and trousers with membranes that wick away moisture from inside, but won’t let in water from outside, such as the brand Helly Hansen.

Fjällräven also has a line of coats and trousers in G1000, a sturdy blend of cotton and polyester, that you can make waterproof with a wax bar (you buy it separately).

Either way, you may need several autumn and winter outfits to be able to adjust to the weather of the day.

Where to buy?

Check out SpejderSport, Friluftsland, as well as sports shops and chains such as Sportsmaster, Stadium, and Intersport.

For Children: Bilka, Føtex, Kvickley, and H&M have good value for money quality outerwear and rain-wear.

For children you can find more up market pricey Scandinavian brands such as Ticket to Heaven, Reima and Molo. These are mainly sold through children’s wear shops and in the children’s’ section of department store (Magasin/Salling).

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TIP- Woollen uderwear

Who said woollen underwear hard to look like your grandmothers? Here design from Joha.

Who said woollen underwear had to look like your grandmothers? Here design from Joha.


Just as for children (see Children’s wear article) staying warm by using woollen underwear, or underwear made of a combination of silk and wool can also be a good tip for adults. And many brands, such as Joha and Rosemunde, actually make them in a really nice design for adults.