Hailing from one of the soggiest regions in the country, the founders of frogg toggs desperately sought armor against the rain that wouldn't weigh down limbs. Since 1996, their research team has unveiled several clothing technologies that facilitate fabrication of lightweight, breathable rainwear, outerwear, and wading gear. Classic DriPore material sports pores that are 20,000 times smaller than a droplet of water, allowing air to escape without admitting moisture. Other waterproof and wind-resistant garments sport durable seams and materials such as ToadSkinz, a hybrid fabric that masquerades as conventional polyester, but harbors an extra layer for comfort. And as Chilly Pad towels absorb water, the remain dry to the touch, cooling athletes’ skin without disintegrating the paper play diagrams taped to their foreheads.