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Rain gear recommendations
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:04:06 PM »
So, what have you got - and how dry does it keep you?

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 09:08:59 PM »
BMW Two Piece.  No complaints on my end.  I stayed dry in an 8 hour drencher - only got wet around the neck (*granted, I was on a naked bike so I call that a huge win!).
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 09:21:48 PM »
I've used lots of stuff.  Right now I'm running Goretex top and bottom.  The top is a KLIM Traverse so all I have to do is zip up the vents and I'm mostly good to go.  The bottoms are a set of Military Gore-Tex pants.  Still work well :)

IMO if you want something that is going to last a long time just spring the money and get Goretex even if it's an oversuit that you have to stop to put on. 

Other stuff will work but will fail before goretex will. 

I actually had pretty good luck with a cheap Wal Mart rain suit for about 2 years before it just started to fall apart on me and it's DWR coating started to fail. 

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 09:26:17 PM »
I'm on my second 2 piece Triumph Rain Gear. I've been in some torrential down pours too! One was a 10 hour ride back from the Dragon & never had a problem. The only reason I'm on my 2nd pair is because when I used to race in the Ahrma series Truxton Cup, I wore my 1st set in a race in the rain & crashed in it & wore a tiny hole in the shoulder & assumed it wasn't waterproof anymore. I still have it if you want it. Maybe it can be repaired. The pants are fine.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 09:28:42 PM »
I love free and cheap stuff...whatcha thinking, and what size is it?


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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 09:43:30 PM »
I love free and cheap stuff...whatcha thinking, and what size is it?


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I'll check when I get home tomorrow. I'm sure that it's at least a 2XL. It fits over my gear. I'm 5'11, 230lbs, 36" waist & 31" inseam.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 10:50:57 PM »
I use Frogg Toggs, I think they are the Road Toad model.  They pack down to the size of a football, so they very easy to carry.  I hardly ever use them around home.  When I first got them, I spent a week in Colorado on a certain Connie and I rode in the rain every day, some days it was all day long.  They kept me very dry, the hiking boots I was wearing, on the other hand, not so much.  Later on that trip I was wearing them off the bike to keep warm during a snow storm at Crater Lake and I tore a hole in the front of the pants.  I was able to patch the hole and have been using the same suit for the five years since.  Probably haven't had to put it on a dozen times, but it still does what it supposed to do. 

They are made out what feels almost like a Tyvex-type material.  They don't breath well at all, so they get pretty hot and sweaty on warmer days.

I think I paid less than $50 for the set in 2008 or 2009 and I'm pretty sure they've gone up quite a bit since then.  For what I invested and how seldom I need rain gear, I've been quite satisfied.

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2014, 06:40:27 AM »
First Gear Rainman. No complaints, packs small, keep them in my topbox all summer, have always kept me dry, all day long, breathe surprisingly better than I expected. I have had them for 7 years, but they only see summer use, winter-spring-fall I have jackets that waterproof outers. I would buy them again.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2014, 07:00:58 AM »
Rukka two piece. Getting old now but still as good as new. Totally rainproof. Expensive but worth it.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 07:11:54 AM »
I use Rev'It rain gear. It keeps me dry, it breathes, packs fairly small and the hi-viz is seriously hi-viz.

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 07:16:34 AM »
This will repeat a few of the previous comments. 

If you're looking for something economical, you need to ask yourself do you want to be comfortable or dry.  There are a lot of less expensive options that will keep you dry, but not comfortable (think sauna).

Gortex is the bomb.  I’ve tried other brands and nothing works as well as Gortex.  Many of gear reviews out there agree with this.

I use Revit gear with a zip in zip out Gortex liner.  I’ve also had gear (Aerostitch) which had Gortex included in the outer shell.  Both of them kept me bone dry and comfortable all day.

IMO, the next best option is Frogg Toggs over good gear.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 07:30:25 AM »
I have the Tour Master Defender two-piece rain suit. I've had to wear it three times in four years and each time, my rain suit has kept me completely dry. And warm. Which may or may not be a good thing, depending on the temperatures. The three times I've had to wear it, it's been cool enough that the "sauna suit" effect hasn't really kicked in, but there's definitely potential to roast while you remain dry.

And the pants come with suspenders! ;D
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 07:33:51 AM »
Suspenders would be a plus with current developments!


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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2014, 07:37:02 AM »
And the pants some with suspenders! ;D


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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2014, 07:43:42 AM »
Suspenders would be a plus with current developments!


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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2014, 08:26:57 AM »
firstgear waterproof pants and a Kiliminjaro jacket, works great. the jacket is hot above 75 or 80 deg. so I have a mesh one from Castle for warm temps. if it's 80+ I don't mind getting wet ;D
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2014, 08:28:23 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2014, 09:07:04 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.


After many failed attempts of going through different "waterproof" gloves, so far these have worked for me. 

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-air-n-dry-gloves

I have found the biggest trick is to make sure you tuck your gloves UNDER whatever rain jacket you're wearing.  If not, the water runs down the outer garmet and fills up the gloves from the inside out.

Also, these 2 in 1 gloves work very well in cold temps when your hands in tucked in the glove's Gortex liner.  And, when your hands are out of the liner and exposed to the air vents, these gloves work very well in warm weather.  They were the only gloves I had with me during last year's 4 corners trip and I rode in temps ranging from the low 90's to the low 30's and these were the only gloves I needed.

(helps justify the cost   :o  )



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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2014, 10:36:43 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.


After many failed attempts of going through different "waterproof" gloves, so far these have worked for me. 

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-air-n-dry-gloves

I have found the biggest trick is to make sure you tuck your gloves UNDER whatever rain jacket you're wearing.  If not, the water runs down the outer garmet and fills up the gloves from the inside out.

Also, these 2 in 1 gloves work very well in cold temps when your hands in tucked in the glove's Gortex liner.  And, when your hands are out of the liner and exposed to the air vents, these gloves work very well in warm weather.  They were the only gloves I had with me during last year's 4 corners trip and I rode in temps ranging from the low 90's to the low 30's and these were the only gloves I needed.

(helps justify the cost   :o  )



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I have the Held Warm and Dry, and +1 to what Mr. Rain has said about the tucking. Held have always kept me warm and dry if I follow that one tip.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2014, 10:38:44 AM »
I use the Tour Master 2pc set you can get from pretty much everywhere for about $70. It's about 8 years old. Still works.
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2014, 10:48:15 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.


After many failed attempts of going through different "waterproof" gloves, so far these have worked for me. 

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-air-n-dry-gloves

I have found the biggest trick is to make sure you tuck your gloves UNDER whatever rain jacket you're wearing.  If not, the water runs down the outer garmet and fills up the gloves from the inside out.

Also, these 2 in 1 gloves work very well in cold temps when your hands in tucked in the glove's Gortex liner.  And, when your hands are out of the liner and exposed to the air vents, these gloves work very well in warm weather.  They were the only gloves I had with me during last year's 4 corners trip and I rode in temps ranging from the low 90's to the low 30's and these were the only gloves I needed.

(helps justify the cost   :o  )



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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2014, 10:54:47 AM »
I could have saved everybody a lot of time just asking Doug direct...didn't think about that.  Sorry everyone.


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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2014, 11:06:23 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.

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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2014, 11:10:40 AM »
Frogg Toggs.

Now find me some truly waterproof gloves.

Rukka. Again.

Rukka used to be difficult to find here in the States.  I believe revzilla carries it now.   :smiley_thumb:
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Re: Rain gear recommendations
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2014, 03:08:46 AM »
Tourmaster Sentinel 2pc.  Crotch started to leak after 6yrs so I picked up Frogg Toggs pants to go with the tourmaster jacket.

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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2014, 05:55:28 AM »
I could have saved everybody a lot of time just asking Doug direct...didn't think about that.  Sorry everyone.


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I really hope the rain jinx is long gone now.  2013 was dry for nearly every ride and meet for me.  This weekend, we have the spring meet in WV and it doesn't look like a total wash out yet.  We're expected to get rain on Friday and none the rest of the weekend. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2014, 06:20:10 AM »
I could have saved everybody a lot of time just asking Doug direct...didn't think about that.  Sorry everyone.


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:lol:

I really hope the rain jinx is long gone now.  2013 was dry for nearly every ride and meet for me.  This weekend, we have the spring meet this weekend in WV and it doesn't look like a total wash out yet.  We're expected to get rain on Friday and none the rest of the weekend.

The jinx is gone, but the reputation lives on!  :pope:
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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2014, 11:10:18 AM »
Ride neekid and carry a bar of soap.
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« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2014, 12:09:47 PM »
Ride neekid and carry a bar of soap.

Not everyone showers the way (and as less frequently) as you, Ed.   :P
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