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post #1 of 18 Old 12-28-2015, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for rain gear . What do you like jacket and pants, jump suit, brand, material etc. I been reading different customer reviews and I am just not sure which I like or would be best and price, so how about you guys what is your favorite rain gear and why ?
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I been rocking the yellow power ranger for years. Can stay 100% dry in a deluge if I wear rubber gloves under my leather gloves. The over the head feature keeps your back dry. This is one of the pieces of gear I'm most grateful for. Good reflective piping, too.




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Fits good over gear, too, although I must look ... interesting ... putting it on.




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I see two choices; garden-variety nylon/polyester fabric gear, and . . . Gore-Tex.

With conventional outerwear, you are at the mercy of a waterproof liner or over-garment. Sheds water, but . . . doesn't necessarily expel moisture from the rider's body; can get rather soggy in there, especially in hot weather.

Integrated Gore-Tex fabric? Sheds water rather well, ventilates somewhat simultaneously, so they say. BTW; you'll pay handsomely for this freedom from waterproof liners.

Not much novel information or profound insight posted so far; I'd say . . . the choice depends largely upon the rider's planned itineraries (and his budget). Is semi-local, discretionary recreational riding planned, or . . . a traverse of Panama's Darien Gap, unsupported? Is the budget in the hundreds of dollars, or topping a thousand?

Generally speaking, plenty of serviceable gear is available, across a wide price-range spectrum. Choice depends upon the rider's preferences and application, as well as his budget. I've crash-tested and environmentally-tested riding gear from several manufacturers; haven't been disappointed in any of them; remain thankful for ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) saving me from serious injury, and for reasonably climate-sensitive gear saving me from weather discomfort.
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I would say I am looking for something to keep me dry for the occasional rain I may get caught in while riding not planning any cross country trips or such. I have seen suits from $39.95(get what you pay for) and up all with mixed reviews. I am curious what your experience has been what you have learned about different rain gear.
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I would say I am looking for something to keep me dry for the occasional rain I may get caught in while riding not planning any cross country trips or such. I have seen suits from $39.95(get what you pay for) and up all with mixed reviews. I am curious what your experience has been what you have learned about different rain gear.
It somewhat depends on how long you'll be out in the rain. A large plastic garbage bag with holes for your head and arms works well and cheaply if you're only in the rain for 10 or 15 minutes. Longer and or heavier rain exposure calls for more expensive gear.

A two piece Aerostich works well for heavy and or long bouts with bad weather.
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I would say I am looking for something to keep me dry for the occasional rain I may get caught in while riding not planning any cross country trips or such. I have seen suits from $39.95(get what you pay for) and up all with mixed reviews. I am curious what your experience has been what you have learned about different rain gear.
For your scenario, a Gore-Tex windbreaker/rain jacket, large enough to fit over your armored riding jacket, and complementing Gore-Tex pants, purchased at a sporting goods/outdoor wear store, would fit your needs, provide excellent rain protection, and reasonably comfortable and convenient riding. More durable than the $ 39.95 sauna-like rain suit. (My gratuitous wardrobe consultation only; many other valid approaches exist. I've successfully gone that route; now have more elegant choices (not unlike Twinjet).)

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I been rocking the yellow power ranger for years. Can stay 100% dry in a deluge if I wear rubber gloves under my leather gloves. The over the head feature keeps your back dry. This is one of the pieces of gear I'm most grateful for. Good reflective piping, too.
I got one of these too, but never used it and now I can't find it!!!

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Where are you? The occasional shower in Florida or Equador is subjectively different from the occasional shower in Maine or Sweden.

I like a full-time Gore-Tex suit. When an occasional shower arrives I'm already ready except my gloves.

That's much more convenient than pulling over, suiting up, putting on boot covers, etc. Then pulling over later to remove the gear. And pulling over again to put it on again.

Then again, on some summer days I go out in mesh and just get wet.

Full Gore-Tex may be too warm for daily wear in Hawaii or wherever you are.
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Hi Grinnin I live in the south east U.S.A. north west ga. the Gore-Tex may be an option I need to look at. Any recommendations brand, type etc. Thanks!
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