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Rain Gear suggestions

What type of rain gear do you guys use? I started riding last year and my pops and uncle kept telling me I needed rain gear but I didn't listen. I was fine until the end of the seaon when I got caught in a few crazy storms. I'm trying to be a little better prepared this season.

So what brands do you like? Do you use the full suits? I'm kind of looking for something that packs away pretty small.
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Cordura nylon jacket is the best I have for repelling rain. I actually don't have rain gear, I just get wet. Scotchguard works well and you really don't give up air flow with Cordura because you don't have much to begin with.
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FROG TOGS. Absolutely the best rain gear you can get your hands on, and verrrry lightweight/breathable and easy to pack.
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FROG TOGS. Absolutely the best rain gear you can get your hands on, and verrrry lightweight/breathable and easy to pack.
Gonna agree with that. Very good gear. I have been through a few dozen boots, boot covers and rain boots. The only two that ever repelled all of the water were a set of $35 galoshes, the pull over, solid rubber with the upper button "ya had them in kindergarten" boots and a set of the woodsman rubber work boots from Walmart. The galoshes rollup and transport well, the work boots are full sized ad you need to accommodate them.
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Rain gear = bike parked in garage! LOL
I HATE riding in the rain! I've been caught in it a handful of times but just ride through it. I rode the Gap at dusk in the pouring rain couple years back, that was truly the worst, with a cop following me to boot. Just kept thinking dear God don't let me die!

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Rain gear = bike parked in garage! LOL
I HATE riding in the rain! I've been caught in it a handful of times but just ride through it. I rode the Gap at dusk in the pouring rain couple years back, that was truly the worst, with a cop following me to boot. Just kept thinking dear God don't let me die!
Ditto. No arguments. I have been very lucky a few times at work having the rain stop before riding home. I've had some hairy moments on cold street tires and rain aint exactly hot.

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Yea that was my arguement at the begining of last summer. But as you start taking longer road trips it's inevitable that your going to get caught in the middle of no where in a sudden storm.
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and if you are out riding through multiple states, you are going to get weather changes. My last ride from Phoenix to Indiana, via DesMoines, I got a full day of rain, arctic cold and some snow. Kind of a pisser when I left the 90 degree desert with a summer jacket and jeans on. One of my cycle bags was a rain suit, gloves, boot covers and a TourMaster jacket. If you ride full time, invest in some good gear. Don't let a little rain stop your riding. A LOT of rain should!
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I've got a pair of Rain-Off Overgloves that I swear by for wet rides. They fold up small in a pouch, and let nothing through - that goes for the wind too. Much nicer experience I tell you!
www.rain-off.com if you want to check it out.
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I've got a pair of Rain-Off Overgloves that I swear by for wet rides. They fold up small in a pouch, and let nothing through - that goes for the wind too. Much nicer experience I tell you!
www.rain-off.com if you want to check it out.
Hmm... almost sounds like a commercial; 1 post total hmm....
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Why is it that most of the rain gear I'm seeing is black? So I'm supposed to throw a a big black tarp over my reflective jacket when visibility is pretty much 0!!
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Hmm... almost sounds like a commercial; 1 post total hmm....

Yea that is kinda fishy!!
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What type of rain gear do you guys use? I started riding last year and my pops and uncle kept telling me I needed rain gear but I didn't listen. I was fine until the end of the seaon when I got caught in a few crazy storms. I'm trying to be a little better prepared this season.

So what brands do you like? Do you use the full suits? I'm kind of looking for something that packs away pretty small.
Tourmaster Sentinel, FirstGear Rainman as well as others from Fieldsheer work well.

I'm commuting with a Tourmaster transition 2 jacket and FG HT overpants so I don't worry about rain any since this gear has proven WP thru the worst Ma'Nature has thrown at me anyway.
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What type of rain gear do you guys use? I started riding last year and my pops and uncle kept telling me I needed rain gear but I didn't listen. I was fine until the end of the seaon when I got caught in a few crazy storms. I'm trying to be a little better prepared this season.

So what brands do you like? Do you use the full suits? I'm kind of looking for something that packs away pretty small.
Look for quality gear especially if you are going to want it to last.
Companies like Tourmaster, Firstgear, Fieldsheer and others all make good gear with various features designed for motorcycling such as venting to allow humidity to escape, reflective material and brighter colors when riding in the low visability situation of bad weather. Usually extra pockets sealed from the weather and flaps to keep out water from zippers and adjustable closures around neck, ankles and cuffs.

Some riding apparel is also designed to be water resistant such as the FG Kilaminjaro or Tourmaster Transition 2 jackets or FG HT overpants. You can use equipment such as this for daily riding and forgo carrying raingear.
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