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Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Motley » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:24 pm



I'm looking into buying some quality rain gear for my wife and me. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a quality product. We travel a lot and I'd like to have something comfortable and 100% waterproof.



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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:52 am

Frogg Toggs! 'nough said :D

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:47 am

WingAdmin did a write up a few months ago on some that he bought. Sounded like great stuff. You may want to do a search for it. Bottom line, it must breath, be comfortable, easy on/off, and still keep you dry.
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Motley » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:49 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:Frogg Toggs! 'nough said :D

Thank you!

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:55 am

here's something you might want to think about especially for when you get caught riding in the rain other than good rain gear.....viewtopic.php?f=10&t=25440

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Boondoc88@gmail.com » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:57 am

Aerostich ultra light rain pants combined with TourMaster deluxe rain boot covers have never let me down. I've hade mine for around 8 years, and although they are designed to pack small they are incredibly durable.

http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-ultr ... nts-6.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RI3GVQ/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

I've found that most modern waterproof jackets do a good job of keeping the rain out provided you use some sort of neck gator to prevent the dreaded drip down the inside, and I keep their performance up with Nikwax Teck wash and TX Direct wash in waterproofing to keep my equipment waterproof.
I'm an avid outdoorsman and use the wash and waterproofing system for everything from tents and boat covers to hunting, motorcycling, and snowmobiling gear.
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I've heard lots of people rave about Frogg Toggs but I didn't like them.
Too bulky and mine ripped after a few uses. I mostly used them to keep off the mud when 4 ATV riding after that.

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Boondoc88@gmail.com » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:04 am

Sorry, I can't seem to figure out how to keep writing after the bottom of the page with this iPad.
Gloves for the rain can be a very subjective item. I always pack some lightweight medical gloves for underneath my gloves, just in case, and use a glove with a rubber squeegee on the thumb. Remember to treat them with some kind of waterproofing agent every so often too.
Having an extra pair or two is essential as well.
Heated grips are a lifesaver..
Hope this helps :-)

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Motley » Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:46 am

Boondoc88@gmail.com wrote:Sorry, I can't seem to figure out how to keep writing after the bottom of the page with this iPad.
Gloves for the rain can be a very subjective item. I always pack some lightweight medical gloves for underneath my gloves, just in case, and use a glove with a rubber squeegee on the thumb. Remember to treat them with some kind of waterproofing agent every so often too.
Having an extra pair or two is essential as well.
Heated grips are a lifesaver..
Hope this helps :-)


Thank you for the help! I thought the frog trog gear seemed poorly built. At this time i'm leaning more toward a pvc type item. I don't plan on riding in the rain all the time, but when I get caught in it i'd like to know that I can stay dry. In regards to the heated grips, i'm going to order some this season since I have poor circulation in my hands. In cold weather my hands turn snow white and go completely numb, so warm gloves are a must.

I found this rain gear http://www.jafrum.com/motorcycle-rain-gear/Motorcycle-Rain-Gear-RS5001HM?quantity=1&custcol8=16&custcol7=96. Has anyone tried the pvc items?

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby harvey01 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:22 pm

Motley,

I have no doubt the suit in your website will work and is water proof. I do wonder how it does on getting rid of your sweat? Or put another way, when it 100 degrees and pouring buckets, will you be comfortable or will the suit hold in the heat and make you even hotter?

Good, durable, long lasting raingear is slightly more expensive. I now have a Frogg Toggs jacket that cost about 80.00 and the pants are similar. This is the third or fourth year and I expect a few more. They are used but even worse they are folded up and stored on the bike for long periods which is the worst thing you can do to a rainsuit.

The various sporting/hunting good stores also sell some good GoreTex rainwear that breathes and many have found to be comfortable and a little cheaper.
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:54 am

I had PVC type rain gear previously, and while it kept me very dry from the rain falling, it most definitely did not keep me dry inside - the lack of breathability turned it into a sweat suit. It was HOT - like steam bath hot - at any temperature above about 77 degrees.

That's what led me to start investigating modern breathable rain gear, and ultimately to Olympia Horizon gear. I wrote a review (with pictures) on it here:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=23131

This stuff is so great - I've worn it through absolute torrential downpours and stayed dry as a bone. I've had it on when it's been very hot and muggy, and it breathes quite well. It's also windproof, so it helps in the cold as well. I'd buy it again in a second.

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:47 pm

what website did you purchase your Olympia rain gear from?

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:07 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:what website did you purchase your Olympia rain gear from?

stuart.


For quite some time now I've purchased all my gear at Revzilla. They have an excellent selection, great prices, and more importantly (when buying gear) a no-nonsense, no hassle return policy. If you buy something and it doesn't fit, they will pay to ship it back and ship you a replacement. Their customer service is second to none.

That said...you can buy it cheaper (at least right now) on Amazon - with free shipping:

Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket

Olympia Horizon Rain Pants

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:05 am

WingAdmin wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:what website did you purchase your Olympia rain gear from?

stuart.


For quite some time now I've purchased all my gear at Revzilla. They have an excellent selection, great prices, and more importantly (when buying gear) a no-nonsense, no hassle return policy. If you buy something and it doesn't fit, they will pay to ship it back and ship you a replacement. Their customer service is second to none.

Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket

Olympia Horizon Rain Pants


that's great to know. i'll take a look at their website and see what's available.

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby garwil » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:09 pm

I have used Froggtoggs, but they tend to wear out and tear easily. My last purchase, that I have used for two years are Toad Skins bib pants by Froggtoggs. They are more robust, and with the bib and suspender top, I don't get rain in under my jacket. I have not had any problems with the material scrubbing through, or getting waterlogged over time.

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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby harvey01 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:40 pm

I also would be very careful about a PVC rainsuit. Will it breath as noted above or will you sweat more and get wet anyway? I have been there and it is not that comfortable.

Good rain jackets and pants cost money but they tend to last longer, are more comfortable, and keep the rain out. One suit that I enjoyed a number of years ago was a Field Sheer Lex.

As noted above many of todays riding jackets provide a rainproof barrier so all you need is pants. I look for stuff with GoreTEX or a similar type material that breaths. Yes it costs more but in the long run is usually cheaper.
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:50 pm

I did away with rain gear years ago by buying waterproof gear. then earlier this year I upgraded and got a klim jacket, alpinestar new land boots and rain / shine gloves, all Gore-Tex and waterproof. I'm going to get some Gore-Tex pants early in the spring
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Happytrails » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:00 pm

detdrbuzzard wrote:I did away with rain gear years ago by buying waterproof gear. then earlier this year I upgraded and got a klim jacket, alpinestar new land boots and rain / shine gloves, all Gore-Tex and waterproof. I'm going to get some Gore-Tex pants early in the spring


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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:53 am

the bad lands jackets were a little out of my price range so I got a latitude misano jacket like this one

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KLIM-LATITUDE-M ... WL&vxp=mtr
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Happytrails » Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:25 am

Looks like a nice jacket. How do you like it so far? Does it fit a little big? Just wondering I ordered a jacket too but it hasn't gotten here yet. Reviews said it ran kinda big so I ordered a size down. Hoping that wasn't a mistake. Ordered thru Revzilla so no problems with exchanging it. Klim seems well made. Could use a pair of pants too. Kind of going thru that phase were I'm trying to replace budget gear I bought years ago.
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Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:51 pm

Happytrails wrote:Looks like a nice jacket. How do you like it so far? Does it fit a little big? Just wondering I ordered a jacket too but it hasn't gotten here yet. Reviews said it ran kinda big so I ordered a size down. Hoping that wasn't a mistake. Ordered thru Revzilla so no problems with exchanging it. Klim seems well made. Could use a pair of pants too. Kind of going thru that phase were I'm trying to replace budget gear I bought years ago.

my jacket fits great and true to size which is an xl for me. I haven't been caught in the rain. at first it was kind of stiff like most new jackets but after wearing it a few time all was well. I thought I would like the color and I do but keeping it clean is a chore. I still have a couple tourmaster jackets that I wear cause I like them. I just got a pair of Olympia wolf Gore-Tex gloves to replace the Olympia rain & shine gloves, I like the wolf gloves but they are not for really cold days probably 40 - 45 degree days on the low end
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby Happytrails » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:16 am

Good to know :D I haven't picked up goretex gloves so far but thinking about it.

What color jacket did you end up buying? The grey color? You'd think that would hide the dirt well. The grey's look really nice but I decided to go with the hi-vis version. I'm hoping I like it.

I also have a tourmaster jacket that I really like. Terrific summer jacket and was my budget buy. Saw it didn't get the best reviews but I like it. Have a nice Olympia that I never wear. Bought it at half price and it fits too snug with the liners in. I like the quality though. Buying a Klim is a big investment but jackets seem like one of those things you have forever. Unless they fall apart.

Pants might take awhile to figure out. Want knee and hip armor and good abrasion resistance. Thinking more for cooler weather for now. But what I'm starting to see is that I will probably need a set of gear for when the weather gets cooler/cold (which could be 6 months of the year!) and a set for the warmest temps in the middle of summer. They have the 4 season stuff but I'm not so sure. People say they rock the heavy Klim jackets in the middle of summer but they must roast. I roast in my mesh jacket at times. The First Gear HT Pants and the Tourmaster Flex pants have caught my eye. This could take some time. :D
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:52 pm

one of my first trips wearing the klim jacket was over to lake Michigan. it was nice riding over with temps in the low to mid 60's but on the way home the temp shot up to 78* which was too warm for me in the klim. even though it flows air pretty good I had to stand up on the wing to get some air , using the lower zipper the jacket was mostly unzipped. yes I got the light grey / silver jacket and no it doesn't hide dirt but I really didn't want another black jacket. right now I'm looking for a good deal on some klim pants
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Re: Rain Gear Suggestions

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:53 pm

found these and ordered a pair this morning

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-KLIM-Latitu ... 1488774237


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