Motorcycle Rain Gear From Head to Toe Helps You Stay Dry On Your Ride
Water resistant motorcycle rain gear is definitely something you will want to have if you like to ride rain or shine. Whether you choose a full rain suit or just a pair of waterproof motorcycle gloves to keep your hands dry, it’s all about comfort. As Keith Code wrote in the motorcycle road racer’s handbook “A Twist of the Wrist”, you only have 10 dollars worth of attention.
If you spend 3 dollars on just riding the bike down the road and another 7 dollars of attention is being spent on thoughts like “man, my hands are cold and wet”, you don’t have enough in reserve to deal with an unexpected situation. You definitely don’t want to become “overdrawn” in your attention account when you’re out for a ride.
Ideally, you’ll want to be covered from head to toe in some sort of motorcycle rain gear so you stay dry on your wet rides. So, what are your options?
Rain Riding Suits
When I bought my first bike, I also invested in a full rain suit. The suit itself is made from waterproof nylon and is bright yellow because I like to be extra visible during rainy weather rides. With a waterproof riding suit, it is sized so you can just wear it over your normal motorcycle gear to keep you and your gear dry. Reflective panels or piping on the suit will also make you easier for oblivious drivers to see you.
Rain Jackets and Pants
If you don’t want the full suit, you could choose to wear a separate rain jacket and pants instead. Rain jackets can either be sized to fit over a regular motorcycle jacket or can be a complete riding jacket made with a waterproof shell.
Waterproof pants are typically designed to fit over whatever pants you choose to go riding in.
For items like gloves and boots, it is best to have a waterproof material like Gore-Tex along for the ride. Gore-Tex is typically used as a lining material since it is basically a membrane with microscopic holes or “micropores” in it that water droplets are too large to penetrate, but water vapor can escape from. So, your hands, feet or whatever stay dry while being able to breathe from the inside out.
Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves
Your motorcycle rain gear should definitely include a set of gloves designed to stay dry inside. Consider gloves that use a waterproof material such as Gore-Tex mentioned above, so water droplets are too large to penetrate, but water vapor can escape from. So, your hands stay dry while being able to breathe from the inside out. An adjustable wrist strap is a must for waterproof gloves so you can keep them cinched around your wrists preventing water from running down your sleeves and into your gloves.
Waterproof Motorcycle Boots
No set of motorcycle rain gear is complete without water-resistant boots. Again, look for boots that use a waterproof membrane material so your feet stay dry, but can still breathe and avoid getting sweaty. Dry feet stay warmer than wet feet, and that's important for your riding comfort and safety. Some rain boots also have "gaiters" or gussets, which are those flaps of material behind zippers that give an extra barrier of protection in the closure area.
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