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February 12, 2014
5 Things to Consider When Buying Rain Gear
Enjoy the Ride While Staying Dry!
As February and winter come to an end, so does the snow, but that means rain, rain, and more rain is just around the corner here in the Pacific Northwest. But don’t let that stop you from riding your bike! When riding in the rain, it is essential to have the proper rain gear so you can enjoy your ride and be safe while doing so. Here are the five things to consider when buying rain gear:
There are three types of waterproof fabric: PVC, coated, and
laminated. PVC is typically the least expensive of the three, but its
lack of breathing ability is why. The PVC fabric is waterproof, but
because it cannot breathe, it has to contain vents. Without vents, the
rider would become very hot and sweaty. Coated and laminated fabrics
have a micro-porous structure, keeping rain out but allowing sweat to
escape. These fabrics are generally more expensive and more durable.
2. Coverage: Waterproof gear is useless if it has openings or shortcomings that allow water to get through to your body. One problem area is wrist openings – make sure any rain suits you are considering can be tightly closed in that area. One of the essentials for rain jackets is having a tail long enough to cover past the top of your rain pants while in the riding position. Additionally, many rain jackets have a fleece-lined collar which protects your neck from chapping and keeping moisture out at the same time. This black rain suit from Eagle Leather has a removable collar/hood, which makes it a flexible option for changing temperatures.
3. Pockets: Not only does your body need to stay dry during a rainy ride, but so do your valuables! Make sure your rain suit has plenty of closable, waterproof pockets. This jacket features dual storm closure pockets, and an integrated stuff sack.
4. Reflection: Typically rain suits will have reflective piping and tape. Rain affects the visibility of many drivers, so reflection and bright coloring is key to staying seen on the road. This two-piece rain suit is a great example of bright coloring on your rain gear.
5. Ease of Putting On: Many rain suits are one-piece, which provides the ultimate rain protection, however they can be very difficult to get on and off – especially with a motorcycle helmet on and in the rain. Other ease-of-entry necessities are the leg openings. Make sure they are wide enough to fit over your boots in a hurry. A rain suit won’t do you much good if you get soaked while trying to put it on!
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