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    Question stayin dry

    hi folks wondering what people are wearing these days for rain wear... any recommendations? i've always just thrown on a rain parka and let everything else get wet , behind the hannigan fairing on my /7 that was fine but i recently added a r1100rs and i'm afraid i'll feel like i'm wearing a trash bag with all the wind that gets by the little windscreen! anyone had any experience with cordura jackets , are they waterproof? thanks for any help, brian

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    Textile works for me

    Got a great deal on a Belstaff Spitfire jacket last year. Well vented and has kept me dry in some serious downpours. Wear it year round here in Michigan. With the liner in I have been okay down to 19 degrees (no fairing). After 15 months of daily use (well, not "daily" in the winter, but it did get year round use) I am very happy with this jacket.
    Cortech pants (got 'em off the close out rack two months ago) now give me protection and waterproof riding.
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    Got the bellstaff overpants last year and find they are totally waterproof, and like the Spitfire Jacket nice an warm for cold weather riding. For summer protection I've got the Field Sheer rain suit, never leaked yet though a hood would have been nice. Lots of folks like Frog Toggs too.
    Expect to spend around 60-100 for a good rainsuit and make sure you try it on and sit on a bike, once your knees bend ill fitting pants will ride up (make sure they have a way of firmly cinching at the leg opening) and jackets that are too big will flat around and beat you to death at hightway speeds!

    As for the "looks" problem, see what happens when you get a spiffy new machine, now you need all the "hep" riding gear to go with it!

    RM (a die-hard airhead rider )

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    The BMW Commuter suit is about as waterproof as a screen door. The Aerostich is waterproof enough for most rain. If it is a true deluge, you will get damp if not wet.

    I purchased a Columbia rain suit one size too large for $40 and put it over what ever I am wearing that day.
    -=Brad

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    i've ridden in rain the past two weekends. the first time i wasnt prepared, i had no rainproof pants. i got wet, but thankfully i'm in texas, so it was warm. water pooling up in my nether regions was uncomfortable but the rest of me was fine. anyway, i rode briefly in it, then got under a bridge. then it it rained under the bridge too...

    jacket is FG kilimanjaroII, gloves are FG something or other, mesh/leather, and my hands got wet. (heated grips negate this for a while) and i've got oxtar waterproof boots that are great. this past weekend i rode through sprinkles, and stopped at wallyworld and picked up some $20 breathable, waterproof pants. it soon rained harder, and i was dry all over, except for my hands. the guy i rode with put on some one-piece suit, and he was complaining that he was too hot in it. made me love my kilimanjaro even more - it's raining? close the vents. stopped raining? open the vents. i can do it on the bike, so i dont have to stop and mess around.

    the pants were an emergency purchase, so i plan to watch this thread closely and see what others are doing. please post what bike you ride so we can all get an idea as to how much fairing youre behind. im on an r1150r, so im essentially nekkid.

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    I don't have any yet but I keep hearing good things about the Frog Toggs overgear.

    RW

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    i'm mostly riding a r1100rs, the /7 with the full hannigan hasn't seen much action since i added a techlusion powerbox to the oilhead...like having a new bike! such a pleasure to ride..brad mentioned the columbia,so it will stand up to the wind etc at 85mph? if so i'll grab a set today for summer and keep researching the heavier waterproof stuff...thanks

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    Of course I would never endorse going any faster than the posted speed limit... I have used the Columbia stuff at 75MPH no problem. The biggest limit is that they do not breath real well. However for $40 I figure I can deal with that as long as I stay hydrated.
    -=Brad

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    I've been wearing First Gear Ht Overpants. They are absoutly water proof. I've worn them in hard driving rains with 40 mile an hour head winds. Never got a drop of water in side. They come in tall sizes so you can get a fit that stays put around the ankles. The removable liner will keep you warm in the coldest weather. I do have to admit that they are pretty warm on hot days even without the liner. They have no vents, but that's probably why they don't leak. I wear a Belstaff Merlin jacket which is also totaly water proof. The jacket's waterproof layer in between the outer and inner layer so water does get trapped beneth the outer layer, but it never makes it's way inside. It gets pretty heavy when wet, but you just hang it up for a while and the water runs out from between the layers. It never gets absorbed by the material. By the way I ride a GS so I'm pretty much exposed to every drop of rain that falls.

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    With my Savanna II and inserts, or Technics rainsuit over leather, plus Sidi On-Road sympatex boots, I am always totally dry.........

    ........except my hands.

    Have tried Technics waterproof gloves, waterproof gloves plus 'stitch triple digits, gauntlet over the cuff, gauntlet under the cuff, etc. etc.........but the water always finds me. Osmosis...........sigh.......

    I have ordered Held summer storms to give them a try. The hands are the problem. When its warm, thats not a problem. But when its (Canada) cold, well, thats another story. I ride an 1150GS.
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    Stay Dry... mostly

    I've got a Belstaff Mercury jacket, and the aforementioned Firstgear HT overpants.

    I've ridden as long as 2+ hours in steady rain, and stayed perfectly dry. The RS fairing keeps my hands dry as well.

    For footwear, I have a pair of all leather hiking boots, but with a smoother sole like a motorcycle boot. These, too, are completely waterproof. And plenty comfy enough to walk around in.
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    Frogg Toggs

    Originally posted by gambrinus
    I don't have any yet but I keep hearing good things about the Frog Toggs overgear.

    RW
    Frogg Toggs are a great product and I'm on my second set, but there is one caveat - they wick moisture on contact.
    I ride a K1200GT and am sufficiently stout that my stomach frequently touches the back of my Marsee tankbag. Whenever I ride in the rain, I find that water wicks through the Frogg Toggs at this contact point, eventually soaking my shirt and my crotch.
    You can't beat Frogg Toggs for the price and breathability, especially for just walking around in a deluge, but the wicking issue has me looking for alternative raingear.
    I'm very happy with the BMW GoreTex gloves and BMW GoreTex boots, although the boots eventually begin to take on water and work better when treated with mink oil.

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    Re: Frogg Toggs

    Originally posted by IndyGT
    Frogg Toggs are a great product and I'm on my second set, but there is one caveat - they wick moisture on contact.
    I ride a K1200GT and am sufficiently stout that my stomach frequently touches the back of my Marsee tankbag. Whenever I ride in the rain, I find that water wicks through the Frogg Toggs at this contact point, eventually soaking my shirt and my crotch.
    You can't beat Frogg Toggs for the price and breathability, especially for just walking around in a deluge, but the wicking issue has me looking for alternative raingear.
    I'm very happy with the BMW GoreTex gloves and BMW GoreTex boots, although the boots eventually begin to take on water and work better when treated with mink oil.
    can you clarify this? are you saying that if im wearing these, and i touch up against something wet, the water seeps through? seems kinda weird. does it also seep through your butt area and inside of your legs?

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    Warm Wet Weather

    I swear by the Columbia rain pants and rain jacket, they are 100% waterproof and pack into a pocket the size of a sandwich bag. I typically wear Joe Rocket Phoenix pants and First Gear Mesh Tex Jacket and find that raingear 1 size larger than normal is perfect. If rain is in sight it takes all of 60 seconds to pull the jacket and pants over my riding gear. I have ridden 2 hours in a driving thunderstorm with no leaks or overheating. Total cost for the pants and jacket was less than $90

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    Warm Wet Weather

    I swear by the Columbia rain pants and rain jacket, they are 100% waterproof and pack into a pocket the size of a sandwich bag. I typically wear Joe Rocket Phoenix pants and First Gear Mesh Tex Jacket and find that raingear 1 size larger than normal is perfect. If rain is in sight it takes all of 60 seconds to pull the jacket and pants over my riding gear. I have ridden 2 hours in a driving thunderstorm with no leaks or overheating. Total cost for the pants and jacket was less than $90

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