Kevin Greenwald - Touring Tips Editor
Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Motor Officer (Ret.) / IBA Member #34281
MSF RiderCoach # 121656 (BRC,SBRC,IS,IME,SMARTrainer)
Motorcycle/Driving Instructor - ROAD AMERICA Race Track
Just curious, is anyone, or has anyone (and regretted it), used marine grade foul weather gear (foulies) for motorcycling?
I have an old, worn, set that I sail in but I haven't tried them at anywhere near 70mph. I'm pretty sure the jacket would turn into a kite, but the bibs would probably work okay. They have reinforced seat and knees, suspenders, full-length zipper (with storm flap), velcro closures around the ankles, and I know for a fact that they keep me dry even while seated for long periods. An appropriate jacket would be what I need.
Since it generally doesn't rain out here in CA enough to schedule a test-ride I'd hate to set out on a trip under the assumption that my trusty old sailing gear would keep me dry on the road.
"It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden
1973 R75/5 - original owner
One big Oaff
i have a Triumph ( yep- Hinckley Triumph as in motorcycles)
one-piece rain suit. about 125.00 a couple years back. works really well, and has it's own *case* which is also water proof. compresses into the case, about 6" X 8" X 10"/12". i've ridden all over England, and in severe rain storms here in the USA- very happy with it, AND it has a fair bit of retro-reflective material so boosts visibility in inclement weather.
one bad(?) thing- no outside access to pants pockets. once you get it on, you wanna hope you have all you need either in a tank bag or somehow accessible- on the plus side of that? there are 4 sizable exterior pockets with velcro closures that work well and are secure enough to keep valuables dry and safe.
another note- they run big. i have a medium and it is huge. try it on before you buy.
I'm with Greg on this one. We use textile jackets and pants that are waterproof to eliminate the need for additional gear. Our only concession is we carry mesh jackets as we have not yet found a combo that will cover that. There are plenty of options for waterpoof jackets and pants.
Teulon Manitoba - Canada
I am extremely pleased with the Aerostitch Roadcrafter and Aerostitch Darien Suits. You do not have to pack extra rain gear and there is excellent abrasion resistance and padding on the suits, The only problem with the Darien Pants is they are too tight in the groin area, they have an Aerostitch AD-1 Pants that has a fuller cut and diamond crotch gusset for more comfort, i just wear blue jeans and a long sleeve shirt under the one piece Roadcrafter or two piece Darien. I have ridden through Florida's torrential rain storms with the Aerostitch suits and did not get wet! NO distractions, or decrease in body temperature! When i go for a ride with a group and it starts to rain, a majority of the people have to pull off and put on their rain gear, i just sit comfortable and welcome any rain!
I wear my Froggies over my Dainese two piece suit, if I'm going to be in all day rain. No issues.
I carry them in a cordura zip bag that's about 15" long and about 5" in diameter. The bag is from my local outfitter.
"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
Frogg Toggs are good... But fragile (boot tears) AND will melt like cotton candy if contacting a hot pipe.
They have a tyvec feel to them and for light use are hard to beat.
If you are planning any type of distance riding either pack two or invest in a 'waterproof' riding suit such as a Aerostich.
It's all dependent on your riding style.
I use 'em... But I also have other options.
And they are approaching being over priced for what they are.
"Stupidity, if left untreated, is self-correcting."
if you can find a set of dry rider made in usa grab them--i have a set from the late 70's that are still good.
I have the BMW ProRain 2, which I snatched from eBay for about $100 (at the BMW dealer here in Holland it'll cost twice as much).
It fits over my BMW Atlantis suit and is perfectly waterproof. I drove through a monsoon for 2 days and the only 'problem' areas are the wrists and the neck. I addressed both, since my gloves weren't really waterproof, so that's why my wrists got wet and I didn't have a good waterproof balaclava. Now I have better gloves and a balaclave with a windstopper/waterproof part that covers the neck and chest.
What I like about the BMW ProRain is the anti-slip part on your bottom so that you don't slide on your saddle. Also, the lower part of the inside leg is nomex, which is heat resistant. The overall quality of the suit is very good, and I'm glad I shelled out the money for it. My travel companions said that they found it too expensive, but had to ride with wet pants and floppy rainsuits...go figure...
btw: I've got an old BMW Atlantis suit, which is waterproof upto a point. You need the Goretex inserts to make it 100% waterproof. This means the leather still gets soaked (not as much as regular leather) but the water is stopped by the goretex. But I don't like the idea of a soaked suit. This keeps you nice and dry.
-=- if you always see the road ahead of you, it's not worth the trip -=-