View Full Version : Rainy Weather Clothing Tips for Ladies?

09-04-2007, 11:38 AM
I just thought I would send out a post to see if any of you ladies out there have any fabulous rainy weather clothing tips for this upcoming winter. I work downtown in a professional setting and started commuting by bike everyday just after the rainy season last year.

So i know its still early for rain but I am starting to think about how I am going to combine a functional weatherproof cycling wardrobe with looking cute and professional at work. (I don't have access shower facility at work).

Any ideas on shoes/jackets/pants/skirts? I'm dying to find a shoe that is cute, weatherproof and good for active lifestyles. (I am NOT jumping on the Keen bandwagon).

i would also love to hear feedback on rain pants. do ya'll reccommend the rubbery kind that make you sweat on the inside but stay dry from the outside, or should i invest in some fancy pants gore-tex breathable type. Would you guys wear dres spants under rainpants or should i just wear something else entirely for biking?

I guess I could keep a bunch of clothes and shoes at work to change into but I really hate the double closet thing and would rather bike to work in almost my entire outfit for the day.

Am I crazy or is anyone else in this situation? :rolleyes: sorry if i sound silly but i love riding my bike but have to look professional at work!


09-05-2007, 07:10 PM
The Shower's Pass Elite is the best $180 I've spent on a rain jacket. It's both breathable and waterproof, and there's pockets galore. Unlike the Burley, the women's cut actually fit me properly. I'm about 2 clothing sizes larger in my hips than above my waist, so bike-specific clothes have been a challenge for me. There's no way I'm going to spent $150+ on a jacket that doesn't really fit. This fits, breathes, and keeps me dry.

I didn't get rain pants. I get too hot. Instead, I bought these things called Rainlegs (http://www.rainlegs.co.uk/). They're like chaps, and they keep you dry because they cover the parts of your legs that get really wet when it's raining. The rest of you is uncovered, and so you don't get overheated. Most people in the US have to order them online, but we're really lucky in Portland because one LBS carries them - Clever Cycles. It's also great because 2 of the owners are women, and they will help you figure out which is the best size for you and help you put them on the first time. They're certainly worth checking out to see if they're right for you.

I don't have shoes that are waterproof per se, I just picked out a pair of shoes that will dry quickly. I also wear wool socks. My feet get wet no matter what, but with wool they will at least be warm when they're wet. I spring for the Smart Wool socks because they're soft and durable.

09-06-2007, 08:31 AM
I wouldn't wear dress pants commuting in the rain. They'd get wet and possibly spattered. You do have some cute fenders on your bike, right? And mudflaps?

I hate rainpants; never wear them.

Even when I wore "normal" clothes to commute, I still took my pants in a bag and changed when I got to work.

10-04-2007, 09:41 AM
When my commute was longer, I took a full change of clothing to work. There was no need for a shower as long as I was reasonably clean to begin with. A quick wipe-down and change of clothing and I was fine.

I have a rain jacket that is so old I have no idea what brand it is. It has pit zips which are permanently unzipped. I wear rain pants in the rain. I have two nice goretex (or similar) rain pants, with good vents and whatnot, and I like to ride in them especially in fall and early winter when there's a lot of leaf muck on the roads. Even though I have fenders I still get messy. I don't find them hot, but my commute isn't very long. Disclaimer: I am a dork. :)

10-04-2007, 12:47 PM
Disclaimer: I am a dork. :)

As are we all :-) Except those folks who commute in full race kit on their "beater" race bike and may not even carry a backpack :)

(you can tell I was amazed at the Colnago with full Campy, no fenders OR underseat bag in the rack at a friend's place of employ.)

A shower cap on your helmet keeps the downpour out :)

Today's clothing (disclaimer: I was feeling cold)
Showers Pass Elite jacket (accept no substitutes)
Shebeest Pedal Pushers
Pearl Izumi AmFib tights over that
Sugoi Resistor booties
Long sleeve jersey
sleeveless fleece vest w/hood, and I wore the hood
long finger gloves w/GloGlovs over them

It did rain heavily. I didn't care.

I expect I'll not be wearing all of it on the ride home, but that's what a pannier is for.

10-05-2007, 01:35 PM
Today's clothing (disclaimer: I was feeling cold)
Showers Pass Elite jacket (accept no substitutes)
Shebeest Pedal Pushers
Pearl Izumi AmFib tights over that
Sugoi Resistor booties
Long sleeve jersey
sleeveless fleece vest w/hood, and I wore the hood
long finger gloves w/GloGlovs over them

Heh. It sounds like a similar kit to what I used to wear on my 14 mile each way commute in NYC, in the middle of winter...when the temp was in the 20s. Well, minus the silk balaclava with the neoprene over that. Ah, those were the days.

Now I'm such a wuss that I don't even ride if it's raining when it's time to leave in the morning. So, my hat is off to you.

10-05-2007, 02:21 PM
well that's what I'd wear when it was below freezing here, too! I was just a little over the top yesterday. For the record, I did wear it all home, but didn't use the hood. And undid a lot of zippers.

like yesterday, minus the tights, fleece vest w/hood and LS jersey, plus wool jersey, wool armwarmers, and a very thin cap.

10-05-2007, 03:02 PM
Hi - yep those lovely raindrops are here to stay for a few months. BUT I have to say that luckily it doesn't rain ALL day long. Usually it only rains for a little while and then stops or becomes a mist. If you look at the past winter's weather you will see that it didn't actually rain every day BUT it threatened to do it. I think that is one of the reasons why people don't ride - because they believe it is going to rain.

With that being said - I don't leave my house during the fall/winter without my rain gear or at least a jacket. I hate being cold, but I do warm up fast on a bike.

I have learned to wear something on my head (in addition to my helmet), something covering my ears, a scarf, wool socks and a variety of gloves. I haven't really found a pair that works that good. I even tried "windstoppers" last year - I felt the wind.

I have a burley jacket that is great when it is REALLY cold or wet but I get sweaty inside. I prefer a wool sweater and a windproof vest when it isn't wet.

And I don't really enjoy my rainpants either - but I usually bike in my work clothes. Sometimes I will ride in lycra tights and just get wet - they dry pretty fast.

I hear that wool knee highs are a great way to keep warm. Basically you just have to play around with it.

Keep riding though because it really helps beat the blues. Janis

08-13-2008, 05:40 AM
Not that I am a woman, but rain capes are unisex. Carradice makes two versions:



I sweated too much last year, so I will be trying out the cape and possibly spats. They will let your clothing breathe.

08-13-2008, 08:04 AM
Keith: website for carradice, please? :)


08-13-2008, 09:05 AM
Those look great. I would love to hear how they work out Keith - or anyone that tries them. Thanks for passing that along.

Cheers, Janis

08-14-2008, 12:36 AM
There is also this cape made in Oregon(!)

In Portland, the listed Carradice stockist is:
Citybikes Workers' Cooperative
734 & 1914 SE Ankeny St.
Portland, OR 97214
www.citybikes.coop (http://www.citybikes.coop/)

In USA, Peter White sells them, halfway down the page:

In the UK:

I hope they are in stock, as the days are getting shorter and the rain is only a couple months out...

Finally don't forget your Grundens rain hat. Tres sexy!