View Full Version : The best rain gear is...

03-30-2010, 07:53 AM
There are a lot of threads on rain gear - pretty much spanning the life of the forum.

In the PNW it's bound to rain while you're out riding. Itmay nothave tarted out raining but could be coming down long before you get home. So what is the best (hopefully compact) rain gear?

Has anyone tried Frogg Toggs? I like the look of the Hi-Vis Green Road Toad Action Suit. Nice bright color and reflectivity.

03-30-2010, 10:29 AM
I don't think there is any "best" because there isn't a measure of best. Does best mean value, features, size, dependability or something else? There are a number of manufacturers who produce really good gear, like Burly, Showers Pass, Craft, Sugoi, and Pearl Izumi to name a few.

Are you looking for pants, a jacket, booties, gloves? What are you looking for exactly and what do you need your rain gear to do?

03-30-2010, 01:31 PM
I ride a recumbent tadpole trike and am looking for a gear to stay pretty much all of me dry (from the rain and sweat). From what I have learned so far many seamed jackets do not function as they should in the reclined trike riding position and that a welded seam is better.

Durability is a must as I hate wasting things, especially the hard-to-come-by dollar. This means that cost is also a big factor.

Compactness would be great as it could be packed during the rainy season and ready for use no matter how far from the house I am.

It needs to fit without extra materail to get caught in any moving parts.

Safety is a nice feature as visibility drops during the rain and staying more visible is a huge plus.

In most purchases, I've learned that there is a lot of just plain junk out on the market. Being able to learn from others on what works and what doesn't is great - you can't rely on the ads.

Bent Bloke
04-01-2010, 11:56 AM
I found that the zipper for the back pocket on my Showers Pass jacket wore a hole in the seat back on my recumbent. I solved that (so far, anyway) by putting a couple of layers of duct tape over it to make it smooth. I found some black duct tape, which matched the color of the zipper, so it didn't look like a poor man's patch job.

With a seat back, the rear vent you find on most jackets gets pinned closed, and is pretty much useless. You'll want to keep the pit zips open all the time. I have yet to find any waterproof, breathable material that can keep up with my sweat glands. Fortunately, we have showers at work, so I wear cycling clothes and bring my office wear with me. I picked up some stick-on hooks, which I've stuck to the bottom of my desk, and hang my damp clothes from them. They're usually dry by the time I go home.

04-05-2010, 11:33 AM
I'm going on two years with my Showers Pass ensemble, and am happy with the investment.

The eVent fabric manufacturer admonishes users to wash the garments often to maintain breathability. It finally sunk into my thick head that it helps fight the funk, too. My office was beginning to smell like a locker room, and it (finally) occurred to me that, hey, my rain gear isn't just outerwear -- it's my workout clothes, too. Despite the fact that I commute in street clothes.

Now I don't have to sit in my own pew, to quote an old Sunday school joke. :D

04-27-2010, 08:49 PM
The set you have with you when it starts raining on your ride.

(Sorry, trying to eliminate the deleted porn spam message by posting to each forum).

Simple Nature
04-28-2010, 06:46 PM
Give it up, AD... Tadpole trikes and staying dry are not bedfellows. Best bet is to rig up some sort of -roof-. You got fenders coming with that Catrike, right?

Which trike are you riding now? I thought the Cat was still in the mail?