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Cheap, hi vis, waterproof. Couple this with windbreaker pants and you're good.

What more do you need for those odd days when it rains really hard.

Most of the rain we get in the summer is a light drizzle, or it rains hard for 10 minutes. My Joe rocket textile jacket is waterproof enough for those scenarios (without the waterproof lining).
I would suggest that these are not for use at highway speeds.
Funny story:
Rode to Americade one year with a couple of guys who bought cheapie yellow rain suits from Mark's/Cdn Tire.
They lasted a couple of hours before the legs literally shredded due to flapping in the wind. At every stop they were using black electrical tape to keep what was left on them. And yes, they looked like a couple of bumble bees by the time we arrived.
Those folks riding behind them had to dodge bits of yellow plastic flying at them.



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Ah, thanks! Do you know what Rev'it brand jacket that was? I'm looking at the Horizon 2 now as it seems decent and in budget. Checked some Olympia reviews, it's american fit like Klim, so out for me, I'll still try it a GP bikes to see. The Icon Jacket I bought is Medium, far to big, even with the Liner in, at a Small the arms were too short and Armour too high, and still too baggy everywhere else. After dealing with that baggy mess for 2-3 years, I'm through and want some textiles that are fitted snug with proper cinches to tailor the fit
I think it might have been a Legacy GTX. I got it 7-8 years ago and it lasted about 3-4 years before it started leaking. In the end, it wasn't really any better than the $250 Tourmaster Transition I had before it. It's usually either the zippers or the creases around the elbows and shoulders where the waterproofing starts to die on me.

I actually have found the Olympia Airglide gear to be fairly Euro cut (read not too baggy) at least compared to brands like Joe Rocket. Maybe not as slim cut as skinny jeans or a racing suit, but not as baggy as a parka and snowpants... FYI I'm 6'4" with 34" inseam and about 200lbs, so I'm sort of in between Euro skinny and American blob fit.


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I use my Gortex ski/snowboard gear (shells). Light/medium rain is OK but touring at highway speeds and heavy rain the water just eventually gets pushed through, motorcycle specfic ones may be better. I laughed at my BIL when he bought those oiled or waxed white paper like jumpsuits/coveralls one year at the bike show, on one of those poring rain touring rides, he was dry, I was not....


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Teknic 2pc lined suit is over 20yrs old but still 100 percent.

Mad Mike

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Teknic 2pc lined suit is over 20yrs old but still 100 percent.
Ditto for me (jacket only). My Teknic is about 6 years old, it's the best cold weather jacket I have ever owned. Warm enough to use for sledding in the winter and it's never let in a drop of water or snow.


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I have a set of construction rain gear I picked up at Costco - the yellow ones..

They are absolutely positively 100% waterproof - A few years ago a buddy and I spent a day riding in torrential rain, and everything that was covered was dry - even on the seams, etc. To this day they're still waterproof.

They don't shred, they are heat resistant (I've hit my leg on my pipes many times and they have never melted), are super visible (I look like a full on power ranger when I'm wearing them, but I don't care...when you're in the rain being seen trumps style) and they were cheap - $69 regular price for the top and bottoms. I got them on sale for $49 in store....although they're usually only in store during the spring months. Available anytime online.

Laugh all you want....I'm visible, I'm dry, and I didn't spend hundreds of dollars on gear that doesn't' get used regularly and I'm afraid to damage.


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Interesting seeing everyone approach to this! I like that Costco Rain Gear, If I go the external liner option I would get that over the Frogg Toggs probably, shame it doesn't come in a grey/reflective option. Never heard of Teknic till now either. The CanadianTire stuff I'm staying away from.

I'll be going GP to try on some stuff later on. Gortex isn't in my Budget for a jacket+pants combo. If I'm touring and it's going to be raining for 2 days+ and cold, I'll just stop a Costco and pick those up in a pinch if I find the Proprietary waterproofing like Rev'its hydra stuff, or AS Drystar start leaking


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A do everything suit is like a dual purpose bike. Not good at either dirt or street. The problem with most rain suits is that they don't allow perspiration out.A liner makes a big difference. Gore Tex allows moisture to escape, but it is subject to wear and tear and age.
I have had top of the line Gore Tex hiking boots that are perfect when new, but i always carry a couple of plastic bags and spare socks to use when they give up.
And if it rips or tears, you can patch it with an iron on tent patch.

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I'm open to options and key things going forward I'm looking for are versatility, safety, durability, comfort and lastly style

The do everything perfect in one maybe out there, finding it, affording it and trying it is another story. I'm looking at Dakar riders and how they all use a layering system and thinking of going that route, minus the hard plastics. Something like a Forcfield Pro XV-2 Shirt + Pants with all the soft CE2 stuff in it and good at one thing, protection. Then add a shirt/shell jacket over for summer/hot weather, thermal Inside for cold. Something Like the Mosko Moto Baslik jacket is abrasion resistant, and waterproof E-Vent fabric, more breathable than gortex, yet waterproof. I prefer that to Gortex, have a bunch of sea to summit stuff with it and it works really well.

This route may get more costly, yet it checks all the options.


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Teknic 2pc lined suit is over 20yrs old but still 100 percent.
I miss Teknic gear.
The quality of their stuff in the last few years before they went out-of-business was pretty poor - but prior to that I always thought it was on par with Joe Rocket etc.


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Just wondering if anyone here has ever tried those waterproof sprays for clothing and boots?
Just wondering if anyone has had success?
I have a Scorpion 2 piece jacket that I tried this on

outer is mostly mesh
inner is completely waterproof

problem is that within a short time the outer weighs 20 lbs in the rain

tried the silicone spray on the jacket and it did help
in light rain it shed the water quite well
after 2 days this was gone and it returned to normal - heavy AF

boots are pretty simple - they cannot have laces
so you have 2 choices:

1. cowboy
2. space ranger

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