Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rain Gear -

When you're out on the road, riding through wet weather, you need waterproof gear that'll hold up. Flying down the highway with everything from a light mist to heavy rain or even hail falling down on you is something you're gonna encounter whether you like it or not. Having lightweight, durable, and compact rain gear is essential if you don't mind riding through storms on your way from point A to point B. Obviously, trips on bikes take longer than in cars, having to stop short on a trip to wait for storms to pass or your gear to dry is a waste of time and can be a frequent occurrence if you're passing through a moist climate. Prepare and pack right and you won't have a problem when the barometric pressure drops and dark clouds start rolling your way.

Again, these are a few examples of available rain gear. Size up for under-layers with every piece of rain gear for when the temp drops, even gloves(thin liners are nice to have in really cold situations). Buy cheap and it'll last through one, maybe two storms if you're lucky. Get rain gear from a trusted brand and not only will it save space, but it'll last you season after season, storm after storm...

Seirus Xtreme All Weather Gloves - $45

-A low-profile design and a waterproof breathable membrane put the Seirus Xtreme All Weather Glove into its own category of versatile all-mountain performance.
-Durable four-way stretch material
-Seirus lined the Xtreme All Weather Glove with microfleece to improve wicking and increase warmth while you ride.
-The Seirus Xtreme All Weather Glove provides the performance of bulky all-mountain handwear without the bulk.

River Road Cheyenne Cold Weather Gloves - $40

-The Cheyenne Cold Weather Glove from River Road features a reinforced leather palm combined with a durable textile back
-Waterproof, breathable and windproof Hipora® glove insert
-Thinsulate™ insulation for warmth
-Reflective piping for safety

Feildsheer Deuce Gloves - $18

-Aniline finish goat skin
-Anatomically fitted for great touch while riding
-Micro fleece and synthetic fur lined
-Fieldsheer RainGuard 100% waterproof/breathable liner
-Double layered palm
-SP insulation
-Tab fastened, Velcro wrist adjuster

MotoCentric Mototrek Boot Covers - $20

-The MotoCentric Mototrek Boot Covers are an easy and quick way to keep your feet dry while wearing your everyday riding boots.
-The Mototrek Boot Covers are ideal for riders that encounter consistent rain/bad weather.
-They are Waterproof and utilize Reflect-A-Light™ reflective piping on the sides for extra visibility, an essential feature for boot covers that are usually used during times when visibility is low.
-These boot covers are extremely easy to get into; all you have to do is slip them over your riding boots.

Tour Master Deluxe Boot Covers - $23

-Heavy-duty PVC-coated 200-denier nylon
-Elasticized top
-Easy entry and exit
-Snap and Velcro seals out wetness
-Elastic stirrups

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Pants - $90

-2.5-layer 50 denier 100% nylon ripstop shell with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
-Pull-on, elasticized self-fabric waistband with internal drawcord
-Pockets: two zippered handwarmers, zippered back; all with Deluge DWR-treated zippers and storm flaps
-Articulated knees
-Adjustable, self-fabric hook-and-loop closure at ankle with flapped, Deluge DWR-treated zipper to the knee
-Pants stow in left handwarmer pocket
-272 g (9.6 oz)

Mountain Hardwear Epic Rain Pants - $90

-Made to keep you dry: lightweight, fully waterproof, breathable backcountry shell.
-Partial elastic waist for comfort
-Articulated knees for mobility
-9" ankle zips for easy on/off

Icon PDX Rain Bibs - $115

-Following the same design criteria as the PDX Jacket, the ‘rain gear that doesn’t suck, Icon brings you the PDX Bib.
-The same rip-stop waterproof material but cut into a high backed same seam sealed bib.
-Full-length leg zippers eliminate the ”one-footed man in an dance contest” all too common with waterproof over pants.
-Finally, Icon finished up the garment with some well placed cargo pockets and reflective graphic hits.

Tour Master Sentinel LE Rain Jacket - $80

-Waterproof and breathable Rip Stop Nylon shell with sealed seams is rated MVM 5000 for maximum breathability
-Features an Aqua-Barrier under-the-helmet hood to help eliminate seepage in the collar area. The hood easily stows in a hidden collar pocket
-Self-contained storage pouch allows the jacket to stuff into itself for convenient storage
-Chest map pockets feature waterproof zippers, Tour Master’s Scoop Vent System and a mesh backing so they can be opened for ventilation when needed
-Three large waterproof bellows pockets maximize carrying capacity
-Waterproof zippered underarm exhaust vents allow warm air to exit from the jacket interior
-3M™ Scotchlite® reflective piping and Tour Master’s signature reflective triangles help increase nighttime visibility
-Sized to be worn over motorcycle riding apparel
-Shock Cord waist adjustment seals the sweep and provides a tailored fit
-Full wind flap and Velcro® main closure keeps moisture sealed out
-Elastic cuff with Velcro® closure helps eliminate water encroachment into the sleeve
-Hanging loop is built into the collar for post-ride air drying

Patagonia Torrentshell Rain PullOver - $100

2.5-layer 50-denier 100% nylon ripstop shell with a waterproof/breathable H2No® barrier and Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish

-2-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows
-Microfleece-lined neck and chin for comfort and enhanced protection of waterproof/breathable barrier
-Center-front zipper with storm flaps to keep water out
-Elasticized cuffs for a secure fit
-Stows in zippered chest pocket
-Drawcord hem
-286 g (10.1 oz)

Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket - $120

Lightweight, fully waterproof, breathable backcountry shell.

-Attached, roll-away Ergo hood with laminated brim and quick single pull adjustment
-Micro-Chamois™-lined chin guard eliminates zipper chafe
-Lightweight, watertight pit zips and mesh front pockets for ventilation
-Articulated sleeves for mobility
-Arm pocket for ID, keys, other small items
-Dual hem drawcords for quick fit adjustments

Marmot Aegis Rain Jacket - $150

-Marmot MemBrain® Strata™ Waterproof / Breathable Fabric
-100% Seam Taped - For Full Waterproofness
-Attached Adjustable Hood that Rolls Into Collar - gives you the option to tuck-away when not needed
-PitZips™ - Underarm Zip That Extends Into the Body for Aggressive Venting
-Handwarmer Pockets with Water Resistant Zipper
-Sleeve Pocket with Water-Resistant Zipper - Sleeve Pocket with W/R Zipper
-DriClime® Lined Cuffs with Adjustable Velcro® Tabs
-DriClime® Lined Collar and Chin Guard - Moisture Wicking Fabric for Comfort Around Your Neck and Face
-Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather
-Angel-Wing Movement™ - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up

One more thing:
I hate helmets... But, a full-face helmet is a life-saver when you hit rain. Not only will it keep the rain from pelting your face the entire time, but it'll also keep you warmer and protect your eyes better than a 3/4 or 1/2 helmet. I'll never ride into a wet climate without one again.

-All descriptions are from the manufacturers' websites- - -Check them out for more details...

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