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Old 02-28-07, 05:10 PM   #1
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Rain Legs

Anybody ever seen these before? http://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/rainlegs.html

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Old 02-28-07, 06:43 PM   #2
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yeah
they pop up on here every few months
some poeple like them, some don't
I for one would rather get entirely soaked, or none at all
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Old 02-28-07, 07:48 PM   #3
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Kent Petersen has written a positive review here:

http://www.ultracycling.com/equipmen...ther_gear.html

I have heard from another reviewer that the waterproofing began to delaminate after 10 rides, but that they company offered to replace them.

I have no experience with them, but am very interested in trying them.
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Old 03-01-07, 06:33 AM   #4
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i'd bet they'd be killer if your caught in an unplanned cold rain...

i bet they do a great job of kepping you that little bit warmer; but if you think those will keep you dry i bet you'll be disapointed...
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Old 03-01-07, 07:04 AM   #5
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To me they look like just one more thing to drag around because it might rain. Rather just get wet.
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Old 03-01-07, 07:16 AM   #6
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Well those would be perfect for me; when I ride in the rain my chest is kept dry by my jacket, and everything below the knees is kept dry by the front fairing. The only part that gets wet is the thighs. I think these are the answer! Thanks!
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I find that normal rain pants work well in the summer. Raincoats get really hot, but not the pants. The stiff covers on the rain legs would make them difficult to stow.

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They are very water resistant, maybe even "proof", but that just means that you heat up underneath and end up wet anyway.
If you fold them and wear them as a belt, just in case - it gets icky very quickly. So i only use them if it is raining when i'm leaving home. For the chance of rain - i rather get somewhat wet.

Lately i've discovered that you could use them without closing the velcros at the knee, thus keeping yourself much more ventilated while not compromising coverage. But i don't know how that would work on a faster ride.

They don't cost much, so i recommend them. Mostly because in cold rain (unlike what we have here) they may work great, because you don't sweat as much, and your body cools off alot faster.
I used them a couple of times on my road bike, when i went for a ride on a really rainy and cold day - and stayed fairly dry, mostly because i was just rolling along, not putting too much effort into it and not heating up.
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My upper body already covers my upper legs from rain and the part of my legs (shins and feet) that get soaked are not covered by these at all so these would be a total waste of time for me.
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Unless you have fenders those would not do much.
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they're good

I read this forum, whilst trying to work out if they were worth getting, not so useful, most people making assumptions not having used them or stating the obvious! I bought a pair last week, + 3 times they've stopped me getting soaked. In a rainy London, they're really useful for cycling across town and encountering a downpour. I don't carry rain trousers normally, too bulky, too hot, hassle to get on and off, etc.
So for regular commuting they work a treat.
We'll see how robust they are, + how well the waterproofing lasts later??
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Old 01-27-10, 12:54 PM   #12
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I am with mmm06, on this one, I like them. I have full fenders.
I also have a pair of rain pants,for when it is raining horizontally. I have to be expecting some pretty heavy duty rain to be willing to go through the hassle of putting them on.
The Rain Mates are easier to put on, and where they cover only the front part of my thighs and shins I don't over heat in them.
They also serve as corking nice windbreakers for my legs in the winter.
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Mine are called RainMates
They have the lower leg extension.
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If money is no object, Gore BikeWear Gore-tex Paclite are peerless. They fold into their own rear pocket, weigh mere ounces and have preformed knees and the fit is outstanding. They run about $200, but my wife found me my pair for half price at REI. I would have never spent $200 on rain pants, but now that I have them I would immediately go out and buy another pair if I ever lost them.
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I bought regular nylon pants from Cabela's: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...form23&Go.x=32

They used to be $12 on sale. They are very thin and waterproof, though I haven't done more than 25 mins in the rain with them. Other reviewers say they hold up very well for a day trip or so.

I hear Gore-Tex is awesome, but I hesitate to pay the 10x-15x price.
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I bought my RainMates from Trophy Bikes in Philly. Combined with a rainjacket, particularly with rain in cold weather, they're a lifesaver.

For my short 10 minute commute, I can usually get by without them, but for the 30-40 minute ride to Manhattan, it means I can go out and party on my bike even if its raining (don't really have patience for the MTA and its erratic subway service)
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Old 02-04-10, 01:13 PM   #17
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hmmm ... maybe something lighter would be good for those killer sunny hot summer days that fry my thighs. last summer I applied sun lotion on and above my knees almost continuously. even with lotion sometimes the hot burning feeling was distracting
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Old 02-04-10, 08:24 PM   #18
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I've been using them commuting this winter, and it's been a pretty wet winter. I wear a pair of lightweight wool tights rain or shine in cool weather, and add the rain legs when it's raining. Without them, my legs get wet and cold, with them, I stay pretty comfortable. I've got a pair of goretex pants, but they get too hot. And no matter what the marketing folk say, goretex doesn't breathe enough for cycling use unless you cruise along at 5mph. The rainlegs let my legs stay cool enough to be comfortable. I don't think it's really as much a matter of keeping my legs dry as it is keeping the wind from cutting through the wet wool.

With the wool tights and rainlegs, wool socks, a wool t-shirt under a lycra jersey under a polypro fleece jersey, I get wet but stay warm. I don't mind being wet, if I was swimming I'd be even wetter. And after I get to work or get home, I hop in a shower and get wet. As long as I stay warm, being wet is no problem. The rainlegs help keep me warm, not dry.

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I turn my gortex pants inside out after every ride so they can dry. sometimes when it rains it's hard to decide which side I want to dry first.
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