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Old 04-03-09, 08:51 AM   #1
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Help me shop for Spring/Summer Rain gear.

I know some of you love to shop bike stuff. So I figure to throw it out here.

I'm thinking of getting a generic rainsuit from HomeDepot for torrential down pour type days. But that doesn't seem like a good long term solution. Also, a PVC suit is probably going to be too hot.

So, I'd like to see if you guys can suggest put some links of some decent rain gear. Nothing too over the top expensive and it doesn't have to be cycling specific.

This looks pretty good to me. http://www.rei.com/product/776880#
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Old 04-03-09, 09:03 AM   #2
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You are after the same thing I am: the Holy Grail of rain gear---sheds water AND provides adequate ventilation. I'm not sure such a thing exists. I base this on years of biking and backpacking experience. I'm toying with just getting an el-cheapo, clear rain jacket which will shed water up to a point but hopefully be thin enough to not roast me like a Ronco cooker. I saw some things on a golf website which looked vaguely promising. If I find some good possibilities, I will post here. For starters: this one intrigues me--zip off sleeves. As corny/gimmicky as that may sound to some, I generally find my present raingear leaves me feeling clammiest/sweatiest on the arms. Seems like this might solve that as it theoretically keeps the pits open/cooler. Who knows. Throwing it out there.

http://www.golflink.com/golf-equipme....aspx?p=274400
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That looks pretty good. I agree about getting an el cheapo. I saw some light rain jacket at target that might work. I think it's more of an anorak but maybe if I treat it with some Nikwax I might be able to get more mileage out of it.

http://www.target.com/C9-by-Champion...ate&rh=&page=1
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moving up in price, check out this bike-specific one:
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Water...n-Jackets.html


Ooh, now this looks good and is cycle-specific without being phenomenally overpriced:
http://www.crank-2.com/store/product...nce-Jacket-MD/
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moving up in price, check out this bike-specific one:
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Water...n-Jackets.html
Can I get a discount if I don't want helmet cover?


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Ooh, now this looks good and is cycle-specific without being phenomenally overpriced:
http://www.crank-2.com/store/product...nce-Jacket-MD/
This is nice. Cheap and easy. definitely more streamlined than the homedepot fisherman outfit.
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There's this amazing miracle material that is totally breathable yet sheds water like a duck's back. It's called "skin." Use that in the summer. Anything else, especially cheapo rain jackets, really will be too warm.

For instance, I've got a Performance Century II jacket. It's very lightweight, not quite waterproof, and supposedly breathable. I wear it in the winter (winters are mild here). Down to about 38 degrees F I wear this and a regular short sleeve jersey and I work up a good sweat on the way to work. Anything above 55 and this is too warm.
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Anything above 55 and this is too warm.
Very good point indeed. This is going to throw my logistics off a bit. So let say, you get into the office you are dripping wet what is your course of action? Am I better off investing in a shamwow towel?
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THe J+G stuff it pretty nice and priced well. The helmet cover is extra. I bought the windbreaker that is not waterproof but will keep you dry in light rain. It has HUGE pit zips and that helps get rid of the perspiration. Be advised their stuff is roomy so if you are looking for skin tight they are not what you want. Their stuff is geared mostly to commuters but from my experience with the windbreaker its nice stuff. Don't know our size but I have a brand new pair of Burley W+B pants in medium for sale.
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All rain jackets SUCK in temperatures above 65 or so, in my experience. I live in Florida so temps here are warm to hot most of the time. If it rains and I wear my rain jacket, I will not get soaked with rain but will be soaked with sweat. Most of the time I won't wear a jacket at all in the spring and summer.

I can abide a wet jersey. I cannot stand wet shorts and wet socks. My commute is 22 miles so that's a long time in soggy socks. So, I wear an odd kit. Rain pants are way too hot. They're like plastic bags. Instead, I wear RAINLEGS ( http://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/rainlegs.html ) , waterproof booties ( http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pvtbt...booties/pp.htm ) and the helmet cover for my Bell Metro. This combination works pretty well. The Rainlegs only cover the top and sides of my legs so it's cooler, and the booties keep shoes and socks dry.

It does look quite odd, though.
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I just bought an Illuminite jacket for $60. It is light, waterproof, 'breathable', but has elastic cuffs - would prefer velcro. It has mesh under arm venting, no pit zips. In addition to the back pocket, it has side pockets which I find useful for keys. I dont see this model on www.illuminite.com
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I'm trying to find a good waterproof rain hat that has a decent sized brim in black or tan/beige. Any suggestions?
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Here you go KitN..
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/catalo...*1*24*-1*-1*23


I so see you rockin' this.

Schiwinn.. The rain legs are exactly what I was thinking off. They are like chaps for bike riders!
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Here you go KitN..
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/catalo...*1*24*-1*-1*23


I so see you rockin' this.

Schiwinn.. The rain legs are exactly what I was thinking off. They are like chaps for bike riders!
OMG! Thanks so much.

Only problem is that the steep $175 price tag will take away from my shoe money.
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Yeah, I thought that might be a problem. Did you try century 21? or Daffy's? They must have something for relatively cheap.
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Maybe this would work? It's $60 and made of waxed cotton.



The brim isn't that large, but it should keep the rain out of your eyes.
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So let say, you get into the office you are dripping wet what is your course of action? Am I better off investing in a shamwow towel?
Well, in the summer I tend to be dripping wet when I get to the office whether it's raining or not. I'm lucky enough to work in a place with a locker room and showers, so I change and hang my clothes to dry in a locker (which doesn't entirely work but is better than nothing).
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Man, I wish we had lockers here. That would be killer.
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Maybe this would work? It's $60 and made of waxed cotton.



The brim isn't that large, but it should keep the rain out of your eyes.
Wow. Nice cap. Way too expensive, but nice.
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