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Old 08-15-08, 07:57 AM   #1
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Foul Weather Gear, suggestions?

Hello!

Looking for some suggestions of gear to use when the weather isn't too favorable (jackets, pants, etc). Any help would be appreciated...

Thanks!
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I just ordered a pair of Pearl AmFIB Lobster Gloves, AmFIB Shoe covers and Thermal leg warmers. I also have a northface shell I bought on clearance two seasons ago that is currently being replaced (waiting for the package to arrive!)due to a tear in the seam (yay for warrantys)..
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Thanks! To be a little more specific, I am mostly interested in gear to use in moderate to heavy rain storms
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Thanks! To be a little more specific, I am mostly interested in gear to use in moderate to heavy rain storms
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marmot makes great stuff for this. its a little pricey compartively, but its great and will last forever
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idunno, but mavic is dropping the ILL clothing line, including a rain jersey dubbed the altium rain jacket.
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i love my marmot jacket in the winter, it has an inner jacket that you can remove if you want to just wear the shell...i can't wait to ride the fixed bike in the cooler weather

for rain i would just go with fenders and maybe a light rain jacket...booties maybe?
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For rain gear on your bike, full fenders are the way to go.

As far as body covering, I use an Arc Teryx Beta AR Gore Tex shell. It's essentially a mountaineering shell that I have for a lot of activities, but it's hood is big enough to go over a bike helmet, and it's rear is a little longer than normal jackets.

Generally speaking, your rain gear for cycling doesn't need to be too over the top technical because as long as you're moving, the water is going to glide off you. When you stop is when the water gets time to settle in and soak you.

Breath-ability is key because you can end up soaking yourself with your own sweat if your garment can't transfer the moisture out.

I use the Novara Express pants as well. They're better than traditional rain pants in that they have a reinforced fabric near where the cranks are. I have shredded normal rain pants due to my chainwheel teeth before.

If i'm riding in the rain, I usually ride my foul weather bike which doesn't have clipless pedals, so I just wear water proof shoes. When I rode my road bike, I would just wear PI Cyclone Toe Covers and that would be fine for the most part.
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i don't own any rain specific stuff, but i get by with just a rain suit. breatheablity is the key though because you get hot REAL quick with the wrong rain gear (which I have)

for future thought, if you're looking for an excuse to invest in new parts, ceramic rims (with ceramic pads) work wonders in the rain.
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idunno, but mavic is dropping the ILL clothing line, including a rain jersey dubbed the altium rain jacket.
I want that jacket!
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That's a sharp jacket! I have no doubt in my mind that I will not be able to afford it, haha
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