Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: West Coast
Bikes: Raleigh M800 MTB, Kona Major Jake Cyclocross (commuter)
What to wear when you ride underwater.
Okay, if you don't live in the Pacific Nortwest (especially at the foot of the mountains i.e. where the rain really dumps) you don't understand that from November through June it rains, constantly, incessantly, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. But being born-again to the bike commuting scene, I wasn't going to let rain stop me. So I rode in yesterday. To my surprise it was raining. I have a Pearl Izumi jacket which is more of a shell, but is made of the Zephyr 2 fabric. It does okay in a light drizzle. I also have a Canary rain shell which is plastic, or rubber, or whatever, but completely unbreathable. I don't know what's more wet at the end of the ride, my outside from rain, or my inside from sweat. I have some pants which are decent, but my Nike MTB shoes blow like no other.
So . . .
If you had to recommend a good jacket that is highly water repelant and breathable, and a pair of shoes that actually have some small ability to keep your feet from being utterly soaked, what would you suggest? (Or are booties a good idea?)