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jah 05-13-02 10:01 AM

rain gear
I came back yesterday soaked from a 40 mile ride through continual rain. My rain wear might be ok for as light spinkle - but not a heavy, steady rain. Anyone have experience with a cycling poncho, and if so, where did you find one?



Richard D 05-13-02 10:13 AM

I haven't tried a poncho, but have tried a pull-over PVC waterproof cape, that was waterproof, but so sweaty I'd rather have got wet from the outside.


Roughstuff 05-13-02 10:46 AM

Can ya tell us what you were wearing? I usually wear a variety of things depending on the temperature (cold rain, warm rain, wet snow?? etc) and the intensity of the rainfall and the wind direction. But I have always found that an old fashion rain suit similar to the old yellow thing your mom slapped ya into on rainy days on your way to Kindergarten, to be the best. They are somewhat heavy feeling and not too supple, but they keep the rain off of you and thats the bottom line. Look for features, not names, for your raingear. A couple comments:

--- make sure you have on light but comfy clothing underneath the suit, which dries quickly and doesn't get clammy when wet. A dickie will help prevent drips down your neck but not clutter up your chest and arms with fabric.

--- make sure the suit has BOTH zippers and snaps, and has velcro (not elastic) closure at the wrists. You can snap and unsnap, zip and unzip to varying degrees as the rain intensity and wind directions shift. You will be able to let the wrist things hang loose and open if you have the choice: that sets up a nice wind current up your arms and out your back.

--- make sure you buy the clothing so that it is too BIG for you. You will be wearing it on top of other stuff; baggy gives you loose air which keeps you warmer and dry; and make sure the arms are long enough to reach the palms of your hands.

--- It helps to have a hood on your raingear that you can roll up inside the neck. You can put it under your helmet and it keeps the rain off your head and helps keep you warm.

Ironically, I am heading out today on a RAINY DAY to buy my raingear and a new set of tent poles. I have had a LOT of luck with Colombia Rain gear, and I recommend it. I do NOT recommend you waste money on gore-tex or similar 'breatheable' fabrics, as the issue is not breatheability, to begin with. Save your money and spend it on other things to warm and cheer you up on drippy days.


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