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What's you favorite summer wet weather riding gear?

Old 04-12-09, 09:12 AM
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What's you favorite summer wet weather riding gear?

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a wuss when it comes to riding in the rain. If it's raining, I'm not riding. That needs to change this year though. I'm doing a couple of charity rides this summer, including the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), where they ride rain or shine. Seeing the PMC is a two day 192 mile ride, the organizers stress that riders need to train in the rain so we know how to ride in it. Seeing I've never ridden in the rain, I'd better get out there and train in it. I don't want to be the reason for a pile up.

With that said, I'm trying to figure out what gear/clothing I should be getting for wet weather. Do they make rain clothing that's waterproof, but breathable? Do you just wear a waterproof/breathable jacket or do you also wear bike shorts with those characteristics? I'm not sure how you'd waterproof your shoes though unless you wear some kind of waterproof booties. Is there any issues or types of equipment I should watch out for? I'm figuring if I don't do this right I'll just end up swimming in sweat on the inside as rain is kept out from the outside.

Thanks for the help!
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This is going to depend on where you live. Do you get long rainy days or intense thunder showers?

For Colorado, I tend to carry a full Goretex jacket that is completely waterproof, because of mountain storms that will pass and then leave me freezing cold on the descents afterward. For days when it just rains all day (not common here in the summer) it is more about temperature regulation, because you are going to get wet anyway. Today is like that, but in the 40's, and I am considering a ride, but wondering if it is wise with my injured ribs.
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My jacket is an older version of this ...

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1239564125476

Would be nice to upgrade, but don't have the $$ right now.

I'd also like to get my hands on a pair of these:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1239564157462

But I do have something similar I picked up in France, plus a whole bunch of splash pants that work reasonably well.

These are nice for the feet:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1239564272357

I'm on my second set of them because I wear them in the winter too (2 pair in about 6 years).

And this works well for your helmet:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1239564371933

I love mine and wear it in the winter and in rainy weather.

For my hands, I have a pair of these (or something like them) but haven't used them yet:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1239564508174
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I use a windbreaker I purchased in japan (Romantic Mocha is the brand ).

I don't really worry about my legs getting wet, they stay warm.

For my hands I wear gloves with a wool outer and a fleece inner, not waterproof, but they stay warm even when wet.
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It doesn't rain in the summer here, so I can't help too much. But my only piece of advice - shoe covers. In a rain my socks get wet, and stay wet. And, unlike a top or pants, its really annoying to me - I can deal fine with a wet jersey or shorts - but its those wet socks!
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Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
This is going to depend on where you live. Do you get long rainy days or intense thunder showers?
I'm in New England and we can get some long days of rain and thundershowers. The big ride is right at the beginning of August so I doubt it will be too cold. Then again, if wet, you can probably get cold in 90 degree weather.
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Nashbar "tall" size jacket (blue) and pants (black)
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In New England, you need to think about the kind of stuff Machka posted. I used to live there, and those wet days can be miserable. The key is to find things that are as breathable as possible (material and venting) while still being waterproof.
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What's you favorite summer wet weather riding gear?
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Does depend on temperature. If it's hot, just get wet, and don't worry about a jacket.

Even the highest tech stuff is not going to keep you completely dry riding. So think what you need to keep you warm, moreso than keeping dry.
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Summer time? Just shoe covers.
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Fenders.
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Usually someone has popped in to recommend the Showers Pass Elite jacket by now.

I own one, but haven't had a chance to ride it in the rain yet (only had it 2 weeks). It's made out of "eVent", which is reputed to be about twice as breathable as goretex and about as good as you can get for waterproof + breathable right now. It also has lots of features to let you vent when it's not raining - cuffs you can open up, pit zips, a rear vents so you can unzip partway and air will blow in from the front and out the back, and adjustable bungee cord at the neck and the bottom to seal rain out or let some more airflow through.

They also make a cheaper jacket they call their "touring" jacket that's supposed to be a little less breathable (different material) but is a lot cheaper.

Wish I could offer personal advice - so far all I can say is that my jacket makes a really, really excellent windbreaker.

I don't think I've ever heard of a bike rain jacket that's not to warm above about 60 degrees.
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