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Old 03-11-08, 03:42 PM
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Does any body have any good sugestions to keep your feet and hands dry in the rain?

Your advice is much appreciated,

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Old 03-11-08, 03:58 PM
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Paclite gore-tex mittens.
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Given enough time in the rain, nothing's going to keep you completely dry. Fenders make a big difference for feet. Some people who prefer spd sandals use neoprene socks when it's cold/wet. Personally, I find long periods wrapped in neoprene result in some pretty weird odors.
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This page from www.biketouringtips.com has 9 links to biking clothes. Three of the links deal specifically with rain gear.

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For feet I go with neopream overshoes which keep my dry in all but the worst rain and going through big puddles but on hands I don't think it is worth trying to keep them dry better to concentrate on warm.

Whatever you do at the end of a day make sure you dry your feet well ideally let them breath abit in the open. Trench foor is not nice and if you are riding for several days in wet shoes it is a possiblity. Look after your feet.
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Trench foor is not nice and if you are riding for several days in wet shoes it is a possiblity. Look after your feet.
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Originally Posted by joermz29
Does any body have any good sugestions to keep your feet and hands dry in the rain?
I recommend the following:
1. Wear shoes that are comfortable when wet and dry quickly (My Sidi Bullets don't seem to hold much wetness).
2. Keep your feet warm even if you can't keep them dry (Trench foot is caused by wet AND cold feet).
3. Be sure to let your feet dry and air out in the evening.
4. Use fenders.
5. If it is cold use shoe covers.
6. Wear socks that are comfy when wet and dry quickly.
7. When it stops raining and gets dry enough for it to help, put on dry socks.

Personally I don't always take all of my own advice and often skip items 5 and 7 on tour and 4, 5, and 7 when at home.

Edit, forgot to mention hands... I just let them be wet and if it is cold wear long fingered (wet) gloves.
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To keep my shoes dry I bought some of these. They worked great. For walking around camp in a rainstorm they're a little schlumpy, but not overly so, and definitely better than getting my shoes soaked. On the bike they were awesome. The biggest downside was that they're from Canada and shipping was pretty costly.

I had some winter riding gloves with Goretex I brought on my last tour and used in the rain. They're big and puffy (they're pretty much the same as ski gloves) but they kept my hands warm and dry in the cold rain. They're either from Performance or Nashbar - just some that were on sale.
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My hat is off to those who say that they have found a way to stay dry when riding in the rain. I have a full rain suit and if it really rains hard the only way I have found to stay dry is to stay inside. And that is pretty much what I do. Especially if it is also cold. If it is nice and warm I don't worry about getting wet, I don't melt. In any event I am convinced that riding in hard rain is a good way to get whacked by a car/truck. They can't see each other when it is raining hard, they certainly can't see me on a bicycle.
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Old 03-13-08, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe

To keep my shoes dry I bought some of these. They worked great... On the bike they were awesome.
+1

They're slightly bulky, and kinda ugly, but serve their purpose very well.
Walking in puddles with these may cause wet feet.
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Old 03-13-08, 07:42 AM
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I have the booties shown above, they are ok for rain and not very good for slush.

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I went with Neil Gunton's advice: Gore-Tex socks. I'll let the shoes get wet.
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If possible -
Don't bike in the rain.
You said you are touring, right?
Although you can't control the weather, pick times and places with lower rainfall.
In the Great Plains, it is actually dangerous to be out in thunderstorms with lightning.
Even if it's just grey drizzle, people can't see you as well and you may be more tired & grumpy.

Yes, I get caught in the rain.
And there are times that I have to ride in the rain.
But I like to use those rainy times when I'm on tour to cocoon.
I might stop by the library and get on the computer.
Buy a paperback and read in my tent.
Get that nasty laundry washed.
Even just visit in the cafe.

Hope you have a great tour - J
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Dry or warm while touring ?

For feet and shoes, I use the neoprene booties seen above. It beats the plastic-bag-around-the-shoes solution. If you also want to walk a lot in rain, get rubbers for walking.

For hands, I use neoprene gloves sold for kayaking. I still get damp hands, but at least they are warm.
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For the feet, I, too, use the booties from MEC as pictured above. The shoes still get a bit wet if it is a real downpour or if you are riding for hours on end but the booties work well enough.

For the hands, year round I just use my winter riding gloves. Not waterproof at all but they do the trick for commuting or getting caught out. For touring I take an oversize pair of rubber work gloves that fit over the fingerless summer riding gloves. 100% waterproof. Put them on first then slip on the jacket so the water doesnt run down the jacket sleeve into the glove an you are set. I have a pair of the neoprene riding gloves but I find them tiring because of the usual pre-curved and stiff shape of them.
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Thank you so much for all of the input, it is very helpful. Also, Becnal I love the story of stuff and sent it to everyone I know.

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Why not just use rubber boots like these: https://www.wellie-boots.co.uk/argyll-full-knee.htm
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In an emergency when the rain is cold, useplastic bags between your socks and shoes. A more high tech bag is the Sealskin sock. Unlike booties, you can use it off the bike for hiking.
Sealskin also make gloves but I dont find them comfortable.
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I'm with those who stay put when it rains. But if it's drizzly, traffic is light, and conditions are otherwise good, I'm good to go. I spent hours riding through light drizzle while ascending a mountain pass in Switzerland, and it was kind of refreshing.

However, if the road is slippery, the air is hazy, the shoulder is unpaved or non-existent, or traffic is heavy, I don't take chances. That's why books and Sudoku were invented!

To make myself more visible to drivers, rain or shine, I wear a vest with florescent stripes.
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Originally Posted by lighthorse
My hat is off to those who say that they have found a way to stay dry when riding in the rain.
Agreed, hands and feet are really hard to keep dry. For short commute I can sometimes pull it off, but never riding 8 hours in the rain, which always happens to me on tour.

I had a pair of sealskinz waterproof gloves, and in a downpour my hands were still wet after a while. I haven't really figured out a solution for hands.

For my feet I usually tour with shimano spd sandals. If it is really hot and raining, I'll just let my feet get wet. If it is a bit colder, I'll put on a pair of wool socks, and sealskinz waterproof socks on top. This kept me happy in a downpour this summer. You're feet won't be dry, but the wool does a really good job of staying warm when wet.

I have tried booties before and they were always to much hassle, although maybe mine were not very good.
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How about rubber medical gloves under normal gloves as a stopgap/emergency for hands, or how about Pertex (I think it's pertex, anyway); it's the stuff they use in Buffalo clothing - supposedly, it stays warm when wet (much like the neoprane canoist's gloves above), but is supposedly highly breathable. I always liked the theory of Buffalo clothing (from memory, it's simply an outer layer you wear next to your skin which is highly breathable, windproof, not waterproof, but warm when wet, and as such, not uncomfortable). I've never tried it, but have heard good things.
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I really like the gortex socks, they have kept my feet dry and warm, as they cut the wind.

I also use gortex overmitts, the same as for x-country skiing. They are also good windcutters.

If really cold, I use warm gloves under the mitts, and overbooties; but then, precip is usually snow or sleet.

When touring in northern climes, sometimes these conditions are unavoidable or take you by surprise.

I always change into dry socks and shoes when finished riding; even if it's the same socks for a few days, they don't get too dirty or wet if you don't ride in them.

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After some research this is what I've come up with for the hands.

highly visible too..


(dishwashing gloves*)
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Treated nylon overshoes for your feet and neoprene gloves for your hands. I have tried at least 4 different brands of gloves sold as waterproof but the neoprenes are the only ones that kept me warm and comfortable. Some of my best touring days were ones spent in the rain.
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