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Old 10-08-17, 11:24 PM   #26
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Let's say it's 60f.
- You can bike in cheap non-breathable rainwear - if you bike slowly and casually. You don't need to buy expensive rain gear just to bike a half mile to work.
- I can bike at a medium pace with more expensive, more breathable rainwear.
- To bike all out and be comfortable, I could do it in good wool.

This range changes depending on the temp outside. I can never bike full out in cheap non-breathable rainwear no matter what the temp. With more expensive more breathable rainwear I can bike full out at 40 degrees, medium pace at 60 degrees.

I would basically say that if I had unlimited money here's what I'd do:
- 55 and below: Expensive "breathable" rainwear
- 55-80: Good wool
- 80 and above: Much lighter wool, like wool shorts and t-shirt

I've often pondered whether the best case outfit for 55 and above would be waterproof breathable t-shirt/vest and shorts - enough to keep your core from getting wet, but keep enough air moving in and out via the exposed legs and arms that it doesn't turn into a sauna. But it's just a theory, I haven't tried it.
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Old 10-12-17, 11:37 AM   #27
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Agree with the others suggesting venting. I commuted with a Specialized rain jacket for a few years and in even moderately warm spring days, the inside of my jacket would be muggy and sweaty after ten minutes. I've since switched to using my Barbour Bicycle jacket (hard to find now) with arm and back zipper vents, both near the pits, and that works a great. People thought I was crazy cycling in a heavy waxed canvas, but I stay perfectly comfortable and sweat free up to 60 F commuting with Barbour over a button down shirt. I think the vents help a great deal.
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Old 10-12-17, 12:21 PM   #28
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I have a low and showers pass raincoat that pretty much sucks. I went out and bought and expensive Gore Bikewear Gore-Tex jacket and to sucks. I wear a wool base layer which get soaking wet with both jackets. I don't think there such thing as staying reasonably dry in the rain. I think it's just about staying less miserable just long enough to get on the bike.
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Old 10-12-17, 10:10 PM   #29
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Cold rain sucks. -20 is actually more pleasant than just above (or below) freezing and raining.

I generally wear a construction worker hoodie in reflective orange & yellow as top layer, and adjust layers below on temperature. As others have said, the point is to stay warm, dry is often futile when active in rain. I haven't pulled that out yet, but it's probably only a couple weeks.
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I have a low and showers pass raincoat that pretty much sucks. I went out and bought and expensive Gore Bikewear Gore-Tex jacket and to sucks. I wear a wool base layer which get soaking wet with both jackets. I don't think there such thing as staying reasonably dry in the rain.
Correct. You just need to stay warm. I've tried all types of jackets and always get damp/wet but manage to stay warm.
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Old 10-13-17, 10:41 AM   #31
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It's you.
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Cold rain sucks. -20 is actually more pleasant than just above (or below) freezing and raining.
YES. This.

IMO, the one thing that is even less pleasant than cold rain is hot rain (or hot/humid). If it's above about 70F, I just suck it up and get wet.

For cooler heavy rain, I'm having success with the combo of a non-breathable waterproof jacket with wool underneath - different thicknesses of wool for different temperatures. I get a bit sweaty, but not dangerously sweaty.

If it's light rain, a water resistant soft shell is better. It also does well as a windblocker for the very cold weather.

I'm still struggling to find trousers that will keep out heavy rain for more than a half hour. I might have to dump some ca$h or just make my own.
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