I was looking at all the gear I have for riding and thinking that I have to add to my riding wardrobe as the boots I have do a great job as a check valve in the rain. They let water in, but somehow, none of it can escape.
When I started riding almost 30 years ago, I owned a bike and had barely enough money for gas. Gear was what those rich guys bought and it was only so they could look good. Johannesburg is known for sudden rainstorms that last about 20 minutes. Huge, high velocity raindrops and sometimes hail stones the size of marbles. Simply put, one minute you're riding in the sunshine, the next you're as wet as a sponge in a bucket of water.
Funny thing is, we just accepted it. Off we'd go in shorts, a mesh t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops, be out all day and not fall off because it wasn't an option. (It was the 80's, mesh t-shirts were ok back then).
Now, I have a lot of choices. Heated vest, light textile jacket for in-between season, 3/4 jacket with 2 optional liners and a removable water bladder for the colder months, pressure suit for under the gear, textile pants for winter to wear over my choice of layered clothing or a 2 piece vented leather suit for summer. Do I wear the modular helmet with the retractable tinted visor or my regular lightweight full-face helmet. The choices are vast - lol.
It occured to me that I have all the gear to stay dry, none of it works worth a damn and it takes me way longer to dry out when I get wet.