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Can anyone recommend some decent rain gear for riding ?

I'm a year round casual rider. I am looking for something that is cheap, light and waterproof, that can go over my leather riding jacket/jeans pants.

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I found that outer ski shell does wonders and they are cheaper then the motorcyle rain shells.

Pants and jacket is about $100, but I bought mine a few years ago during the spring season.

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I use Viking. Got it at "3 Vets". Cheap, $100, outer shell that is a size too big so it can go over the leathers. Yes leathers because I can't keep the speed down. Love the rain.
 

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get something made of nylon, not PVC.

PVC is cheap, but tears really easily.
 

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I picked up a PVC rain suit at Army & Navy for $10. Yeah it looks like hell but it keeps me 100% dry and warm and if it tears, who cares, it was only $10. It lasted me all of last winter. Army & Navy also have other waterproof clothing options if you want to spend a bit more.
 

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I've done light and cheap. I gave up after years of frustration, cheap gear that tore, flapped itself apart, or made me swelter inside it. I finally broke down and got an Aerostich Roadcrafter.

First one lasted about 7 years or so, and had lots of life left when I got a new one. And I got half of what I paid for the first one new on the used market. Dollar for dollar it's been one of the best deals on gear I've ever spent.
 

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I picked up a Technic 2 pc suit (with lots of reflective strips) for under $100 at Imperial 4 years ago. I have used it in absolute downpours - keeps me dry and looks as good as new.
 

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I always thought a gore-tex jacket over the leather jacket worked pretty well for me.
 

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$10 Canadian Tire all purpose rain jacket special. Works great and even has a reflective strip on the front and back. You won't win any beauty contests wearing this thing though.
 

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there's a huge thread before on how wearing crazy rain jackets will make you blow up like a fat snowman due to the wind. if u do plan to ride in the rain, get a decent teknic suit, head to toe, all water proof.
winter jacket / water proof = 300-400
pants = 120 ish
gloves 50-80
 

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i bought some gear at wal-mart (sports/camping section). they have jackets and pants that fold into themselves and arent all that expensive, i think like 35 for the jakcet and 35 for pants. pretty nice, kept me dry and broke the wind well but unfortunately i lost the jacket so i gotta buy another one.

as for gear blowing up and making you look like a baloon buy it tight. bring your riding gear to the store and try on the rain gear overtop. you want very little play over the play you have in your leathers. that way it will be tight when your riding and wont blow around and fatigue you.
 

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Cheap is relative. How cheap is it if you need to replace it evey year or more often because the wind blast rips it to shreds?

Camping and hiking rain gear is made to tent for air circulation. Goretex isn't at it's best when subjected to hurricane force wind blown rain (like on a bike at highway speeds) and will actually let water through the membrane in this condition.

So shop for proper motorcycle rain gear and buy once. It'll be cheaper in the end and you'll be far more comfortable and dry.

Another option that will result in a lot less clothing changing is an Aerostitch suit. It's got the crash protection built in and it's water proof right off the bat. So only one suit to deal with instead of two. Again, it's more money but if you're a year around commuter it'll pay for itself in the convienience. Or a set of the cordura textile jacket and pants. My Technic jacket has proven to be VERY water resistant and also very warm for all but the absolute worst rain storms or very long days in steady rain at touring speeds. Even that full day in heavy rain the jacket kept me warm even if a couple of spots did leak. A similar jacket along with cordura riding pants would be a great two peice outfit for winter riding that would not require an additional rain suit over it.
 

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I recommend Alpinestar Drystar pants, the best piece of winter gear I ever owned. My bottom half has never been soaked while wearing them.
 
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