Wet Weather Motorcycle Gear: Over or Under?
Over the weekend, I found myself riding in a hammering thunderstorm trying to get back home to Long Island.
My usual rain gear is a pair of FroggToggs. They aren’t pretty and I kind of look like a Yeti when wearing them but they haven’t let me down. They have done a good job of keeping me dry.
On this particular day, I left the house knowing that it would rain. Seeing as how I wouldn’t be terribly far from home, I figured I would bite the bullet and finally test the interior rain liners that came with my REV’IT Sand gear.
In the past I have hesitated to try the rain liners because I was unsure of just how “waterproof” they would be. It’s hard to go out on that limb when you have something that you know works. I guess I was feeling brave.
The REV’IT rain liners work. They kept me dry as the blinding rain pelted me on my unfaired bike.
BUT… there is a sensation of being wet, anyway.
When I finally made it onto the ferry for home, I took my coat off inspecting my shirt to see if I was wet because my brain was telling me I must be.
I felt trapped in my gear. Having your rain liner as an interior layer means that your outer layer becomes soaked. That also means that it weighs like 400lbs.
Shedding your jacket is one thing, but if you aren’t wearing “public friendly” leggings or something of that nature under your riding pants, then you’re stuck wearing soaking wet pants.
I didn’t want to sit dripping next to other people on the boat. That left me standing around in the belly of the ferry with all of the cars.
Of course, there is also the issue of having to leave the house with the liners in your gear or find a place that you can put them in on the road. That’s potentially 3 layers of material all day long. Not always the most comfortable solution in the summer.
One single ride with the liners has me feeling like I prefer having an outer rain layer that is easy to put on and shed.
What About You?
What is your preference for rain gear?