Can I Finally Kiss My Raingear Goodbye?

On Thursday morning while being completely useless at work before the long 4th of July weekend, I decided to check out the ladies Klim gear on You know, “just looking.”

I don’t NEED new gear. I’ve got more jackets than I can possibly use. Just last spring I bought myself 2 new REV’IT jackets. What all of the gear – I’m apparently hoarding – has in common though, is that is isn’t waterproof. Yes, it all has rain liners and they work – to a point. But I absolutely would not trust that I could make it from my house on a multi-hundred mile trip on the slab in the pouring rain and be happy about it without the use of rain gear over top. That isn’t a knock against the gear – it doesn’t guarantee that it is waterproof. You know what you’re getting in to up front.

For the record – I don’t like interior rain liners. The outer garment becomes completely saturated and weighs a million pounds while you stand dripping on line at a 7-11 getting coffee.

Frankly, I don’t know why I bother with the whole “maybe I should…” charade. Once a thought enters my mind I’m pretty much all in. When I say something like “What do you think of this Klim jacket?” to Kenny, it can be taken as a clear indicator that I am about to buy it. And the pants.

And so I did.

Box numero uno containing my pants arrived bright and early on Saturday morning.

ladies klim altitude

Now I play the waiting game with UPS to deliver my jacket. It is officially half-passed eternity, in case you were wondering.

Will this setup be the thing that makes me finally say goodbye to needing raingear? GORE-TEX guarantees waterproofness.

This spring while riding with two dudes in Klim gear, in the rain all the way to WV, they stayed dry. Not that I’m excited to find out – but, I’m excited to find out 😀

What’s your experience with GORE-TEX riding gear?



Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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7 Responses

  1. Wayne Busch says:

    Let us know how well they work. Always on the lookout for better gear.

  2. Kathy says:

    I’m excited to find out, too. Think of all the luggage space that would free-up. Not to mention the convenience of not having to stop along the road to hurriedly don gear before the rain.

  3. RichardM says:

    I started with Firstgear Kilimanjaro GoreTex gear (or GoreTex-like material) and I’ve riden most of the day in the rain staying pretty dry. I now have a Roadcrafter Light one-piece and even after riding in pouring rain, the only damp area are my pant cuffs. The materal works and you’ll stay dry as long as the seams are taped. Not just some sort of glue applied to the thread but heat sealed tape over anywhere a needle was used.

  4. My closet full of GoreTex-lined jackets, pants and boots attests to my love of the magic membrane. I’ve had good luck with various (insert trade name)-Tex lined gear as well. The only non-Tex gear I own is semi-mesh stuff. Not having to devote time and brain cells to that “should I stop and put on/take off the rain gear/rain liners” decision (which was always wrong in my case) makes me a more relaxed, safer, more-focused rider. No personal experience with Klim gear, but the reputation is outstanding; a couple I know just bought Latitude combos for an Alaskan trip.

  5. karinajean says:

    I just got a roadcrafter (not light, regular) and rode through days of rain on our spring trip. it was totally dry, seriously. I was amazed.

  6. Colleen says:

    I haven’t been able to find anything smaller than a size 10 in the KLIM pants. If you got something smaller, where did you get it? I have the jacket but was told I had to wait till next year for the pants…I’m hoping for a size 4 to turn up somewhere!


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