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Wet Weather Motorcycle Gear: Over or Under?

Wet Weather Motorcycle Gear: Over or Under?

wet ride to the ferryOver 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 Verdict:

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?

Secret Motorcycle Santa: Live Long and Prosper

Secret Motorcycle Santa: Live Long and Prosper

I won’t divulge their name so as not to embarrass them, but Secret Motorcycle Santa was incredibly generous and kind to me this year. On Thursday night before dashing out to my office holiday party the UPS man met me at the door with a box. Inside were 2 thoughtful Christmas presents.

A Pair of Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers:
My battle with the rain is ongoing. I guess everyone in my little universe knows this. Now I can have dry hands, squeegee my visor and give a shout out to my man, Mr. Spock. That pretty much covers my “To-Do” list.

Aerostich Triple Digit Raincovers
Aerostich Triple Digit Raincovers

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift

My mind has wanderlust. My heart and my chosen life keep me home. 80 pages in, I’ve already found some inspiration for learning to see the beauty of the simple things in your own backyard.

When Wanderers Cease to Roam - Vivian Swift
When Wanderers Cease to Roam - Vivian Swift

Thank You

I’m humbled. I guess what is really most touching is that people think of you, consider you and go out of their way to do something nice when they absolutely do not have to. Thank you, Secret Santa. I really appreciate it.

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