The search for waterproof gear, continues....

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Like my 2 previous sets of Frogg Toggs, The Thunder Under suit didn't keep the rain out either. Oddly enough, tonight was
the only appreciable rain I've seen on my commute since I bought the gear a month and a half ago. I'd also like to mention
that I haven't washed this set since I bought it.

My current set might be able to be made temporarily waterproof with an application of some sort of spray. -But I'm not
interested in a maintenance regimen for my rain gear. I already have enough things around here that need maintenance.

Manufacturers, listen up!....I want a breathable, maintenance free, truly waterproof set of rain gear. We put a man on the moon in 1969, we have
(cell) phones today that can do....almost anything. But no one can keep a motorcycle rider dry when it rains. WTH?

I'm gonna solve this problem and make millions. Then I will quit my job, hit the road on my NC, sleep in a tent, and tour planet earth.
And all the while, DRY AS THE SAHARA!

The layer I had on underneath my rain gear after the 25 minute commute home in a light rain:
-And NO, I was not incontinent on the ride home. :rolleyes: lol
-And YES, you would see more water in the stomach area, if the pants weren't covering it up.
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What do you consider an "outrageous" price for a set of 100% waterproof, GoreTex or similar breathable membrane laminated gear?

Are you willing to pay a few hundred dollars or more to stay dry? Is the amount of time in rain worth it to you? That is what it boils down to really, IMHO.

I've had a set of GoreTex hiking rain pants since 1990, that I have never ever gotten wet in, while using. They cost over $300.00 23 years ago. That was pretty pricey back then (for me) but it was a far better deal than all the many $29.99 and $79.00 etc., dollar suits I have wasted my money on that leaked or fell apart, or were like hideous clammy saunas that you got more wet in, than if they actually did leak, lol.

My Aerostich AD-1 GoreTex pants have proven 100% waterproof and awesome as well, for a few years now. I think they were about $280-ish or so after shipping, taxes, border fees etc. Again, fairly costly for me, but warm dry and comfy? I'd pay double for that if I had too.

My Firstgear Kenya jacket with it's built in laminated breathable membrane (non GoreTex) has been a joy to own for these past few years too. Again, 100% waterproof in just ignorant hard rain conditions. I'm not talking Vancouver "mist" or the average mildly steady rainy day, but full awn Haida Gwaii torrential downpours for hours at a time. Nice and warm and comfy dry. (my jacket is a 2010-ish model, that I got for around $250.00 or so. They still make the Kenya I think, but it has been changed a bit here and there design-wise)

I've never yet really washed any of these items or done any special treatments or whatever. I just wear them and hang them up. I do give them a quick hose down and mild scrubbing if they get dirty. I might finally break down this winter and do a maintenance ritual of a good thorough washing and a Durable Water Repellency spray treatment, just for something to do. :)
 

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I am another one for Goretex gear. I have Goretex Sidi boots, goretex gloves and just got some Dainese goretex textile jeans. They all keep me dry in heavy rain but my Spada £80 jacket leaks a bit so will be replacing with a decent goretex jacket when funds permit. Getting decent stuff can work out cheaper in the long run most times
 

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Since you live in Michigan I know its getting cold. I don't know if your looking for something to wear over your current protective gear or if your willing to buy something extra. I have to suits. One for summer and one for winter. My winter suit is the Firstgear Katmandu. My commute home is 30 minutes. I got stuck in a several storm. Heavy enough rain I could barely see and began getting nervous about riding. The only thing on me that got wet was the front part of my neck. A small area and I think I determined that I did not have the top button snapped. That suit kept me bone dry in severe conditions. It costs a bit but works. Its a heavy suit so its for winter only.
 

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Like my 2 previous sets of Frogg Toggs, The Thunder Under suit didn't keep the rain out either. Oddly enough, tonight was the only appreciable rain I've seen on my commute since I bought the gear a month and a half ago. I'd also like to mention that I haven't washed this set since I bought it.

Something is not right. For almost two years I used the same pair of cheapo Frogg Toggs (the cheapest Blue one, sold at WalMart) and they worked numerous times in heavy rain. Once in a 4 hour monsoon from southern/eastern North Carolina to northern Virginia, another time in a 5 hour heavy rain storm from Orlando to Key West, and then 3-4 hours of heavy rain on the way back (at least it was Sunny in Key West). All those times my cheap Frogg Toggs kept me bone dry. The ONLY water I ever dealt with was what leaked down my neck, mostly a couple trickles. I have some Held GoreTex gloves I carry with me and if I know it is going to rain bad, TourMaster rain proof zippered motorcycle boots. Mine are a size larger, so they fit loose, I don't know if that affects their ability to withhold water.

I recently upgraded to The North End rainproof HyperVent gear (a more modern and cheaper interpretation of GoreTex). I got the pants and jacket one-size larger so I can wear them over my gear. Fully waterproof as expected, with the added benefit of breathing a lot more than the Frogg Toggs material. So I feel a lot cooler. It also packs smaller than Frogg Toggs (as if that was possible). I got them at The North End outlet we have here in Orlando.

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I appreciate the input from everyone. I thought I'd give one last try to an inexpensive set of rain gear.
It didn't pan out, so I'm gonna dig deep into my wallet to get something that will do the job for me.
The NC is my daily driver and I take long trips with it too. Investing in a good set of gear will be money
well spent and not a waste.

Time to go shopping!
 

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I appreciate the input from everyone. I thought I'd give one last try to an inexpensive set of rain gear.
It didn't pan out, so I'm gonna dig deep into my wallet to get something that will do the job for me.
The NC is my daily driver and I take long trips with it too. Investing in a good set of gear will be money
well spent and not a waste.

Time to go shopping!

I've been researching this same thing. The best appears to be klim but very expensive. Bmw comfortshell is probably next best....great technology to open up for better ventilation in the actual fabric cells when it gets warm.
Then there is the renowned aerostitch. The latest versions may actually have achieved true waterproof ability in driving rain just like the other two. Not as breathable though, but cheaper than the others especially if you buy used off eBay.

You must make sure you thoroughly understand each brand's sizing if you buy used as you can't return it for a refund.

Good luck, and post back with updates as you get new gear

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I've been researching this same thing. The best appears to be klim but very expensive.
You can buy a Klim Traverse jacket for 299.99 $ and Klim Traverse pants for 309.99 here: Klim Motorcycle Gear | SnowBigDeal.com
Lets make a total here:
jacket 300 $
pants 310 $
coupon code: - 10%
free shipping : 0 $
Total : 549 $
it' not expensive it's the best price/quality ratio.

coupon code is: BUYKLIM10%
 

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You can buy a Klim Traverse jacket for 299.99 $ and Klim Traverse pants for 309.99 here: Klim Motorcycle Gear | SnowBigDeal.com
Lets make a total here:
jacket 300 $
pants 310 $
coupon code: - 10%
free shipping : 0 $
Total : 549 $
it' not expensive it's the best price/quality ratio.

coupon code is: BUYKLIM10%

I haven't researched the traverse...only the badlands and rally lines. What can you tell me about the traverse line?

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I have a Traverse kit (pants and jacket) and I'm very satisfied with it:
hot weather: unzip the vents
cold weather: put some under layer (base or mid depending of the temp)
rain: just ride and smile
It's the entry level but not lower quality level just no extra, no farkles but all you need to ride is there !
just google it and read the reviews !
 

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In some of the riding jackets and pants the rain gear is built into the jacket and pants. These eliminate the need to stop and put on anything, as it is all ways on. I have the Motoport Mesh Kevlar. I have had it over 5 years now. Yes, the cost is expensive, but it last a long time. I have gone down a few times now with this equipment on. Dislocated some bones on impact, but never a single scratch, nor cut. The Kevlar is breathable, and the enter liner is breathable waterproof. If you ride a lot, Kevlar is worth the dollars spent.
 

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I have a Traverse kit (pants and jacket) and I'm very satisfied with it:
hot weather: unzip the vents
cold weather: put some under layer (base or mid depending of the temp)
rain: just ride and smile
It's the entry level but not lower quality level just no extra, no farkles but all you need to ride is there !
just google it and read the reviews !

I just looked at revzilla reviews of the traverse and overland lines. If you want the protective pads the overland looks like great deal. It's probably $150-$180 more for jacket and pants but comes with all the pads and is 4 season gear. I think the traverse is 3 from what he said. Adding pads to traverse set would cost that much, so if your going to add pads you should look at the overland set as it will be about the same price.

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You are absolutely right ! At the time I bought my kit, the Overland didn't exist. I bought the Traverse kit and all the protections and paid roughly the same as the overland . About the 4th season, even with an overland or with the best clothes in the world, we simply cannot ride a motorcycle in winter. By the law it's from december 15 to march 15 but according to the weather it's more like october 15 to april 15...
Anyway, if you go with the overland, you can't go wrong...
 

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Never had a problem with Frog togs. One set lasted 7 years and never leaked. Had other high price rain gear that leaked the first time I wore them.
 

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You are absolutely right ! At the time I bought my kit, the Overland didn't exist. I bought the Traverse kit and all the protections and paid roughly the same as the overland . About the 4th season, even with an overland or with the best clothes in the world, we simply cannot ride a motorcycle in winter. By the law it's from december 15 to march 15 but according to the weather it's more like october 15 to april 15...
Anyway, if you go with the overland, you can't go wrong...

Man, I shouldn't have watched the review of the klim latitude Misano! Now I want that setup, and it's $1000 with the pants. Guess I better take some time and think about this.....



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