The best motorcycle rain gear is essential to protect yourself from the elements when you are on your motorcycle on a rainy day. No one wants to feel the cold rain pelting against them as they have an otherwise enjoyable motorcycle ride. In the past, a standard jacket was pretty much all that was available to stay dry on your motorcycle. Although this offered some protection from the elements, it wasn’t geared towards the specific needs that bikers have. Fortunately, with more motorcycle fans than ever on the road, motorcycle rain gear has come a long way and provides protection from the rain and added benefits to keep bikers safe.
If you have ever ridden your motorcycle in the rain without rain gear, you understand how uncomfortable it can be. As soon as your clothes and underclothes get wet, the moisture remains there against your skin. Your skin quickly becomes cold and your fingers and toes wrinkle from the moisture. If it’s cool outside, this increases your risk of hypothermia. But even on a warm day, wet clothes can make you feel disgusting. Here are some tips for finding the best motorcycle rain gear for your rides.
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1. Make sure your entire body is covered. Any gaps in your fabric, like between the bottom of your jacket and your waistline or between the end of your sleeves and your wrists, will get wet and that moisture will quickly seep to other areas of fabric. Make sure you protect your entire body with rain gear. One solution to this is a motorcycle rain suit. The best motorcycle rain suits are made to cover your body completely without areas where water can come in.
2. Choose rain gear that is built for bikers. Bikers have to maneuver both on and off the bike, so tight-fitting rain gear may not allow for enough movement, especially if the fabric doesn’t stretch well. Rain gear for motorcyclists is usually designed with built-in reflectors and striping for extra visibility. Staying visible, warm, and dry? All big pluses!
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3. Find quality waterproof gloves. Without waterproof gloves, your hands will get wet and irritated. Good gloves will keep your hands dry and protect your hands in the event of a crash. Look for gloves that have an adjustable cuff and extend fully over the wrist to secure well and avoid moisture seeping in between the gap of the jacket and glove.
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4. Invest in waterproof boots. If you are going to be traveling a lot in the rain, get a good pair of waterproof boots. Of course, these can double as your regular motorcycle boots as well. Waterproof boots, however, are not completely waterproof. They will resist wetness and beads of water will roll down and off your boots in the rain. The boots will hold up to a light rain but in a downpour will become saturated. Gore-Tex boots use two layers of water-resistant fabric to add extra waterproof qualities to their boots. They claim that each pore in their boots id 20,000 times smaller than a droplet of water! But, through the miracle of science, the boots are designed to let water vapor escape, so your feet shouldn’t get sweaty.
5. Find a defogging solution for your helmet. Wet days mean that your helmet will fog up. Unlike simply being wet and uncomfortable, having a foggy screen on your helmet is downright dangerous. Pop a couple anti-fog wipes or a small bottle of anti-fog spray in with your gear. If you know it’s going to be rainy, wipe your helmet down before you head out. Another solution is the Respro Foggy Mask – a strange-looking product that is designed to push your breath out the bottom of your helmet and away from your face.
6. Wear a breathable base-layer. While you are out getting your motorcycle rain gear, consider investing in a breathable base layer to wear under your clothes. Rainy days are often chilly, but even on a cool day your body perspires. Breathable fabric allows your sweat to evaporate while keeping you warm and dry. It’s a great solution to wear anytime you are in rainy or cool weather.
These motorcycle rain gear tips will help prepare you for rough, wet weather conditions. But remember- when riding in the rain, be careful about slick road conditions. On a motorcycle, you only have two wheels touching the surface of the road. That means you are more likely to lose traction and skid or slide on a slick road. Try to avoid riding when the rain first begins as that is when road surfaces as the most slick.
Whenever you ride, use care and caution. Motorcycle crashes are far too common and the results can spell disaster. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, you deserve to be represented by an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer. Contact the team at Kass & Moses at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE for a free consultation with a lawyer who is prepared to help you.