Six Motorcycle Rain Suits to Keep You Riding Dry

Gear Driven

| May/June 2009

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    Tour Master’s Elite Series II one-piece rain suit.
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    Firstgear’s Thermo one-piece rain suit is made of a 210 Denier Hypertex outer shell with 120-gram polyester insulation.
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    Fieldsheer’s Storm two-piece rain suit.
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    River Road’s Rainstorm two-piece rain suit.
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    Fieldsheer’s Sugo Max one-piece rain suit is an affordable piece of gear.
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    Roadgear’s Monsoon Xtreme rain suit.

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Price and availability confirmed at time of publication. Subject to change, please visit the product website for the latest prices and availability. 

Can your motorcycle riding gear handle the wet stuff? The editors review six motorcycle rain suits:

1. The Tour Master Elite Series II one-piece motorcycle rain suit is a fine piece of gear, with the kind of rugged construction that promises a long-wearing life. We’ve tested the two-piece version of this suit in the past, and we were impressed with both its comfort and its weather protection. This one-piece version costs less than buying the jacket ($54.99) and pants ($34.99) separately, and features a polyurethane-backed heavy-duty nylon shell with sealed seam construction, a collar-to-fly-length main zipper with dual wind flap and Velcro closure, an “Aqua-Barrier” under-the-helmet hood to help eliminate seepage in the collar area (which easily stows in a hidden collar pocket), and a polyester mesh lining. Chest map pockets feature waterproof zippers, plus there’s a thigh pocket for convenient storage. Underarm grommets allow airflow to minimize moisture buildup, while the “Scoop Vent System” helps the suit breathe. Scotchlite reflective piping and Tour Master’s signature reflective triangles help increase nighttime visibility. It also has elastic cuffs with Velcro closure at sleeves and pant legs, and a hanging loop is built into the collar for post-ride air drying. Price: $79.99.

2. The Fieldsheer Storm two-piece motorcycle rain suit is made with a polyurethane-coated nylon shell with taped seams, a taffeta jacket liner and a contoured, corduroy-lined collar. It has Velcro adjustable cuffs, zip and Velcro leg enclosures, and a double-layered seat panel to prevent slipping. It features reflective Phoslite for high visibility, back vents to prevent moisture build-up inside the jacket, removable elastic stirrups and a waterproof double-layer storm flap over the main zipper. Equipped with two Velcro front pockets, a zipped map pocket and a Velcro pant pocket, it features double-stitched, overlapped, glued, heat-sealed and electronically welded seams just like the one-piece Sugo Max. Price: $42.90.

3. The Firstgear Thermo one-piece motorcycle rain suit is made of a 210 Denier Hypertex outer shell with 120-gram polyester insulation. Somewhere between a rain suit and an Aerostich Roadcrafter-type riding suit (albeit without any crash armor), it seems cut to wear over your street clothes, not over your riding gear like the other suits here. Because it’s insulated it’s quite warm, but that means it’s also thicker and takes up a lot of room when you go to pack it. Nicely made, it features elasticized ankle closures and an adjustable waist, has full storm flap closures on the zippers, pockets and cuffs, and also features cargo storage pockets. Price: $143.95.

4. While the River Road Rainstorm two-piece motorcycle rain suit feels like it came to us straight from 1980, it is far more heavy-duty than your normal (i.e., one-use) $30 rain suit. Though it smells like the rain slicker your dad used to wear (and you’ll probably smell like him after you wear it, as the material doesn’t seem to breathe), it features elastic cuffs with hook-and-loop closure, full-length YKK zippers in the jacket, two storm-proof pockets and a removable hood. The pants feature a full stretch elastic waist with hook-and-loop and snap closure at the legs, a storm-proof pocket and sewn-in stirrups. This ain’t fancy gear, but we’re betting this stuff wears like iron. Price: $29.65.

5. The Roadgear Monsoon Xtreme motorcycle rain suit is another piece of gear we’ve heard lots of good things about. This two-piece suit is so popular we couldn’t get our hands on one, as they’d sold out their last batch when we called; they should be available again by June. Lightweight, breathable and waterproof, the suit is made of Taslan, a strong and quick-drying material, and features Scotchlite piping for visibility. A complete suit goes for $159.90, or you can buy the jacket and pants individually, with the jacket selling for $111.90 and the pants running $73.90.

6. The Fieldsheer Sugo Max one-piece motorcycle rain suit is an affordable piece of gear, and is the least expensive one-piece suit here. It features a polyurethane-coated nylon shell with a mesh liner for extra comfort, a contoured corduroy-lined collar and reflective Phoslite for high-visibility. Its double-layer storm flap over the main zipper ensures dry rides, but it is a challenge to zip up without getting the flap stuck in the liner. It features Velcro-adjustable cuffs and leg closures, back vents to prevent moisture build-up, removable elastic stirrups, a Velcro front pocket, and has double-stitched, overlapped, glued, heat-sealed and electronically welded seams to keep you dry. If that won’t do it, you might as well stay home.

Finally, with all of these options, here are some tips to help you decide between a one-piece or a two-piece rain suit.

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