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Motorcycle Rain Gear -vs- Golf Rain Gear

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  1. raptorjax

    raptorjax New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone out there has really used golf rain gear for wet weather riding and if so, what did you think? The reason I ask this question is that I'll be leaving on a bike trip for a few weeks and just found out that my rain gear that I bought for riding 2 years ago has a hole in the crotch. It just so happens that I have a nice Ping rain suit that I never really use sitting in my closet. It's comfortable and definately can keep you dry in a rain storm but I'm just not sure how it will handle with 50mph winds and rain. You know, motorcycle conditions. Any thoughts?
     
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    I think that of all the times I like having body armor, riding in the rain ranks among the highest. Hence, I tend to by waterproof, armored gear. Don't have to keep changing clothes between scary looking clouds either.

    I reckon any waterproof material would work. My buddy uses Frog Toggs over his riding gear. He says while they keep him reasonably dry, they are hot and he melted one of the legs on his exhaust.
     
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    I would have to agree with the other post. Be careful with the golf rain gear around the exhaust. Other than that it should be fine. I've never used my golf rain gear on a bike but it should work.
     
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    I carry Nelson Rigg rain gear in the saddlebag. It has kept me dry for many miles and many hours of riding in all kinds of weather.
     
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    I've used golf rain gear; it's ok for light rain and a short hop somewhere but golf gear is meant to be loose and somewhat breath-able. IOW, after a while you'll be as wet as if you were naked! In the long run you're bettor off purchasing the right equipment; trust me, I've been caught in a downpour for a 6 hour ride home in June 2 years ago. Though it was warm out, it's not warm on the bike when your wet. We had to stop several times for hot coffee just to stop shaking. ... Get the booties too.
     
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    I recommend spending the money on a motorcycle rain suit, velco around the arms and legs. Less than ?100. Golf suit just won't cut it. Believeme, I tried, got soaked.
     
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    I have Harley rain gear.... Best I've found. I'll tell you harley can't make a motorcycle but the cloths are great. Spend the $150 and be done with it.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the great responses. Looks like motorcycle rain gear is the way to go. I went ahead and ordered a set of Tourmaster rain pants. May not be the best out there but they should help keep me dry.
     
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    I wear Moto rain gear now - well, not a rain suit per se, but good waterproof moto gear. But I have worn my Footjoy rain suit and it worked quite well!
     
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    I have just returned from a bike meet in the Alps this weekend. I have a two piece set of golf rain gear made by Driza-Bone.
    We got drenched on the way back but the golf gear worked very well. I have a one piece rain suit that works well but is a pain in the arse to get in to so I find the golf jacket and trousers is a good alternative.
     
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    We got caught in the rain on our way from Ohio to Wisconsin last week. I bought a Frog Toggs set for under $30 at Rural King. It was lightweight and did the job.
     
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    It's funny that you mention that. I've been wearing a DryJoys / Footjoy waterproof golf top for, oh, at least half a dozen years now, on the bike. It's an older version of this:

    https://www.amazon.com/DryJoys-Shirt-Cobalt-Medium-FootJoy/dp/B00EOWWBCA

    When necessary, to ward off windchill or when it's raining, I wear this underneath a mesh motorcycle jacket. That's a mesh jacket on the high-quality side of things, with armor in the shoulders and elbows. And I replaced the foam back pad that came with the mesh jacket with a $50 CE-certified back pad that fits in that slot. I mention all this to show that I'm reasonably concerned with safety.

    I wear the mesh jacket all the time -- hot or cold -- and pack the golf shirt and a heated liner (and overpants, packed or worn); I may or may not wear the golf shirt over the heated liner (but underneath the jacket), depending on how cold it is. In any case, this combination packs down way small -- if you're not actually wearing stuff at the time -- when you're on multi-day trips. The shirt and the heated liner pack down to almost nothing. And you're covered for any temperature range. I wrote an article on this system about two years ago for webBikeWorld, here (and it got a lot of comments, with alternative suggestions):

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r5/motorcycle-touring-outfit/

    A lot of mesh jackets are sold with their own waterproof liners, but i like the golf shirt because I can also wear it off the bike, and because it can be pulled very low, if necessary, almost below my butt. That shirt is expensive, but as I say I've had it for years. And I pack it -- for rain wear and evenings with a little chill -- on non-bike out-of-town trips, too.
     
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    Still dressing in layers & wearing water proofed leathers.
    Cotton, Wool, Leathers.
    Good from mid 20's to low trip digits, warm & dry or cool as needed & only takes a couple of minutes to add or subtract layers.
     
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    get motorcycle rain gear that has the exhaust protective leg gens
    other stuff will melt to pipes
     
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    Frog Toggs. Hands down the best rain gear especially for the price.
     

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