THE RAIN is inevitable --
As some or our favorite classic rock 'n roll reminds us ...
"Looks Like Rain" ... The Grateful Dead
"Let It Rain" ... Eric Clapton
"Who'll Stop The Rain?" ... Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Here Comes The Rain Again"... the Eurythmics...
Whether the forecast gets it right, or not -- if you ride, you're going to ride in rain.
We need to be prepared for the unexpected downpour. To stay comfortable and dry, the right motorcycle gear makes a big difference.
WEAR WATERPROOF GEAR
1. Wear gear that is breathable, lightweight, and waterproof.
Rain suits with these qualities shouldn't take much room once they are rolled up, which means that you can wear them if rain is in the forecast, or pack them, if it isn't. Comfortable, rainproof outerwear should preferably have Gore-Tex or some other waterproof, BREATHABLE material to keep you warm and dry.Also check out the waterproof suits made by our sister company Olympia Motosports.
2. Waterproof motorcycle gloves to keep hands dry and comfortable.
Waterproof protection in gloves is based on the insert stitched between the outer shell and the lining of the glove, and how the seams are sealed.
We make 3 levels of waterproof gloves (with Gore-Tex, Aquatex or DriLock) --
All of these gloves will have sealed seams, and barriers that will keep you dry, but where they differ is in their degree of breathability. Keep in mind that the most breathable materials will also be the most comfortable and keep your hands from feeling clammy.
Gloves made with Gore-tex: Posesses the highest degree of breathability, fully waterproof, windproof,. They also feature insulating qualities. Gore-tex gloves are the most advanced barrier to keep you dry.
Gloves made with Aquatex: fully waterproof, windproof & breathable, a great choice because they keep your hands more comfortably dry. Breathability decreases moisture and hands from sweating.
Gloves made with Dri Lock: Completely waterproof and windproof, but not breathable. Designed for riders who need a proven barrier against wind, and a way to stay dry in rain.
3. Other Tips to Keep Safe and Dry
When it comes to equipping yourself to stay dry, here are some other useful tips for planning and packing for wet rides:
- Tip: Run the shower over your clothing to check for leaks.
- Wear a face mask so the raindrops don't sting your face at 65 mph
- Make sure to put your jacket cuffs OVER the gloves in the wet, or rain just runs down into them!
- Transfer wallet, keys, and other essentials to waterproof outside pockets.
- Pack your rainsuit on top of your saddlebag, and stow a trash bag with you to cover the odd item just in case of bad weather along the route.
- Spraying Rain-X keeps the rain off your helmet's visor, and we have heard (but cannot attest to it) that wiping your visor with a dryer sheet can also keep it from fogging up.
What do you do to prepare for inclement weather? Do you have any tips for riding on a rainy day? Leave a comment, and ride safe!
P.S. Stay tuned for next week's blog which focuses on riding safetly in wet conditions.
Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves:
We make 18 styles of waterproof motorcycle gloves, for every budget. For some good choices visit your local dealer ... or to take advantage of visit our online store.
For customized gloves, read our blog post "Motorcycle Riders: Get Custom Gloves with Your Riding Club Logo".