Travelling on a motorbike you know, it means going through different weather phenomena in every season, because while it is true that in summer you need to equip yourself against the heat and in winter against the cold, the rain is the enemy of the motorcyclist all year round.
The downpours come suddenly most of the time and especially when you travel long distances you can go from the sun to the storm in a short time, so it is good to be equipped with a good motorcycle rain gear.
Waterproofness is one of the most important characteristics that technical garments such as overalls, jacket and trousers must have. In fact, leather, despite being the most resistant material, offers limited waterproofing, guaranteed by fabrics such as Cordura and Gore-Tex, which are still valid against abrasion and also light and comfortable to wear.
These rainproof garments can also be reinforced with an inner waterproof layer, water-repellent membranes and thermal linings to combat low temperatures.
But is only a waterproof garment even if reinforced enough to withstand the weather? Usually yes, but for extra protection on the outer layer and in the most exposed crucial places, such as the wrists and neck, it’s wise to equip yourself with an outer rain cover kit to let the water slide away from your clothing.
Motorcycle rain suits and rain breakers
A suitable solution to protect the whole body is the motorcycle rain suit. A good product must have an excellent fit, give comfort to the biker and for this reason it is important to evaluate the material with which it is made: high quality nylon for example. Surely more practical the broken jacket – rain pants (more comfortable to put on and take off than the whole suit) that are made in fluorescent colors for greater visibility, necessary especially during a storm.
When choosing the motorcycle rainproof garment it is important to evaluate some not insignificant details: the material must not stick, the passages for the boots must be comfortable and there must be adjustments to keep the suit snug in case of wind (the Velcro tie rods or the drawstring, i.e. the elastic cord at the bottom of the jacket or pants). Obviously a waterproof fabric cannot be breathable, but in any case more or less plastic: the new lines offer “light” products, extremely compact, technological, made with innovative materials, soft to the touch and giving the feeling of breathing.
The question of the inner lining is subjective: it creates a layer of air between the clothes and the outer motorcycle rain cover so that it doesn’t stick, but on the other hand it can be annoying when you wear the rain cover and makes the garment heavier.
To find out whether the suit or the broken suit is the right size, try wearing motorcycle clothing.
What are the critical points to check in motorcycle rain protection?
- The neck must be able to be adjusted to hold it tight, alternatively you can use a waterproof schooner that descends over the collar to drain the water coming from the helmet.
- The wrists must be protected by gloves and rain protection, which must be somehow stuck (gloves above or below); the water coming down from the arms could enter and a lot depends on the position you hold while riding.
- The groin is very delicate because with heavy downpours you risk sitting on puddles of water that form on the saddle; taped belts are therefore important.
The acronyms that are often found on motorcycle rain gear
- TPU: indicates the presence of polyurethane, an alternative material to Nylon, used with the latter outdoors; better in appearance and feel than PVC is more expensive but softer.
- EN 242: regulates protection against bad weather (rain, fog, snow and humidity) taking into account water penetration and perspiration.
Motorcycle rain protection: the best models
Acerbis Rain Clear 3.0 is a chorofi bra jacket, transparent with central zip, bottom and cuffs with contrasting elastic. (25 €)
The Ixon COMPACT black trousers are 100% waterproof with reflective inserts on the lower legs, in polyester material they are light, compact and therefore can be folded well in their practical dedicated bag. (20 €)
The Befast Tempest black divisible suit made of polyester is very resistant, lightweight, compactable and has heat-sealed seams, elasticated wrist and hood removable from the collar. (40 €)