Just would like to get some opinions on what we should buy for rain gear
Are frog toggs a good way to go or do you recommend a rain suit ( coverall type) or what is your favorite way to handle the rain ??
I have frogg toggs also they are kinda difficult to get the pants on. Have used them a couple of times. Today on the way home from Knoxville, Tenn developed a leak and my seat got wet......My next rain suit will be something different, I will look for rain pants easier to get on and off.
Good luck.....many opinions.
try firstgear raingear pants are easey to put on in the poring rain in a underpass. This was on the way home from, the Hoot last June the worst rain Iever rode in. the pants work great. www.newenough.com will pick up the jacket this year the touble with frog tods is the wind gets under it and blows up
My raingear is motorcycle-specific and durable. Frogg Togg, in addition to being very ill-fitting, has the abrasion resistance of toilet paper.
For summer use, I have Tourmaster Elite rainpants.
For winter, Firstgear HT Overpants.
For the top half both seasons, Joe Rocket Ballistic IV (only jacket I found that was a true 3XL-Tall).
Gloves are Aerostich triple digit rain covers over my regular gloves.
FROGG TOGGS, get a THUMB DOWN from Me! I wore mine 1 time in a heavy rain, well I just as well should'nt have. I got SOAKED. I have the Bib pants and Hooded Jacket. They might be good for camping but not for bikeing.
In the past, I always bought and wore motorcycle specific gear that was already waterproof, and this worked well as it prevented me from having to stop and put on rain gear if I ran into a brief shower.
However, all the waterproof riding gear I have ever used gets really HOT in warmer weather. I found I had to switch to mesh gear so I don't cook, and none of the mesh gear is waterproof unless you put a liner under it. And even then, the mesh will still get water soaked and becomes heavy and cold.
I feel that waterproof gear really needs to be the TOP layer of your gear if it is going to be worth wearing. So this year, I bought a set of Orange Frogg Toggs from Cgent on this board. I sprayed all the seams with waterproofing repelant just to hedge my bets after hearing reports of leaks from some folks.
Three weeks ago I rode right into the middle of a terrible thunderstorm trying to get into Kerrville to the GL1800 gathering. It was probably the worst rain I have ever ridden in. I also rode all day in and out of rain showers (400 miles), and the Frogg Toggs kept me completely dry all day long. I had them over the top of my normal riding pants, and mesh jacket, and the extra sizing allowed me to do that.
Maybe they will leak when they get worn some more, but so far I have not had one drip come through them anywhere that I can see. I also like the hi-viz orange color, and they really stand out in traffic, which is an added benefit. They pack real small too.
... after months of reading how good the Toggs are I ordered some last week (Thank you Tom)
... ... then this post came up with all the negative Togg comments and I'm thinking I must have missed a memo somewhere.
Thank you Fred for the positive report.
Living in Florida I should have some first hand reports of my own pretty soon.
I will be sure to provide a long term update on them after I get some more miles on them in the rain. If they leak on me, you can bet you will hear about it.
FYI, the new Road Toads use a new hem on all the seams as well as have longer leg zipper. However, they don't make them in any color other than black. I feel rain gear should be brightly colored.
The ones I have are the older variety with the older seam style. The pair I bought my wife are the new ladies cut (purple) and have the new seams, so I will get a chance to test them both.
The only fly in the ointment, is my 376C allows me to go around the rain so well, that I may not get a chance to fully test them in a severe rain event unless I purposely ride into one just to test out my rain gear, which is not very likely.