We all know that the world shown in motorcycle advertisements isn’t real. As much as we’d like it, the sun doesn’t always shine, and we aren’t the only vehicle on the road. We can always dream, though. When it comes to bad weather, we all have to deal with it sometime – even those of us who reside in sunny SoCal. When the rain starts to fall, the best thing we can do is have proper rain gear to keep us dry. Touring and adventure touring riders will often make their stand against the elements with waterproof riding suits, which we’ve covered here. For the rest of us, a rain suit over our regular riding gear gets carried along when the weather looks like it could turn wet.
When it comes to rain gear, the camps are pretty evenly divided between one- and two-piece suits. They both offer advantages and disadvantages. One-piece suits are easier to don and doff, while two-piece suits can more easily accept differing body types. Regardless of what you use, they’ll go a long way towards making a wet ride a fun one. Here is a selection of the best motorcycle rain gear we’ve found.
Dainese Storm Jacket and Pants – $130/$95
The Dainese Storm Jacket and Storm Pants offer comfort and dryness to your ride thanks to its breathable knitted fabric. This stretchable fabric allows free movement on the motorcycle without sacrificing waterproofness. The pants feature an elasticized waist and an adjustable cuff. The jacket includes an integrated hood along with an internal waterproof pocket. The jacket and pants are ultrasonically welded for a no-seam construction, and its four-way stretch material and coated zip closure offer the ultimate in comfort – on and off your motorcycle. The jacket is available in men’s sizes XS-2XL and women’s sizes XS-2XL in Black-Flou Yellow or Flou Yellow. The pants are sized men’s and women’s XS-2XL in Black only.
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Firstgear Rainman Jacket and Splash Rain Pants – $90/$80
The Firstgear Rainman Jacket is your basic motorcycle rain jacket, but don’t let that fool you. First, it is waterproof with fully taped seams, and the jacket’s breathability means that the interior doesn’t get too stuffy on a long, rainy ride. There are dual chest pockets for carrying little essentials. Plus, the integrated rain hood can be stowed in a collar pocket. The set-and-forget waist strap keeps any flapping to a minimum at speed. The jacket is stored in its own integrated stuff sack. Two colors are available Black-Silver and Black-Yellow in sizes S-4XL for $90. The Firstgear Splash Pant is available in Black only in sizes S-4XL and features the same breathable construction with taped seams. An elastic waist provides comfort, and ankle to knee zippers allow easy entry with boots on. The pants also include their own integrated stuff sack.
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Klim Forecast Jacket and Pants – $200/$200
The Klim Forecast Jacket and Pants are sold separately, but they are constructed of the same guaranteed-to-keep-you-dry materials. Constructed with Gore-Tex Paclite two-layer laminate technology, the Forecast gear keeps the rain out while allowing the rider within to breathe. Fit is adjusted via Velcro wrist cuffs and a bottom hem shock cord. The external zippers are all YKK water-resistant items, including the two external hand pockets. Available in Black and Hi-Viz-Black, the Klim Forecast Jacket is sized S-3XL. Like the jacket, the Klim Forecast Pants feature their own internal stuff sack and a guarantee of waterproofness in sizes S-3XL and M-2XL(Tall +$20).
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Oxford Rain Seal Over Jacket and Pants – $50/$30
The Oxford Rain Seal Over Jacket and Pants are simple-yet-effective tools for keeping the rain out. Don’t expect any bells or whistles, but you do get reflective striping and a choice of Black or Hi-Viz Yellow colors. The gear is fully lined, and the seams are water resistant. The cuffs are adjustable. The pants have an elastic waistband and adjustable ankle openings. All of this for a reasonable price in sizes S-6XL (no, that’s not a typo).
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REV’IT! Pacific 2 H2O Rain Suit – $130
The REV’IT! Pacific 2 H2O Rain Suit comes in two colors, though we can’t imagine why anyone would buy the all-black version that, with the exception of the 3M Scotchlite laminated retroreflective stripes that light up in headlights, renders you all-but-invisible in poor weather. We’d opt for the Neon Yellow-Black version that makes you virtually impossible not to see. The suit itself is made of ultra-light and packable PVC-free polyester Oxford material that is 100% waterproof and breathable. Climbing in and out of the suit is made easier by the zipper that slants from the left side of the neck to the right knee. To keep the elements on the outside, adjustments are available at the collar, upper arm, and the cuffs and ankles. Additionally, suit flap is minimized by adjustment straps at the waist. The REV’IT! Pacific 2 H2O Rain Suit is available in sizes S-3XL.
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Spidi Touring Two Piece Rain Suit – $160
The Spidi Touring Two Piece Rain Suit (and the Spidi Touring Two Piece Women’s Rainsuit) have got you covered. The polyurethane nylon fabric construction will keep you dry, while the fluorescent yellow panels and reflective striping will make sure you are seen during the impaired visibility of a storm. The waist is adjustable. The cuffs, too, can be adjusted to accommodate different glove and boot sizes. The center storm flap prevents water intrusion past the central zipper. Finally, it packs away in its included stuff sack for easy storage. The Spidi Touring Two Piece Rain Suit is available in sizes SM-3XL,.
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Tour Master Defender 2.0 Two Piece Rain Suit – $110
The Tour Master Defender 2.0 Two Piece Rain Suit builds on the strengths of the first generation suit by including special updates. The waterproof chest pocket has been lowered and is vertical in its orientation – perfect for phones and other frequently accessed items. More reflective piping and triangles mean better conspicuity in conditions with limited visibility. One of the Defender’s unique features is the Aqua-Barrier Under-the-Helmet-Hood to prevent the dreaded down the back of the neck drip on long, wet rides. When not required, the hood tucks neatly away in the hidden collar pocket. For comfort, the collar is also lined with microfiber material, while polyester mesh combines with the underarm vents to promote moisture-reducing airflow. The pants have both suspenders and stirrups to keep them in place on and off the motorcycle. Additionally, the flex panel at the waist provides a comfortable fit in a seated position. Elastic cuffs on the sleeves and pant legs help to keep water out, as does the zipper’s storm flap. The Tour Master Defender 2.0 Two Piece Rain Suit is available in Black-Black, Black-Red, Black-Blue, and Black-Yellow in sizes XS-4XL.
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