Motorcycle Jacket Reviews
2013 Textile: Rukka Airway Jacket and AirVision Pants | Sliders Kevlar 4.0 Cargo Pants | Fleece One-Piece Riding Suit | Castle Slate Jacket | Rukka Armas Jacket and Rukka Armas Pants | Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket | Clover Crossover Airbag Jacket Preview
2012 Textile: Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Jacket Review | Alpinestars Cape Town Air Jacket Review | Dainese Air Frame Jacket | Dainese Aspide Jacket | British Motorcycle Gear BMG Adventure II Jacket | Clover Tekno Jacket Review | Tourmaster Transition Series 3 Jacket | Joe Rocket Reactor 2.0 Hybrid Jacket | Teiz Navigator Outfit | Richa Spirit C-Change Jacket and Richa Spirit C-Change Pants
2011 Textile: Rev'it Energy HV Jacket and Rev'it Axis Pants | Rev'it Everest GTX Jacket | Shift Trooper Storm Series Jacket | Tourmaster Sentinel Rain Jacket Review | Rev'it 2011 Summer Clothing Overview
2010 Textile: REV'IT! Gore-Tex GTX Clothing for 2010 | Speed and Strength Coast is Clear Jacket | Speed and Strength Hell 'N Back Jacket | AGV Sport Tempest Jacket | Teiz Motorsports Tioga and Camino Jackets | Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano Jacket | Dainese D-System D-Dry Jacket
2007-2000 Jackets: Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Jacket | Firstgear Jaunt Jacket | M2R Rally Cross EVO Jacket | Belstaff Challenger | Roadgear Tierra del Fuego Jacket | Olympia AST Jacket | Belstaff Mercury Jacket | Tourmaster Advanced Jacket | REV'IT! "Motion" Jacket | Aerostich Darien Jacket | REV'IT! R-Tech Jacket | Roadgear XCaliber Jacket
Multiple Season Jackets: Tourmaster Flex LE Jacket Review | Shift Trifecta Jacket | Rev'it Sand Jacket Review | 2010 Rev'it Sand Jacket First Look | Shift Triton SS Waterproof Jacket | Teknic Freestyle Jacket | SHIFT Streetfighter SS Waterproof Jacket
Summer - Hot Weather Jackets: 2012: Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Jacket Review | Alpinestars Cape Town Air Jacket Review | AGV Sport Breeze Perforated Leather Jacket | 2011: Tourmaster Intake Air 2 Jacket | 2010: Dainese Shotgun Jacket | 2009: Shift Avenger Jacket 2008: AGV Sport Aero Sport 2 Mesh Jacket Pre-2008: Rev'it Air Mesh Jacket | Rev'it Sirocco Jacket | Joe Rocket Phoenix 4.0 Mesh Jacket | Belstaff Zodiac Jacket | Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo Mesh Jacket | Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 Mesh Jacket | Icon TiMax 2 Mesh Jacket | REV'IT! Airforce Mesh Jacket | Joe Rocket Blaster 2.0 Perforated Jacket | REV'IT! Airflow Mesh Jacket | Joe Rocket Phoenix Jacket
Leather Motorcycle Jacket Reviews: AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket | AGV Sport Breeze Jacket | Dainese Alien Leather Jacket and Dainese Alien Pants | Teiz Motorsports Saratoga Perforated Leather Jacket | British Motorcycle Gear Montana Jacket | Rynus Charisma | Rynus Ruah | Furygan "Fighter" | Joe Rocket Blaster 2.0 Perforated Jacket | Fox Creek Leather V 1.8 | Fox Creek Vented Racing Jacket | Olympia Leather Jacket | Joe Rocket Speedmaster
Motorcycle Pants Reviews
2008-2000 Pants: Motoport Police Kevlar Pants | Belstaff Pioneer Pants | Roadgear Tierra del Fuego Pants | Joe Rocket "Steel" Jeans vs. Sliders Kevlar Jeans | Hein Gericke Cargo Overpants | Bohn Cool Air Adventure Armored Pants | REV'IT! X-Vent Pants | Roadgear Euro-Tec Pants | Tourmaster Cortech Pants
Summer - Hot Weather Pants: Rev'it Mistral Mesh Pants | Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 Mesh Pants | Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo Mesh Pants | REV'IT! Challenge Mesh Pants | Rev'it Airvent Mesh Pants | Joe Rocket Blaster Perforated Pants
Motorcycle Jeans Reviews
Motorcycle Jeans: Sliders 4.0 Kevlar Jeans | Sliders Kevlar Cargo Pants Review | Dainese D1 Kevlar Jeans | Drayko Drifter Jeans | Key Dungarees | Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans w/Kevlar | Duluth Fire Hose Loggers Pants | Cortech DSX Jeans vs. Carhartt Dungarees | SHIFT Lodown Jeans | Esquad Jeans | Alpinestars Ergo Painter Denim Pants | Alpinestars Street Cargo Pants | Maverick Polartec Flannel Lined Jeans | Draggin Jeans | Diamond Gusset Jeans
Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Outfit Reviews
2011 Outfits: Dainese Alien Jacket and Pants | Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and Klim Badlands Pro Pants | Spartan Leathers Charge 2.0 Race Suit | Rev'it Everest GTX Jacket | Rev'it Everest GTX Pants | Rev'it Defender GTX Jacket Review | Rev'it Defender GTX Pants Review
2010 Outfits: 2010 Firstgear Rainier TPG Jacket and 2010 Firstgear Escape TPG Pants | BMW Rallye Suit 3 (Jacket and Pants) | British Motorcycle Gear Adventure Jacket and Adventure Pants | Rev'it Sand Jacket and Rev'it Sand Pants
2009 Outfits: Rev'it Off Track Jacket & Dakar Pants
2008-2000 Outfits: Teknic Sprint Jacket and Sprint II Pants | Fieldsheer Mesh: High-Temp Jacket and Four Seasons Pants | Alpinestars Drystar Suit | Rev'it! Cayenne Jacket and Ultimate Pants | Olympia Moto Sports Recon Transformer Jacket & Pants | Aerostich vs. Motoport Owner Comparison | Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket & Pants | Teknic Cyclone Jacket & Pants | Roadgear AirTek Mesh Jacket & Pants | Firstgear Mesh Jacket & Pants | Tourmaster Cortech GX Jacket and Pants
Heated Motorcycle Clothing, Winter and Windproof Clothing Reviews
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Clothing Reviews Page
One-Piece Textile Suits
Cooling Vests, Motorcycle Underwear and Motorcycle Socks Reviews
Cooling Vests: Koolin' Klothz Update | Koolin' Klothz | Trrex HydroCool Ice Pack Shirt | Koolin' Klothz Cooling Neck Wraps | Silver Eagle Hydroweave Cooling Vest | Joe Rocket Sahara Evaporative Cooling Vest
Motorcycle Underwear: Moto-D Motorcycle Summer Undersuit | Sit Relief Padded Undershorts | Sub Zero Thermal Underwear | Spark (Italy) Motorcycle Underwear | Holofiber Underwear | EDZ Motorcycle Underwear Under Leather Wear | Motorcycle Underwear | Holofiber Underwear | BMW Summer Motorcycle Underwear
Motorcycle Jacket & Pants Combo Reviews
Jacket & Pants Combos: 2012: Teiz Navigator Outfit | Richa Spirit C-Change Jacket and Richa Spirit C-Change Pants | 2011: Dainese Alien Jacket and Pants | Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and Badlands Pro Pants | Rev'it Everest GTX Jacket | Rev'it Everest GTX Pants | Rev'it Defender GTX Jacket and Pants Review | British Motorcycle Gear Adventure Jacket and Adventure Pants | Rev'it Sand Jacket and Rev'it Sand Pants | Rev'it Off Track Jacket & Dakar Pants | Teknic Sprint Jacket and Sprint II Pants | Fieldsheer Mesh: High-Temp Jacket and Four Seasons Pants | Alpinestars Drystar Suit | Rev'it! Cayenne Jacket and Ultimate Pants | Olympia Moto Sports Recon Transformer Jacket & Pants | Aerostich vs. Motoport Owner Comparison | Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket & Pants | Teknic Cyclone Jacket & Pants | Roadgear AirTek Mesh Jacket & Pants | Firstgear Mesh Jacket & Pants | Tourmaster Cortech GX Jacket and Pants
Motorcycle Armor, Safety and Protective Clothing Reviews
Motorcycle Armor - Protective Clothing Reviews: Forcefield Sport Lite 2 Back Protector | Forcefield Pro Shirt | Helite Airbag Vest | Leatt STX Brace | Shift Enforcer Knee Guards | Thor "Quadrant" Knee Guards | Alpinestars Reflex Knee Guards | Forcefield Pro Sub 4 | Leatt Neck Brace | Draggin' Liners | Velocity Gear Juggernaut Motorcycle Armor Shirt | Forcefield Motorcycle Armor | Motorcycle Armor by Velocity Gear | BMW Back Protector 2 | Motorcycle Shin Guards - Icon Field Armor | Knox Cross Shirt & Knox Cross Sport Shorts | TPro Forcefield vs. Bohn Monza Back Protectors | Knox Stowaway Back Protector | Knox Ricochet Back Protector | River Road Balaclava | Airetronics Air Bag Vest | Motorcycle Airbag Jacket
Reflective Safety Clothing: NEW! Forcefield Pro Back Insert | Rev'it Athos Air vs. Oxford Bright Top Reflective Vest Review | Helite Airbag Vest Review | USTEK Night Armor Electroluminescent Reflective Safety Vest | TinWolf Reflective Military Vests | LEDwear Aurora LED Jacket | LEDwear LED Backpack Cover | LEDwear LED Safety Jacket | Roadgear LED Vest | BeaconWear Electroluminescent Lighted Safety Vest | PolyBrite LED Lighted Safety Vest | High Visibility Reflective Jacket | Reflective Vest by TinWolf Designs
Motorcycle Leather Clothing Reviews
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Motorcycle Glove Reviews
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Motorcycle Boot Reviews
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Women's Motorcycle Clothing Reviews
wBW Women's Motorcycle Jacket Reviews: Rev'it Ventura Jacket | Rev'it Ignition Jacket | AGV Sport Venus Jacket | Shift Viper Jacket | Polo Bahiro Jacket | Scorpion Elektra Jacket | Icon Hooligan 54 Women's Mesh Jacket | Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket | Rukka Sapphire Jacket | Joe Rocket Lotus Jacket | Cortech LNX Jacket | Women's Deerskin Jacket | Clover Beverly Textile Jacket | FirstGear Women's Mesh Jacket | Fox Creek Leather Women's Leather Motorcycle Jacket
wBW Women's Motorcycle Boot Reviews: Sidi Jasmine Rain Boots | Frey Daytona Lady Star GTX Boots | TCX Sunray Women's Motorcycle Boots | Sidi Vertigo Lei Boots | Sidi Doha Boots | Specter Road Women's Motorcycle Boot
Discussions: A Woman's Perspective on Motorcycling and Engines by S.G.
wBW Women's Motorcycle Glove Reviews: Rev'it Airvolution Gloves | Eska Squadrato Gloves | Shift RPM Gloves | Shift Dynasty Gloves | Firstgear Glacier Women's Gloves | Joe Rocket Cleo Women's Gloves | Alpinestars "Stella" Gloves | 2008: Rev'it Fahrenheit Gloves | Rev'it Inferno Gloves | Olympia Women's Perforated Gloves
More wBW Motorcycle Clothing Information
Size Charts: Clothing and helmet size charts for a general guideline to finding your clothing or helmet size.
Motorcycle Clothing Storage: Suit Rak powder coated racks for storing motorcycle leathers, clothing and boots | Hi-Per Hanger is a tough wide-body hangar for heavy motorcycle clothing | Baker Fullbody wide storage hanger for airing out sweaty leathers
Motorcycle Clothing News: Rev'it hang tags video and 2013 Spring/Summer clothing preview | 2012 Rev'it Spring Summer Clothing Overview | Rev'it Sirocco Jacket is Back! | Useful new Guide to Personal Protective Equipment for Motorcycle Riders | Gore Lockout Closure system for motorcycle clothing | Triumph partners with Alpinestars for new line of motorcycle clothing | Scorpion announces "Fem-TECH" women's motorcycle clothing line | 2008 Rev'it catalog now online | Jett announces lower pricing on battery heated vests | Dainese announced on July 30, 2007 that is has purchased AGV, which is now back in Italian hands
Clothing News Archive: REV'IT! Infinity one-piece suit First Look! | Heated full body suit uses motorcycle coolant pumped through a tank bag heat exchanger to keep the rider warm; includes quick-release couplings! Supposedly available from Solo Corse (UK), but expensive at nearly $1,500 | Ruminations on safety standards for motorcycle clothing | Rev'it revises Solar mesh gloves | The "AirVantage" inflatable vest has adjustable insulation; fill it by breathing in a tube or deflate it when it gets warm. See the wBW review of the review of the BMW AirVantage Vest
Sources for European Motorcycle Clothing: If you're willing to swallow the shipping charges and possible duty fees, plenty of good motorcycle gear can be found online in the UK and we've often found that we receive the items faster than if we order them in the States | Sportbikeshop is one of the largest retailers in the UK and they ship worldwide | Earnshaws carries Dainese, Frank Thomas, Klan heated clothing and more | GetGeared (UK) carries Vanucci and Rukka clothing, along with the more common brands | Gear4Bikers (UK) carries Caberg (Jarow) helmets and clothing lines include RST, Richa, Buffalo, Spada, Antifreeze Thermal and Oxford Chillout winter clothing | JS Motor Racing Gear (UK) sells Arlen Ness (Europe), Alpinestars, Sidi and more | Urban Rider (UK) features stylish retro motorcycle clothing with protective features from top manufacturers
German Motorcycle Clothing Retailers: The Harro Shop (Germany) has leather and textile clothing, gloves and, of course, the famous Harro "Elephant Boy" tank bags! | Biker Land in Germany has a retail site in English and they ship to the U.S.A.; they also sell Rukka clothing at discount
Super High-Tech Motorcycle Clothing: The latest Gore-Tex "guaranteed waterproof" materials are used in the latest Rev'it! textile clothing line; here's a full report | Tuff-n-Lite clothing uses a fabric claimed to protect against cuts and abrasions | Dow Corning Active Protection System fabric is claimed to be flexible under normal conditions but stiffens upon impact, and then returns to a flexible state after the impact | TFL Cool System clothing is claimed to reflect near infrared radiation, so the clothing remains comparatively cool even in the sun | Don't know what else to call the Halvarssons Jofama brand clothes; their "Safety Clothing" is claimed to be the "only CE-approved as a whole textile jacket and pants available to the public". Try Custom Lids (UK) for Rukka, Halvarsson and other high-end brands | D3O clothing is "engineered material made with intelligent molecules. They flow with you as you move but on shock lock together to absorb the impact energy. When the impact is over d3o returns to being soft and flexible, this all happens in less than 100th of a second" | Halo Labs inflatable garments
Motorcycle Jeans: See the wBW Motorcycle Jeans page
Suspenders: Holdup Suspender Company makes all types of suspenders, including 2" wide "Jumbo" suspenders with a large clip claimed to be able to suspend a 25 lb. barbell weight! | that Padded and traditional fireman's suspenders come in handy to hold up your riding pants; search for "suspenders" on the Gall's website
Zippers: Everything you always wanted to know about zippers; how they work, a glossary of zipper parts and more!
Motorcycle Socks: Battery heated socks are available at Cabela's; they use D-cell batteries (get rechargeables!) | Gerbing's heated socks are available with elements covering the full foot or without heating elements on the bottom (for walking), but they must be connected to a wiring harness on the motorcycle | wBW review of Rev'it! Motorcycle Socks | wBW review of Holofiber underwear and socks | techSOX are socks made specifically for motorcycling; available in short and long lengths | ProFeet Sokz "technical performance socks"
Textile Pants - Cordura Pants: Note: Denier is a term that denotes the sized of the fibers used in the garment; the higher numbers indicate thicker (thus potentially more protective) fabric, but there are many other factors to consider when choosing pants | wBW Reviews: Reviews of textile and mesh vent motorcycle riding pants | Tourmaster Cortech overpants | REV'IT! X-Vent pants | Aerostich makes the Darien (500 Denier) and Darien Light (160 Denier) overpants | Brosh Cool Pants are for very hot weather; they're made of cotton with Kevlar panels in protective areas and some armor can be installed | Cycleport (formerly Motoport) Ultra II Kevlar pants are made from Cordura and Kevlar; need the optional liner to make them waterproof and windproof | IXS Cadiz pants | Halvarssons, Racer and Rukka brand textile, leather and waterproof textile jeans are available at Hideout Leathers in short, regular and long lengths in sizes up to 6X | Swift Cordura clothing and pan at Dexdirect
Cooling Vests: Now on the wBW Cooling Vests page
Rain - Wet Weather Motorcycle Clothing: Very heavy-duty waterproof boots for riding in the rain; see the wBW review of Treds Overboots | Frogg Rain Suits - a popular breathable rainsuit | Henri Lloyd makes foul weather clothing and accessories for sailing, but their outer garments can also be used successfully for motorcycling and they come in bright colors necessary for riding in the rain | Tourmaster has one- and two-piece rain suits and rain boots
High Visibility - Reflective: See the
of the BikeSeen reflective waterproof jacket and the
TinWolf reflective vest | More on the
Motorcycle Helmet Liners: Sliks helmet liners and neck warmers | American Roadrider single sided and reversible helmet liners
Motorcycle Underwear: See these
reviews - motorcycle
underwear for hot weather (or liner for racing leathers); also the
EDZ Motorcycle Wicking Underwear and this
motorcycle underwear is claimed to keep you cool in the summer and warm
in the winter |
various types of high-tech underwear for hot and cold weather |
Knox Cold Killer windproof clothing available at
Motorcycle Heated Clothing Reviews: wBW heated clothing reviews are listed at the top of the page
Women's Motorcycle Clothing: The wBW Women's Motorcycle Clothing page now includes sources for women's motorcycle clothing and apparel including motorcycle jeans for women, motorcycle protective clothing women and more
Children's Motorcycle Clothing: Child's Riding Belt Company makes a belting system that attaches the child to the rider | The Buddy Belt is worn by the rider and provides a hand hold for the passenger
Motorcycle Hats T-shirts and Patches: American Headwear has classic leather "biker" style hats of all varieties; all made in the U.S.A. by a Union shop! | Stitchtastic has cross-stitch patterns with motorcycles!
Motorcycle T-Shirts - Tee Shirts: Destroy Clothing (UK) specializes in replica motocross shirts using modern fabrics; they also have classic T-shirts with logos from the '60's through '80's | Cycle Classics has heavy weight 100% cotton T-shirts with British bike logos with worldwide shipping available | Excel Sportswear will custom design and print T-shirts for your club; they'll handle the orders and delivery also | Metro Racing has tons o' motorcycle T-shirts
Custom Motorcycle Apparel: USA Racing Apparel will help you design and custom make crew shirts, jackets and more; also embroidery; these folks are pros and make apparel for many racing teams | Stellar Apparel has custom embroidered race and pit crew shirts and other gear | Get your bike embroidered on a shirt at Autumn Riders!
Slightly Used Motorcycle Apparel: New Enough has some used motorcycle clothing; usually in very good condition and at reasonable prices | Tizwaz Motorcycle Clothing in the U.K. specializes in "previously owned" motorcycle clothing and apparel | Motorcycle Leather Exchange - used and new leathers; also seconds from Vanson
Motorcycle Back Support and Kidney Support: The Backalign (Back-A-Line) back support belt was highly rated by the recent edition of Motorcycle Consumer News; available at Cyclegadgets.com; see the wBW review of the Back-A-Line back support | Kevco-Stubbs makes kidney belts used by many racers | Giali also makes a kidney belt for motorcyclists
Motorcycle Leathers: Now on the wBW Leather Motorcycle Clothing page! Including leather and clothing reviews, classic motorcycle leathers and apparel, leather care, under-leather wear and more!
Knee Sliders: Check out the Pro-slide knee sliders with titanium rods in them so they spark!
Body Armor & Back Protectors: Article "What You Should Know About Body Armor" | Bohn Body Armor and back protectors are available at ActionStations; see the wBW review of Bohn armored pants | The Dainese Pro Shop in Belgium is knowledgeable about armor; they ship worldwide | Giali has various forms of body armor you can wear under leathers, Cordura or other clothing; they also have several styles of back protectors | Hein Gericke makes the "Hiprotec" hip, shoulder and elbow armor | Impact Safe-T armor is used by World Superbike riders like Ben Bostrom, Troy Corser and Colin Edwards | Teknic makes back armor also | Tryonic makes a new type of ventilated back protector that looks very interesting | Velocity Gear is a relatively new line of armored jackets, leather clothing (including custom suits), back protectors, gloves and more; they claim to offer "The Lowest Priced Level 2 (verifiable) Armor In the World"
Motorcycle Airbags - Airbag Vests & Jackets: Review of the Airetronics air bag vest and the MotoAir Motorcycle Airbag Jacket | Dainese is now making the "D-Air Vest" | A Honda airbag that attaches to the motorcycle | The Hit-Air airbag jacket (the successor to the Egg Parka) is available for purchase; this site also has testimonials on use and a video clip; Hit-Air airbag vests for motorcycle and horseback riding are now available in the U.S.A. | New airbag jacket from Halo Labs apparently has the airbag on the outside of the jacket; this may help resolve the problems with internal airbags, which necessitate overly bulky and loose jackets to contain an internal airbag when it expands
Vegan Motorcycle Clothing - Non-Leather Motorcycle Clothing: Nice site with lots of information on where to find motorcycle gear made from human-made materials
Off-Road Motocross Clothing Distributors: Answer Racing - Alpha, Ion, Syncron and other lines; they also sponsor many pro MX racers | Flesh Gear - mostly MX-styled street clothing | Fly Racing - helmets and lots of motocross clothing | MS Racing - boots, clothing and more | Shot MX race gear
BMW, Triumph and Ducati Motorcycle Clothing: Triumph has put together a very nice selection of motorcycle clothing with very discreet logos | See the wBW review of Triumph Classic Jeans II and the Romero jacket | Bogart's Motorsports is one of the few places that sells these brands online | Triumph gear also available at Great Bay Motorcycles
Make Your Own Gear: Textile Outfitters is unfortunately going out of business (Oct. 2008) has fabrics, patterns and other outdoor gear components. If anyone knows of other sources for patterns or Kevlar or other fabrics, please let us know.
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From "M.S." (March 2013): "I read your pages with interest and find them most helpful but like a lot of commuters and higher mileage bikers Iím totally disillusioned with textile membrane waterproofs. I ride daily winter/summer from Manchester to Leeds (M62) with long rides holidays and weekends (12,000 miles. 25 years).
Iíve worn different textile membrane fabric water proofs since their introduction including very expensive reputable brands, such garments have superb friction and impact protection but theyíre either never waterproof or briefly waterproof.
The outer fabric fills with cold dirty water that leaks onto the office carpet (theyíre now banned) and carried water freezes when I climb higher into the Pennines on winter nights reducing their insulation. Iíve complained to loads of different waterproof sellers about the leaking crotch discovered with each garments introduction to heavy rain and Iíve never had a satisfactory outcome.
To stay dry over this protective leaking clothing I wear a 1980ís Baleno PVC salopette and Jacket, (charity Shop £30, 18 months ago) this no non-sense PVC or PU outer coated fabric (Flexoflane ,breathable) sheds 99% of water as one travels, the remaining damp film dryís off as I enter the office. Sometimes I wipe the suit with a paper towel to prevent other coats on the stand gaining blackish stains.
Anyway in use the outer of the jacket is instantly dry as soon as it stops raining and instantly breathable much more effective than waiting for miles for a load of Cordura to dry.
Why do people insist on breathable inner membrane fabrics and taped seams? I walk out the front door, ride to work, walk to office, work, walk to the car park and ride home. In this capacity of lowly exercise and riding the bike I donít perspire, why would one perspire sat still in a freezing 70 mph wind?
On the odd occasion in freak warm weather or when Iíve walked round a market in non-breathable PVC gear with a full rucksack I found my clothes quickly become warm and clammy. I was terribly sticky when I once trudged the last 2 miles home uphill through deep snow after abandoning the bike.
However Iíve had exactly the same experiences in Gore-Tex as vapour just canít escape fast enough if you find yourself pushing a bike, clambering up a hill in heat or even riding in heat. So thereís only any advantage in textile waterproofs if you crash, remember if the outer fabric is wet then the inner canít breathe so the breathing part needs to outside! Iíve come across several different designs of membranes, coatings and taped seams by taking the linings out of leaking waterproofs old and new.
Itís as flimsy affair like a condom rubber film, thin plastic bag or coating of rubber solution as shown on your site. Itís always torn, crumbling and detached even after brief use. Hence in no time the 200 yd walk to the office has totaled a crotch splitting mile or 2.
1000ís of other commuting bikers experience the same problems, see any web forum. Itís almost unbelievable how much water leaks through the smallest hole. I once pin holed the upper sleeve my current PVC jacket, shortly after 30 miles of moderate rain drenched the whole of my arm, an inch square of gaffer tape cured the problem.
If you want to be dry use old PVC bikers water proofs, or wear fishermenís, farmers or workmenís PVC welded seam clothes over your protective textiles or leathers. These any colour modern PVCís are supple (often 25% stretch), they donít stiffen with cold or age, salopettes protect one from leaking jacket zips and drafts.
Several companies make PVC Flexofane type waterproofs that are actually breathable, machine washable and donít needing special soaps. A MCN forum guy wears these for a 131 mile commute across the M62, heís dry! I prefer the heavier non-breathable ones such as Vass or Helly Henson for prolonged use, I can change my insulation layers to suit each journey.
The drawback is at present no manufacturer has furnished any of these garments with a strong textile impact padded knees, elbows or hips so protection is worn inside which may mean slides are longer and faster. Yet many police forces use Flexofane waterproofs (www.nitro999 £50) with padded leathers underneath, they ride all day in foul weathers.
It's time to move on, manufacturers put the water proofing on the outside of biker clothes with the appropriate friction and impact protection. Please make something decent for us bikers that ride every day in all weather."
From "D.G." 12/09): "For those of
us in the U.S., a similar product is available through surplus outlets.
The official government extreme weather underwear is Polypropylene (a.k.a.
Polypro) is readily available for much less but it does have its downsides.
Pros: they are feather light and quite inexpensive, generally available
for under $20 each for tops and bottoms. The woven material has a
fleece interior that keeps you quite toasty but won't overheat. Check
online military surplus places but avoid what is termed 'expedition weight'
which is quite thin and has no fleece. Even with the list of 'cons'
below, they work well and are an excellent value.
Cons: You can have any color you want as long as it is black, tan or green with tan the most commonly available. Polypro is prone to serious pilling just from a normal wash cycle. Hand washing reduces it and NEVER, EVER put them in a dryer, even at the lowest setting. Tumbling with no heat just makes the pills multiply exponentially.
This material is prone to melting with very little heat so hanging them
up to dry is a must. When riding, be sure you have a windproof covering
on since air easily flows through the material. Avoid letting polypro
poke out around your waist and cuffs or else cold air will creep in...it
needs to be completely covered.
The price is right and polypro performs very well, given these few caveats."