Rain gear for bicyclists has different requirements than other rain gear. The exertion of riding the bike calls for a breathable fabric that lets moisture out, but not in. The mechanics of biking require clothing that isn’t going to be flapping around and getting caught in any moving parts. The safety of being seen in traffic makes reflective qualities important. The splashing of water off the rear tire also requires special consideration.
Aside from these things, seams need to be sealed for optimal protection, and fabric must be able to withstand any number of rigors without tearing. These things can all make a difference in choosing rain gear that will last, or simply making it through a rainy day.
The following quality examples cover these issues and more, for essential protection from wet weather:
Gore Bike Wear Alp-x pant ($199)
Sporting all the necessary details of good rainwear, the Gore Bike Wear Alp-x pant is made to last, and made to keep you dry. Made from the popular Gore-tex fabric in its Packlight design, this fabric is waterproof and light. The seams are sealed, and Velcro fasteners keep water at bay at the ankles and waist. Extra reinforcement in key areas, and a cut to fit the bicyclist in riding posture, make this design one that is sure to be an easy wear.
Bontrager Sport Commuter Rainshell ($124.99)
This jacket covers all the necessary essentials, in a breathable and waterproof fabric. The neck has fleece lining to keep water from seeping in, and to keep the wind out, and the dropped tail will keep your backside dry. Zippers in the pit area and mesh lining offer ventilation and escape for interior moisture. A semi-fitted cut allows room for ease of movement with clothing underneath. To top it off, reflective properties all the way around will allow you to be seen.
Stealth-Extreme Biblongs ($249.99)
For the slim and trim fit, even on a rainy day, the Stealth-Extreme Biblongs by Endura are made for a man to keep warm and dry. These are made of Lycra, offering the sealed seams necessary for good rain wear, with a few extras. For this leg wear, what’s inside is just as important as what’s outside. A fast wicking micro-fleece lining sits next to the skin, offering warmth and comfort while still keeping dry. The ankles zip snugly with a snap down puller, keeping the wind out along with the rain. The all-around high quality of this leg wear makes it a small price to pay for any avid bicyclist enduring the elements.
Once the body is covered, a waterproof helmet cover, waterproof gloves, and overshoes will help round out a nice dry ride, even on a rainy day.