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For years I used cheap plastic/rubber rain gear that kept me relatively dry, but roasted me when the sun came out. So a few years ago I bought Frog Togs. They are breathable and worked well in light rain, but not so well in a heavy downpour. I was looking at other options on Revzilla and was sort of amazed that a single product could get numerous 5 star ratings from some users, and numerous 1 star, very unhappy ratings from others for the very same product. Its hard to have much faith in customer reviews with the ratings diametrically opposite each other. So I am asking what you use, and how happy are you with the product and why.
 
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For years I used cheap plastic/rubber rain gear that kept me relatively dry, but roasted me when the sun came out. So a few years ago I bought Frog Togs. They are breathable and worked well in light rain, but not so well in a heavy downpour. I was looking at other options on Revzilla and was sort of amazed that a single product could get numerous 5 star ratings from some users, and numerous 1 star, very unhappy ratings from others for the very same product. Its hard to have much faith in customer reviews with the ratings diametrically opposite each other. So I am asking what you use, and how happy are you with the product and why.
I am a big fan of the Olympia gear - for staying dry. Doesn't matter how heavy the downpour. BUT, they don't breathe. So, if it's hot out during a rainstorm, you will be uncomfortable. Conversely, they add an additional layer of warmth when it's cold


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I have a Harley Davidson hi-viz rain suit. It's ok for light rain, but it's not good for all day riding in heavy rain.

I know a guy who swears by his Roadcrafter Tactical Two-Piece Suit, but $1,300 is hard for me to justify.
 

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I use the Tourmaster defender rain suit. I happy with it. Had to use it yesterday morning in a pouring rain. If its hot outside I don't wear any rain gear preferring the cooling effect of my pants and jacket getting wet.




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I use a waterproof Teknic Defender leather jacket for the top and a Firstgear lined rainsuit bottom. I believe the Firstgear pants are the Splash model.
The Defender jacket is long since discontinued but the Firstgear stuff is still on the market. (Don't get the cheap non-lined types).
This set up keeps me high and dry no mater how hard it rains or for how long.
Don't know about any of the Firstgear tops but the bottom I use works.

BTW, I've never had a one piece rainsuit that kept me dry in a hard rainstorm. But I have not tried them all and it has been a long time so...
 

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Found Frog Toggs to be handy in FL Summer rain storms unless so hot don't mind getting wet anyway .. For cooler Riding 60F or below have a set of Joe Rocket Rain Gear that kept me dry for 600 miles of steady hard rain from Lafayette, LA all the way home to Lake City, FL for 600 Miles mostly at 70 MPH Speeds ..
 

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I have a Harley Davidson hi-viz rain suit. It's ok for light rain, but it's not good for all day riding in heavy rain.

I know a guy who swears by his Roadcrafter Tactical Two-Piece Suit, but $1,300 is hard for me to justify.
Might be hard to justify but if it works it wouldn't be. I have their pants and it does work. However, I don't care for the material they use for hot pipes. It must only be hot pipe resistant because I see burned on stuff every time I have to wear them. I don't see any holes so it is working, so far. I do expect at so point I'll have a hole if material keeps getting burned on. It's a fuzzy material though so maybe once all the fuzz is burned off that will be it. I've ridden 12 hours straight in absolute downpour and still been dry except for one time when I went thru water running across a road that was over my floorboards so the ankle area did get wet. But that was a very extreme case. I was dry until then. So all I can say is it works unless you wade in almost knee deep water. Nothing works then except waders.
 

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Frog Togs have different quality items. some is pretty fragile, some are okay.
I have an oiled cotton Barbour jacket from 1971. Plus another fairly new oiled cotton jacket that is hip length, and does up well under my chin, plus a warm liner. Also a size to big. That is my wet weather winter jacket. All my rain pants come from the marine store. Summer pair is hip high. For cooler weather I have bib pants, and then for colder still, a larger pair of bib pants. I have covers for my gloves and boots. Or I wear rubber boots. I have four pairs of leather boots for hot, not so hot, getting cooler, and chilly to cold. For really cold I rubber boots with thick felt inside. Several pairs of gloves have the same range. The horse tack store has light leather riding gloves. Can also wear as dress gloves.
My helmets also have the heat range. Full face, open face 3/4 and a half helmet.

I would check the marine stores during sales events.

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I have a two piece Nelson Riggs storm rider suit that has kept me dry for a very wet 3 - 5 hour ride on the highway a few times. I bought it i think in 06? Still in good shape, but I only wear it for long hauls in the rain. I usually don't mind so much for short rides.

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I have Frogg Toggs I bought in the marine section of a Walmart. I have worn them in a heavy downpour for over 4 hours and they kept me totally dry.
 
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A plastic garbage bag. Hefty is my favorite brand and most stylish too.
Usually when I come across another rider going my way, I check out their riding gear, and guess at how fast they are going to go.
I am thinking 35 for your outfit. Many with flapping clothes can manage 90, but not for long. Few run much past 60 in the rain.

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But at 70mph you don't have to turn your head to get the rain off your visor even behind a windshield. The only problem with running that speed is the sudden stop, it hurts.:grin:
 

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Don't know what rain gear I have in the wife's saddlebag. Every time I see rain coming, I run faster and end up getting caught in it. By then it's too late to put the gear on so I just soak. My rain gear is 20 years old and only worn once. It did work well though, the straps that go under the boots keep water out of them. It's black, that's about all I can remember.
 

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Just as an aside--- I went to town for a gallon of paint at the Sherwinn-Williams paint store and was putting on my frog toggs.. A couple of pro painters really wanted to know where to buy them for an easy to put on suit for spray painting. I imagine the Tyvec suits they sell for that purpose are a pain to use.

Ditch the stuff sack that the Toggs come in and get something larger. Otherwise, you will not want to go to the trouble of using them in light rain.
 

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I have a BMW one-piece that tucks into its own pocket for storage. It is of good quality, with liner fabric that closes around the wrists and ankles and reflective/high-viz on the sides. Unfortunately, it is otherwise black. I think they make a higher-vis version now, though.

It goes over other gear. Too hot for summer, but a great thermal layer in the cold.
 

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A lot depends on your bike. If I'm riding my BMW R1200RT, the only part of me that really gets any water in a rain storm is my shoulders and helmet. (Not my helmet either, if I put the windshield up all the way, but I like looking "over" not "through" the windshield. If I see rain coming, I'll stop and throw a Frogg Togg jacket on and I'm good.
On my 1976 BMW R75/6, however, I've got to put on my rain pants also. Even then, water will eventually soak in a little in places.
My boots are some 15-20 year old BMW Goretex things, so my feet stay dry, regardless.
I've heard that Klim takes the word "waterproof" very seriously... To the point that a few exterior pockets that would be called "waterproof" by other manufacturers aren't even called "water resistant" on Klim gear.
 

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Usually when I come across another rider going my way, I check out their riding gear, and guess at how fast they are going to go.
I am thinking 35 for your outfit. Many with flapping clothes can manage 90, but not for long. Few run much past 60 in the rain.

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I would wear it under my armored jacket(s) that I always wear. Therefore 90+ is entirely doable. Apparently however, you did not get my odd sense of humor. That said, a Hefty garbage bag is quite effective when caught out unexpectedly and weighs nothing for that rainy day emergency packing. However, 90+ on a wet roadway, yeah, you go for it, I will slow down to a more appropriate speed. I do not know of any highways in the USA with 90 MPH speed limits, Montana and Utah maybe. Kansas it is 75 and that is common in this part of the world.
 

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A nice part of having decent luggage always on the bike is that you can routinely carry rain gear and other items so that you are never caught without them should the weather or circumstances change. I don't carry a lot of gear, because I like to have room, even when just out for a day ride, to stow my jacket and helmet while at lunch or something similar, but I do carry rain gear for myself and my wife, a tire repair kit, small tool kit, extra gloves and some bungee cords for the luggage rack should all my hard, locked luggage be filled.
 

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Yeah, I don't always carry mine because it does take up a good amount of space in the bags. Only when I expect I might be in heavy rain going someplace I don't want to be wet.
 
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